“My daughter has attended the summer music conservatory for three years and each time has been better than the last. I cannot say enough good things about this program. Sarah (founder and director) is brilliant and kind, and the faculty are top notch while still meeting each student at their own ability level. The days are full of incredible one on one instruction as well as time to collaborate with peers who also love music. They work hard and they play hard....and the experience is unforgettable. My daughter looks forward to this week with much anticipation each year. We are so very thankful that such an incredible opportunity is available to us locally.” Renee Mackey

“My teenagers have attended the summer music conservatory for the last 2 years. They learned a lot from the Dr. Off and the other instructors and made friends and connections that will last the rest of their lives. My son even chose to continue in college as a music education student after his exposure to these instructors. It is a great way for summer exposure to other perspectives in music!” Tish Hollingsworth


Mt. Blanca Summer Music Conservatory

Mt. Blanca Summer Music Conservatory is a non-profit organization which aims to provide a very high quality and affordable music performance experience for young musicians.

The Mount Blanca Summer Music Conservatory helps students of all ages and abilities to achieve their musical goals and nurture their passion for music! This program provides its students and the community with exposure to the musical arts through quality music education and the inspiring experience of live performance.  We aim to break down boundaries between musical genre and we encourage the creation of music of all types!  MBSMC aims to create a relationship between performer and audience, and to help our students break down the 4th wall to create a more fulfilling, meaningful, and inspiring musical experience!

The Mt. Blanca Summer Music Conservatory is a weeklong program designed for young instrumental and vocal musicians. This program provides students with a week of intensive personal study and practice, private lessons with a fantastic faculty, collaboration with other young artists through small and large ensembles and education through various workshops and classes. Students will have the opportunity to perform solo, chamber and orchestral works in the beautiful venues at Adam State University.  Students will be inspired and motivated by attending live performances including a faculty concert. Various music workshops such as music history, theory, rhythm or improvisation give students a well-rounded and complete learning experience. This program offers the opportunity for students to request what workshop topics they would find most beneficial in order to provide the best experience possible. Students will also get to enjoy exciting non-musical activities such as a trip to the Great Sand Dunes National Park or a movie night!

The Mt. Blanca Summer Music Conservatory provides a week of excellent musical education and opportunity for every student from the less experienced to the very advanced.

All levels are encouraged to apply!


Mt. Blanca Fine Arts Association

Mt. Blanca Fine Arts Association is devoted to bringing live classical concerts to rural communities in the San Luis Valley. MBFAA has partnered with Adams State University to bring two guest artists for concerts at Adams State University, Crestone, Del Norte, and Fort Garland. MBFAA has featured such artists as Adam Klein of the Metropolitan Opera, and Van Cliburn International Piano Competition participant Alexander McDonald. We are excited to continue to bring world class performing artists to the San Luis Valley, and look forward to continued partnership with local communities.

MBFAA sponsors a Summer Music Conservatory for music students on the Adams State University Campus.  Dates for this next year’s Conservatory are June 23- June 29, 2019.