The Geneva Music Festival celebrates ten years of bringing chamber music and other musical genres to Finger Lakes communities. Founded in 2011 by Geneva native violinist Geoffrey Herd as a way to give back to his hometown, the Festival has since presented more than 100 concerts to audiences in Geneva, Auburn, Canandaigua and Skaneateles. Grounded in chamber music, programs showcase the diverse musical influences GMF has presented over the years, including Jazz, Latin, African American, bluegrass and women composers and musicians.
Since its inception, GMF’s mission seeks to inspire and engage young people, making musical experiences accessible. Concerts are free for children 18 and under. GMF musicians offer outreach performances, presenting complimentary concerts to children in local schools, community centers with additional programs for senior residences.
From the world’s stages to the Finger Lakes, GMF musicians reach a national audience thanks to American Public Radio’s “Performance Today.” Broadcasts feature GMF’s 2018 concert recording of Florence Price’s Concerto in One Movement for piano quintet, with Michelle Cann, Shawn Moore, Colin Brookes, Max Geissler and Geoffrey Herd, and David Baker’s Roots II with Eliot Heaton, Max Geissler and Michelle Cann.