About The Festival
Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival – a 501(c) 3 organization, the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival was formed in 1992 by musicians Karen Dixon, Michael Ellert and Michael Forte. The Festival’s mission is to provide Palm Beach County audiences with classical concerts of the highest quality during the summer months, and to give our fine local musicians the opportunity to play the great chamber music literature. Although the organization has grown over the years, all artistic decisions are still made by the musicians themselves. Serving the people of the greater Palm Beach area, the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival enjoys performing 12 concerts for over 2000 loyal patrons each July in venues throughout Palm Beach County.
After over two decades as a summer series, the Festival was pleased to present their first annual fall festival in 2013 and was named Ensemble In Residence at St Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Lake Worth. Thanks to a grant from the Palm Beach Cultural Council, the Festival also added an educational component to its schedule for a number of years, called “How to Assemble a Chamber Music Ensemble.” Musicians from the group performed for and coached Palm Beach County student groups and provided student ensembles the opportunity to perform at Festival concerts. In addition, students attended Festival rehearsals and concerts free of charge.
The Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival also enjoys a longstanding relationship with Klavier Music Productions and has recorded six compact discs under the name Chamber Music Palm Beach. These recordings are available for purchase on Amazon, iTunes and Naxos.
The Festival is very proud to be looking forward to its 25th Anniversary season in July 2016.
Board of Directors
Joyce McClendon, Chair
Michael Forte, President
Michael Ellert, Secretary
Karen Dixon, Treasurer
Philip Whitacre, RADM, USNR Ret’d
Stuart Bloch, Esq.*