Wilmington Music Festival
Wilmington Music Festival is a 501©(3) non-profit arts organization with a mission to promote musical excellence and cultural diversity in the Wilmington community by presenting innovative performances and offering affordable music instruction by world-renowned teaching artists.
Aza performs at Wilmington Music Festival's Kickoff Gala at Thalian Hall Center of the Performing Arts
Wilmington Music Festival celebrates the music of a variety of musical genres and styles. This year extraordinarily gifted and skilled emerging musicians will join with teachers and entrepreneurs from around the world to present concerts and to provide educational opportunities to the local public including master classes for local performers and interactive outreach concerts in Wilmington’s public schools.
The ultimate goal of the Festival is to establish Wilmington not only as a musical capital of the southeastern United States - in every way competitive with the “Festival of Two Worlds” in its sister port city of Charleston, South Carolina - but even more to give Wilmington’s festival the unique distinction of offering young and emerging artists from around the globe opportunities to establish important careers by their participation in the Festival’s various training programs conducted by world-renowned performing artists, teachers and entrepreneurs.
Wilmington’s potential for realizing this ambitious goal is obvious: it is one of the most charming and picturesque cities on the southeastern coast. Its infrastructure and hospitality accommodations are well established to handle large-scale influxes of visitors. The region, with its pristine beaches and world-class restaurants, is already nationally recognized as a preferred center for summer vacations. Enhancing the “Wilmington Appeal” with an annual world-class music festival, while also establishing the city as site of an important career-building step for aspiring professional musicians, would most certainly contribute to the increased popularity and prosperity of the community.
While developing an internationally recognized musical tradition in the Wilmington community, WMF will also endeavor to enhance both cultural diversity and the overall quality of music education in the region by offering low-cost or gratis educational benefits to the area’s public and private schools and to various other community organizations in the region.
Aza performs at A Love Story in Music at Beckwith Recital Hall at UNC-Wilmington
Aza performs at the Bernstein Centennial Gala at Thalian Hall Center of the Performing Arts
The Outreach Program is designed to serve children, young adults, and the elderly of the Wilmington community by bringing uniquely interactive concerts to local schools, universities and retirement centers. These events, offered by first-class musicians and teachers, are carefully planned to be educational experiences as well as performances.
Since 2016, the Outreach Program has organized lecture-concerts and master classes at UNC-Wilmington, Snipes Academy of Art and Design and various retirement centers in the community. These events have served over 1,000 local residents.
Aza visiting with students from Snipes Academy of Art and Design in Wilmington, NC at the conclusion of WMF's educational outreach program
The WMF Emerging Artists Program offers opportunities for talented musicians from all over the world to showcase their artistry with appearances in the beautiful port city of Wilmington, North Carolina, and to receive instruction in career development from experienced professional artists and entrepreneurs.
The Festival reaches out to artists of all nationalities and ethnicities – to composers and performers of classical, jazz, blues, country and folk music genres. Opera singers and scat crooners – country fiddlers and concert violinists – classical string quartets and bebop combos – all are welcome to make music together in a relaxing and charming setting at the mouth of the majestic and mysterious Cape Fear River.