Bear Valley Music Festival News

September 22, 2022


The Board of Directors of the Bear Valley Music Festival is excited to announce that our Board Member Ken Iisaka has taken first prize at the PianoLink International Amateurs Competition held in Italy. 


Congratulations, Ken!


Please enjoy his performance in the video below:


May 16, 2022

Welcome to the 2022 Festival from Alexander Mickelthwate

February 1, 2022

2022 Bear Valley Music Festival Tickets

Season Tickets will be available will be available for purchase starting May 16th.

Tickets for Individual performances will be available for purchase starting June 1st.

March 26, 2022

New Music Director Announced

The Bear Valley Music Festival is excited to announce Alexander Mickelthwate as our new Music Director, only the fourth Music Director in our 54-year history! Alexander is Music Director of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic where he’s built a reputation for creating uniquely tailored programs to bring in new audiences. We’re excited about his fresh ideas for Bear Valley.

For more information, you may read our Press Release, and read his biography. Also, please enjoy an introductory video that he has made for all of us!

Further News Coverage:

February 1, 2022

2022 Music Festival Dates

The Music Festival will return to the full-length format this summer. Opening night will be Friday, July 22nd and the Festival will run through Sunday, August 7th.  We expect to announce programming in early May.  Mark your calendars and we’ll see you at the big white tent!

January 1, 2022

Housing Needed for Bear Valley Orchestra

The Bear Valley Music Festival is looking for volunteers to house our Orchestra musicians for the upcoming 2022 Music Festival.  If you have a room or two available in the Bear Valley area, please read our Question and Answers page to learn about how you could do your part to assist us with this years festival!

August 21, 2021

Maestro Michael Morgan Passes

The Bear Valley Music Festival is devastated to let you know that Michael Morgan has died of complications from an infection following his May 2021 kidney transplant. He fought hard for his life in the Oakland Kaiser Hospital for over a week, but the infection was too serious and he succumbed on August 20, 2021.

To learn more about Maestro Michael Morgan, please read our summary of his talents.