Since 1979, the Otter Creek Music Festival has provided world-class chamber music of all kinds to the people of the Champlain Valley.
Formerly the Salisbury Summer Series, it was founded by architectural historian Glenn Andres in partnership with the Salisbury Congregational Church (left) and Point Counterpoint Camp. In 2022, Glenn invited musician and arts administrator, Joshua Glassman, to take the reins and transform the series into a festival model, while maintaining the charm and appeal it has throughout the local community.
Founded in celebration of the Meeting House's 140th anniversary, the Festival continues to host regional and summer audiences for performances of all kinds of chamber music, including classical, folk, and jazz, and even theater. Past performances include the final performance of lauded cellist, Elsa Hilger, who was the first female assistant principal in the United States with the Philadelphia Orchestra and two appearances by Metropolitan Opera soprano, Meredith Parsons. Continuing strong to this day is the 40+ year partnership with Point CounterPoint Camp, which celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2023. The camp's faculty regularly present their session recitals at the Salisbury Meeting House and are a fundamental part of the Festival's offerings.
In 2023, Barn Opera in Brandon, Vermont joined forces as Otter Creek's fiscal sponsor, allowing the Festival to grow and develop into a regional destination for exceptional performances. Both venues, the 1838 Meeting House and the 200+ year old Barn Opera House, boast intimate, warm acoustics and are spectacular venues to hear small ensembles perform world-class music.