The 2015 Avaloch Farm season will be remembered as the “tilting point.” It marks a transition from a hope into a vibrant reality. Deb and I thought at least 5 years would be required for the Avaloch idea to take hold. Success for us was that news of our venture would effectively spread through the music community as a sanctuary for musicians and their composers. After two and half seasons we have seen that idea emerge fully realized. This year we achieved the numerical parameters of nearly full occupancy and a waiting list to participate. But numbers are only part of the story. We hoped that the Avaloch experience would capture more than the traditional concert spectrum of classical chamber music, but would also include the best in new music. Again, our aspirations were fulfilled. This year we heard exciting newly commissioned works, as well as innovative projects with pre-20th century compositions sprinkled with representation from the world of jazz. Outstanding performances of re-discovered early 17th century manuscripts, newly transcribed pre-20th century music, and works from the folk genre broke the mold, so to speak. I suppose the last concert of the season captured it all. As Deb reported, “It was an extraordinary evening that turned into a “jam” of sorts when one of the singers couldn’t contain herself and sang one of the Schumann songs they had transcribed for cello and piano. Then another, and another, and another cellist joined in, and then we were all singing!” And that is what Avaloch Farm has become. Thanks to all for your support and appreciation. We are building a community and to that end, our success is yours as well.