Norfolk Chamber Music Festival–Yale Summer School of Music

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Why we need your help...

Although Ellen Battell Stoeckel — who constructed the Music Shed on her beautiful estate in 1906 and began a musical tradition that would become the Festival we know today — created an endowment that has provided foundational support, that incredible gift contributes less than 30% of the funds needed to operate one of the world’s finest musical education and performance centers. While ticket sales provide additional support, we depend on gifts from music lovers like you to cover the greatest proportion of our expenses.

Your gift makes a difference not only for our audiences, but also for the Fellows who come from all over the world each year to study here.

All contributions to the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival–Yale Summer School of Music are tax-deductible to the extent permissible by law. Please contact your personal tax advisor for details. All gifts will be recognized in the Festival’s annual program book. For more information on supporting the Festival, please contact General Manager Robert Whipple. 

Robert Whipple
860 542 3000

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Donor Benefits

What You Will Receive

All contributions $50 and above will be acknowledged in the annual Festival Program Book. In addition, each contributor at the following levels will receive:

Supporting Member $100 to $249

  • First notice of concerts, subscriptions, and single tickets
  • Recording of  season highlights

Sustaining Member $250 to $499
All of the above plus:

  • 20% discount on single tickets
  • 20% discount on merchandise in our new store

Associate Member $500 to $999
All of the above plus:

  • Complimentary coffee and a snack at Friday and Saturday evening concerts

Musicians Circle $1,000 to $4,999
All of the above plus:

  • Invitations to post-concert receptions and special events

Leading Contributor $5,000 and above
All of the above plus:

  • Named a sponsor of a Norfolk Fellow, with special opportunities to meet and interact
  • Make a request — from reserving a pre-concert picnic table to arranging a tour for your guests — we will do our best to accommodate you!

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Annual Fund

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Support the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival–Yale Summer School of Music with a gift to the Annual Fund. Your gift, no matter the size, will support the study and performance of the music you love and build new audiences for chamber music. 

Fellow Sponsorships

Sponsor a Norfolk fellow and enjoy an opportunity to establish a friendship with an outstanding young musician. Sponsorship of one fellow is $5,500 for the summer. Please contact Festival Director Melvin Chen ( or General Manager Robert Whipple ( for more information.

Tribute Gifts

Tribute Gifts to the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival–Yale Summer School of Music provide a thoughtful way to honor someone special in your life, recognize a special occasion or event (such as a birthday, graduation, anniversary, or a simple thank-you), or memorialize a loved one or friend. Please contact Festival Director Melvin Chen or General Manager Robert Whipple for more information.


Bequests and other forms of deferred giving are an ideal way to create a legacy that will help build our endowment and provide secure funding for future generations of young musicians and music lovers of all ages. If you have already included Norfolk in your estate plan, please let us know so we may acknowledge your generosity. Please contact Festival Director Melvin Chen or General Manager Robert Whipple for more information.

Other ways to be involved

As a program of the Yale School of Music, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival continues this distinguished tradition with outstanding concerts featuring world-class artists and ensembles from across the globe while at the same time training the next generational chamber musicians. Each summer, the Festival relies on a dedicated group of interns, summer staff, and volunteers to help make all of the possible.

Summer Staff

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Facilities Crew, Concert Parking Attendants, Concert Concessions Staff


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Administrative Interns, Music Librarian/Director's Assistant, Production Coordinator, Social Medial Coordinator


Help bring the Festival to life!  By volunteering, you’ll gain an insider’s view of the Festival while making friends with Fellows, Festival Artists, staff, and other members of our dedicated volunteer team.

For more information, call 860 542-3000 or email