Green Lake Festival of Music

Chamber Music Camp students
Photograph provided by Green Lake Festival of Music

Summer in Green Lake means many things. For the Green Lake Festival of Music, celebrating its 38th season, it means:

  • Hosting world-class musicians for our summer Concert Series.
  • The two-week Chamber Music Camp at Green Lake Conference Center featuring 30+ talented young string and piano students from around the country.
  • The four-day Choral Institute at Ripon College for people who love to sing.
  • The Thomas E. Caestecker Free Family Concerts.

This year’s theme is Water. Water and music have some things in common, such as waves—sound waves and lake waves—as well as movement and reflection. We’re delighted to perform Water Music on the first day of summer, June 21, on Green Lake’s Wednesday night Concerts in the Park at Deacon Mills Park. We’ll feature the brilliant young musicians of the Chamber Music Camp playing music inspired by water.

We’ll celebrate Independence Day with music of American composers at another outdoor Concert on the Green at Ripon College outside Great Hall. Please visit for details.

We love to perform in the intimate, historic Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake, Ripon College’s Rodman Center for the Arts, Caestecker Public Library, and Ripon and Princeton Public Libraries. We’re so grateful for the partners and friends at these institutions. We are also enjoying renewed friendships with the Green Lake Association, founded in 1951, to conserve Green Lake and its watershed; the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce; and Town Square.

Photograph provided by Green Lake Festival of Music

Through the generosity of Thomas E. Caestecker, the festival offers free family concerts. The Thomas E. Caestecker Free Family Concert Series brings outstanding classical music to children and families of the Green Lake area through interactive, fun, and friendly concerts and stories.

Mr. Caestecker also generously supports annual performances by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra at Ripon College. MSO Concertmaster Frank Almond is touring with Green Lake Festival of Music’s pianist Andrew Armstrong. They will perform at Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake on Monday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m., and will be joined by The Green Lake Chamber Players, artists-in-residence for the Chamber Music Camp.

The festival’s concert series also includes the Hilton Head International Piano Competition first-prize winner, Chang-Yong Shin, at Thrasher Opera House on Friday, July 7, at 7:30 p.m. On Friday, July 14, internationally acclaimed The Rose Ensemble will perform an eclectic concert of music they’ll perform a week later in Barcelona, Spain, as representatives of the United States for the World Choral Conference.

If you like to sing, we invite you to be part of the Choral Institute July 20 through 23 at Ripon College’s Rodman Center for the Arts. Festival Founder Douglas Morris invited Sir David Willcocks to lead The Choral Institute in 1982, which he continued for 20 years. Now Dr. Stephen Alltop conducts the Green Lake Festival chorus and orchestra with Ripon College’s Choral Conductor Dr. John Hughes. A favorite part of this workshop is Cabaret Night on Friday, July 21, featuring soloists in a program of arias and Broadway tunes, with Dr. Alltop at the piano and the audience gathered at round tables enjoying drinks at Thrasher Opera House.

More events and information can be found at or you may contact Green Lake Festival of Music at (920) 748-9398 or .

Laura Deming is festival director for Green Lake Festival of Music.