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Hidden Valley Music Seminars, An Institute of the Arts


Hidden Valley Music Seminars was founded to offer training opportunities of excellence in music and the arts. Focused primarily on young artists, Hidden Valley also offers classes to adults and fosters selected community arts activities. It operates major programs in chamber music, orchestral and choral music, opera, and dance.

The Big Idea

Hidden Valley Music Seminars offers training opportunities of excellence in music to young artists and adults. The Master Class concept— partnering some of the world’s greatest artists with promising students for immersive, week-long study programs—has been integral to Hidden Valley’s vision and success, with 200,000 hours of training offered to 5,000 aspiring musicians over the past 47 years, and 22,000 local audience members attending concerts as the culmination of that intensive study. Since 1983, Hidden Valley has also partnered with Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel) to present at least 30 five-day educational programs for older adults each year. In 2020, the majority of Hidden Valley’s programs were canceled due to Covid-19. The nonprofit was able to transition some classes online, creating new opportunities for homebound students, and it is focusing remaining resources on maintaining the campus and planning for the expected resumption of in-person classes in 2021.

Hidden Valley is dedicated to art and music at every level, and the wisdom and foresight with which they have operated over the last 50 years attests to the longevity and importance of their vision in Monterey County.

- Dorothy Micheletti, Youth Music Monterey County

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $7.8 million for 162 local nonprofits in 2020.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $35 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 7,578 donors. We did it, together.

The 2021 Campaign begins November 11.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2021 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by midnight July 31st. Monterey County Gives! 2021 campaign kicks off in early November.