Frequently Asked Questions
What is the status of the 2020 summer season?
Sadly, the trustees of Marlboro Music have decided to cancel our 2020 Season due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The health of our musical community, our audiences, and our Vermont neighbors are our highest priorities, and this decision was made to help ensure that everyone remains safe and well. Please see our cancellation announcement for more information. If you have ordered tickets for the 2020 Season, please complete this form to receive a full refund, or to convert your tickets into donations to our Artists’ Assistance Fund, Building the Future Campaign, or Annual Fund Drive.
Where are your concerts held?
Marlboro Music is located amidst the green mountains of southeastern Vermont on the beautiful rural campus of Marlboro College. Performances (with the exception of our annual town benefit concert) take place in 642-seat Persons Auditorium, located at 2472 South Rd., Marlboro, VT 05344. For directions and transportation options, please click here.
How much do tickets cost?
Tickets to performances in Persons Auditorium are available at $40, $30, and $15. We recommend ordering as early as possible as many concerts sell out.
For the final concert only, unreserved seats are available for $5 in an outdoor, canopied area adjacent to the concert hall (some seats have partial vision).
A special concert to benefit local organizations is held annually in the Marlboro College Dining Hall. General admission seating is available for $40 and $30.
Will my tickets be sent to me?
While tickets go on sale in early March, we don’t mail tickets until the first week of June.
During the summer, if your order is within 10 days of a concert, we will not mail your tickets – instead, we will hold them at “will call” to be picked up prior to the concert. You may also leave a note during checkout regarding specific requests for mailing or not mailing your tickets.
Where can I find concert programs and artists?
Concert programs and performing artists are determined approximately one week before each concert and are announced via email, Facebook, and on our website. Join our email list to receive summer concert program announcements and a complimentary live concert recording each month from the Marlboro archives.
Are discounted tickets available?
Group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more, and student discounts are available for some concerts. Please contact our box office for information.
The following subscription options are also available at a reduced price:
- Subscribe to all Saturdays, all Sundays, or the full season and receive 15% off the regular ticket price.
- Purchase tickets to the entire last weekend of concerts and receive 50% off the Friday night ticket price.
Can I return tickets if my plans change?
We regret that refunds for returned tickets are not possible. However, unused tickets are gratefully accepted for resale to benefit the Annual Fund Drive (tax-deductible receipt provided). We’re also happy to exchange tickets for another event, subject to availability.
When is the box office open?
Our box office in Persons Auditorium is open one hour before performances and:
- Weekdays and Saturday: 9 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm
- Sunday: 9 am to 12:30 pm
When should I arrive at the concert?
Persons Auditorium opens one hour before the performance. For an introduction to Marlboro’s history and what makes this place so special, we invite you to join us for a pre-concert talk 45 minutes before each concert. Conversations take place immediately outside the concert hall, weather permitting. Doors to the concert hall open 30 minutes prior to the performance.
Can everyone attend open rehearsals?
Yes, all visitors are welcome to attend open rehearsals in the Persons Auditorium. Open rehearsal schedules for a given week are available starting on Monday of each week on our website or by calling 802-254-2394. Admission is free, and no tickets are required.
Are facilities at Marlboro accessible?
Yes. Marlboro Music welcomes all visitors and strives to make the performances and facilities accessible to everyone. The concert hall has wheelchair-accessible locations where patrons can remain in their wheelchairs or transfer to seats. Patrons who cannot or do not wish to transfer from their wheelchairs to a seat should request wheelchair-seat locations when ordering tickets. Ushers are available to assist patrons in getting from the lobby to their seats or wheelchair-seat locations. The entrance to the auditorium is accessible, and an accessible restroom is located in the lobby.
Persons Auditorium is also equipped with a hearing aid induction loop, which dramatically improves sound quality for listeners with hearing aids.
Is Persons Auditorium air conditioned?
Yes, a geothermal air conditioning system was installed in the concert hall in 2014.
Is food and drink available?
We invite you to enjoy a taste of Vermont before each concert and at intermission, when an area farm or producer joins us to offer delicious local products for sample and sale. Sorry, but there is no food or drink available on campus during open rehearsals.
Where do I park?
Parking is available in the field above Persons Auditorium. Attendants will direct you when you arrive. A limited number of handicapped parking spaces are located on the circle immediately in front of the auditorium. You may also drop off members of your party on the circle (near the auditorium entrance) before proceeding to park. Please feel free to contact us with any questions regarding parking or accessibility.
What do I wear?
Whatever you want! There’s no dress code at our concerts. We just want you to be comfortable and enjoy the music. Because the hall is air conditioned prior to concerts, we suggest wearing layers.
How long is a concert?
Most concerts run between an hour and a half and two hours. Program lengths can vary, though, so check the preview notes on our website for the most precise timings. Most concerts feature a 15-minute intermission about midway through the performance.
What if I’m late?
Latecomers are admitted to the hall between pieces but not between movements, although you can hear the music in the lobby while you wait to enter.
When do I applaud?
Applause is generally reserved for the conclusion of a piece so as not to disturb the concentration of the artists. When you’re blown away by a performance, by all means go wild!
Can I use my phone?
No one likes phones ringing or making other noises during the performance, so we ask that you silence yours before the performance starts. We do encourage you to share your experience with others, though, so feel free to check in on Facebook or snap an Instagram shot before the performance—just make sure your phone is on silent during the concert out of consideration for the artists and audience.
How can I get a brochure?
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