The Nelsonville Music Festival is a production of Nelsonville’s non-profit, historic theater, Stuart’s Opera House.

Stuart’s Opera House is the cornerstone of the historic Public Square in Nelsonville. We are dedicated to our role as a regional leader in the arts community, a center for public expression, and an economic development partner for Southeastern Ohio.

Our art programming and educational outreach keep us heavily involved with the underserved population of Nelsonville and surrounding communities through cooperative participation in and preservation of the arts.

All proceeds from the Nelsonville Music Festival support not only NMF but also year-round programming and arts education at Stuart’s Opera House.

Arts Education at Stuarts Opera House

The Arts Education program at Stuart’s is about activating members of our community to be better listeners, critical thinkers, and positive contributors to our Nelsonville and Appalachian community through the arts.

Stuart’s signature Arts Education program is the After School Music Program (AMP). High school students meet weekly and learn not only how to make music, but valuable life skills while working together to form bands, write songs, and produce music. The program culminates with our AMP bands performing onstage at NMF.

Our Arts Education program continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of our community. We offer most programs tuition-free, thanks to the generous support of donors, foundations, and grants.

Learn more about Stuart’s Opera House.

Arts Education Programs Include:

  • Free admission to NMF for all children under 12
  • Kids Area activities at NMF
  • Artist workshops and masterclasses in area schools and at Stuart’s
  • Music & arts performances for local children
  • After School Music Program (AMP)
  • Nelsonville-York Drama Club
  • Summer Performing Arts Camp
  • Old-Time Music Week
  • Monthly Paint & Pour classes
  • Community Choir
  • Spoken & Heard Poetry Series
  • Poetry Out Loud
  • Private Music Lessons
  • Adult Creative Writing