“Berkleefest”  at Topnotch Resort brings talent from contemporary music school to iconic Stowe resort for an unforgettable experience

 STOWE, VT (June 2014) – This summer, Topnotch Resort, a MetWest Terra Hospitality property, will host the ultimate cultural festival to discover new music. In partnership with the Berklee College of Music in Boston, on July 26 and August 30 from 2 to 6 p.m., the iconic Vermont getaway will be home to “Berkleefest,” a free concert event showcasing up-and-coming talent from the world-renowned academic institution. The intimate summer experience will take place on the resort’s Mansfield Overlook Lawn, and will also feature local artists’ booths, a beer garden and a menu of casual summer fare, to complement the musical performances. Additionally, Berkleefest will serve as an avenue to award scholarships to Vermont students to attend Berklee’s acclaimed summer program, as well as offer student performers the chance to win $1,000 donated to their charity of choice.

“Topnotch and Berklee are pioneering a revolutionary partnership structure between academic institutions and private businesses,” said Jordan Hollander, Business Development Officer, MetWest Ventures. “With funding cut for arts programs in Vermont public schools, we wanted to create a way to encourage our local students. Berkleefest will not only entertain festival-goers, but will help award scholarships to Vermont residents to attend the summer program at Berklee, creating a two-way flow of arts between Vermont and Boston.”

In addition to funding two annual scholarships, the resort has also arranged for Berklee alumni to visit local schools to promote music education and encourage students to pursue their passion for the arts. The student talent performing at Berkleefest will be eligible to win a $1,000 prize for their selected charity, by having fans vote on social media for the most compelling story.

The Berkleefest line-up is as follows:

  • Saturday, July 26, 2-6 p.m.

The Frotations / Nikolas Metaxas / Arielle Vakni / Damn Tall Buildings

  • Saturday, August 30, 2-6 p.m.

Great Caesar / Bigfoot Wallace / Will Gittens / Grey Season

More details about the bands (bios, videos, accomplishments) can be found here: Fans can also like the Berkleefest Facebook page for exclusive content and updates.

In addition to Berkleefest, Topnotch will be taking it up a notch throughout the  summer, with special new and noteworthy events not to be found elsewhere in New England. For more information please visit




About Topnotch Resort

Totally reimagined in 2013, Topnotch is a year-round destination located at the foot of Mount Mansfield in the quintessential New England village of Stowe. Topnotch Resort, re-opened in 2013 following an extensive renovation, is an iconic AAA 4-diamond and Preferred Boutique Resort which offers an authentic Vermont experience with an updated look. A new arrival experience, lobby, guestrooms, meeting and event space and outdoor venue, a new restaurant and bar and a reconceived restaurant are the latest additions to the storied retreat in the Green Mountains. Set on 120 acres with 68 guestrooms and a variety of Resort Homes, Topnotch Resort offers endless recreational pursuits in a comfortable and luxurious atmosphere. The 35,000 square foot Spa at Topnotch features over 120 treatments in 30 treatment rooms, and the Tennis Center features 4 indoor and 6 outdoor courts for year-round play. Other amenities and activities include cross-country and downhill ski rentals, bike rentals, horseback riding, a state-of-the-art Fitness Center, an indoor pool with a cascading massage waterfall, a whirlpool/Jacuzzi, and two outdoor pools with mountain-views – one of which is heated year-round. The property is pet-friendly, a part of the MetWest Terra Hospitality collection of boutique hotels, and also designated as a Preferred Family and a Preferred Pride hotel.


About MetWest Terra

MetWest Terra Hospitality is comprised of a diverse group of capital managers, real estate professionals, and lifetime hotel operators. The team is led by Chairman Richard S. Hollander who calls on nearly three decades of the successful founding and management of institutional investment strategies, which combined for total assets under management of $80.0 billion.  MetWest Terra Hospitality operates Topnotch Resort in Stowe, The Inn at Jackson Hole in Jackson Hole, Hotel Abri in San Francisco, Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa in Sausalito, The Lodge at Tiburon in Tiburon, and Toll House Hotel in Los Gatos. For more information please visit


Berkleefest at Topnotch Resort

Berkleefest at Topnotch Resort