The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival began with three events in 1999, and since then has offered the region more than 100 performances, from classical to contemporary, jazz to bluegrass, cabaret and children's concerts. Past seasons have featured: Midori, Hank Jones, the American String Quartet, the Tokyo String Quartet, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Tim Fain, Bill Charlap, Hilary Kole, Simone Dinnerstein, and Mark O'Connor.
The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival, under the artistic direction of flutist Linda Chesis, brings top classical and jazz artists to perform in and around Cooperstown. Concerts are held at the Otesaga Resort Hotel, Christ Episcopal Church, Templeton Hall, and Hyde Hall at the Glimmerglass State Park.
"First-rate performing artists and rewarding, listener-friendly programming help catapult CSMF to the 'major leagues' of summer music festivals."
-critic David Abrams
The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival has "a track record of bringing in fine performers."
–The New Yorker