Keeping Music Alive — One Child at a Time!

Rhythms on the Rio is a benefit festival that provides stringed instruments and lessons to kids throughout the San Luis Valley.

Our Story

hosted by the South Fork Music Association

We are a volunteer organization striving to provide artistic and cultural events that enhance our guests experience while in South Fork, Colorado. Rhythms on the Rio was created as such an event and a platform to fund our Children’s Music Program by providing National Touring Artists from diverse musical genres in a respectful, family friendly festival. In January 2013 the 1st lessons began and the Children’s Music program has provided 40 local children with FREE instrument ownership & music lessons while giving them the confidence to perform with National Artists at a music festival setting.

The South Fork Music Association is a non-profit entity that uses its funds for staging live music concerts for the entire family and promoting music education for children in our community. We would like to see you and your entire family at Rhythms on the Rio Benefit Music Festival. Check out all the great artist we have booked for this year’s festival. There will also be many fun activities for everyone to enjoy including horseshoes, river tubing, yoga, vendors, food, beer, wine, and much more.

SFMA aims to provide quality musical events for the City of South Fork and the surrounding area. Our organizational skills and resources related to staging live music concerts will provide many more opportunities for the diverse and abundant musical talent in the Valley. The focus of the SFMA will be to employ local talent whenever possible and additionally attract national acts and their fans to South Fork.

Music is crucial to a well-rounded education; therefore, the SFMA will be supporting our younger musicians through grant-writing to provide funding for school programs, scholarships and workshops. Additionally, the SFMA will provide a proper venue for music presentations and recitals for area students.

A successful concert is dependent on many outside sources; food and refreshment vendors, venue proprietors and hospitality services are essential. Whenever possible, local businesses will be approached first to provide these various services in keeping with our goal of increased economic growth for South Fork. The industry of live music involves many other industries and these relationships will foster new-found business opportunities for all involved.

The South Fork Music Association is committed to an anti-discrimination policy in all of its programs and services. We are consciously and proactively inclusive of all areas of diversity including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, socioeconomic status, marital status, language, disability, or immigration status.

In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, no person shall, on the grounds of race, color or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity presented by the South Fork Music Association.

Board Members:

Scott Stecken: President, Wesley O’Rourke: Vice President, Paul Orr: Treasurer, Linda Miyaki: Secretary and Ike Manobla, Director of Arts
Members at Large: Elizabeth Bailey and Skip Patterson

South Fork Music Association and the Children of San Luis Valley

From its inception a long term goal of the SFMA was a Children’s Program. As Music is crucial to a well-rounded education; Ideas such as lessons sponsored by the SFMA and cooperating with School districts to provide instruments or helping in grant processes were continually discussed. As our Association continued to make progress in the greater South Fork area, it became clear that we needed to concentrate on a program that would be conducted by the SFMA.

As a board, the decision was made to provide stringed instrument lessons free of charge and to set our program apart, students who participated in all 8 weeks and the recital would be awarded their instrument. Over 40 children have participated and performed at their respective recitals.

Keeping Music Alive — One Child at a Time!

Free instruments for kids! Bring your old guitar, or that banjo you never learned to play, and donate it to the South Fork Music Association. They’ll get it into the hands of someone who could really use it!