Resident Companies

As the premier presenter of community-based performing arts, the Academy of Music spotlight
falls in equal measure on area performers and international greats. The Academy has
established relationships with a stable of area art organizations that have a history presenting at
the theater. Artists grace the stage to perform ballet, orchestra, opera and dramatic productions.

Pioneer Valley Ballet

The mission of Pioneer Valley Ballet is to foster an appreciation of dance on a regional level for local audiences, to give dedicated young dancers the opportunity to perform at a pre-professional level and to provide all children the opportunity to experience the joys of movement and music through the study of classical ballet. Their Website

Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra

One of the oldest community orchestras in the United States, the PVS was founded to “serve the Pioneer Valley through music in three ways: by performing symphonic and choral music; by providing members of the community the opportunity to participate in making music; and through musical education, particularly by introducing young children to live orchestral music.” Their Website

Old Deerfield Productions

Since 1986, Linda McInerney’s Old Deerfield Productions has been carrying out the mission of creating, nurturing, producing, promoting and presenting high quality theatre arts that engage, nourish, challenge, heal and entertain audiences. Specializing in the creation and production of new work, especially women’s work, Old Deerfield Productions has presented five world premieres in six years, has had work produced in the US, Canada and Europe and is engaged in teaching the creation and presentation of theatre craft to all ages. Their Website


Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School

Founded in 1996, PVPA is the only performing arts-based regional public school in Western Massachusetts. Through the presentation of a diverse array of performances PVPA supports and nurtures a collective of young actors, designers, writers, dancers, musicians and vocalists eager to face the challenges of artistic and academic development. Our students present full-scale productions in theater, music and dance that capture the spirit and energy of the area’s young artists. Their Website

Starlight’s Youth Theatre

Starlight’s Youth Theatre is a non-profit community theater group dedicated solely to the youth of the Pioneer Valley with a mission and priority focused on the development of the child, using theatre as the tool to build self-esteem, communication and confidence. Their Website

Valley Light Opera

The Valley Light Opera, Inc., based in Amherst, is a nonprofit Massachusetts corporation founded in 1975 by a group of Gilbert and Sullivan devotees. The VLO promotes broad participation and produces fine entertainment. We present a fully staged opera in the fall of each year, and less formal productions in the late winter or early spring. Over the years, the Valley Light Opera has produced all fourteen of the G&S operas as well as Cox and Box, The Zoo, The Rose of Persia, The Chieftain, The Emerald Isle, The Beauty Stone, and Sullivan’s oratorio The Prodigal Son. In addition, VLO has performed Rudolf Friml’s The Vagabond King, Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow, Jacques Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, John Philip Sousa’s El Capitan, and Warren Martin’s The True Story of Cinderella.


WGBY, a community-supported public broadcasting organization, connects the people of our region with ideas, events and each other to fulfill their aspirations, enrich their lives and improve their communities. Their Website