Media Contact

Kathy Moore • Principal
Moore Public Relations
540.886.3131
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Media Resources

Press Release Announcing 2018 Summer Season World-Renowned Artists Bring Exceptional Classical Music Experience To Staunton (July 20, 2018)
 
Gallery of Images Includes a selection of images from last season. Dozens of additional high resolution images available by request.

 

Quick Facts

  • Established in 1998
  • A 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization, presenting world-class chamber music 
  • Annual 10-day summer music festival presents 30+ performances
  • Concerts span 600 years of music, representing all classical musical styles and genres from solo to large ensemble
  • Brings 70+ world-renowned musical artists to Virginia each August (including members of New York Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera, and more)
  • Showcases new works from an international selection of composers-in-residence each season including U.S. and commissioned world premieres
  • Musicians are acclaimed for their knowledge of historical performance traditions (SMF annually presents Baroque, Renaissance, and Medieval programs entirely on period instruments.)
  • SMF's performance collection of historic keyboards is one of the largest on the East Coast
  • In 2017, festival attendance surpassed 8,000. Festival attendees came from 24 states and 3 foreign countries.
  • More than 40% of SMF’s audience is made up of out-of-town patrons
  • 100% of visiting musicians are hosted in private homes
  • Media coverage includes: Washington Post, Virginia Living, Travel+Leisure, NPR, etc. SMF concert recordings are occasionally featured on American Public Media’s Performance Today.
  • Youth aged 18 and under can attend nearly every SMF concert for free.
  • Motto is #RethinkClassical
  • Artistic Director and Founder is Carsten Schmidt. Executive Director is Jason Stell.

 

Future Festival Dates

  • August 16 to 25, 2019
  • August 14 to 23, 2020