Virginia's World-Class Music Festival

August 11-20, 2023

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Each August, the Staunton Music Festival brings more than 90 world-class musicians from around the world to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to perform for ten consecutive days and nights of eclectic chamber, vocal, and symphonic music. All performances are held entirely in historic downtown Staunton — named one of the "best small towns in America" by Smithsonian.


SMF concerts showcase the very best works from across 600 years, from the Middle Ages to newly commissioned world premieres. Composers in residence, lectures, and other special events bring additional depth to the festival.  Balancing everything are daily free noon concerts, informal afternoon recitals and lectures, and SMF's uncompromising standards for excellence, variety, and original programming. Learn more about what makes our festival unique and see SMF's full schedule of events. Tickets can be purchased individually or as a season pass.

This summer's festival has now concluded, but we encourage you to save the dates for the next one: August 11-20, 2023. 

AUGUST 11-20, 2023

Next SMF Event

Bach & Handel

The fall season blooms with two giants of the Baroque, featuring the Flute Sonatas of Bach and several cantatas by Handel. Immanuel Davis (Baroque flute) and Angela Young Smucker (mezzo-soprano) are featured.

October 22-23, 2023


"Staunton [is] an arts-and-culture magnet." - Washingtonian


The spirit behind our tagline, Rethink Classical, touches on two basic convictions about what classical music can be in the 21st century. First, by taking a deep interest in historically-informed performance practice, we can rediscover the subtlety and color that emerges from period instrument concerts. Second, by merging past masterworks with world premieres, we remind ourselves that music from all eras is vital and expressive--that all music was once "modern".  We believe programming the old and the new, together, deepens the appreciation of both.

Together, these commitments to historically-informed performance of older music and to the creative, mixed programming of contemporary works define Staunton Music Festival.  For us, therefore, the call to "Rethink Classical" is more than just a tagline -it's a mission statement.