Virginia's World-Class Music Festival

August 12-21, 2022

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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.


This summer's festival opens on August 12 with a spirited Handel Extravaganza and concludes 10 days later amidst the glorious sounds of Haydn's oratorio, The Creation. In between, our concerts showcase the very best works from across 600 years, from the Middle Ages to newly commissioned world premieres. (See SMF's full repertoire for our 2022 season here.) 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.

Next SMF Event

Handel Extravaganza

The 2022 Festival opens with selections from Handel’s orchestral and vocal works, including Zadok the Priest, music from Fireworks and Water Music, and arias from Sosarme and L'Allegro. Plus enjoy Brazilian jazz from the José Luiz Martins Quartet outside during an extended intermission.

Friday August 12th from 7:30 - 10:00 pm


Other Upcoming Events

August 12th at 10:00 pm

Nightcap #1: Brazil (Martins Jazz Quartet)


"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.

The Hungry Musician


Cook for a cause! All proceeds from the Hungry Musician Cooking Classes help cover catering and meal expenses for Staunton Music Festival artists and staff. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons during the Staunton Music Festival from 2:00 to 5:00, six students will gather for the preparation of a fresh summer menu.


Your host and instructor trained in France at the Cordon Bleu, in Italy at the Gritti Palace and the Villa d'Este and in London with numerous professionals.