Virginia's World-Class Music Festival

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The Staunton Music Festival presents an immersive classical music experience featuring more than 600 years of music over the course of 10 days and nights. Over 80 of the world’s most acclaimed chamber musicians are brought in for this exuberant festival, where musical risk-taking abounds.  Artists are engaged for their expertise in historic performance traditions, commitment to newer repertoires, professional excellence, and their ability to collaborate with new partners in creating dynamic, live performances. 

"Staunton Music Festival brings together some of the most talented musicians, established professionals and emerging young artists, from throughout the United States and Europe to this quiet spot in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains."


- Travel+Leisure

Featured Events 2021

  • Musica Transatlantica
    Fri, Aug 13
    Trinity Episcopal Church
    Aug 13, 7:30 PM
    Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W Beverley St, Staunton, VA 24401, USA
    The first evening program brings encounters from across the Atlantic. Featuring chamber works by everyone from Victoria to John Cage, Amy Beach to Anna Clyne.
  • Time Lost and Found
    Sat, Aug 14
    Trinity Episcopal Church
    Aug 14, 7:30 PM
    Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W Beverley St, Staunton, VA 24401, USA
    Time features mightily in music, but it's far more than just a question of keeping the beat. Explore deeper philosophical issues with works from Beethoven to Burtner.
  • Masters and Students
    Sun, Aug 15
    Trinity Episcopal Church
    Aug 15, 3:00 PM
    Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W Beverley St, Staunton, VA 24401, USA
    Musical composition is steeped in the apprentice tradition, and this program celebrates several famous master-student relationships. Works by Buxtehude, Boulanger, Piazzolla, and others.

"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.