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When performing music composed before 1850, Staunton Music Festival takes all possible

steps to ensure historical accuracy, using original and period instruments and hiring the

world's finest musicians trained in historical performance practice traditions. This fund helps

to continue that effort with the purchase, maintenance, and handling of historical instruments. 

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  Historical Instruments Fund  

The purpose of this fund is to purchase original or replica “period” historical instruments and to provide funds for the reconditioning, repair, tuning, storage, transportation, and insurance of these musical instruments.

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supported by


Elizabeth Delzell

Terry E Grant

Elizabeth Hartman

James & Celia Rutt

John & Anne Sills

The Estate of Frances Whitesel Smith


Patricia Abraham

Dr & Mrs Richard L M Coleman

Rosemary Eyler

Tom & Diane Fechtel

Bart Huxtable

Alice McLeod

Mr & Mrs P William Moore

Tom Arbaugh & Larry Harrell

Margaret & Drew Bailey

Richard & Mary Barnes

Christine & Michael Burch

Nancy Carpenter

Robert Emmett & Kristine Kasselman

Lynn & Stan Grimm

Joyce Kelly & Paul Healey

Dr & Mrs James Huggins

Elizabeth Lane

Roy Richardson

Millicent Mae Terrell

Larry & Zaida Bergmann

Richard Butland

Lee & Smadar Chaffee

Margaret Henderson

Rona Hokanson

Mark Huebsch

Padraic & Brigid Hughes

Steven Jaslar

Dr Barry M Lamont

Joann Loring

Kristin & Stephen Maxwell

Davidson Perry-Miller

Molly Ramkey & Bruce Winn

Don Rybarczyk & Carol Polen

Dean Sarnelle

Peter Schulz

Carol & Buffy Shapiro

Grace Suttle

Carl Yaffe


As you may know and appreciate, at Staunton Music Festival, all music composed before 1850 is performed on period instruments (original and replica) by professional musicians highly trained in historical traditions of interpretation and style. Music from the past was not written with modern instruments in mind. While Bach, Mozart, and Schubert can sound fabulous on today’s instruments, the experience of hearing such repertoire on the historical instruments for which it was composed can be a revelation.

The name of Rod Regier is synonymous with the finest craftmanship in historic keyboard construction. Mr. Regier, an MIT graduate, has been constructing harpsichords and 18th and 19th century fortepianos from his workshop in Freeport, Maine for nearly 50 years. His fortepianos can be heard in the concert halls of numerous major American universities (Yale, Cornell, Stanford, Dartmouth, UNC-Chapel Hill, Indiana, Notre Dame, UC Berkeley, among others) and several of the most prestigious conservatories, from Juilliard and Peabody to the Sibelius Academy in Finland.


Get invested! You will be able to follow Mr. Regier’s progress on our website: from selecting the perfect pieces of wood, to the shaping of the case and creation of the soundboard, to the installation of the strings and keyboard mechanism. This will likely be Regier’s final large-scale piano, and as such it offers a fitting testimony to his lifetime of exemplary craftsmanship. 

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Core Mission

Invest in the Festival's core mission and make it stable for generations to come. These gifts support fundamental operations and administrative costs, as well as the SMF's long-term growth.


The People of SMF

Invest in the amazing people who make Staunton Music Festival a destination event. Support the 80+ musicians and composers whose livelihood depends on performance opportunities like Staunton.


Programs & Productions

Invest in experiences that draw music lovers from across the U.S. to Staunton. Make an unrestricted gift to help cover expenses related to production, rentals, promotions, venues, and more.

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Tamworth Music Festival (dba Staunton Music Festival)    |   Tax ID: 02-0464351    |    Registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation

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