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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. 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.

In late 2023 a successful campaign secured enough funds for Staunton Music Festival to purchase a stunning newly-built replica of Conrad Graf's 1830 Viennese fortepiano. The piano, built by the esteemed Rod Regier of Freeport, Maine, will arrive in Staunton in mid-2024 and will be unveiled at the August concerts.

Fundraising for this effort still continues!  We will need money to protect, transport, and service the SMF Graf for many years to come.  We invite you to make a tax-deductible contribution today.  Join the 50+ donors who have taken a leadership role.  Thank you!

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The Estate of Frances Whitesel Smith


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Elizabeth Lane

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Millicent Mae Terrell

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Barbara Penchuk

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Molly Ramkey & Bruce Winn

Don Rybarczyk & Carol Polen

Dean Sarnelle

Peter Schulz

Carol & Buffy Shapiro

Grace Suttle

Carl Yaffe & Lois Narvey

Barbara Whipple & Paul Kazarov


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

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