The Festival

Each August Staunton Music Festival invites dozens of acclaimed professionals from around the world to perform. Multiple concerts each day make for an exhilarating immersion in chamber, vocal, and symphonic music. The days are given over to one-hour, free admission programs, while the evenings come alive with longer, ticketed concerts preceded by special dinners and lectures.

Compared to recent seasons, the 2021 Festival will look somewhat different, as we transition back following a hiatus caused by the coronavirus pandemic. We are pleased to be able to offer live, in-person concerts during the 2021 season, which will focus on two "long" weekends, August 13-15 and August 18-22. The Festival's artistic director, Carsten Schmidt, has crafted a compelling series of programs that range from the Middle Ages to modern.


While the COVID vaccine continues to improve the overall outlook, we have created a COVID-safe summer festival that can still proceed even if physical distancing and other safety measures are still required. Your safety and enjoyment are top priorities. We look forward to seeing you at the concerts!



From August 13-22, 2021, the 23rd annual Staunton Music Festival will present 15 concerts over two long  weekends. Most days start off with free noon concerts and conclude with formal evening programs. See every event, read about the musical works, and meet the musicians who will bring it all to life.


Staunton Music Festival engages over 80 acclaimed performers, composers, and music historians each season. These individuals come to Staunton from around the world, bringing with them a wealth of experience in solo, chamber, and orchestral settings. Festival musicians are particularly noted for their expertise in historical performance traditions.



For each season the Festival's artistic director, Carsten Schmidt, orchestrates an eclectic combination of numerous programs, ranging from the Middle Ages to commissioned premieres.


Looking for specific works or composers?  Review the complete list of planned repertoire, linked to the concerts in which those works will be played.