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.

The 2022 Festival opens on August 12 with a fully-staged production of Handel's Orlando and concludes 10 days later amidst the glorious sounds of Haydn's oratorio, The Creation, for chorus, soloists, and period orchestra. In between you will hear Mozart and Monteverdi, Brahms and Brubeck; you will meet composers-in-residence and discover Music from China; you will discover Staunton, Virginia, and the charms that make it "one of America's best small towns" (Smithsonian Magazine)


In addition, we invite you to explore the new BaroqueFest, a series of all-Baroque concerts scheduled for April 8-10 and presented in conjunction with the Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia. Details and ticket information is available on the Spring & Fall page.


We look forward to seeing you at the concerts in 2022!

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From August 12-21, 2022, the 25th annual Staunton Music Festival will present nearly 30 concerts over 10 consecutive days. 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.