"Spend a weekend in Staunton, Virginia, a seat of culture in the Shenandoah Valley."
- Southern Living
Trinity Episcopal Church
214 W Beverley St, Staunton, VA
SMF’s primary venue. The sanctuary dating to 1855 features stunning acoustics, numerous Tiffany windows, and a specially designed stage. Trinity also hosts its own “Sundays at 5” concert series all year long, presenting free concerts and special liturgies, guest artists and in house musicians. Info at trinitystaunton.org. Handicap accessible. Seats 550.
10 S Market St, Staunton, VA
Only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor playhouse in the world and home to the American Shakespeare Center. With thrust staging and intimate seating, the Playhouse was constructed in 2001 and has presented 6-8 Elizabethan performances year-round ever since. Blackfriars typically plays host to two SMF concerts during the August festival. Handicap accessible. Seats 300.
First Presbyterian Church
100 E Frederick St, Staunton, VA
Historically significant (Woodrow Wilson’s father was minister here in mid 1800s), First Presbyterian has a spacious sanctuary with balcony, perfect for daytime concerts. SMF also constructs a temporary raised stage to improve visibility. The church hosts Waynesboro Symphony and events from Mary Baldwin University. Handicap accessible. Seats 400.
Central United Methodist
14 N Lewis St, Staunton, VA
Originally founded in 1797, Central United Methodist is the oldest continuous Methodist congregation in Staunton and Augusta County. The semi-circular sanctuary with balcony provides great atmosphere for concerts, rehearsals, and lectures. Central Methodist hosts the popular "Meet the Composer" program in August. Handicap accessible. Seats 260.
Augusta Stone Presbyterian
28 Old Stone Church Rd, Fort Defiance, VA
Founded in 1740, Augusta Stone is the oldest Presbyterian church in continuous use in Virginia. Wonderful acoustics and intimate setting are ideal for Baroque music. The festival's preferred venue for smaller off-season concerts. Located 9 miles north of Staunton on Route 11 in the village of Fort Defiance. Seats 200.