Staunton Music Festival Brings World-Class Music To Virginia


STAUNTON, Va. – Described as “Virginia’s world-class music festival” by Travel + Leisure and a “Critic’s Pick” by The Washington Post, this European-style festival runs ten days and includes more than 20 musical events. The entire festival takes place in historic downtown Staunton in the Shenandoah Valley. What:           Eclectic festival featuring an acclaimed gathering of international musicians. When:          August 12 – August 21, […]

Festival Musicians Delight with Historical Concerts


Staunton, Virginia (April 18, 2016) – Classical music lovers know that Beethoven and Schubert are hugely important in the history of Romantic-era music. What’s less commonly recognized is how different their works sound when performed on instruments from the time—roughly 1820—when Beethoven and Schubert actually lived and worked. Enter the Staunton Music Festival, which has […]

From Music into Words


  ~ Winners Announced in Writer’s Ear Creative Writing Contest ~ Staunton, Virginia (March 22, 2016) — Hundreds of students have been busy in the past few months, listening intently to five different musical works, and letting their imaginations run wild. It’s all part of the Writer’s Ear Project, a contest sponsored by the Staunton Music […]

Harpsichordist Recreates Famous 1652 Jam Session


Staunton, Virginia (October 23, 2015) – It may have happened 350 years ago, but its implications still impact the performance of music today. At a time when many musicians never ventured outside their immediate surroundings, German composer and keyboardist Johann Jakob Froberger undertook one of the first European concert tours. Froberger was a recognized virtuoso […]

Southeast Tourism Society Names SMF a “Top 20” Festival


One of Virginia’s most daring and accomplished music festivals has earned a spot as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s “Top 20 Events” for August 2015. “We are thrilled that the Staunton Music Festival has been selected among the Top 20 listings for 2015,” says Jason Stell, Executive Director. “The festival has always been extremely popular with residents and visitors and now we are setting new records, […]