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, […]

SMF Musicians Perform Outreach Concerts


On May 6-7, three professional musicians featured at the annual Staunton Music Festival will perform free chamber-music concerts at two historic churches in rural Virginia. First, on May 6th at 7:00 pm, SMF travels to McDowell Presbyterian Church in Highland County. Then on May 7th at 3:00 pm the program is offered at Fincastle Presbyterian Church in […]

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 […]