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, […]

Staunton Music Festival Announces Dazzling 2015 Season


Lasting ten days and featuring nearly 30 concerts, lectures, and workshops, Staunton Music Festival (SMF) attracts over 60 of the world’s finest chamber musicians and vocalists to one of Virginia’s most charming historic communities. The Staunton Music Festival has received high praise for its dynamic musicality and signature blend of whimsy and virtuosity. Now in […]

Audacious and bold, the BACH PROJECT wraps up a six year run


Staunton, Virginia (February 27, 2015) – The music of Johann Sebastian Bach is central to any keyboard player’s repertory. So when harpsichordist Carsten Schmidt—artistic director of the Staunton Music Festival—presented a recital of Bach’s Partitas at the end of 2008, the event was not out of the ordinary. None of the roughly 100 people at […]

Young Writers Open Their Ears & Stretch Their Minds


   Writer’s Ear Contest Experiences Surge of Popularity ~ Winners To Be Announced On March 1, 2015 ~ Staunton, Virginia (February 23, 2015) — Hundreds of students in the local area have been busy in the past two months, listening intently to five intriguing musical works, and letting their imaginations run wild. It’s all part of […]

Ending The Year On A High Note


Staunton Music Festival receives NEA grant for $10,000 Staunton, Virginia – National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced this week that Staunton Music Festival (SMF) is one of only 163 not-for-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Challenge America grant.  Chu said, “I’m pleased to be able to share the news of […]