Your guide to America's classical music festivals


News | Jul, 25th 2019

Caught the classical bug after listening to Wynton Marsalis's Swing Symphony? Then get out and see some music! 

Below, we've rounded up some of our favorite American classical music festivals in hopes of inspiring your next summer concert viewing. Don't forget to read on for a more exhaustive list of classical festivals organized by region.

Bowdoin International Music Festival


The Bowdoin International Music Festival is one of the world’s premiere music institutes. Founded in 1964, the Festival engages exceptional students and enthusiastic audiences through world-class education and performances. After a competitive admissions process, 250 students are invited to attend the Festival and study with distinguished faculty and guest artists.

Brevard Music Center Summer Institute & Festival


Amidst the breathtaking natural beauty of western North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains stands the Brevard Music Center—one of the country’s premier summer training programs and music festivals. Led by Artistic Director and alumnus Keith Lockhart, the next generation of talented young musicians gathers from June through August to perform great musical works alongside distinguished faculty and many of the most celebrated names in music.

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music


The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music represents the here and now of new music for orchestra. Held each summer in the legendary seaside town of Santa Cruz, California, Maestro Cristian Măcelaru welcomes audiences to witness the creative process through concerts, rehearsals and talks as renowned and emerging composers chart a new course for the future of the genre.

Colorado Music Festival


For six weeks each summer, join Maestro Peter Oundjian and nearly 100 all-star orchestral musicians from around the world in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, which Expedia named one of America’s “most artistic cities.”

Manchester Summer Music Festival


Since 2009, Manchester Summer Chamber Music has been combining the pleasure of a night out on the beautiful North Shore with dynamic interpretations of chamber music gems and vibrant new music in exciting performances that welcome audiences of all backgrounds and ages. 

Manchester Summer Chamber Music: Renowned musicians. Joyful audiences. Connected communities.

Summer Classical Festivals by Region:

Northeast:

Atlantic Music Festival – Waterville, ME

Bard Summerscape – Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Buzzards Bay MusicFest – Marion, MA

Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival – Cape Cod, MA

Caramoor Music Festival – Katonah, NY

Chautaqua Music Festival – Chautaquah, NY

Glimmerglass Music Festival – Cooperstown, NY

Halycon Music Festival – Portsmouth, NH

Kingston Chamber Music Festival – Kingston, RI

Kneisel Music Festival – Blue Hill, ME

Manchester Summer Music Festival – North Shore, MA

Meeting House Chamber Music Festival – Orleans, MA

Mostly Mozart Festival – Manhattan, New York City, NY

Music from Land’s End Wareham – New Bedford, MA

Music Mountain – Falls Village, CT

New Hampshire Music Festival – Plymouth, NH

Newburyport Chamber Music Festival – North Shore, MA

Newport Music Festival – Newport, RI

Rockport Music Festival – Rockport, MA

Salt Bay Chamberfest – Damariscotta, ME

Tanglewood – Lenox, MA

Vermont Mozart Festival – Burlington, VT

Yellow Barn Music Festival – Putney, VT

Southeast:

Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival – Charlottesville, VA

Eastern Music Festival – Greensboro, NC

FestivalSouth – Hattiesburg, MS

Miami Music Festival – Miami, FL

Sarasota Music Festival – Sarasota, FL

Midwest:

Aspen Music Festival – Aspen, CO

Blossom Music Festival – Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Bravo! Vail Music Festival – Vail, CO

Colorado Music Festival – Boulder, CO

Des Moines Metro Opera – Indianola, IA

Grand Teton Music Festival – Jackson Hole, WY

Grant Park Music Festival – Chicago, IL

Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival – Southfield, MI

Hot Springs Music Festival – Hot Springs, AK

Interlochen – Interlochen, MI

Minnesota Orchestra Sommerfest – Minneapolis, MN

Missouri Chamber Music Festival – University City, MO

Peninsula Music Festival – Ephraim, WI

Ravinia Music Festival – Highland Park, IL

Strings Music Festival – Steamboat Springs, CO

Northwest:

Bellingham Festival of Music – Bellingham, WA

Big Sky Classical Music Festival – Big Sky, MT

Olympic Chamber Music Festival – Port Townsend, WA

Oregon Bach Festival – Eugene, OR

Tippet Rise Art Center – Fishtail, MT

Southwest:

Carmel Bach Festival – Carmel, CA

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music – Santa Cruz, CA

Mendocino Music Festival – Mendocino, CA

Music @ Menlo – Atherton, CA

Music Academy of the West – Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival – Santa Fe and Albuquerque, NM


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