2015 Summer Festivals Summer Festivals 2015
The Musical America Guide
With our annual Summer Festivals Guide, we continue a Musical America tradition dating back at least 50 years—perhaps longer—of reporting on the year’s upcoming festivals.
The well-known festivals are represented, along with a few surprises. In addition, we also focus on “off-the-beaten-path” festivals whose names might not be so familiar. So (just to name a few), we have Baroque opera in the medieval walled city of Barga, Italy (Opera Barga); chamber music on a 17th-century estate in West Cork, Ireland (West Cork Chamber Music Festival); and our personal favorite, Buddhist monks in Norbulingka, Tibet (Shoton Festival). Please be sure and send a postcard.

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Castleton Festival
Castleton, Virginia
The Castleton Festival is distinct among other festivals in the region because of its combined roles as a producing entity, a modern performance venue and, most importantly, a mentoring program for young artists and theater professionals.

Artosphere Festival
Baltic Sea Festival
Fayetteville, Arkansas
The 6th annual Artosphere, Arkansas' Arts + Nature Festival features dance, symphony, chamber and roots music performances, family activities, masterclasses, and community conversations throughout Northwest Arkansas, celebrating the convergence of arts, music and sustainability.
Stockholm, Sweden
Fantastic artists and orchestras from around the whole Baltic Sea region as well as world-class music experiences are featured. Environmental leadership and music represent the key pillars of the Baltic Sea Festival.
Bay Chamber Summer Music Festival
108th Bethlehem Bach Festival
Rockport, Maine
During the Bay Chamber Summer Music Festival, people converge on the picturesque seaside village of Rockport, Maine, to immerse themselves in a marvelous celebration of music and community. The Summer Music Festival brims with ambitious musical programming, adventurous artistic collaboration, inspiring interactive learning opportunities and intense community engagement.
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Since its founding in 1898, the Choir has been attracting thousands of national and international visitors every May to its annual Bethlehem Bach Festival.
Chautauqua Music Festival
Chicago Duo Piano Festival
Chautauqua, New York
At Chautauqua, the programs are designed for exceptional students from ages 17 to 25. The festival is akin to a professional experience and students need to be prepared to undertake the demands of the seven-week curriculum. The schools of music dance theater and art are represented by professional counterparts.
Evanston, Illinois
Chicago Duo Piano Festival, now in its 27th year, is the only annual festival dedicated to the performance and teaching of repertoire for piano duo. CDPF presents international piano duos annually, and is also the sponsor of competitions for piano duos at elementary, high school, college and young artist level.
Decoda Skidmore Chamber Music Institute
Eastern Music Festival
Saratoga Springs, New York
Decoda is a cutting-edge chamber music society forging an integrated role for classical music in communities around the world. Based in New York City, Decoda maintains a flexible roster of a new type of musician: virtuoso, arts advocate and educator.
Greensboro, North Carolina
Eastern Music Festival is set apart by an accomplished faculty, exhilarating repertoire, brilliant students, world-renowned visiting artists and extensive community outreach.
Estate 2015
Eureka Springs Into Music Festival
Rome, Italy
A selection of concerts and performances at the Baths of Caracalla and the Rome Opera House (Teatro Costanzi) with renowned names in music, opera and theatre.
Eureka Spring, Arkansas
An offering of world class music in one of America's unique cities, Eureka Springs is truly a destination of culture, art and musical entertainment. The festival is set in a true Victorian landscape.
European American Musical Alliance, Inc.
Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival
Paris, France
EAMA offers excellence in teaching and a faculty dedicated meet the needs of individual students. EAMA has a world renown roster of guest artists. Students have opportunities to explore the unique culture of Paris. Tuition scholarships are available.
Fairbanks and other locations, Alaska
The Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival offers workshops for adults and concerts for all July 12 to July 26, 2015. These workshops in all art forms range from two hours to two weeks long. All skill levels are welcomed, especially absolute beginners. The festival encourages personal growth and art appreciation regardless of the level of accomplishment.
Forte/Piano: A Festival Celebrating Pianos in History
Grand Teton Music Festival
Ithaca, NY
The festival will feature pianos from virtually every epoch of the instrument's history. With repertoires ranging from 18th-century to new music, it will showcase the many opportunities for artistic expression, technical creativity, and musical learning that the multiplicity of instruments old and new offers pianists today.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Grand Teton Music Festival is a collaboration between top-notch musicians. Our orchestra is comprised of numerous first chairs from other symphonies and led by distinguished conductor Maestro Runnicles. Musicians come to GTMF for the fun of making high-caliber music with peers at the top of their musical games.
Hitzacker Summer Music Festival
Jazz & Beyond: Carson City Music Festival
Hitzacker (Elbe), Germany
The festival has featured chamber music in the countryside since 1946. The festival's motto: "Tradition and Today - A Step Ahead since 1946." Or, as the critic for the North German Broadcasting Corporation put it in August, 2013: "The bottom line: Hitzacker is and remains to be a place for discovery, experiment, intensive debate.Fantastic!"
Carson City, Nevada
Jazz & Beyond features more than 60 music events in 17 days. Most are admission-free, no tickets required. There is a great variety of music in a historic, small city near Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada.
Killington Music Festival
La Jolla Music Society SummerFest
Killington, Vermont
KMF brings together musicians and world-renowned faculty in a program of chamber music study, master classes and frequent performances. The festival is set in the beauty of the Green Mountains as a backdrop and features limited enrollment, personal attention and collegial atmosphere.
La Jolla, California
Set to San Diego's spectacular ocean backdrop, La Jolla Music Society SummerFest was started by the community 30 years ago. SummerFest annually assembles an outstanding roster of internationally renowned chamber musicians to perform, and carries forward a tradition of commissioning nearly 50 new works by acclaimed composers.
Lucerne Festival
Music Academy of the West Summer Festival
Luzern, Switzerland
Every year, Lucerne becomes a meeting place for leading performers from all over the globe. Famous orchestras, legendary conductors, virtuoso soloists—and of course the Lucerne Festival Orchestra as well as the students of the Lucerne Festival Academy—convene to celebrate a festival of Sound.
Santa Barbara, California
The Music Academy prizes and actively fosters community engagement. New initiatives include $10 Community Access tickets, which will be available for all Summer Festival events, and free admission for young people ages 7 to 17 who are accompanied by ticketed adults.
Music in the Vineyards
Northern Lights Music Festival
Napa Valley, California
Music in the Vineyards is a nationally-acclaimed chamber music festival showcasing world-class artists-in-residence performing new and classic repertoire in stunning and intimate wineries in the Napa Valley. This unique combination of ambiance and world-class talent allows artists and audiences to experience chamber music as it was intended.
Various locations, Mesabi Iron Range, Minnesota
NLMF Opera presents Lehar's The Merry Widow, starring Jasmina Halimic and Mark Womack, conducted by Gavriel Heine, and directed by Benjamin Speirman. Festive Fourth Concert features West Side Story and My Fair Lady suites for orchestra, conducted by Gavriel Heine. Winners of Concerto Competition will perform with the NLMF Orchestra in two cities. Chamber music highlights include Brahms Piano Quartets and tributes to Alexander Scriabin throughout the festival.
OK Mozart International Festival
Olshan Texas Music Festival
Bartlesville, Oklahoma
OK Mozart's mission is to bring the highest quality professional musical and cultural experience to Oklahoma by producing a multi-day festival with professional orchestra musicians, concert artists and musical performances of artistic excellence. In addition, a full week of related cultural events including mini-concerts, talks and tours are offered.
Houston Texas
The festival invites nearly 100 young orchestral musicians, chosen from very competitive auditions, to study and perform the major works of the orchestral literature under renowned conductors. Each Orchestra Fellow receives a full fellowship for study. TMF is Houston's major presenter of Classical music each June.
Philadelphia International Music Festival
Rockport Chamber Music Festival
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Featuring principal players and other members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, including Conductor-In-Residence Cristian Macelaru, the festival is comprised of a number of dynamic program options for students ages 11 through the college years and beyond. The program options include: Orchestra, Symphonic Winds, Intensive Solo Performance Studies, Piano, Audition Preparation, and Opera.
Rockport, Maine
Part of Rockport Music, the 34th Rockport Chamber Music Festival is held in the intimate, seaside Shalin Liu Performance Center, which not only provides exceptional chamber music, but frames the performance with a view of the Atlantic behind the stage.
Round Top Music Festival
The San Diego Mainly Mozart Festival
Round Top, Texas
The Texas Festival Orchestra is made up exclusively of young talented artists carefully chosen after competitive auditions, granted scholarships for a six-week intensive training in orchestra, chamber music and solo repertoire and accommodated on Festival Hill, the 210-acre campus owned by The James Dick Foundation.
San Diego, California
Celebrated for its imaginative and thoughtfully curated programming artistic excellence and distinguished history of acclaimed performances, San Diego's Mainly Mozart Festival is one of North America's music destinations. The Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra is comprised of some of the finest concertmasters and principal players from across North America.
Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
Seagle Music Colony
Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico
The Festival draws world-renowned musicians to perform classical and contemporary chamber music each summer and includes open rehearsals, commissioned works, composer talks and youth concerts. Contributing to its magic is the Festival's setting in serene Santa Fe, nestled amid the timeless splendors of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
Schroon Lake, New York
Seagle Music Colony is the oldest and one of the most distinguished vocal training programs in the U.S. As part of their training the SMC young artists perform high quality opera and musical productions in the rustic Oscar Seagle Memorial Theatre nestled in the quaint Adirondack town of Schroon Lake.
Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival
Sitka Summer Music Festival
Harrisonburg, Virginia
This festival pairs Bach's music with the music of many other composers from around the world and from all eras in unique programs of rarely-heard works mixed with traditional masterpieces. Repertoire includes works for orchestra, choir, soloists, and chamber music.
Sitka Alaska
Alaska's premiere classical music festival since 1972, bringing the world's finest musicians to perform in the pristine setting of Sitka, Alaska.
Strings Music Festival
Verbier Festival
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Nestled in the valley of a world-class ski resort The Pavilion, built of exposed timber with a bowstring-like truss ceiling, was designed to showcase the magnificent sound inside. The small 560-seat venue provides an intimate evening and getting to know a musician after a concert is part of the experience.
Verbier, Switzerland
The Verbier Festival, created in 1994, has a reputation for artistic excellence and is considered among the major European music festivals. Year on year, the Verbier Festival offers an increasingly varied program (including learning programs with its Academy and its Orchestras) and a growing number of concerts.

Aspen Music Festival and School
Aspen, Colorado
Bard SummerScape and Bard Music Festival
Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
Beethovenfest Bonn
Bonn, Germany
Blossom Music Festival - Summer Home of The Cleveland Orchestra
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Bravo! Vail
Vail, Colorado
Caramoor 2015 Summer Season
Katonah, New York
Carmel Bach Festival
California locations: Carmel-By-The-Sea, Pebble Beach, Monterey, Seaside
Cincinnati May Festival
Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky
DC Jazz Festival
The HWashington, District of Columbia
Deer Valley Music Festival
Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah
Drottningholms Slottsteater
Drottningholm, Sweden
Festival d'Aix-en-Provence
In Aix-en-Provence, France
The Glimmerglass Festival
Cooperstown, New York
Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival
Burlington, Vermont
Hollywood Bowl 2015 Season
Los Angeles, California
International Keyboard Institute & Festival
New York, New York
Les Flâneries Musicales de Reims
Various locations in Reims, France
Lincoln Center Festival
New York, New York
Marlboro Music Festival
Marlboro, Vermont
Minnesota Orchestra Sommerfest
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mostly Mozart Festival
New York, New York
Atherton and Menlo Park, California
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis 2015 Festival Season
St. Louis, Missouri
Ravinia Festival
Highland Park, Illinois
Rigas Ritmi Festival
Various locations in Rigas, Latvia. For details:
The Santa Fe Opera
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Spoleto Festival USA
Charleston, South Carolina
Lenox, Massachusetts
Virginia Arts Festival
Locations in Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg, Virginia
Wolf Trap
Vienna, Virginia
Young Euro Classic
Berlin, Germany