2017 Festivals Festivals 2017
The Musical America Guide
The 2017 Guide is our fourth annual Festivals guide and the largest to date. We provide in-depth information about these summer musical oases: locations, ticket prices, dates, disciplines, artistic directors, and—for our managers and artists—booking cycles and contacts.
Our feature story, Training Opera's Next Generation: A Tale of Two Festivals, takes an inside look at the programs part of France's Aix-en-Provence Festivals and New York's Glimmerglass Festivals. Very popular with young artists, the differences between the two are vast but their goals are the same: to train the next generation and nourish the artform.



Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Strings Music Festival presents music of the highest quality, performed by some of the world's finest musicians, in the beautiful setting of Colorado's stunning Northwest. The Strings Music Pavilion, built with a bowstring-like truss ceiling, showcases a terrific acoustical environment and provides an intimate setting for concertgoers.

Artosphere: Arkansas' Arts and Nature Festival
Bentonville, Arkansas
Artosphere: Arkansas' Arts and Nature Festival is a major regional arts initiative which celebrates artists influenced by nature who inspire us to live more sustainably. Featuring performing and visual arts, education, community outreach and elements of sustainability, Artosphere provides access to high-quality artistic experiences for all.
Rockport, Maine
Bay Chamber's Summer Music Festival brings five days of musical sparks to one of the most scenic coastlines in the world. The festival features fresh performances by world-renowned musicians, presented in intimate venues, all in a distinctly relaxed summer-in-Maine atmosphere.
Boston Early Music Festival
Boston and Great Barrington, Massachusetts
The Boston Early Music Festival offers GRAMMY Award-winning Baroque opera and North America's premiere Festival for Early Music.
Wien, Austria
The Carinthian Summer Music Festival is not just Carinthia's most exciting and diverse music festival. With the new vision of a multiple art festival with classical music jazz and crossover it is also the most dynamic and electrifying festival in Austria.
Chautauqua Music 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.
Crested Butte, Colorado
The Crested Butte Music Festival presents an annual festival of diverse music, opera and dance performed by outstanding artists, to inspire a greater appreciation of these art forms, and to help develop the performers of tomorrow.
Decoda|Skidmore Chamber Music Institute
Saratoga Springs, New York
Decoda is an affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall comprised of musicians who attended the renowned Ensemble Connect (ACJW). Based in New York City, Decoda maintains a flexible roster of a new type of musician: virtuoso, arts advocate and educator.
Fairbanks and Interior Alaska
The Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival offers workshops for adults and concerts for all July 16-30, 2017. These workshops in all art forms range from two hours to two weeks long. All skill levels welcome especially absolute beginners. Festival encourages personal growth and art appreciation regardless of the level of accomplishment.
iSING! International Young Artists Festival
Suzhou, China
iSING! is the only international opera training program for young vocalists in Asia working with music experts from major opera houses worldwide. This one month full-scholarship program offers a once in a lifetime immersion of East meets West, with opera singers from all parts if the world.
La Jolla, California
Amidst San Diego's spectacular ocean backdrop, La Jolla Music Society SummerFest is a nationally recognized chamber music festival started by the community in 1986. Each August, SummerFest assembles an outstanding roster of renowned musicians to perform a rich variety of presentions, and carries forward a tradition of commissioning new works.
Lake Field Music
Lakefield, Ontario, Canada
The music camp for adults that includes a music festival. Twenty professional musicians with a diverse range of talents coach more than 50 instrumental and vocal ensembles and workshops during the day. Participants and faculty perform in the evening. Full accommodations available.
Lake George, New York
Set in the summer resort community of Lake George New York and surrounded by the breathtaking Adirondack Mountains and the shoreline of beautiful Lake George itself, the Lake George Music Festival is a collaborative artist retreat for emerging young professionals and celebrated artists.
Mizzou International Composers Festival
Columbia, Missouri
The MICF is the only contemporary music festival on an international scale in the state of Missouri. At no other festival in the country can you hear the world premieres of eight new works by rising young composers performed by one of the most highly-regarded ensembles in the country.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
The Montreal Chamber Music Festival now in its 22nd season presents a richly diverse program featuring extraordinary artists from around the world and at home in Canada. Taking place in the very best concert halls, the MCMF is a renowned ambassador of Montreal's international profile as City of Festivals.
25th Moritzburg Festival
Dresden, Germany
A lively spirit of innovation, musical vitality and fascinating performance venues contribute to the unique atmosphere of the Moritzburg Festival. Soloists from around the world present interpretations of great chamber music pieces in unique casts that are characterized by a special dynamic and freshness.
Santa Barbara, California
The Music Academy prizes and actively fosters community engagement. $10 Community Access tickets are available for all Summer Festival events, and free admission for young people ages 7 to 17 accompanied by ticketed adults.
Music House International
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Music House at Bryn Mawr College, named one of the 30 most beautiful college campuses in the country by Travel & Leisure Magazine, features principal players and other members of The Philadelphia Orchestra. It is attended annually by student musicians and young professionals from throughout the U.S.and around the world.
Napa Valley, California
With complimentary wine tastings at each intermission and breathtaking views of the Napa Valley, this unique combination of wine country ambiance and world class talent allows artists and audiences alike to experience chamber music in an intimate setting as it was intended to be performed.
Opera in the Ozarks
Eureka Springs & Bentonville, Arkansas
67 years of experience in running a young artist festival with over 3,000 alumni, many of whom are now singing on the best stages in the world. We are the only summer opera festival of its type in the south central states.
Orcas Island, Washington
Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival offers world class musicians performing in intimate settings on a beautiful ferry-accessed island off the coast of Washington State. The remote settings and small population guarantees an experience in beauty and camaraderie like no other.
Oregon Bach Festival
Eugene, Oregon
Grammy-winning Oregon Bach Festival has presented world-class music for nearly five decades. Drawing audience and artists from all corners of the globe, and set against a beautiful backdrop of Oregon's natural landscape, OBF is a destination for music lovers of all kinds.
Rockport, Massachusetts
Part of Rockport Music, the 36th 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.
Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
Santa Fe & 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.
Sarasota, Florida
The short duration of SMF creates an intensive environment and the faculty rotate each week. Participants direct their own chamber studies by choosing the repertoire and fellow players. Orchestra concerts feature our SMF alumni as soloists including Noah Bendix-Balgley, Jasmine Choi, Frank Huang, Elena Urioste.
Seagle Music Colony
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 emerging artists perform high quality opera and musical productions in the rustic Oscar Seagle Memorial Theatre nestled in the quaint Adirondack town of Schroon Lake.
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.
Tippet Rise Art Center
Fishtail, Montana
Set on a 10,260 acre working ranch against the Beartooth Mountains, just north of Yellowstone National Park, Tippet Rise Art Center will present its second season of concerts performed in both outdoor and indoor sites in the spirit of Tippet Rise's union of land, art, architecture and music.

Aspen, Colorado
North Adams, Massachusetts
Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Brunswick, Maine
Vail, Colorado
Santa Cruz, California
Katonah, New York
Central City, Colorado
Portland, Oregon
Covington, Kentucky
Indianola, Iowa
Drottningholm, Sweden
Aix-en-Provence, France
Granada, Spain
Cooperstown, New York
Princeton, New Jersey
Teton Village & Jackson, Wyoming
Burlington Vermont
Los Angeles, California
New York, New York
Istanbul, Turkey
Killington, Vermont
New York, New York
Luzern, Switzerland
Marlboro, Vermont
Minneapolis, Minnesota
New York, New York
Falls Village, Connecticut
Atherton, California
Ojai California
St. Louis, Missouri
Highland Park, Illinois
Riga, Latvia
Rome, Italy
Santa Fe & Albuquerque, New Mexico
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Saratoga Springs, New York
Savonlinna, Finland
Charleston, South Carolina
Lake Maggiore, Italy
Lenox, Massachusetts
Verbier, Switzerland
Virginia: Norfolk, Virginia Beach & Williamsburg
Vienna, Virginia
Berlin, Germany