The Musical America Guide to Festivals
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2019 Summer Festivals
The Musical America Worldwide Guide
What’s your summer music craving—opera in the Swiss Alps? Perhaps it’s chamber music in a California vineyard or prepared piano at a Massachusetts modern art museum? Such is a sampling in our sixth annual Guide to Summer Festivals—at nearly 100 entries, it’s our largest yet.
Highlights range from the world premiere of Poul Ruders’s The Thirteenth Child at Santa Fe Opera; pianist Yuja Wang (Musical America’s 2017 Artist of the Year) performing in Croatia at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival; the Pacifica Quartet in a Napa Valley winery at Music in the Vineyards; and Fabio Luisi conducting Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony in Tuscany, at the Chigiana International Festival. These are just a small sampling from the rich and entertaining world of live music ahead of us.
And they say the season slows down in summer.


Warsaw, Poland
One important strand to the festival program is historical performance - presenting works as they were originally heard, on period pianos in the possession of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute; Beyond this, what remains key to the concept of Chopin and His Europe are top-class performances of Polish music.

Santa Fe, New Mexico
At Santa Fe Opera, the show begins long before curtain. Opera fans come early for tailgate parties in the parking lot, preview dinners, or the prelude talks. Performances of the highest quality are presented in a dramatic theater with stunning views of the surrounding mountain landscape.

Artosphere: Arkansas' Arts and Nature Festival
Locations in Northwest 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, film, education, community outreach and elements of sustainability, Artosphere provides access to high-quality artistic experiences for all.
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
The Bethlehem Bach Festival is America's oldest Bach festival. With the Mass in B Minor as its centerpiece, visitors travel internationally to our beautiful city annually to be engaged by the 95-voice professional-quality volunteer choir, professional Bach Festival Orchestra, and world-renowned soloists under the direction of Greg Funfgeld.
Bay Chamber Concerts Screen Door Festival
Rockport, Maine
Bay Chamber's Screen Door 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, Massachusetts; Richmond, Virginia; Prague, Czech Republic
BCI is the premier professional singing experience for skilled amateur singers. Sing and learn along with other passionate musicians, guided by eminent conductors and expert faculty in beautiful locations. Your week will culminate with a concert performance in a renowned concert hall, accompanied by a symphony orchestra and world-class soloists.
Boston Early Music Festival
Boston and Great Barrington, Massachusetts
The Boston Early Music Festival offers GRAMMY Award-winning Baroque opera and North America's premier Festival for Early Music.
Wien, Austria
The Carinthian Summer Music Festival is Carinthia's most exciting and diverse music festival: With the fresh new vision of a mixed artistic festival including classical music, jazz, crossover, church opera world premieres as the most dynamic and electrifying festival in all of Austria.
Cork International Choral Festival
Cork, Ireland
Now in its 65th year, the Cork International Choral Festival is held annually over the five days preceding the first Monday in May. One of Europe's premier international choral festivals, Cork is noted for its high standards, eclectic and wide-ranging programme, and the friendliness of its welcome.
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.
The Glimmerglass Festival
Cooperstown, New York
The Glimmerglass Festival presents four new productions of opera and musical theater, as well as concerts, guest appearances and a youth opera each summer. Glimmerglass attracts an international audience to the scenic Cooperstown area, where the talents of artists from around the world converge to produce world-class productions.
New York, New York
IKIF participant students have the opportunity to hear their teachers in performance and can choose the teachers or teachers they wish to study with during the festival. The public can attend masterclasses and concerts as auditors. The IKIF Competition will award $10,000 plus a performance opportunity at IKIF 2020.
Merola Opera Program 2019 Summer Festival
San Francisco, California
The Merola Opera Program is widely regarded as the foremost opera training program for aspiring singers, coach accompanists, and stage directors. Merola nurtures the opera stars of tomorrow, presents operatic works that reach a diverse audience, and provides community outreach through educational programs for students and the general public.
Hancock, Maine
76th Season of the historic school for conductors and orchestral musicians founded by French Conductor, Pierre Monteux, in Hancock, Maine.
Opera in the Ozarks
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
69 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.
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.
Oxford Lieder Festival
Oxford, United Kingdom
The Oxford Lieder Festival is one of the leading international festivals of classical song. Winner of a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award, it attracts the world's greatest artists, retains a commitment to the finest emerging musicians, and offers wide-ranging opportunities to explore and learn in the historic city of Oxford.
Oxford, United Kingdom
Set in an historic city, and prestigious seat of learning, the Oxford Piano Festival combines a world-class concert series with acclaimed pianists and a program of masterclasses for a dozen talented young participants drawn from across the globe, observed by a large contingent of piano enthusiasts.
The Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop
Shelter Island, New York
The Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop invites young string players and pianists over the age of 18 to immerse themselves in chamber music masterworks in a creative and embracing environment.
Fishtail, Montana
Set on a 12,000-acre working ranch against Montana's Beartooth Mountains, Tippet Rise Art Center presents classical chamber music and recitals and exhibits large-scale, outdoor sculptures. Tippet Rise celebrates the concept that art, music, architecture, and nature are inextricably linked in the human experience, each making the others more powerful.
The Walden School Creative Musicians Retreat
Dublin, New Hampshire
Walden's Creative Musicians Retreat is a week-long festival in New England for composers, improvisers, performers, electronic musicians, choral musicians, and music teachers.
Dublin, New Hampshire
Walden's Young Musicians Program provides an unparalleled creative summer experience for musically inclined students ages 9-18.

Aspen, Colorado
North Adams, Massachusetts
Annandale-On-Hudson, New York
Berkeley, California
Besançon, France
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Brunswick, Maine
Vail, Colorado
Santa Cruz, California
Katonah, New York
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
Central City, Colorado
Portland, Oregon
Chautauqua, New York
Siena, Tuscany, Italy
Cincinnati, Ohio, and Covington, Kentucky
Crested Butte, Colorado
Indianola, Iowa
Drottningholm, Sweden
Old City of Dubrovnik, Croatia
Paris, France
Greensboro, North Carolina
Aix-en-Provence, France
Vendée, France
Lanaudière region, Quebec, Canada
Saint-Charles-Borromée, Quebec, Canada
Napa Valley, California
Battle Creek, East Lansing, and Kalamazoo, Michigan
Grafenegg, Austria
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Burlington, Vermont
Los Angeles, California
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Bonn, Germany
Istanbul, Turkey
Instanbul, Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey
Carson City, Nevada
La Jolla, California
Reims, France
Lucerne, Switzerland
San Diego, California
Marlboro, Vermont
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Columbia, Missouri
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
New York, New York
Residenz Würzburg, Germany
Santa Barbara, California
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Napa Valley Wineries, California
Atherton, California
Breckenridge, Colorado
Norfolk, Connecticut
Fort Collins, Colorado
Ojai, California
Houston, Texas
London, United Kingdom
St. Louis, Missouri
Orcas Island, Washington
Los Angeles, California
Ravenna, Italy
Highland Park, Illinois
Rockport, Massachusetts
Salzburg, Austria
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Saratoga Springs, New York
Savonlinna, Finland
Schroon Lake, New York
Harrisonburg, Virginia
Charleston, South Carolina
Stresa, Verbania, Arona, and Angera, Italy
Lenox, Massachusetts
Purchase and New York, New York
Thessaly region, Greece
Various locations: Russia (Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Samara, St Petersburg, Moscow); stops in Austria, France, Germany, Korea, Japan, United States
Kakheti, Georgia
Verbier, Switzerland
Location across Southeastern Coastal Virginia
Vienna, Virginia