The Musical America Guide to Festivals
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2021 Summer Festivals
The Musical America Worldwide Guide
Spring is in the air, vaccinations are in (many) arms, and our hardy crop of mountain, lakeside, and pastorally sited music-makers appear to be in recovery mode from a very long year.
Details for more than 100 festivals
The latest Guide lists 100-plus entries, some still in the throes of program planning, others with their schedules nailed down, one or two strictly online, and most a combination of the above.
We’ve asked each about their COVID-19 safety protocols, along with their dates, places, artists, and assorted platforms. Many heading outside: Aspen Music Festival and Tanglewood already have outdoor venues. Those that don’t are finding them: Central City Opera Festival, for instance, is taking Carousel and Rigoletto to a nearby Garden Center and staging Dido & Aeneas in its backyard.
We are thrilled on many levels to deliver the Guide and look forward to a summer season of music.


New York, New York
The TIME:SPANS festival is dedicated to the presentation of primarily twenty-first century music. The festival is produced and presented by the Earle Brown Music Foundation Charitable Trust. Artistic Director for TIME SPANS is Thomas Fichter.

28th Ameropa International Chamber Music Academy
Prague, Czech Republic
28th year of International academy of classical chamber music. Participation of more than 2,000 musicians from 50 countries of four continents, within last nearly three decades.
Streamed from locations in Bethlehem and Allentown, Pennsylvania
The Bethlehem Bach Festival is America's oldest Bach festival. When we return to live performances, the Mass in B Minor will again be our centerpiece, performed by the 95-voice professional-quality volunteer choir, professional Bach Festival Orchestra, and world-renowned soloists under the direction of Greg Funfgeld.
Boston Early Music Festival
Boston, Massachusetts, and online
The Boston Early Music Festival offers GRAMMY Award-winning Baroque opera and is North America's premier Festival for Early Music.
Oak Hollow Festival Park, High Point, North Carolina
An integral part of the organization's mission is to preserve and celebrate the life and music of John Coltrane in his hometown of High Point, North Carolina. Importantly, this mission includes the enrichment of lives through jazz and other musical genres.
Early Music Days Eastern Music Festival
Vác and Esztergom, Hungary (near Budapest)
The festival had the honour of hosting numerous excellent professors during the past decades, making the Early Music Days project one of the most relevant events of its kind worldwide.
Greensboro, North Carolina
EMF's young artists, teaching artist faculty, and featured guests present concerts, master classes, and events each summer in Greensboro, NC—with three symphony orchestras, two chamber music series, and recitals, workshops, and special events, the Festival covers remarkable territory in five short weeks.
Grand Teton Music Festival
Teton Village, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Ranked as a Top 10 Classical Music Festival by The New York Times, the Grand Teton Music Festival unites the country's best musicians for seven weeks of symphonic and chamber music. Acclaimed Music Director Sir Donald Runnicles leads the festival, with the world's most talented soloists and conductors.
Kaleidoscope of Colors will be a one-of-a-kind festival of pipe organs, played on instruments from across the country -- a festival impossible to create as an in person event. It is free and open to everyone across the globe.
Mann Center for the Performing Arts
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts has served for many decades as Philadelphia#s premier outdoor performing arts summer festival, presenting a wide array of cultural programming and popular events.
Hancock, Maine
This 78-year old school for conductors carries on the traditions started by founder Pierre Monteux, currently with only the third Music Director, Michael Jinbo, and all conductors must also play in the orchestra, thus learning from both sides of the podium.
Music Academy of the West 2021 Summer School & Festival
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 tickets are available for young people ages 7 to 17 accompanied by ticketed adults.
Atherton, California
Music@Menlo's signature programming offers an opportunity to explore and be deeply immersed in chamber music over the course of three weeks. In addition to main-stage performances, the 2021 festival features free afternoon Prelude performances, AudioNotes listening guides, and an online Chamber Music Institute for Young Performers.
Opera in the Ozarks
Inspiration Point, Eureka Springs, Arkansas
70 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.
Oxford, United Kingdom, and online
Set in an historic city, and a 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 Santa Fe Opera
Santa Fe, New Mexico
At the Santa Fe Opera, the show begins long before the first downbeat. Come early for a tailgate picnic in the parking lot and enjoy a performance presented in a dramatic outdoor theater with stunning views of the surrounding mountain landscape and colorful sunsets.
Fishtail, Montana
Set on a 12,000-acre working ranch against Montana's Beartooth Mountains, Tippet Rise Art Center presents classical chamber music 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.

Aspen, Colorado
MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts
Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
Camden, Maine
Margravial Opera House, Bayreuth, Germany
Online and venues in Bergen, Norway
Great Barrington, Massachusetts
Great Barrington, Massachusetts
France: Besançon, Belfort, Lons-le-Saunier, Dole, Vesoul
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Brunswick, Maine
Vail, Colorado
Bridgehampton, New York
Katonah, New York
Locations in Carson City, Nevada
Central City, Colorado
Portland, Oregon
Chautauqua, New York
Locations in Cincinnati,Ohio, and Covington, Kentucky
Chautauqua Auditorium, Boulder, Colorado
City and County of Cork, Ireland
Crested Butte and Gunnison, Colorado
Park City, Utah
Indianola, Iowa
Dresden, Germany
Drottningholm, Sweden
Old City of Dubrovnik, Croatia
Paris, France
Aix-en-Provence, France
Thiré, Vendée, France
Locations in Granada, Spain
Cooperstown, New York
Grafenegg Castle, Grafenegg, Austria
University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont
Gstaad, Saanenland, Switzerland
Hitzacker, Germany
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Location to be determined
Klosters, Switzerland
La Jolla, California
Lakefield, Ontario, Canada
Lake George, New York
Various locations in Lucerne, Switzerland
Del Mar, California
Marlboro, Vermont
San Francisco, California
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Columbia, Missouri
Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, Montréal, Canada
Würzburg, Germany
Napa Valley Wineries, Napa Valley, California
Breckenridge, Colorado
Norfolk, Connecticut
Libbey Bowl, Ojai, California
University of Houston, Houston, Texas
St. Louis, Missouri
Orcas Island, Washington
Eugene, Oregon
Locations in Oxford, United Kingdom
Shelter Island, New York
Prague and Tabor, Czech Republic
Torre del Lago Puccini, Tuscany, Italy
Ravenna, Italy
Highland Park, Illinois
Riga, Latvia
Riga, Latvia
Rockport, Massachusetts
Rome, Italy
Round Top, Texas
Salzburg, Austria
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Various locations in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Saratoga Springs, New York
Schroon Lake, New York
Various sites in Sitka, Alaska
Klosterkirche Olsberg and Stadtkirche Rheinfelden, Switzerland
Charleston, South Carolina
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Sun Valley, Idaho
Lenox, Massachusetts
New York, New York
Tsinandali Estate, Kakheti, Georgia
Sites in Verbier, Switzerland
Southeastern Coastal Virginia: Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Newport News, Williamsburg
Dublin, New Hampshire
Dublin, New Hampshire
Orinda, California (east of San Francisco)
Vienna, Virginia