The Musical America Guide to Festivals
Cover photo: Bravo! Vail Music Festival at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail, Colorado.
Photo credit: Zach Mahone
2023 Summer Festivals
The Musical America Worldwide Guide
Looking over our largest-ever Guide, we are struck by the breadth of offerings, not only of repertoire, but also of vintage, genre, and practitioner—from rising artist to devoted amateur to seasoned pro and all points in between. Some festivals are also training academies, the best-known including Aspen, Tanglewood, Lucerne, and Verbier. Others are strictly geared to serve a paying public, such as Philadelphia’s Mann Center or the Bravo! Vail Music Festival. Many are both, with lessons, workshops, rehearsals by day and public concerts by night. Enjoy!
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The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, La Jolla, California
Against San Diego's ocean backdrop, La Jolla Music Society's SummerFest is a nationally recognized chamber music festival established by the local community in 1986. Each August, SummerFest assembles an outstanding roster of renowned musicians to perform a rich variety of presentations, and carries forward a legacy of commissioning new works.

Miller Theater, Alfred University, Alfred, New York
The MostArts Festival features the brilliance of timeless classical music performed by world-class musicians, the Young Pianist Competition, as well as a daily chamber music series, evening concert series and the vibrant world of Alfred art. The MostArts Orchestra features an international orchestra with musicians from nearly 20 countries and directed by Maestro Yuval Zaliouk and Steven Thomas.

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. The artistic director for TIME:SPANS is Thomas Fichter.

Bach Choir of Bethlehem: 115th Bethlehem Bach Festival Boston Early Music Festival
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
The Bethlehem Bach Festival is America's oldest Bach festival. The Mass in B Minor remains our centerpiece, performed by the 95-voice professional-quality volunteer choir, professional Bach Festival Orchestra, and world-renowned soloists under the direction of Dr. Christopher Jackson, for his first Bethlehem Bach 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.
Eastern Music Festival Grand Teton Music Festival
Dana Auditorium, Guilford College, 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.
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 eight weeks of symphonic and chamber music. Acclaimed Music Director Sir Donald Runnicles leads the festival, with the world's most talented soloists and conductors.
Lake George Music Festival Live Concert Hall
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.
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Mann Center for the Performing Arts Music in the Vineyards
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.
Wineries in Napa Valley, California
With 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 uniquely intimate settings, as it was intended to be performed.
National Federation of Music Clubs Opera in the Ozarks
The NFMC Festivals Program is designed to give Junior (age 18 and younger) and Adult member musicians of all abilities the opportunity to perform and receive a yearly evaluation in a non-competitive environment. Participation in NFMC Festivals promotes music study, stimulates interest in the musical literature of both the USA and the world, and encourages each participant to reach a high standard of musical achievement.
Inspiration Point, Eureka Springs, Arkansas
With more than 70 years of experience running a young artist festival and with over 3,000 alumni, many of whom are now singing on the world's greatest stages, Opera in the Ozarks is the only summer opera festival of its kind in the south-central United States.
Oregon Bach Festival Oxford Piano Festival
Eugene, Oregon
Grammy-winning Oregon Bach Festival has presented world-class music for more than 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.
Various sites in Oxford, United Kingdom
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.
Ravinia Festival The Santa Fe Opera
Highland Park, Illinois
Ravinia®, North America's oldest and most programmatically diverse outdoor music festival, presents over 100 summer events in myriad genres including classical music and featuring acclaimed artists from around the world. These concerts run the gamut from Wynton Marsalis to Sting to the annual summer residency of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
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.
Tippet Rise Art Center
Fishtail, Montana
Tippet Rise celebrates the union of music, art, architecture, and landscape. Set against Montana's Beartooth Mountains on a 12,500-acre working ranch, Tippet Rise presents concerts#indoors and out#by internationally acclaimed chamber musicians and soloists and exhibits large-scale sculptures by some of the world's foremost artists and architects.

Additional Festivals

Durham, North Carolina
Locations in Fayetteville, Bentonville, and across northwest Arkansas
Aspen, Colorado
North Adams, Massachusetts
Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
Camden, Maine
Margravial Opera House, Bayreuth, Germany
Various locations in Bergen, Norway
Locations in Berkeley and San Francisco, California
Lenox, Massachusetts; Seattle, Washington; Blacksburg, Virginia; Florence, Italy
Pittsfield and Great Barrington, Masschusetts
France: Besançon, Lons-le-Saunier, Arc-et-Senans, Dole
Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Brunswick, Maine
Vail, Colorado
Locations in Bridgehampton and Water Mill, New York
Jacksonville, Oregon
Buxton and Derbyshire, United Kingdom
Santa Cruz, Californialifornia
Katonah, New York
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
Central City, Colorado
Locations in Portland and Beaverton, Oregaon
Chautauqua, New York
Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio
Chautauqua Auditorium, Boulder, Colorado
Oak Hollow Festival Park, High Point, North Carolina
Cork City & County, Ireland
Locations in Park City, Utah
Blank Performing Arts Center, Indianola, Iiowa
Dresden, Germany
Drottningholm, Sweden
Old City of Dubrovnik, Croatia
Paris, France
Vác, Hungary
Santander, Californiantabria, Spain
Aix-en-Provence, France
Thiré (Vendée, France)
Locations in the Lanaudière region, Quebec, Californianada
Aix-en-Provence, France
Various locations in Napa Valley, California
Cooperstown, New York
Alresford, Hampshire, United Kingdom
St. Michael's College, Coloradolchester, Vermont
Gstaad, Saanenland, Switzerland
Halle (Saale), Germany
Hitzacker (Elbe), Germany
Los Angeles, California
Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California
Calgary, Alberta, Californianada
New York, New York: Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center and Klavierhaus
Carson City, Nevada
Killington, Vermont
Locations in Bad Kissingen, Germany
Lakefield, Ontario, Canada
Locations in Lucerne, Switzerland
Locations in San Diego, California
Marlboro, Vermont
San Francisco, California
Columbia, Missouri
Hancock, Maine
Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Germany: Moritzburg, Meißen, Dresden
Santa Barbara, California
Atherton, California
Breckenridge, Colorado
Norfolk, Connecticut
Cortona, Italy
Fort Collins, Colorado
Libbey Bowl, Ojai, California
Moores School of Music, University of Houston, Houston, Texas
Opera Holland Park Theatre, Holland Park, London, United Kingdom
Loretto-Hilton Center, Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri
Orcas Island, Washington
Various sites in Oxford, United Kingdom
Shelter Island, New York
Valley Forge Military Academy and College, Wayne, Pennsylvania
Tuscany, Italy
Locations in Ravenna, Italy
Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, Massachusetts
Teatro Argentina, Rome, Italy
Round Top, Texas
Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Salzburg, Austria
Locations in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Locations in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Locations in Sarasota, Florida
The Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, New York
Savonlinna, Finland
Schroon Lake, New York
Various locations in Sitka, Alaska
Olsberg and Rheinfelden, Switzerland; Sulzburg, Germany
Charleston, South Carolina
Stresa and Verbania, Italy
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Lincoln Center, New York, New York
Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sun Valley Pavilion, Sun Valley, Idaho
Lenox, Massachusetts
Lincoln Center, New York; Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey
Tsinandali Estate, Georgia
Esther Short Park, Vancouver, Washington
Locations in Verbier, Switzerland
Southeastern Coastal Virginia: Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Newport News, Williamsburg
Dublin, New Hampshire
Konzerthaus Berlin, Berlin, Germany