Member Directory

Staunton Music Festival

Address PO Box 3111
Staunton, Virginia 24402
Phone (540) 569-0267
Website http://www.stauntonmusicfestival.org/
Primary Contact Jason Stell
Primary Email stauntonmusicfestival@gmail.com
Executive Director Jason Stell
Primary Focus Area Arts and Humanities
Service Areas
  • Augusta
  • Albemarle
  • Nelson
  • Statewide
  • National

Mission Statement

Staunton Music Festival’s mission is to offer exceptional chamber music performed by international caliber musicians at historic venues throughout Staunton in a way that is accessible to all. Concert programs are innovative and seek a balance between old and new music. SMF musicians include local, national, and international artists, many of whom are acclaimed for their knowledge of historical performance traditions. We believe in the power of live classical music to transform the region and all of its residents.


In early 1998 current artistic director Carsten Schmidt organized two chamber music concerts, pulling together several friends to make a weekend of music in Staunton, Virginia. From that modest beginning springs the Staunton Music Festival, recognized today as one of the region’s most innovative and accomplished chamber music organizations. That growth and longevity has been made possible by a committed, supportive local audience, who helped sustain SMF over the past 20 years. Isolated concerts developed into a six-event summer concert series. That model was further enhanced with support from the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge, which made it possible for SMF to offer daily free noontime concerts beginning in 2009. In August 2019 SMF will present 32 concerts in 10 days.

Key Programs

Program 1