Since 1972, the Sitka Summer Music Festival has been Alaska’s premiere classical music festival, presenting exquisite music in the pristine setting of Southeast Alaska. The finest musicians from around the world gather in this rarefied paradise for four weeks of events that will challenge and excite your senses.

The 2017 Festival will run June 6 – July 2. If you’re planning a visit to Sitka for the Festival, please go ahead and make your travel and accommodation plans and be confident that we’ll have event tickets for you – events rarely sell out in advance. We will have tickets on sale through this website plus more detailed program information by April 1.

The artist schedule looks like this so far (more will be added, so keep checking back!):

June 6-12: The Attacca Quartet; violinist Kurt Nikkanen; violist Scott Rawls; cellist Zuill Bailey; pianists Maria Astriadou and Natasha Paremski

June 13-19: violinist Ben Breen; cellists Zuill Bailey and Wendy Sutter; pianists Yuliya Gorenman, Natasha Paremski, and Susan Reed

June 20-26: violist Martin Sher; cellist Zuill Bailey; pianist Natasha Paremski

June 27-July 2: violinist Paul Rosenthal; violist Martin Sher; cellists Zuill Bailey, Jia Kim, & Melissa Kraut; pianist Navah Perlman


Our weekly template looks like this:

  • Tuesdays at 5:30 pm | Week in Preview – a discussion about the upcoming week’s programs with music educator Susan Reed
  • Wednesdays at 6:30 pm | Cafe Concert – an informal performance in one of Sitka’s restaurants
  • Thursdays at Noon | Bach’s Lunch – free one-hour concert
  • Thursday evenings | Musical Movie – enjoy a movie with a musical theme
  • Friday & Saturday evenings at 7:30 | Evening Concerts – formal evening concert at Harrigan Centennial Hall. Join us at 6:45 for a pre-concert lecture and interview with the artists.
  • Sundays | Special Events:
    • June 11 – Family Concert
    • June 18 – Crab Feed
    • June 25 – Boat Cruise
    • July 2 – Concert Brunch

Scenes from the 2016 Festival

Pictures from the 2016 International Cello Seminar

August 21st, 2016|0 Comments

These great shots come to us from Clark James Mishler Photography.

Scenes from Week 4 SSMF 2016

June 26th, 2016|0 Comments

Our final week of the Festival brought violinist Terence Tam, violist Martin Sher, cellist Zuill Bailey, pianist Natasha Paremski, pianist Lorraine Min for a fantastic conclusion to the festival .  Photos by Xtinepix and festival.

Scenes from Week 3 SSMF 2016

June 18th, 2016|0 Comments

Our third week of the Festival brought wonderful artists Doris Stevenson, Jeffrey Solow and Awadagin Pratt alongside Martin Sher with Artistic Director Zuill Bailey. Photos by Xtinepix and festival.

Scenes from Week 2 SSMF 2016

June 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Our second week of the Festival brought the concluding performances unforgettable performances from Cypress String Quartet, violist Christian Colberg and cellist Zuill Bailey. Photos by Xtinepix and festival.