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.

We hope you will join us for the 2018 Festival June 5 – July 1 in Sitka.  Get your tickets today!

Here is our guest artist lineup and a few programming highlights:

June 5-10 | Cecily Ward, violin; Tom Stone, violin/viola; Andrew Smith, cello; Zuill Bailey, cello; Alfredo Oyaguez, piano; Natasha Paremski, piano

Week One Program highlights: Granados Piano Quintet, Turina Piano Quartet, Chopin Nocturne #20 and Polonaise Brilliante for Cello and Piano

June 12-17 | Trio Jinx (Ledah Finck, violin/viola/composition; Yoshiaki Horiguchi, double bass; Louna Dekker-Vargas, flutes); Cecily Ward, violin; Tom Stone, violin/viola; Andrew Smith, cello; Zuill Bailey, cello; Alfredo Oyaguez, piano; Natasha Paremski, piano

Week Two Program Highlights: Schubert “Trout” Piano Quintet, Spanish works for cello and piano, Schulhoff Concertino for Flute, Viola, and Bass

June 19-24 | Alison Bailey, violin; Helen Kim, violin; Christian Colberg, viola; Martin Sher, viola; Cicely Parnas, cello; Zuill Bailey, cello; Yuliya Gorenman, piano

Week Three Program Highlights: Bach Well Tempered Klavier Book 1, Part 1; Arriaga String Quartet; Brahms Piano Quintet; Tchaikovsky “Souvenir d’ Florence”

June 26-July 1 | Alison Bailey, violin; Helen Kim, violin; Jenny Douglas, viola; Martin Sher, viola; Cicely Parnas, cello; Zuill Bailey, cello; Yuliya Gorenman, piano

Week Four Program Highlights: Schoenberg Verklarte Nacht; Schumann Piano Quintet; Mozart Viola Quintet; Bach Well Tempered Klavier, Book 1 Part 2

Our weekly template looks like this:

  • Tuesdays at 5:45 pm | Week in Preview – a discussion about the upcoming week’s programs with music educator Susan Reed at Stevenson Hall.
  • Wednesdays at 6:30pm | Cafe Concert – an informal performance in the lower level of the Mean Queen.
  • Thursdays at 12:15pm | Bach’s Lunch – free one-hour concert (no Bach’s Lunch on June 28) at the Odess Theater.
  • Fridays & Saturdays 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. **Note: During the last week of the Festival, Evening Concerts will be held on Thurs-Fri (June 28-29) instead of Fri-Sat.
  • Sundays | Special Events:
    • June 10 – BP Family Concert and Sea Mart Ice Cream social at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Nad Kahidi
    • June 17 – Crab Feed at Crescent Harbor Shelter
    • June 24 – Allen Marine Boat Cruise – departs from Crescent Harbor Lightering Dock.
    • July 1 – Concert Brunch hosted at a local private home.

Festival Updates

2018 Summer Festival Tickets On Sale

March 12th, 2018|1 Comment

Tickets for our Summer Festival concerts and special events are now on sale!  The guest artists have been announced and we are looking forward to another fantastic Festival. June 5-10 | Cecily Ward, violin; Tom Stone, [...]

2017 Festival Highlights

August 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

The 2017 Sitka Summer Music Festival was one to remember! We’re delighted to report that nearly 2,700 people attended our Festival events this year. Furthermore, thanks to the support of our wonderful patrons and sponsors, we [...]

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.

Scenes from Week 1 SSMF 2016

June 4th, 2016|0 Comments

Our first week of the Festival brought unforgettable performances from Cypress String Quartet, violist Christian Colberg and cellist Zuill Bailey. All photos by Xtinepix.

The Cypress String Quartet to perform all 16 Beethoven Quartets

May 2nd, 2016|2 Comments

All 16 Beethoven String Quartets will be performed during the first two weeks of the 2016 Sitka Summer Music Festival. The Cypress String Quartet has been gearing up for this musical treat as a part of their [...]

Scenes from SSMF Week 4 2015

July 5th, 2015|0 Comments

Our final week brought us the Arianna Quartet and David Wiley. We finished the season with a Concert Brunch that no one will soon forget!

Imagine the Fantastic Four, with strings!

June 25th, 2015|0 Comments

Listen to the interview with John McGrosso, Julia Sakharova, Kurt Baldwin, and Joanna Mendoza of the Arianna String Quartet. You can also link to the KCAW story here.

Scenes from SSMF Week Three 2015

June 21st, 2015|0 Comments

Our third week of the Festival brought unforgettable performances from two powerful pianists, as well as some exciting collaborations between old friends.