Staunton Music Festival concerts take place in a variety of locations throughout historic downtown Staunton, Virginia. The downtown is compact (about 7 blocks long) and walkable from several hotels and B&Bs, restaurants, and numerous shops.
TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH
214 West Beverley St
SMF’s primary venue. The sanctuary dating to 1855 features stunning acoustics, numerous Tiffany windows, and a specially designed stage. Trinity also hosts its own “Sundays at 5” concert series all year long, presenting free concerts and special liturgies, guest artists and in house musicians. Info at trinitystaunton.org. Handicap accessible. Seats 550.
10 South Market St
Only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor playhouse in the world and home to the American Shakespeare Center. With thrust staging and intimate seating, the Playhouse was constructed in 2001 and has presented 6-8 Elizabethan performances year-round ever since. Blackfriars plays host to two SMF concerts during the August 2019 festival. Handicap accessible. Seats 300.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
100 East Frederick St
Historically significant (Woodrow Wilson’s father was minister here in mid 1800s), First Presbyterian has a spacious sanctuary with balcony, perfect for daytime concerts. SMF also constructs a temporary raised stage to improve visibility. The church hosts Waynesboro Symphony and events from Mary Baldwin University. Handicap accessible. Seats 500.
CENTRAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
14 North Lewis St
Originally founded in 1797, Central United Methodist is the oldest continuous Methodist congregation in Staunton and Augusta County. The semi-circular sanctuary with balcony provides great atmosphere for concerts, rehearsals, and lectures. Central Methodist hosts the popular "Meet the Composer" program in August. Handicap accessible. Seats 260.
AUGUSTA STONE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
28 Old Stone Church Ln
Founded in 1740, Augusta Stone is the oldest Presbyterian church in continuous use in Virginia. Wonderful acoustics and intimate setting are ideal for Baroque music. In March 2019 harpsichordist Carsten Schmidt performs Bach at this venue. Located 9 miles north of Staunton on Route 11 in the village of Fort Defiance. Seats 200.
CHRIST EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH
2807 N Augusta St
The original Christ Lutheran community was founded in 1853 and housed in buildings in the heart of downtown Staunton. The current church sits a mile north of downtown in an acoustically vibrant structure dating from 1959. Home to one of the fabulous Taylor & Boody organs, Christ Lutheran hosts various musical performances throughout the year. Seats 300.
BLACK SWAN BOOKS & MUSIC
1 East Beverley St
Traditional bookseller offering new and used items, as well as LP’s and vintage books. Located at the very heart of downtown Staunton. Black Swan hosts other events throughout the year, including readings, author signings, and concerts. Seats 40. Sells SMF tickets too! In 2019 Black Swan hosts our Nightcap #1: La Folia, a rousing late night of violin pyrotechnics. Open Wed-Sun.
MADISON PLACE - PRIVATE RESIDENCE
12 Madison Place
Stunning private home atop the Newtown historic district, overlooking Staunton's downtown. Built in 1851, the home's main parlors provide ideal ambience for two Nightcap performances. Located just three short blocks west of Trinity Church at the corner of Johnson Street and Madison Place. Seats 60. (Please note: this venue is not wheelchair accessible. Stairs are required.)