Chamber Music Festival Of Saugatuck

P.O. Box 1073
Saugatuck, MI 49453

Our Mission

The Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck is dedicated to perpetuating chamber music – keeping it vibrant and alive.

We present concerts in an atmosphere that encourages a sense of belonging and works to involve the audience as an active part of the experience.

We provide an opportunity for musicians to share their enthusiasm for their instruments and music as they present the challenge of the new and the comfort of the familiar.

Our History

The Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck owes its existence to a few people with a big vision.It began as an idea conceived by the late Elaine Richey, a faculty member at North Carolina School of the Arts and Henning Christiansen, a renowned violin maker now based in Holland, Michigan. Charmed with the physical beauty of Saugatuck, its many art galleries and shops and its bustling summer activity, they developed the concept of a summer festival devoted to classical music. With the assistance of Charles Parrott, a local businessman, the first season was launched in 1988.

Now in its 19th season,the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck continues to delight audiences and to attract outstanding musicians. Our guest artists have performed in concerts and festivals literally around the world. Yet each of them treasures the opportunity to be a part of this festival that offers “big time” music in a “small town” setting.

“It’s unusual for a community of our size to have this kind of resource,” according to Bill Galligan, president of the CMFS all-volunteer board of directors. “Many people come to a concert for the first time not certain if they’ll enjoy it and then become dedicated fans. They find the programs engaging, challenging and a total pleasure.”

All performances are held at the historic 125-seat Saugatuck Woman’s Club which offers an elevated stage for excellent viewing and fine acoustics. The intimate setting is ideal for the appreciation of chamber music. “Meet the Artists” receptions are held after each concert and complimentary coffee is available during intermissions.

The Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck adds a unique dimension to Saugatuck, Michigan’s reputation as a center for the visual arts by providing “Art for your Ears” as well. We invite you to join us and add some beautiful music to your summer.

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