The Uncommon Music Festival would not be possible without our partnership with the Sitka Fine Arts Camp. We are honored to take part in their mission: to build community in Alaska by providing opportunities in arts, culture and recreation in an inclusive, educational and inspirational environment. The Sitka Fine Arts Camp offers nationally acclaimed summer programs for aspiring artists and year-round opportunities in the arts for all ages.
The home base for the Uncommon Music Festival in Sitka is the beautiful Sitka Fine Arts Campus, which has undergone major restoration in recent years. We encourage you to learn more about the Fine Arts Camp, their Campus, and their work on their website.
Sitka Arts and Science Festival
The Uncommon Music Festival musicians are the artists in residence with the 2018 Sitka Arts and Science Festival. Organised by the Sitka Fine Arts Camp, the Arts and Science Festival explores what it means to be human against the immensity of forest, ocean, and mountains in Sitka, Alaska. Through workshops, excursions, performances, and more, the SASF offers opportunities for reflection and engagement at the intersection of the arts and sciences, where human expression and understanding meet.
We are offering several events as part of the Sitka Arts and Science Festival in partnership with the Sitka Fine Arts Camp. Learn more on our events page or on the SASF website, and consider attending one of their wonderful workshops!
St. Peter's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church
The Uncommon Music Festival was hosted by St. Peter's by-the-Sea Episcopal church in our first year, and we have been working with this wonderful faith community ever since. Located in the busy downtown area of Sitka, the sanctuary of St. Peter's by-the-Sea is open during the day for visitors and people seeking a moment of peace in their workday world.
The Rector at St. Peter's is the Reverend Julie Platson, who has been our treasured friend and collaborator since day one. This year, we worked with her to create Women in the Church, an event celebrating the artistic creation of women in the Church through music, readings, poetry and prayers. Our evening concert on Friday, August 3 also takes place at St. Peter's. Learn more on our events page.
Sitka Sacred Harp
Sitka Sacred Harp is the Sitka chapter of Sacred Harp Alaska. In brief, Sacred Harp singing means singing from the Sacred Harp songbook, that is, singing four-part a cappella music that uses shape-note music notation. The Sitka Sacred Harp Sing meets every 2nd, 4th and 5th Sunday each month. All are welcome!
The Uncommon Music Festival loves shape-note singing, and we love working with Sitka Sacred Harp. In our first year, we joined forces to perform Gospel Trumpet, a newly composed piece for shape-note choir, SATB soloists, piano, and organ! This year, we are co-presenting an event called Sharing Vocal Traditions where you can hear and learn about both of our groups, and help us learn from one another. See our events page for details.
The Great Sitka Arts Council is the arts council for the city of Sitka, Alaska. They foster relationship building and community engagement through educational and entertaining arts collaborations, bringing together community members and group leaders of the best skill and enthusiasm to collaborate, plan and deliver finely tailored arts events and experiences that embrace Sitka, Alaska, and its people.
The Uncommon Music Festival is thrilled to participate in the mission of the Greater Sitka Arts Council by presenting our final event, Nature Music, in partnership with them. Nature Music is an informal outdoor concert, a musical walk through the beautiful Sitka National Historical Park. Find out more on our events page. We hope to see you there!