Our sponsor, the Birch Wathen Lenox School

We have thanked many people on this page, but our biggest thank-you must go out to the Birch Wathen Lenox School, without whom none of this would be possible. They have generously funded the festival and provided guidance every step of the way. We cannot wait to work with their students in the fall! In the meantime, please check out this wonderful school on Facebook and Instagram.

Stephen Dembski, composer in residence

We are beyond pleased to introduce you to our composer in residence, Stephen Dembski. He will be joining us in Sitka for the premiere of his three settings of Lee Rudolph poems on our August 19 vocal music concert; his work will also be featured on August 17 at the Larkspur and in our final evening concert on August 20. We can't wait to perform his music, and The Uncommon Music Festival is greatly indebted to him for his support on every level. Please take a moment to visit his website and listen to some of his music - and please come meet him in August in Sitka!

Exposed early on to Euro-American concert music, Stephen Dembski later took up Anglo-American folk music, and then Afro-American improvisation. Eventually, work with Cecil Taylor and Milton Babbitt bolstered the integration of neo- platonic formalism and abstract expressionism that has long informed his compositions. While the Penguin Guide to Jazz refers to his work for improvising musicians, under his “conduction,” as “exquisite,” his Euro-tradition music was praised by the NYTimes as “sensuous” and “ecstatic,” and by Pacifica Radio as simply “moving and beautiful.”

Photo by Paul Hertz

Photo by Paul Hertz

Photo by Roberto Masotti

Photo by Roberto Masotti

Welcome to our guest artist Rebecca Osborn!

We are so excited to have Rebecca Osborn joining us on viola! Come see her on Wednesday August 17 at the Larkspur Cafe and on our final concert on Saturday August 20.

Rebecca Osborn has music degrees from the University of Colorado and The Juilliard School.  She played in orchestras in Switzerland and Venezuela and then moved back to New York City to freelance.  She has been lucky and smart enough to have Sitka as her summer home for 23 years!

Check out the first complete works of Barbara Strozzi!

We're very grateful to Richard Kolb and Cor Donato Editions for their support! We will be using a lovely edition of "L'usignuolo" a rarely-performed Barbara Strozzi madrigal, from Kolb's forthcoming edition of Strozzi's opus 1. Several volumes have already appeared in this series, which will be the first ever complete works edition of Barbara Strozzi! This is long overdue for this beautiful music, so please consider supporting this great press by checking out www.cordonatoeditions.com

Meet our Young Artists!

We are proud to announce the following group of talented musicians that will be participating in this year's festival:

Andy Berry - Bass

Sylvia Leith - Mezzo-Soprano

Jacob Reed - Keyboard

Warner Iversen - Guitar/Theorbo

Ariadne Lih - Soprano

Nate Barnett - Tenor