Sitka 2019: Join us!
July 30-August 4, 2019

 “Sitka is a great place for our spirits any time of year, and we have found that The Uncommon Music Festival makes life a bit sweeter the first week of August. As if an excuse is necessary to visit, here is a very good one.” - Harry Kachline

“Sitka is a great place for our spirits any time of year, and we have found that The Uncommon Music Festival makes life a bit sweeter the first week of August. As if an excuse is necessary to visit, here is a very good one.” - Harry Kachline

 “The Festival ended with a walk in the woods … my [favorite] moment was when the musicians sang the competition winner, ‘When Lost in the Forest.’ With the line ‘No two trees are the same to the raven,’ Raven started calling, followed by Eagle. It was a wonder filled moment.” - Rich McClear,   Postcards from the Transition

“The Festival ended with a walk in the woods … my [favorite] moment was when the musicians sang the competition winner, ‘When Lost in the Forest.’ With the line ‘No two trees are the same to the raven,’ Raven started calling, followed by Eagle. It was a wonder filled moment.” - Rich McClear, Postcards from the Transition

Like Sitka, the Uncommon Music Festival offers an experience unlike any other. What strikes a chord with you?

  • Early music from Bach to Hildegard of Bingen?

  • World premieres: music that has literally never been heard before?

  • Uncommon gems by women composers and composers of color?

  • Vocal chamber music with poems read aloud before every performance?

  • Instrumental music on organ, piano, guitar, and lute?

  • Evenings of food, drink, live performance, and conversation?

  • Community events that support the arts in Sitka?

  • Workshops that break down how we make music?

  • Music at the foot of the mountains, overlooking the sea, or in the shadow of the Sitka spruce?

We offer all this and much more. From July 30 to August 4, 2019, join us for a full schedule of musical events all around Sitka. It’s free: all our performances, workshops, and community gatherings are free and open to all. If you’re coming from out of town, please register so that we can provide you with all the information you need to have a wonderful trip. If you’re not sure you’re coming, you can join our Mailing List for updates, recordings, and more.

Schedule

Here are just a few of the events we have planned:

  • Organ Recital - lunchtime recital on the historic 1844 Kessler Organ at Sitka Lutheran.

  • Artist Showcase - an uncommon selection of solo guitar, keyboard, and vocal music.

  • Flagship Concert - an evening of ensemble music featuring our commission and competition winners.

  • Women in the Church - sacred music by women combined with readings, poetry, and prayers selected by Rev. Julie Platson.

  • Music and Poetry Workshop - listening workshop and performance featuring our 2019 commission as part of the Sitka Arts and Science Festival lecture series.

  • Performance Workshop - intimate workshop breaking down the decisions that go into musical performance.

  • Nature Music - join us as we sing beneath trees and totems on this guided walk through Sitka National Historical Park.

  • Two new outdoor events at beautiful locations around Sitka

 For the third year running, we will be artists-in-residence with the Sitka Arts and Science Festival, and we’ll also be collaborating with Sitka Lutheran, St. Peter’s by-the-Sea, and Sitka Sacred Harp. Events will take place on the Sitka Fine Arts Campus and around town. All venues are walking distance from downtown Sitka.

For the third year running, we will be artists-in-residence with the Sitka Arts and Science Festival, and we’ll also be collaborating with Sitka Lutheran, St. Peter’s by-the-Sea, and Sitka Sacred Harp. Events will take place on the Sitka Fine Arts Campus and around town. All venues are walking distance from downtown Sitka.


 Questions about traveling to Sitka? Please contact us at  directors@uncommonmusicfest.org

Questions about traveling to Sitka? Please contact us at directors@uncommonmusicfest.org

Planning your trip

Flights to Sitka arrive through Seattle or Juneau on Delta or Alaska Airlines, and round trips from most cities in the U.S. range from $400 to $800. Once you arrive, it’s a short cab ride to downtown Sitka. You can also get to Sitka by cruise, ferry, and small plane. Learn more here: https://visitsitka.org/visitor-info/getting-here


We stay on the Sitka Fine Arts Campus, and you can too! The Fine Arts Camp offers scenic and welcoming accommodations for $96/night, and shuttle service to and from the airport for $7.50 per person each way. Book your stay at this link! Meal plans are also available for purchase. See other options under the Resources section.


We can’t possibly list all the ways to enjoy culture, history, food, wildlife, and wilderness in Sitka. Some of our favorites include walks through Sitka National Historical Park, the Gavan Hill trail, ice-cold swims in the ocean, the Raptor Center, boutiques featuring Sitkan artists, and fresh seafood from Ashmo’s food truck, but there is so much more.

Resources

Find out more about where to stay and what to do with these websites. Questions? Looking for recommendations? Don’t hesitate to contact us at directors@uncommonmusicfest.org.


Here’s what audience members said about the 2018 Festival:

“Quality, energy, diversity.”

“I really loved the pieces with Carolyn Servid through the week. Also, the walk in Totem Park. Actually, each event was special.”

“Beautiful voices and harmonies performed at St. Peter’s.”

“The music with the art at the Lutheran Church was quite beautiful, and the walk through the park, delightful.”

“Good blend between music and nature.”

“Great performances and interaction and explanations of what you do for the audience.”

“You commission new works that speak to our community.”

“I like the juxtaposition of modern and early music and music from women.”

“I especially loved sitting and listening at Starrivagan looking out at the leaves in the wind.”

Thank you to everyone who took our 2018 audience survey!