What We Do

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The Uncommon Music Festival is an annual, week-long chamber music festival of new music, early music, and underperformed music of any era. The Music Festival presents the Uncommon Music Ensemble, a 6-person chamber group comprised of a vocal quartet, a piano/organist, and a guitar/lute player in a series of concerts and community engagement events. The Ensemble focuses on music that challenges listeners while remaining relevant, accessible, and engaging.

The Festival holds three main goals:

1. To encourage adventurous listening by presenting inclusive, exciting music that is unlikely to have been heard by our audiences
2. To perform the work of underrepresented composers, especially women and composers of color
3. To demystify music-making and render the idea of making music oneself more accessible

The Uncommon Music Festival is held in community spaces all throughout Sitka. In 2017, concerts and events were held at Yaw Chapel and the Odess Theater on the Sitka Fine Arts Campus, at the Sitka Performing Arts Center, at St. Peter's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, at Sitka Lutheran Church, and in Sitka National Historical Park. We strive to provide something for everyone by presenting a wide variety of events, presenting diverse musical repertoire in highly varied environments. Whether you're looking for an evening of chamber music, an interactive workshop with musical improvisation, or a serenaded walk through the woods, the Uncommon Music Festival has something for you. Join us!