Who We Are

About CMFS

While typically all performances are held at the historic 125-seat Saugatuck Woman’s Club (SWC), like many performing arts organizations in the past year, we have had to adjust a bit! The SWC is a beautiful, intimate hall 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.

For our upcoming 2021 season, we will be offering a hybrid season consisting of both online concerts and events and also some live, outdoors concerts which will be free to the public. We hope to be back to the SWC for our 2022 season.

The Mission of 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.

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

Now approaching 35 years!

The Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck was conceived by a small group with a big vision. Charmed by the physical beauty of Saugatuck, Michigan, its many art galleries, shops and restaurants and its bustling summer activity they developed the concept of a summer festival devoted to classical music. The founders – the late Elaine Richey, a faculty member at North Carolina School of the Arts; Henning Christiansen, a renowned violin maker now based in Holland, Michigan; and Charles Parrott, a local businessman – launched the first season in 1988.

The festival continues to delight audiences and to attract outstanding musicians. Our guest artists have performed in concert halls 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.

We can only do it with the help of people like you! 

While our artists are paid for their performances, all other aspects of the festival, from ticket sales and publicity right down to setting up chairs, are performed by volunteers. This allows the performances to be presented for a very reasonable ticket price and provides many volunteer opportunities for our loyal local patrons.

If you are interested in volunteering during the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck performance season please visit our contact us page and fill out the contact form!

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A profile of the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck is available on Guidestar.

Click here to view our President’s Year End Report.

To view our recent tax forms, click here for 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020.

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) Funder Report prepared for the Cultural Data Project.

CMFS 2019 Season Brochure and Education Brochure
CMFS 2021 Season & Education Brochure.

Thank you! Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck is grateful for financial support from individuals and other businesses.  The quality of our programming is heavily dependent on your gifts!  To discuss the various ways in which you can contribute to CMFS, please contact us in one of the following ways:

Phone: 269.857.1424  Email: saugatuckmusic@gmail.com    Mailing address: P.O. Box 1073, Saugatuck, MI 49453.