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About the Festival

A Different Kind of Festival in “The City Different”

The Festival draws inspiration from its namesake hometown, which is famously and affectionately known as the City Different. And things are different here, both in Santa Fe and at the Festival.

Our approach to concert programming is different. It’s unusual to have a composer as Artistic Director, and Marc Neikrug ‘composes’ each adventuresome program like a piece of music. And while you’re sure to hear many familiar favorites each season, the Festival is also a major showcase for contemporary composers, having commissioned and premiered over 100 new works to date.

The way musicians play here is different. Santa Fe is a mecca for the world’s best artists, who view it as a special place where they get to perform repertoire they don’t get to do elsewhere and play with musicians they don’t get to play with elsewhere.

The natural beauty of Santa Fe is singular, and the SFCMF’s two concert venues have a unique quality to them, particularly the St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art, where our first concert was held in 1973. St. Francis was built in 1917, but it feels like a 17th-century church.

And the audience experience is different. People come here to connect with Santa Fe’s history and creative community, and there is so much musical variety from which to choose, which is possible because SFCMF has the longest season of any American chamber musical festival.

Our Vision

To be a model chamber music festival in a distinctive setting and to be recognized worldwide

Our Mission

To bring together the world’s finest musicians to perform chamber music in all its forms

To build a broad and knowledgeable audience of all ages

To provide diverse educational opportunities

To enhance the cultural environment of Santa Fe and New Mexico