The Oskaloosa Music Festival – 2018

Oskaloosa Music Festival 2018

Oskaloosa Music Festival 2018

Celebrating its 9th year of outstanding classical music performance and education in Southeastern Iowa from May 30th – June 8th.

The Oskaloosa Music Festival returns for its ninth consecutive year this June. During the first week in June, enjoy “Mahaska Masterworks” when a dozen professional classical musicians put on dressed-up and dressed-down concerts across town. You won’t want to miss the Smokey Row Jam on Wednesday, May 30th at 7:30pm or the Masterworks Recital on Saturday, June 2nd at 7:30pm hosted at the First Presbyterian Church.

During the second week in June, the “String Chamber Music Camp,” you can catch students from Osky, Pella, and Ottumwa perform as they participate in an intensive day camp hosted by Lux String Quartet. See the pros in action on Tuesday, June 5th at 7:30pm in the “faculty recital”

at Fellowship Bible Church and enjoy the culmination of the students’ work at the camp in the “student recital” on Friday, June 8th at 7:30pm, also at Fellowship Bible Church. Other events include collaborations with the City Band, Art on the Square, The Alley, Oskaloosa Public Library, Crystal Heights Care Facility, and picnic concerts on the square. For a complete listing of events, visit , the Everything Mahaska Calendar, or you can find the Oskaloosa Music Festival on Facebook.

About the Oskaloosa Music Festival:
Founded in 2010 by Oskaloosa High School Alum and professional violist, Ben Davis, the Oskaloosa Music Festival hosts professional artists and educators from across the country for a 2-week residency in Oskaloosa, IA. Davis, inspired by his musical roots in Oskaloosa, returns each year to inspire the next generation of musicians both young and old across the community through a series of concerts and educational opportunities.

Individuals, businesses, and organizations across Oskaloosa have come together to support OMF to help achieve its mission which states…”To provide entertainment and education to the local students and public by means of exposure to some of the greatest, yet widely unknown, art music from the 18th to the 21st centuries. By exposing students to this repertoire, the Oskaloosa Music Festival hopes to inspire a life in the pursuit of music, not necessarily as a career path, but as a means to develop necessary skills such as work ethic, goal setting, group collaboration, and self expression. And the most important part of the entire festival…having fun making music together!

OMF graciously thanks the George Daily Family Trust and the Mahaska County Community Foundation for their support of this project.



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