Ad Astra Music Festival

Est. 2014 in Russell, Kansas

help us meet our 2019 fundraising goal


festival musicians arrive in russell

The festival musicians of Ad Astra are arriving in Russell in preparation for this weekend’s performances. Give them a warm welcome if you see them around town at any of our sponsors, including Espresso Etc., Klema’s, or Meridy’s.

2019 young artists announced

Our 2019 young artists are soprano Christina Han of New York, mezzo-soprano Grace Volker of Kansas, tenor Bo Shimmin of Arizona, and bass-baritone Jacob Lay of Georgia. Read more about them here.

sing with ad astra

The High School Honor Choir is now accepting applications, due July 9. They and the Russell Community Choir will sing with the Ad Astra Festival Chorus on the opening concert of the season July 12. Apply now!

volunteer for the festival

We’re looking for western Kansans who are passionate about classical music and giving back to their community. Interested in giving some of your time to Ad Astra? Sign up here.

2019 Poster  by David Friday

2019 Poster by David Friday


Est. 2014 in Russell, Kansas

Each July, the Ad Astra Music Festival, founded by Russell native Alex Underwood, colors central Kansas with classical music by integrating emerging young artists, community members, and professional musicians. Audiences have come to expect fresh, new music alongside vibrant performances of history’s richest musical works of art. From opera and chamber music performances the Deines Cultural Center, to sunset services at the picturesque Basilica of St. Fidelis, to live jazz at Granny Mae’s barn, each season offers concerts for every Kansan to enjoy. Ad Astra prides itself on programming new music from a diverse set of composers, including commissions from 2018 Pulitzer Prize Finalist Michael Gilbertson and Moira Smiley, Matthew Aucoin, Mary Kouyoumdjian, and Kate Soper. We’re dedicated to making this festival of and for the people of Russell as we annually collaborate with local visual artists, poets, and musicians to design meaningful creative experiences.