Ad Astra Music Festival

Est. 2014 in Russell, Kansas

2019 tickets now on sale


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. Community members may now register for the Russell Community Choir by June 24. Both ensembles 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.

2018 Poster  by David Friday

2018 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.