Ad Astra Music Festival

Celebrating five years of classical music in Russell, Kansas

One of the primary missions of the Ad Astra Music Festival is to engage with all types of musicians. From established professionals and up-and-coming musicians to high school students and volunteers who love music, there is a welcoming place for everyone to share in making music. 


The High School Honor Choir is a group of 40 talented and passionate young singers who spend three days in July in rehearsals, workshops, and performance. The honor choir is led by Festival Manager, Corie Brown and for the 2018 season, will be directly integrated in the performance of Brahms' Requiem, one of the most beloved pieces of music in the Western Classical Canon. The July 13 performance will kick off the festival and the choir will sing alongside the Russell Community Choir, the Ad Astra Chamber Choir, our world-class pianists, and New York-based soloists. APPLY HERE


The Russell Community Choir is a mainstay of the Ad Astra Music Festival. Open to anyone willing to commit to the rehearsal and performance schedule, this group has traditionally been comprised of community members who perhaps sang in high school or college, sing in their church choirs, or other community ensembles. The choir is led by artistic director and Russell native, Alex Underwood. In 2018, the choir will sing movements of Brahms' Requiem in a collaborative performance with the festival's High School Honor Choir, professional chamber choir, our world-class pianists, and New York-based soloists. The rehearsal schedule is here. SIGN-UP HERE


Our Young Artist program is tailored to undergraduate voice performance majors pursuing a career in singing. This unique program offers four singers the experience of working as a professional in daily rehearsals and multiple performances each week during the month-long festival. This Young Artist (YA) program is geared for the 21st century singer who is adept as both soloist and chorister across genres and styles. YAs anchor the choral ensembles, perform a recital, create a compline service, and sing music from the Cole Porter songbook. YAs coach with our world-class piano staff and collaborate with the next generation of thrilling musical artists. Successful applicants will need to be in residence from July 2 to July 29, 2018. Applications are closed for this season, check out our 2018 Young Artists here.