Ad Astra Music Festival

Celebrating five years of classical music in Russell, Kansas

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


Our Young Artist Program is tailored to undergraduate music majors pursuing a career in performance. 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 toward the 21st-century singer who is adept as both soloist and chorister across genres and styles. 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 in Russell, Kansas, from July 1 to July 28, 2019.

Applicants must have completed at least one year of their bachelor’s degree by May 2019 and may not have graduated before August 2018.

Check out the 2018 young artists, and view more in the Archive.

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 2018 Young Artists Victoria Lawal, Alexandra Galla, Logan Barat, and Cooper McGuire

2018 Young Artists Victoria Lawal, Alexandra Galla, Logan Barat, and Cooper McGuire


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. Check back in January for more details!


 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 composed of community members who perhaps sang in high school or college, or who sing in their church choirs or other community ensembles. The choir is led by artistic director and Russell native Alex Underwood. Registration will be available in January.