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 an auditioned group of 40 talented and passionate young singers who spend three days at the end of June in rehearsals, workshops, and performance. The honor choir will be led by Denver North High School choir director, Katy Lushman, with the support of the Ad Astra artistic staff Katie Bruton, Max Holman, John Irving, and Alex Underwood. 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. Interested in singing with us this summer? Reserve your score here. View the repertoire and rehearsal calendar here.


Our Young Artist program is tailored to undergraduate voice performance majors pursuing a career in singing. This unique program offers four or five 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, and serve as soloists with the Russell Community Choir and high school honor choir. 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 3 to July 30, 2017. APPLY HERE


The Young Artist String Quartet returns after a celebrated inaugural season! Mirroring the Young Artist (YA) program for singers, the YA string quartet participates during the festival's final two weeks. The quartet performs in a chamber music recital coached by professional cellist, Ben Cline, collaborates with the YA singers in the performance of a Bach cantata, and spends their final week immersed in Baroque performance practice preparing and performing a Handel oratorio as members of the Festival Orchestra in the festival's culminating performance. APPLY HERE