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The Anchorage Festival of Music (AFM) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing top-quality music opportunities for the people of Alaska.


We are the only local organization dedicated to providing chamber music opportunities for local musicians. AFM’s annual Soirée Series of classical, jazz, and Baroque performances reaches a wide range of performers and audiences.


In 1989, the Alaska Festival of Music consolidated with the Basically Bach Festival, founded in 1978 by Elvera Voth, and together they re-established the original name of the Anchorage Festival of Music.


Since 2000, the Anchorage Festival of Music has held an annual competition to select a worthy performing Alaskan artist entering the professional field.

About Us

The Anchorage Festival of Music was founded in 1956 though the collaboration of Mary Hale and the internationally renowned conductor, Robert Shaw, who served as Artistic Director and Conductor for the first twelve years. Joining Maestro Shaw in the founding year were John Wustman, Julius Herford, Robert Gerle, and Blake Stern.

The Festival was organized to “provide local musicians and audiences the enriching experience of great music; studied, rehearsed and performed with inspired, professional direction.”



Founded in 1956, the Anchorage Festival of Music (AFM) remains dedicated to providing performance and enrichment opportunities to local musicians and audiences.

Join us this season for our innovative, intimate, and informative concerts.
Experience AFM’s signature hospitality!


Get your tickets online at or by calling 263-ARTS (1-877-ARTS-TIX)!

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