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Inaugural Season The New Harmony Music Festival's inaugural season in July of 2012 will feature concerts of non-amplified traditional and classical music, presented in the soaring acoustical spaces of New Harmony, Indiana.  Read the Full Story
The Meier Atheneum The Atheneum was designed by internationally-known architect Richard Meier. He viewed it as a point of arrival and oriented it towards the riverbank of the Wabash, symbolizing New Harmony's beginning, as both Harmony Society and Owen-Maclure community members came to the area by boat. Read the Full Story
Rapp Granary - David Dale Owen Laboratory The massive sandstone, brick and wood structure, often referred to as a Fort Granary, was built by German immigrants at a time when Indiana gained statehood. Read the Full Story
Thrall's Opera House Formerly known as Rooming House 4, this building originally served as a community house for the single men in Father George Rapp's communal society. Read the Full Story
The Macleod Barn Abbey This simply furnished facility features a large gathering room with fireplace that can seat up to 50 people. It houses a full kitchen, large dining room, and two floors of bedrooms accommodating 29 guests.  Read the Full Story

Natalie Haas, Cello


Chris Layer, Flutes & Pipes


Susie Petrov, Piano


Arnaud Sussman, Violin


Mazz Swift, Violin


Martha Waldovgel - Warren, Harp


Patrick Ourceau, Fiddle


New Harmony, Indiana

The New Harmony Music Festival and School
New Harmony, Indiana
Inaugural Season
July-8-14, 2012
"Sharing Life In The Presence Of Music"

For the last few years or so, I have been considering the foundation of a summer music school AND music festival that would embrace both classical and traditional "musics": a place where musicians, students, and music appreciators could immerse themselves in an environment free from the strictures of "label' "style" or "category" and explore the common threads and roots of acoustic music from these two traditions. Words like passion, tradition, acoustics, color, and virtuosity always come to mind when folks speak of classical chamber music and traditional music, but how often do we encounter these two wonderful "branches" in the tree of music side-by-side in a concert hall or theater?

Having lived with my feet in both worlds for so long I feel that now is the time to celebrate the very real trend that exists among classical and traditional musicians today towards a common language, a shared body of technique, and an acoustic performance aesthetic within the context single festival and attendant summer music school.

That is the essence of The New Harmony Music Festival and School.

As the festival/school concept began to take shape I realized that I had encountered individuals of like mind and character in music over the years: people who loved to transcend commercial and stylistic labels to find our friend music in all of its many mansions. Each of our faculty-performers was chosen for their ability to both inspire our students and create inspiring music in performance for our audiences, to share their lives in music with others and share in a musical celebration.

In June of 2011, at the behest of festival co-founder Kent Schuette and several town fathers, I visited historic New Harmony, Indiana, a town of approx. 900 people situated on the banks of the lower Wabash River. I was asked to perform as a part of a memorial to Jane Blaffer Owen, the great philanthropist who had left her indelible print upon the small Indiana town by creating gardens, museums, art studios, meeting places, and natural preserves throughout the town. Her goal was to build an environment for creative, intellectual and spiritual refreshment and while preserving the magnificent and historical heritage of the two separate "Utopian" communities who had founded the community.

What I saw and what Jane Blaffer Owen left behind is a garden indeed, that and so much more: a beautiful almost "spiritual" space in rural Indiana, ideal for housing and nurturing a small school of musical thought and deed, a destination where concerts of music could fill glorious garden spaces, embrace the grand old architecture of historic New Harmony and ennoble the modern town landmarks created by Philip Johnson and Richard Meier.

In partnership with the New Harmony Artists Guild, and with the support of The New Harmony Business Associates, we hope to make The New Harmony Festival & School a reality. We are seeking funding, private and corporate, on all levels for said, providing non-profit tax benefits in kind for donors and supporters. I hope you will consider my appeal for your generous gift of support, and I hope to see you in attendance in the summer of 2012, the inaugural season of our musical celebration!


Christopher Layer
Artistic Director and Founder,
The New Harmony Music Festival and School

Mobile Applications

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  • The New Harmony Artists Guild Education Fund
  • P/O Box 32
  • Lafayette, IN 47902
  • Tel: (888) 242-0226




Student registration for the New Harmony Summer School
of Music will open February 15th, 2012.  The school is open
to all levels of musical ability, but beginners are cautioned
that the teaching is geared towards intermediate to advanced
players.  There is currently no entrance audition required for
acceptance to the school, but attendance is limited to 28
students, so early registration is suggested. The school is
open to adults 18 years and older, but younger students
may be admitted on a case by case basis.  A parental waiver
may be required for student acceptance. Watch this space
for full registration details, downloadable forms, etc.

Philosophy and Overview

  • Teach and present both classical and traditional music in an “acoustic”(un-amplified) format.
  • Share that knowledge with others thru classes and even new compositions that reflect this aesthetic.
  • Cultivation of this pure music and a perfect place for the training of musicians, both young and old.
  • Concerts, jam sessions, and dances!
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