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Music at Dumbarton Oaks

Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss designed Dumbarton Oaks to be beautiful without and within, filling the gardens with flowers, the library with rare volumes, and the house itself with fine art and music. Music at Dumbarton Oaks, founded in 1946 as the Friends of Music, continues this tradition with classical concerts from established and rising musicians.

All concerts take place in the Music Room on Sundays and Mondays at 7 p.m.

Tickets for performances are generally released one month prior to the concert date. For more information on tickets or subscriptions, please contact the office at

The 2022-2023 Concert Series

View AllThe 2022-2023 Concert Series
Sep 18, 2022 - Sep 19, 2022

Manasse/Nakamatsu Duo

Oct 02, 2022 - Oct 03, 2022

Dreamers’ Circus

Nov 13, 2022 - Nov 14, 2022

Rodolfo Leone

Dec 11, 2022 - Dec 12, 2022

ModernMedieval Voices

Jan 22, 2023 - Jan 23, 2023

Zhu Wang

Feb 12, 2023 - Feb 13, 2023

Seth Parker Woods with Andrew Rosenblum

Mar 12, 2023 - Mar 13, 2023

On the Breath of Angels

Apr 02, 2023 - Apr 03, 2023

Lavinia Meijer and Nadia Sirota

Programs are subject to change

If you have questions about the concert series, please contact

To find out more about performances from past concert seasons, see the Dumbarton Oaks Annual Reports.

For information about performing at Dumbarton Oaks, or to be considered for the series, please contact Valerie Stains, Artistic Director.


The Musician-in-Residence program was inaugurated in 2014–2015 to continue and enhance a long tradition of music at Dumbarton Oaks. The main goal of the residency is to provide time and resources to young composers and musicians who show promise in transmitting traditions of classical music to younger generations. Proposals for residencies are by invitation only.

2022–2023 Musicians-in-Residence

History of Music at Dumbarton Oaks

To learn more about the history of music at Dumbarton Oaks, please visit our News Archives.

Jun 08, 2022

Finding Home in Memory and Music

Layale Chaker blends musical techniques and disciplines to record memories and tell stories
Mar 09, 2022

Music at Dumbarton Oaks, Then and Now

2022 is the 75th anniversary of the music program at Dumbarton Oaks
Sep 08, 2021

Reflections from the Spring 2021 Early-Career Musician

David Crowell reflects on a virtual residency of composing, teaching, and connecting