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Vocal Immersion Program

Program Details:   The VOCAL IMMERSION PROGRAM at CASTLETON (ViP) is a professional performing arts mentoring program in the bucolic Piedmont Region. Established in 2020 by Paul Groves, Michelle DeYoung, and Dietlinde Turban Maazel for emerging professional artists, the program allows a select group of young singers to explore their artistic potential through two weeks... Read More »


Castleton Festival's 2022 Summer Camp was a smashing success! Following is a description of what we did this year in collaboration with Synetic Theater, and we're excited for 2023! When an evil witch’s spell causes all the fairy tale stories to mismatch – nothing is as you remember. Cinderella and the Three Bears, Little Red... Read More »

Castleton Holiday Wishes

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Charles Williams & Tom Teasley

Make a Donation – A Time to Break Silence

Castleton’s 25th Anniversary Season!

Sunday, January 9 – 2 PM - POSTPONED - TBA  Leoš Janácek - The Diary of One Who Vanished  - An Evening of Staged Czech Vocal Music with Dominic Armstrong, Rachel Calloway, Joel Harder and Voice Students from the South Carolina University - Directed by Ellen Schlaefer Sunday, March 6 – 4 PM - PURCHASE... Read More »


The Castleton staff have been consulting Virginia COVID-19 EH Enforcement Officers on an ongoing basis. Currently, there are no occupancy limits or distancing limits for COVID-19 in place. We are operating at full seating capacity and no masks are required. However, we strongly recommend for those who are not fully vaccinated or otherwise vulnerable wear a mask... Read More »

Training at Castleton

Castleton in Residency (CiR): one- to four-week Residencies for Artists of the highest caliber furthering their collaborative work and artistic growth. Artists are invited based on outstanding talent. In line with Maestro Maazel’s ethos, they are proactively encouraged to take risks and to challenge their artistic boundaries. The opportunity to fully immerse in the Maestro’s... Read More »

Partners and Sponsors

The Castleton Festival would like to thank the following 2014-2015 Partners and Sponsors The William and Mary Greve Foundation Nippon Music Foundation The Weissberg Foundation David Charles Frederick & Sophia Lynn (Sponsors of Scalia/Ginsburg) Paul M. Smith & Michael Dennis (Sponsors of Scalia/Ginsburg) Cheri Woodard Realty The Inn at Mt Vernon Farm

Where are they now

Kira Dills DeSurra Castleton Artists Training Seminar Alumna “During my time at Castleton last summer I felt my growth was unparalleled. I made huge strides in my singing with the help of the amazing teaching staff. I was also able to forge important connections that furthered my career. I can't say enough for the networking... Read More »

Training Seminar

Principal Conductor – Rafael Payare

Rafael Payare is emerging as one of the most exciting conductors of his generation and recently opened his first season as Chief Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra. Since winning the prestigious Malko Conducting Competition in 2012 (under the presidency of Lorin Maazel), he made debuts with, amongst others, the London Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, City of... Read More »

Artistic Director – Dietlinde Turban Maazel

Dietlinde Turban Maazel’s first stage appearance at the age of 19 as Gretchen in Goethe’s Faust at Munich State Theatre brought her national fame. Thanks to scores of films and TV plays, she won Germany’s coveted Bambi Award as Best Actress of the Year (1983). Among her film credits: the title role in Goethe’s Stella,... Read More »

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Jazzed up about music education, Marsalis comes to CastletonWASHINGTON POST – By Roger Catlin   Wynton Marsalis is a superstar in the jazz world: He has won nine Grammys, was the first jazz composer to win a Pulitzer Prize and has even graced the cover of Time magazine. Like many superstars, he’s also divisive. Some critics... Read More »


The Castleton Festival’s mission, “nurturing young talents, fostering the arts and reclaiming the human spirit through integrative mentoring, world-class performances and building of communities,” gives the utmost importance to the education of both the people working at the Festival and the community members who support it. There is no more critical fight than the fight... Read More »

Make a Donation

Your tax-deductible contribution helps the Castleton Festival provide future opera and orchestra stars with outstanding training and serve the community with world-class performances. Founded in 2009 by Maestro Lorin Maazel and Dietlinde Turban Maazel, the Castleton Festival introduced classical music, theatre, and opera to the rolling hills of Rappahannock County. Castleton has been a life-changing experience for... Read More »


Thank you for your interest in supporting the Castleton Festival. There are several ways you can choose to contribute and help make a lasting impact in your community and in the performing arts. Please explore the options below to discover how you can become an integral part of the Castleton Festival.


The Theatre House When the Maazels purchased the original section of Castleton Farms in 1988, the 1857 Manor House stood across from a massive chicken coop that once housed 15,000 chickens. As soon as it became clear that this would be an ideal location for music-making, they set about rebuilding the structure to house a... Read More »

The Castleton Festival

Mission & Philosophy The Castleton Festival’s mission is to nurture young talents, foster the arts and reclaim the human spirit through integrative mentoring, world-class performances and building of communities. The Castleton Festival is unique in both the approach and the product, providing an unparalleled, transformative training and performance experience for each participant. No other young... Read More »

The Founder – Lorin Maazel

Life For over five decades, Lorin Maazel was one of the world’s most esteemed and sought-after conductors, with a career spanning 73 years of professional music-making. A second-generation American born in Paris, Lorin Maazel began violin lessons at age five, and conducting lessons at age seven with Vladimir Bakaleinikov. Maazel was invited by Arturo Toscanini... Read More »


Founded in 2009 by Maestro Lorin Maazel and Dietlinde Turban Maazel, the Castleton Festival introduced classical music, theatre, and opera to the rolling hills of Rappahannock County. Castleton has been a life-changing experience for over 3,000 participants. Set in one of the most beautiful areas of Virginia, Castleton’s performances take place at the Theatre House: a former chicken... Read More »


What is Castleton Farms? Castleton Farms is the 500 acre home of the Maazel family, located in Rappahannock County, VA. Where is the Castleton located? Our address is 671 Castleton View Road, Castleton, Virginia. We are located about 60 miles from Washington, D.C. How do I get there? Please visit the “Directions” option on the… Read More »


Castleton is approximately 60 miles southwest of Washington D.C., and the Theatre House is located at 671 Castleton View Road, Castleton, VA 22716. We highly recommend that you enter this address into your GPS before leaving; because of internet and cell phone limitations in Rappahannock County, it can be hard to get a signal when... Read More »


Welcome to the Castleton Festival! Want to make your visit a weekend stay? We can help. In the surrounding area of Rappahannock, Fauquier, and Culpeper counties, there are beautiful accommodations, tantalizing meals, and unforgettable attractions just waiting to be discovered. This area is rich in day trip options and also boasts a variety of dining... Read More »


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Ticket Policy

Box Office Hours You can purchase your tickets online or by phone. A Box Office representative is available to assist you by phone from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Wednesday through Friday. On performance days, the Box Office opens two hours before curtain, for picking up tickets from Will Call and purchasing tickets in person. Outside... Read More »




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