In 1998 the Congregation of the First Baptist Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan voted to explore the desirability and feasibility of introducing a biennial festival of sacred music into the Kalamazoo Area. With financial support from the Irving S. Gilmore and the Kalamazoo Community Foundations, and with input from a committee made up of area religious and […]



MFSM tickets can be purchased individually for specific events. Tickets will also be available at the door.  Advance tickets for the March 15 appearance of Brandon Ridenour and Useful Chamber are on sale Feb. 1 online at Brown Paper Tickets. More information on purchasing tickets online for our full festival will be available mid-summer of 2015.



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Upcoming Events

Date/Time Event
Friday, November 06, 2015
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tapestry presents Song of Songs
Holy Family Chapel, Nazareth Center, Kalamazoo MI
Friday, November 13, 2015 - Sunday, November 15, 2015
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Rachel Barton Pine featured in three performances in 2015 festival
Saturday, November 14, 2015
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Yale Strom with Hot Pstromi at the Congregation of Moses
Congregation of Moses, Kalamazoo MI

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  • The Michigan Festival of Sacred Music has its own App

    Check out our App MIFSM. Now available online for your iPhone or iPad. This is an event application to support the 2013 Michigan Festival of Sacred Music, held in Southwest Michigan. Event details such as time and location for each performance are provided, as well as, ways to connect socially and learn more about MFSM’s […]

  • MFSM Artists in the News: Joshua Nelson

    Joshua Nelson will be in Kalamazoo for a performance presented Nov. 10 by the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music. Recently his work caught the attention of Time Magazine, which named 10 stars of the new Jewish music that you will want to learn more about. Time Magazine had this to say: The enduring popularity of […]

  • 2013 A letter from Executive Director Elizabeth Start

    From the Director: • A great series of events in the 2012-2013 “off-season”; • An exciting exchange with a sacred music festival in Assisi, Italy; • A wonderful line-up of artists for our next festival, November 7-17, 2013; • Our “What’s Sacred to You?” campaign brings in new collaborative partners; partnerships; • Dedication of our […]

  • MFSM Artists in the News

    Local favorite and mridangam virtuoso Rohan Krishnamurthy was recently in India for research and was interviewed by the Times of India Chennai. He talked to the newspaper about music, his research and performing. To read the story, please follow this link.  

  • 2012: A letter from Executive Director Elizabeth Start

    From the Director Dear Friends: A great 10th anniversary festival in November 2011, with lasting impact; Many additional concerts and outreach events in 2012; An expansion of our approach to our mission; The passing of our insightful founder, Dr. Wen Chao Chen: A lot has happened in the last year for the Michigan Festival of […]

  • MusicAEterna’s ‘At the Museum’ gets critical acclaim

    Last year’s MusicAEterna CD, At the Museum, which debuted at the 2011 Michigan Festival of Sacred Music recently got a wonderful review from the San Francisco Classical Music Examiner. The review says: “Her distillations fall easily on the ear and the evocations appeal to the mind of the serious listener, summoning a listening experience that […]

  • Joel Mabus on Lori Moore on WKZO

    Joel Mabus presents his latest CD, “A Parlor Guitar Christmas,”  in concert at 8 p.m., Nov. 24, at First Baptist Church, 315 W. Michigan The concert is in collaboration with the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music. Listen in to the interview.    

  • Michigan Festival of Sacred Music 2013: Nov. 7-17

    The Michigan Festival of Sacred Music board and staff is hard at work planning the 2013 festival. The festival will be 10 days, from Nov. 7 through Nov. 17, 2013, at various Kalamazoo venues. Be sure to check back often as we present updates on artists that have been confirmed for the festival.

  • We will miss Dr. Wen Chao Chen

    Aug. 14, 2012 Yesterday he Michigan Festival of Sacred Music lost a great friend and supporter: Dr. Wen Chao Chen, co-founder of the festival. The Michigan Festival of Sacred Music was the brain-child of the community leader and member of First Baptist Church. He recognized the power of sacred music to gather and bless people. […]

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