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(Photo: Joshua Nelson, 2013) 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 […]


(Photo: Neshama Carlesbach, 2017) MFSM tickets can be purchased individually for specific events. Tickets will also be available at the door.  General admission prices may vary from event to event.  Senior (65 and over) tickets are $12, Students 24 or under (with valid student ID) $5. Four performances are offered with a free will donation. Concert-goers who […]


(Photo: Whirling Dervishes, 2013) DONATIONS Individual and business support is critical to the ongoing work of the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music. Your contribution is tax deductible! MFSM is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. There are several ways to donate to MFSM: Donate Online Just click on the “Donate” button on the right side of this […]

Upcoming Events

Date/Time Event
Friday, November 03, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Organist Kevin Vaughn and Early Music Michigan present collaboration Nov. 3
St. Augustine Cathedral, Kalamazoo Michigan
Sunday, November 05, 2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Andrea Ramsey and Kalamazoo Children's Chorus in concert Nov. 5
First Presbyterian Church, Kalamazoo MI
Saturday, November 11, 2017
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Gary Stroutsos: Remembering the Songs: Music of the Zuni, Navajo, and Salish Peoples
Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo MI
Saturday, November 11, 2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Capoeira Mandinga presents event at Kalamazoo Public Library Nov. 11
Kalamazoo Public Library, Kalamazoo MI
Sunday, November 12, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Neshama Carlebach presents a Community Soul Concert with the GospelFest choir at Chenery on Nov. 12
Chenery Auditorium, Kalamazoo MI
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Rose Ensemble with Piffaro the Renaissance Band at Chenery Nov. 15
Chenery Auditorium, Kalamazoo MI
Thursday, November 16, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dawud Wharnsby with The Red Sea Pedestrians at Dalton Theatre on Kalamazoo College campus on Nov. 16
Dalton Theatre, Fine Arts Building, Kalamazoo MI
Sunday, November 26, 2017
4:00 pm
Community invited to sing along at Messiah Sing on Nov. 26 at First Congregational Church
First Congregational Church, Kalamazoo MI

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  • 2016 Michigan Festival of Sacred Music dedicated to Michael Chen

    The 2016 Michigan Festival of Sacred Music is dedicated to the memory of Michael W. Chen, PhD. He was a good friend of the Festival and son of its founder, Dr. Wen Chao Chen. Michael  frequently inquired about the progress and programming of the festival. “I will miss Mike’s quiet support from afar and, most […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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.  

  • 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 […]

  • 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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