We believe the arts express the essence of what it means to be fully human. The Lancaster Festival celebrates the artistic creativity of all cultures, serving as the foundation of year-round community efforts to nurture participation in the arts.



  • Promote the artistic growth and outreach of the Lancaster Festival Orchestra as the cornerstone of classical music programming.
  • Maintain the highest quality in all aspects of the Festival, while encouraging experimentation and adventure.
  • Support and offer visibility for community artists.
  • Be all-inclusive in our appeal to the community.
  • Be an advocate of arts education for all children.
  • Nurture the sense of family, community and homecoming in the  Festival.
  • Create a dynamic organization that will sustain and grow the Festival into the future.
  • Stimulate economic development in the community.
  • Make the Lancaster Festival a nationally visible signature of the community.
Adopted by the Lancaster Festival Board of Directors
on April 20, 1999.