Boxwood Festivals


Boxwood has established a worldwide presence celebrating and sharing musical traditions. The Boxwood Festival & Workshop is a non-profit organization that aims to provide opportunities for the dissemination, sharing, presentation and celebration of traditional music. Since 1995 Boxwood has fulfilled this mission through festivals, workshops, classes, concerts, and a variety of media including sound, video and the web. Boxwood invites a multicultural and intergenerational dialogue between performers, teachers, scholars, students, instrument makers and members of local communities with annual gatherings taking place in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Waipu, New Zealand and Williamsburg, VA. Our programs emphasize the deep connections between music, dance & language and ultimately seek to strengthen and bridge communities while to helping adults and children develop their artistic potential.

Boxwood emphasizes an exploration of the roots of many musical traditions in the renaissance and baroque, as well as a holistic approach integrating music, dance and language. The musical styles presented at Boxwood include those which have been traditionally passed along as a part of the oral tradition: the folk music of Scotland, Ireland, Cape Breton, Quebec, New England, old-time, Breton, Galician, Cuban Charanga, Native American (First Nations) and classical Indian. Students have also been invited to try improvisatory, learned-by-ear elements of classical styles including renaissance, baroque and some contemporary music. In short, Boxwood aims to present the music and ideas that encourage musicians to leave the printed page to find their own musical voice.

Boxwood has presented workshops in Canada, The United States, Europe and Asia. This work has been recognized and supported by governments, organizations and individuals worldwide including: Culture Ireland, Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, The Canadian Chancellery of Honours, The Senate of Canada, The Nova Scotia Parliament House of Assembly, CBC Radio Canada, Town of Barga (Italy), Creative New Zealand, Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust (NZ), College of William and Mary (USA), University of Wisconsin (USA), Taichung University (TW), The Highland Trust (UK) and many more.

Boxwood Festival, Ltd is a 501(c)3 non profit organization in the United States. Boxwood's work in Canada is supported by the Boxwood Festival Society, a registered charity in Nova Scotia. All contributions are tax deductable in the US.

Director: Chris Norman

Board: Karl Sumwalt, Susan Lawlor, Shelley Mann, Elizabeth MacDonald, Debbie Pearson.

Boxwood Dates for 2015

  • Williamsburg, Virginia, USA, April 16-19, 2015
  • Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, July 19 - 25, 2015
  • Waipu, New Zealand, November 8-13, 2105

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