Frequently Asked Questions

Through live, professional performances, educational programs, exceptional hospitality and opportunity for personal interaction between musicians and audiences, Garth Newel Music Center enriches lives through inspired chamber music and performance arts experiences.

What is the history of Garth Newel?

Garth Newel is a Welsh phrase which we translate loosely to mean “new hearth” or “new home” and it was the name given to the property in the 1920s when William Sergeant Kendall and his young bride Christine Herter Kendall moved to Bath County.  For more details see our history page.

What are your office hours?

The office is open Monday thru Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. It is closed on major holidays. For event information, please visit

How do I make reservations to stay at the Manor House at the Garth Newel Music Center?

To make reservations to stay at the Manor House, call the office at 540-839-5018 Monday thru Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm. 

What kind of music is played at Garth Newel?

Visit Garth Newel and enjoy world class chamber music performances. The Garth Newel Piano Quartet, our resident ensemble, plays many of our concerts. Though most of the concerts are classical chamber music, you may find a variety throughout the year.

Length of Concerts

Performance length varies, but most evening concerts last about two hours, including intermission.


Although most artists appreciate applause at anytime during a performance, audiences should wait until the end of a piece to clap. This is considered respectful to the performers’ concentration and mindful of musical continuity. If you’re unsure about when to applaud, a good rule of thumb is to follow the lead of other audience members.

How do I get to Garth Newel?

Garth Newel is located in Bath County, VA about 1/2 way between Warm Springs and Hot Springs, VA on U.S. Route 220. Our driveway is clearly marked as “Garth Newel Lane” and a sign on the east side of the road. Our address is not GPS friendly- for step by step instructions, see our directions page.

What will we eat?

Garth Newel’s resident Chef Josh Elliott serves gourmet meals after many of the concerts. The set-menu meals are 4 or 5 courses and full of the freshest ingredients. We also have picnics, brunches, and the occasional buffet. Reservations are required for meals.

Garth Newel is also ideal for picnicking, and we encourage you to bring your picnic to enjoy before or after concerts. There are many great restaurants in the area. Visit for more information.

Wine, beer, and soft drinks are always available to purchase before all concerts and during intermissions. Cocktails are available to purchase during the Spring and Fall Seasons. Feel free to take your drink to your seat and enjoy it during the concert.

Can you accommodate my dietary restrictions?

Yes! We are able to meet your dietary restrictions within reason. Please notify us of any special requests when you make your reservation.

What should I wear to a concert at Garth Newel?

The atmosphere at Garth Newel is generally casual, and all dress is acceptable. Patrons wear anything from jeans and boots to cocktail dresses and sport coats. The Summer Festival tends to be more casual and there are occasional events that are black-tie optional. Some will come dressed elegantly for a night out on the town, others will dash in wearing sneakers and shorts having just returned from a hike. The only rule is to be comfortable.

When should I arrive at the concert hall?

The concert hall opens an hour before the concert. A cash bar may be available for 1/2 hour prior to event.

How are seats assigned?

All concerts are general admission so you may choose any available seat when you arrive.

What about parking?

Parking is free and ample. There is Accessible Parking reserved near the hall. Please allow enough time to park your car before a performance.

Are there events at Garth Newel year round?

Yes! Our main season runs from the end of April to the end of October and the Summer Festival may be our best known time of year. But exciting events are happening year round at Garth Newel including Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve, and other occasional events.

What if the weather is bad?

In addition to providing superb acoustics, our concert hall is fully enclosed, heated, and air conditioned. Except for in the most extreme circumstances, the show will go on.

What is your ticket exchange/refund policy?

Exchanges can be made in person or by phone at least twenty-four hours in advance and cannot occur for an event that has already taken place, or has already started. Complimentary tickets cannot be exchanged.

In rare cases, Garth Newel Music Center may offer a full refund for exceptional circumstances.

Do you sell gift certificates?

Gift Certificates are available for concerts, meals, and/or lodging in any amount. Call us at 540-839-5018 for more information. If you are using a gift certificate, please bring it with you to the event.

Should we bring the kids?

Children ages five and older may attend our ticketed concerts with a parent or guardian; however, concerts are best suited for children ages 10 and older. In respect to our other patrons we ask that they are able to sit through the concert quietly and do not make noise that would disturb others at the concert.

If you have children under 5, consider one of our Family concerts. Garth Newel Music Center offers Pay-As-You-Wish Family Concerts for children and adults of all ages on Sundays during the month of October. Also, concerts given by our youth program, The Allegheny Mountain String Project are perfect for the entire family.

Can I bring my dog? Garth Newel’s grounds sound beautiful!

Pets are not permitted; however  service animals are permitted.

A service animal is any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Under the ADA, service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls.

Do you sell recordings of the concerts?

No, but the Garth Newel Piano Quartet has two great recordings available and a third to be released soon!

Recording and Electronic Devices

The use of cameras and other recording and electronic devices is not permitted in the concert hall. Please, turn off cell phone, alarm watch, pager, and other electronic devices before your concert begins. As a courtesy to fellow patrons, please refrain from texting.

Is Garth Newel not-for-profit?

Yes! Ticket sales cover less than half of our operating costs. The generosity of our donors is essential to sustain and nurture Garth Newel. To make a donation to Garth Newel, see our support us page.

Is Garth Newel Accessible?

Yes. The concert hall is accessible, and there is  accessible parking and restrooms as well. Please notify us at the time of ticket purchasing of your needs.

Are Garth Newel’s facilities available for rentals?

Garth Newel has a limited number of dates available for weddings and other events each year. Click here to learn more about catering and renting the facilities.

Do you have list of staff and board members available?

Yes.  Garth Newel is a non-profit organization with a wonderful active board.  See our Staff and Board List Page for a list of staff contact and board members.

Please Note: All programs, menus, artists, and dates are subject to change.

Experience Garth Newel

Garth Newel Piano Quartet

The Garth Newel Piano Quartet is known for their spirited and impassioned performances that offer an enlivened interpretation of both standard and new repertoire.