Education Programs

Link to specific details about the August 2013 education programs.

Pre-Concert Talks

Mark Mandarano, conductor and educator, gives an informal talk one hour prior to each concert. These gatherings are fun and informative, and help audiences gain a better understanding of a program's musical and historical context, as well as how each piece fits into the overall theme of the festival. Audiences will hear excerpted music as well as interviews with musicians and composers.

Program Notes

Conductor and educator Mark Mandarano also authors the program notes which are printed in the Festival book, tying together information about the individual pieces with the over-arching theme of the Festival. These notes serve as the basis for the broadcast script of the performances on Maine Public Radio.

Music & Nature Camp

This program for 9 to 12 year olds is a joint project with the Damariscotta River Association and the Lincoln Theater. Nationally renowned composer and music educator Jon Deak and DRA’s Education Coordinator, Sarah Gladu, have blended the curriculum Deak has used successfully for over 15 years in the Very Young Composers project of the New York Philharmonic with the popular Camp Mummichog curriculum, which Gladu developed and has directed since 2006. By the end of the 2-week session, each camper composes an original piece of music. The next morning, the young composers and the community hear the world-premier of their new works played by Salt Bay professional musicians in a free Family Concert at the Lincoln Theater.


Salt Bay's visiting musicians hold a public masterclass each Friday afternoon of the Festival, to coach some of Maine's most talented young classical players of strings, piano or voice. These are free of charge, and we encourage young people and families to attend. Salt Bay Chamberfest works with classical music organizations across Maine to recruit the very best students to participate in these materclasses.