Education Programs

New! Open Rehearsals at Darrows Barn

Open Rehearsals give community members an insider’s view of the collaborative process of chamber music-making. The rehearsals will be held at Darrows Barn at 10:00am on concert mornings (August 5, 8, 12 & 15) and are free for students and community partners. Anyone may attend with SBC’s new “Subscription Plus Pass.

New! Community Partners Program

This program will give the community greater access to the festival. Working with local community members, teachers, and nonprofit organizations, SBC will build mutually beneficial partnerships with social service agencies, local schools, and music teachers, and will welcome diverse audiences for festival programs free of charge. 2014 Community Partners: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Kieve-Wavus Education, Schooner Cove Retirement Community & Chase Point Assisted Living.

Music & Nature Camp

This program for 9 to 12 year olds will be held August 4-16, 2014 and is based on a partnership with the Damariscotta River Association and the Lincoln Theater. Nationally renowned composer and music educator Jon Deak and the 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 DRA’s popular Camp Mummichog curriculum. 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 Family Concert at the Lincoln Theater.

Family Concert

Join us for a Family Concert at Lincoln Theater on Saturday, August 16 at 10:30am. This concert is a great way to introduce your children and grandchildren to classical music. Admission is $5 for adults (children come free); or you may bring a canned good for the local food pantry for each person in your party and attend for free.


Salt Bay Chamberfest offers masterclasses on Friday afternoons during the festival that connect world class artists with local young musicians, composers, and community members. SBC musicians coach some of Maine’s most talented young instrumentalists on Friday, August 8 at 3:00pm at Schooner Cove Retirement Community. On Friday, August 15, SBC musicians will coach young composers involved in the Music & Nature Camp at 1:00pm at Darrows Barn. Both masterclasses are free and open to the public.

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 musical excerpts as well as interviews with musicians and composers. 2014 Pre-Concert Talks will be held on August 5, 8, 12 & 15 at 6:30pm at Darrows Barn.

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.

For more information about any of Salt Bay Chamberfest’s Education & Community Engagement programs, please contact Sarah Glenn at