Education Programs

Open Rehearsals – FREE!

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 10:00 am on August 8, 11, 15, & 18, and are free for all.

Family Concert – FREE!

Salt Bay Chamberfest will offer an interactive and fun family concert on August 19 at 10:30 am at the Skidompha Public Library in downtown Damariscotta. Hosted by educator and conductor Mark Mandarano, this concert is a favorite for all ages (although recommended for ages 5 and up), and introduces children and adults to great chamber music in engaging and entertaining ways. Come sing, clap and enjoy a musical morning with our wonderful musicians! Performers will include violinist Jennifer Frautschi, cellist Edward Arron, pianist John Novacek, and dancer Edwin Olvera.

Masterclass – FREE!

Salt Bay Chamberfest offers a student masterclass on Friday, August 11 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm, hosted by the Schooner Cove Retirement Community. The program connects world class artists with local, young musicians, composers and community members. This summer, New England string and piano students will be coached by violinist Jennifer Koh and other Salt Bay Chamberfest musicians.

Off Topic! Talks – FREE!

Off Topic! talks, now in their second year, are free and open to the public. Please join us for our first Off Topic! on Monday, August 7 at 1:00 pm at Schooner Cove: “The Artistry of Frédéric Chopin” with pianist Thomas Sauer; and for our second Off Topic! on Monday, August 14 at 3:00 pm at Skidompha Public LIbrary: “Beyond Rodeos and Fanfares: Aaron Copland, Known & Unknown” with pianist and Copland House Artistic Director Michael Boriskin.

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. 2017 Pre-Concert Talks will be held on August 8, 11, 15, & 18 at 6:30 pm at Darrows Barn, and are open to all ticket-holders.

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.

For more information about any of Salt Bay Chamberfest’s Education & Community Engagement programs, please email