Education Programs

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 August 9, 12, & 19, and at 11:30am on August 16, and are free for students and community partners. Anyone may attend with SBC’s new “Subscription Plus Pass.”

Community Partners Program

This program gives the community greater access to the festival. Working with local community members, teachers, and nonprofit organizations, SBC builds 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, Spectrum Generations & Chase Point Assisted Living.

Family Concert

Salt Bay Chamberfest will offer an interactive and fun family concert on August 20 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 6 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 Serena Canin, cellist Wilhelmina Smith, pianist Thomas Sauer, and clarinetist Romie de Guise Langlois.


Salt Bay Chamberfest offers a string quartet masterclass Friday, August 19th from 3:00 to 4:30, hosted by the Schooner Cove Retirement Community. The program connects world class artists with local, young musicians, composers and community members.

Off Topic! Talks

Off Topic! talks are new additions to the educational and community outreach efforts of SBC, and are free and open to the public due to the generousity of an anonymous donor. Please join us for our first Off Topic! on Sunday, August 7 at 2:00 pm at St. Andrews Village in Boothbay Harbor: “Richard Wagner and The Ring of The Nibelung” with Mark Mandarano, Assistant Professor and Director of Instrumental Music at Macalester College; and for our second Off Topic! on August 14 at 12:00 pm noon at Maine Coast Bookstore & Cafe in Damariscotta: “Big Ideas Writ Small: The Miniatures of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn” with Ignat Solzhenitsyn, SBC guest pianist.

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. 2016 Pre-Concert Talks will be held on August 9, 12, 16 & 19 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 email