Community & 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 Tuesday and Friday mornings, the morning of each concert.

Family Concert – FREE!

Salt Bay Chamberfest offers an interactive and fun family concert on the final Saturday of the festival 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!

Masterclass – FREE!

Salt Bay Chamberfest offers a student masterclass on the second Friday of the fesival 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.

Off Topic! Talks – FREE!

Off Topic! talks/demonstrations are free and open to the public, and take place on Monday afternoons during the festival. Please join us as our musicians share topics they love.

Pre-Concert Talks

Mark Mandarano, conductor and educator, gives an informal talk one hour prior to each concert, starting at 6:30 pm. 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.

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