Wilhelmina Smith, Artistic Director

Dear friends,

Pulsing drums of Native Americans, ancient calls of Scandinavian shepherds, peasant songs from the fields of Hungary, progressive rap and jazz music of our time…

Folk music has long been a source of inspiration for composers, but what about other forms of human musical expression? Bartok, Stravinsky, Schubert, and Dvorak were all inspired to write music that came directly from the people, be it a herding call, speech, or the rhythms of a native gathering. This year’s Salt Bay Chamberfest will explore this richly varied music and the human components that inspired it.

The Brentano String Quartet, violinist Jennifer Koh, and pianist Benjamin Hochman are among many esteemed artists who will return to Salt Bay Chamberfest this summer, and performers such as Markus Rhoten, principal timpanist with the New York Philharmonic, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center bassoonist Peter Kolkay will join us for the first time. We welcome fascinating musical guests including Norwegian folk singer Kjersti Kveli, jazz musicians Sean Jones (trumpet), Robin Eubanks (trombone), Ben Williams (bass), and Nate Smith (drums), as well as Maine’s own Penobscot Nation musicians, the Burnurwerbskeg singers and drummers.

I am very pleased that we will again offer the Music & Nature Camp and Concert for children in collaboration with the Damariscotta River Association and the Lincoln Theatre. Please read more about this and other community programs on our Education page.

Do join us this August in the Darrows Barn for Salt Bay Chamberfest 2013. The drums are beating, the music is beckoning… I look forward to seeing you!


Wilhelmina Smith Artistic Director