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The 14th Seal Bay Festival
of American Chamber Music
July 14-22, 2016:
Seeing Sound
The goal of the Seal Bay Festival is to make American chamber music an exciting and vibrant experience for concert audiences, artists, composers, composition students, and school children in the storied geographical and cultural setting of coastal Maine, serving both the year-round and summer populations, while offering a unique exposure to contemporary music. The 2016 Festival is on the theme Seeing Sound, with concerts taking place in art galleries and museums, with each concert preceded by a talk in the space by a visual artist and art historian. The Seal Bay Festival Composer Institute offers a select group of college and conservatory level composers the opportunity to participate in a series of master classes with the distinguished guest faculty composers and to have their works workshopped and performed by the Cassatt String Quartet.

The 2016 Participants

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich

Dan Visconti

Hannah Lash

Chris Rogerson

Laura Kaminsky

Daniel Strong Godfrey

Resident Quartet
Cassatt String Quartet

Art Historian
Lauren Lessing

Visual Artist
Rebecca Allan


Daniel S. Godfrey, President
Professor of Music Composition
Setnor School of Music, Syracuse Univeristy

Steven Stucky, Vice President
Professor of Composition, Julliard School

Laura Kaminsky, Secretary
Professor of Composition, Purchase College/SUNY
Composer in Residence, American Opera Projects

Muneko Otani, Treasurer
Violin Faculty at Columbia University
1st Violinist of the Cassatt String Quartet


Artistic Co-Directors: Daniel S. Godfrey, Laura Kaminsky, and Steven Stucky
Communications Coordinators: Sarah Adams and Elizabeth Anderson
Artistic Administrator: Laura Kaminsky
Budget Coordinator: Muneko Otani
Grants Coordinator: Jennifer Leshnower
Site Coordinator: Alexandra Godfrey (Vinalhaven ME)

Organizational Community Partners:

Elaine Crossman, Owner - New Era Gallery, Vinalhaven
Monica Kelly, Director - Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School in Rockport
Al Crichton, Founding Dir. - Waterfall Arts in Belfast
Lauren Lessing - Mirken Education Curator - Colby College Museum of Art
Solbong Kim - Director of the Atlantic Music Festival in Waterville
Mari Kimura- Juilliard faculty & Director of the AMF's Future Music Lab
Peter Mclaughlin - Director of Space Gallery in Portland

Maine In-State Advisory board:

Alan Crichton, President and Founding Director of Waterfall Arts Center, Belfast
Rona Hokanson, Vinalhaven ME



The Seal Bay Festival—P.O. Box 824, Vinalhaven, Maine 04863, (207) 863-2230