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The thirteenth Seal Bay Festival
of American Chamber Music
July 9-17, 2015:
Seeing Sound
The goal of the Seal Bay Festival is to make American chamber music a living experience for concert audiences, artists, composers, composition students, and school children in a geographical and cultural setting of coastal Maine, serving both the year-round and summer populations, and offering a unique exposure to contemporary music. All repertoire is prepared rigorously in collaboration between composers and performers in an intense but idyllic setting during the first week of the festival, and the same repertoire is performed (and recorded) at every concert at different venues. The 2015 Festival is on the theme Seeing Sound, with concerts taking place in art galleries and museums, and each concert being preceded by a talk in the space by an art historian. Additionally, drawing and painting workshops will be offered by a New York-based teaching artist at each festival site, prior to attendance at each concert. Finally, a group of college and conservatory level composers will participate in a series of master classes with the four guest composers and have their works read by the Cassatt String Quartet; these works will be performed by the quartet at a public concert in New York City during the 2015-2016 season.

The 2015 Participants

Four American composers have been invited to the Seal Bay Festival for July 2014:

John Corigliano
Joan Tower
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

John Duffy, Honorary Vice President
Founding Director, Composers Institute, Virginia Arts Festival
Founding Director (Emeritus), Meet the Composer, Inc.

Laura Kaminsky, Secretary
Professor of Composition, Purchase Collee/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 Galler, Vinalhaven
Monica Kelly, Dir. - 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