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The 16th Seal Bay Festival
of American Chamber Music
July 12-21, 2018:
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 2018 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 2018 Participants


Melinda Wagner

Vineet Shende

Lev 'Ljova' Zhurbin

Gerald Cohen

Daniel Sonenberg

Pablo Aslan

Delvyn Case

Laura Kaminsky

Daniel Strong Godfrey

Resident Quartet

Cassatt String Quartet

Guest Clarinetist

Vasko Dukovski

Guest Bassist

Pablo Aslan

Visual Artist

Rebecca Allan


Daniel S. Godfrey, President
Professor and Chair in the Music Department
at Northeastern University's College of Arts, Media and Design

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 and Laura Kaminsky
Communications Coordinators: Elizabeth Anderson and Muneko Otani
Artistic Administrator: Laura Kaminsky
Budget Coordinator: Muneko Otani
Grant Coordinators: Elizabeth Anderson and Muneko Otani
Site Coordinator: Alexandra Godfrey, Vinalhaven


Dr. Joel Botler, Chief Medical Officer, Maine Medical Center and
Barbara Bush's Children's Hospital, Portland
Lucia Stancioff, Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, Portland
Sharon Huston, Thornton Oaks Retirement Living Community, Brunswick
Alice Bissell, Partners In Island Education,Vinalhaven
Vinalhaven School
Scott Candage, Head Librarian, Vinalhaven Public Library
Elaine Crossman, Owner, New Era Gallery, Vinalhaven
Waldo County General Hospital, Belfast
Alan Crichton, Waterfall Arts, Belfast
Peter McLaughlin, SPACE Gallery, Portland
Margaret Aiken, and Lauren Lessing, Colby Museum of Art, Waterville
Amber Pelletier, The Highlands Retirement Community, Topsham
Mark Barbalius, Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce, Clam Festival

Maine In-State Advisory board:

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



The Seal Bay Festival—P.O. Box 824, Vinalhaven, Maine 04863