Seal Bay Festival of American Chamber Music

Post Office Box 824
Vinalhaven, ME 04863



The Seal Bay Festival of American Chamber Music was founded in December 1994 by composers Daniel S. Godfrey and Andrew Waggoner, and pianist Arlene Shrut. All three served as artistic co-directors and were joined in that capacity in 1997 by composer/ cellist/conductor Paul Brantley. The first festival was held in June of 1995. After several years, the festival returned in 2004, with a new board, including John Duffy (now residing in Maine), Steven Stucky and festival co-founder Daniel S. Godfrey. It is currently held on a biennial basis. In all but two festivals, the widely acclaimed Cassatt String Quartet has served as the core ensemble, complemented by a variety of established performers, both instrumental and vocal.

The festival's goal is to foster a vital, mutually stimulating relationship between gifted musical performers, established living composers, and mid-coast school students, visual artists, teachers of music and art, and concert audiences in coastal Maine during the summer. The festival convenes a combination of performers and composers who are selected for their commitment to the highest standards of artistic achievement in the domain of contemporary American chamber music.

Festival activities include intensive rehearsals, three to four concerts, "shop-talk" sessions between festival musicians and area visual artists, live group interview/performances on Maine Public Radio, and workshops with local school-age children. At all concerts and other events, the composers are present and introduce their own works to the public.

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