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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


Vineet Shende

Melinda Wagner

Gerald Cohen

Lev 'Ljova' Zhurbin

Delvyn Case

Laura Kaminsky

Daniel Strong Godfrey

Cassatt String Quartet
Vasko Dukovski, Clarinet

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
Grants Coordinator: Elizabeth Anderson and Muneko Otani
Site Coordinator: Alexandra Godfrey, Vinalhaven

Organizational Community Partners:

Elaine Crossman, Owner - New Era Gallery, Vinalhaven
Monica Kelly, Director - Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School, Rockport
Al Crichton, Founding Dir. - Waterfall Arts, Belfast
Lauren Lessing - Mirken Education Curator - Colby College Museum of Art
Joel Botler, MD, Chief Medical Officer - Maine Medical Center
Barbara Bush Children's Hospital
Peter Mclaughlin - Director of SPACE Gallery, Portland

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