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Reviews and Letters from Attendees of Seal Bay Festival

Dear Muneko, Jennifer, Ah Ling, Elizabeth, and Dan, Thank you for your wonderful invitation and warm welcome to your magnificent Seal Bay Festival. It was extremely meaningful to me and I am deeply grateful for your marvelous performances of HELIX SPIRALS. The gorgeous setting, with its surrounding landscape and ocean, is literally magical and inspiring. Dan, you and your family spoiled us by opening your estate with such grace, treating us like family! Taking us out on your boat was above and beyond the call of duty and I LOVED it! You all gave to me a totally unforgettable, fun, musically rewarding trip! I remain in your debt! (READ FULL LETTER)

Augusta Read Thomas, July 25, 2017

I like the way that Seal Bay Festival provide a platform for all the student and guest composers to meet informally, which we share our musical ideas and experience most of the time as a human but not a composer, since all of us work and live closely with each other. Besides taking private lesson with the world class guest composers, you also have a chance to be inspired by different form of arts like participating in the visual arts workshop and going into the nature. And of course, the stunning scenery of the Marine state is one of the most important things you cannot miss. It is definitely the best way to spend a summer with some amazing composers and performers in this beautiful place.

Lok Hei Alvin Tam, Summer 2017

The Seal Bay Festival Composer Institute is one of the most unique festival experiences I have ever had. Beautiful festival, beautiful people. I enjoyed all my composition lessons and masterclasses with the faculty composers; it was also truly rewarding to work with and get to know the Cassatt String Quartet throughout the festival - such a devoted and passionate group of musicians.  

Alison Yun Fei Jian, Summer 2017

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