Bay Chamber Community Music School has extended the application deadline for both the Young Stars of Maine Prize Program and the Next Generation Youth Chamber Music Summer Program. Applications are due by Monday, June 6. For the first time ever, applicants can apply to both programs using just one form, which can be downloaded at; call 236-2823 to receive one by mail.

Young Stars of Maine

Bay Chamber offers eight $1,000 prizes to young musicians. Solo classical musicians of all instruments and vocalists are encouraged to apply. There also are prizes for chamber and jazz ensembles; ensembles share the $1,000 prize. Each recorded audition will be reviewed and invitations to live auditions, adjudicated by a panel of four music professionals, will be sent to select individuals.

The winners will perform in a concert on July 8 at the historic Rockport Opera House as part of Bay Chamber’s Summer Music Festival. Bay Chamber will determine which prizes applicants are eligible to receive.

Next Generation

The goal of the Next Generation Summer Chamber Music Program is to offer young musicians the opportunity to study chamber music under the direction of professional chamber musicians. Coaching will be provided by Patricia Stowell, Gilda Joffe, Malcolm Brooks and other professional faculty, with additional master classes and workshops offered by members of Curtis on Tour and Curtis Institute director Roberto Diaz.

The daily schedule is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with an hour lunch break. Coaching each day will be balanced with time for music composition and orchestra. This year’s program will conclude with a performance for family and friends on the final afternoon of the program.  Participants must provide their own housing and all students must bring their lunch each day. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

Next Generation Youth Chamber Music Summer Program is open to musicians age 10 through 18 — wind, string, brass, piano and vocal applicants, as well as pre-formed ensembles. All levels of ability will be welcomed to the program on a first come, first served basis with total enrollment limited to seven ensembles, three of which may include piano. Previous participants are not guaranteed admission.

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