Bay Chamber Concerts and Community Music School will present the 2011 Young Stars of Maine Prizewinners Concert Friday, July 8 at 7 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St. The concert, free and open to the public, will feature the winners in seven prize winning categories.

For more than 50 years, Bay Chamber has awarded prizes to aspiring young Maine musicians. This year the following prizes of $1,000 each were awarded: The A. H. Chatfield, Jr. Piano Prize to pianist Jessica Chen, piano of Bangor; the Ezra Rachlin Fun with Music Prize for Excellence to pianist  Michal Harris of Brunswick; the Jean and Harvey Picker Senior Prize to violinist Maya French of Swanville; the Elsie Bixler Junior Prize to violinist Gianluca Pane of Wilton; the Nathan E. Corning Jazz Prize to violinist  Gabriel Terracciano of Portland; and the Kathie Johnson Chamber Music Prize (shared) to violinist Fiona Boyd of Thomaston, violist Teal Vickery of Cushing, cellist Duncan Hall of Camden and pianist Sam McKenna of Appleton.

Works by Bach, Fauré, Sibelius and more will be featured on the program. Following the performance, concertgoers, friends and family are invited to a reception for the musicians.

Founded in 1961 by brothers Andrew Wolf and Thomas Wolf, Bay Chamber is dedicated to sustaining classical music as an art form. In concerts and in the classroom, Bay Chamber passes along this rich musical heritage to people of all ages and abilities, at the same time acknowledging the importance, and encouraging the exploration, of all musical languages.

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Bay Chamber has for 50 years awarded annual prizes to young Maine musicians. Bay Chamber Community Music School offers private instruction, orchestral opportunities and other music education to local musicians and community members of all ages and abilities.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.