Bay Chamber’s Music School invites the public to come explore its studios, classrooms, recital hall and more at an open house Sunday, Oct. 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. The music school is located in the village at 18 Central St. on the fifth (top floor) of the Shepherd Building.

Visitors can meet the instructors and staff of Bay Chamber’s Music School, get a tour and even try a mini music lesson. There will be music to enjoy, a demonstration of the Music Together early childhood class, a demonstration of Music Composition: Story to Song and an instrument petting zoo, among the many fun things to do.

Visitors can enter a free raffle with many exciting prizes including free music lessons and tickets to see the Haitian reggae star BélO in concert Saturday, Nov. 3 at Rockland’s Strand Theatre. The drawing will be held at 3 p.m. in Bay Chamber’s box office next to Shepherd’s Pie restaurant.

At 4 p.m., immediately following the open house, Bay Chamber will kick off its Performing Arts Series with a Fall Foliage Chamber Music Concert at the nearby Rockport Opera House.  The concert will be free and open to the public.  Music by Mozart, Kodaly and Dvořák will be performed by some of the country’s most accomplished chamber musicians including members of the Muir and Vermeer quartets.  This performance is the culmination of Bay Chamber Concerts’ annual Fall Foliage Chamber Music Weekend that offers an intense four-day program of study for amateur musicians with the internationally renowned musicians performing in this concert.  Donations will be accepted at the door.

Bay Chamber Community Music School has been growing and now has 16 professional faculty members and more than 120 private instruction students, three orchestras, group classes, private coaching and Music Together for youngsters up to age 7. This fall, studies offered to students of all ages and abilities at the music school include guitar, percussion, and voice, in addition to piano and strings.

Based in Rockport, Bay Chamber is a 501 (c)(3) registered nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming lives through high-quality concert programs, music education and community outreach. Bay Chamber acknowledges the importance of all musical languages and encourages people of all ages and abilities to explore them both in concerts and in the classroom.

Bay Chamber Concerts presents music year-round at a variety of Midcoast venues. The annual Summer Music Festival in July and August and Performing Arts Series from October to June both showcase a variety of classical, jazz, world music, dance and film events. Pre-concert talks and post-concert receptions provide audiences unique opportunities that enhance the concert experience through interaction with the musicians and insights about each performance.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or