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Kneisel Hall Chamber Music
137 Pleasant St
Blue Hill, ME 04614
Phone: 207-374-2203

Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, in the coastal village of Blue Hill, Maine, is a concert series, a chamber music program for 51 gifted young artists and strong advocate of chamber music through a variety of outreach programs.

Kneisel Hall, in the coastal village of Blue Hill, Maine, is a chamber music program, a concert series and strong advocate of chamber music through a variety of outreach programs.


Kneisel Hall accepts fifty-one young artists (20 violins, 9 violas, 14 celli,
7 pianos) for the seven-week two-session summer, at the end of which, are five compelling concerts. A Kneisel Hall season is intense and the logistics are intricate. In 2002 Kneisel Hall became a full scholarship festival thus ensuring those classes of especially gifted students.


When asked to describe the summer studies, former Artistic Director Seymour Lipkin explained, “Kneisel Hall offers (to especially gifted students) a concentrated training and immersion in chamber music of the highest quality, with specially chosen teachers. At Kneisel Hall the students have only chamber music to work on, many hours a day, and we intend for them to come away with an extremely heightened insight into the cooperation and deep musical values inherent in the art.”


The faculty rehearse in the morning, coach in the afternoon and present the Festival Concerts on the weekend. They enjoy returning to Kneisel Hall because it offers them the opportunity to work together on pieces of their own choosing and most importantly, it offers the opportunity to work with the young artists.


“We all get passionately absorbed,” Artistic Director Laurie Smukler enthused. “It’s exhilarating to pour your energy into these young people and have it flourish.”


Kneisel Hall is chamber music heaven!


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