May & June 2015 Events: National Music Festival

Monteverdi, Haydn, Bernstein, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Brahms, Beethoven, Schubert… you’ll hear works from all these composers and more between May 31, 2015 and June 13, 2015 when Chestertown’s Washington College hosts the 2015 National Music Festival.

The National Music Festival was founded by Conductor and Artistic Director Richard Rosenburg and Executive Director Caitlin Patton in 2010. The program was created specifically to mentor gifted musicians and technicians from all over the world, at the start of their careers, to provide education and performance experience to all attendees.

Each year, OuterArts Maryland, Inc. and Washington College brings over 100 “apprentices” to the program on full event scholarships where they have the chance to meet fellow musicians from both common and different programs, receive specialized education in their chosen program from 27 mentors and educators, and perform for the community during 14 reasonably-priced ticketed performances and participate in a series of public appearances for a grand total of 35 concerts! Performances range from solo recitals, to full concert/chorale events.

National Music Festival Programs of Study include Orchestra, Voice, Saxophone, Conducting, Event Administration, Concert Production, Music Library, Piano Repair and Recording Engineering; so even non-performing music professionals have a chance to learn more about their areas of expertise, making for a fully rounded program. This also means that just about everyone you see at a particular performance are program participants, from the one waving the baton to the performers, technical staff, and even those “in the wings”.

The apprentices’ classes are already in session, meaning that they are well on their way to offering eloquent performances during the festival itself. A full schedule of appearances is available for your convenience so you can hear these gifted musicians during your bed and breakfast getaway here at Great Oak Manor. During the Festival’s two-week run, performance genres will range from classical to swing, depending on the show. Concerts and performances will take place throughout town and nearby areas. However for those visiting on June 6 and June 13, 2015, a small ensemble will play at the Chestertown Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market¬†as you shop.

And if you happen to visit before the event, a total of 200 open rehearsals are free to those who wish to drop by Washington College!

May and June are certainly exciting times for music-lovers to visit Chestertown, and Great Oak Manor is excited to host your music-appreciation vacation, so plan your getaway with us today! Our 12 inviting and comfortable guest rooms offer accommodations for up to 24 guests and include wonderful amenities and delicious breakfasts.
Please note that, at the time of this blog post, not all information for the 2015 season is up-to-date on the event website, including rehearsal schedules and festival venues. The site should be updated with complete, current information sometime in early May.