The Bowdoin International Music Festival is an internationally-acclaimed
six-week program designed for serious students with advanced musical
ability who are motivated, disciplined, and comfortable with a significant
amount of independence. Teachers and chamber coaches expect students
to make full use of individual practice time and to make significant
progress during their time at the festival. Students are encouraged
to take advantage of all master classes and performance opportunities,
and to attend all concerts. Each student's experience will reflect
the energy, drive, and self-discipline he or she brings to the program.
Founded in 1964 by Lewis Kaplan and Robert Beckwith, the Bowdoin
International Music Festival incorporates a music school, two artists'
concert series, and the Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music during
its six-week residency at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. 275
highly talented young performers of graduate, college, and high
school levels further their artistic development through a concentrated
program of instrumental study and composition with the festival's
outstanding artist faculty, composed of many of the world's most
renowned teachers and performers. Through its concert presentations,
the festival brings performers of international stature and a rich
variety of musical programming to thousands of residents and summer
The Bowdoin International Music Festival's forty-third summer
in 2009 runs from
June 27 - August 7.
There are several concert series:
- Concert-series featuring members of the faculty and renowned
guest artists with performances on Friday evenings.
- Mid-week faculty concert-series presenting a mixture of contemporary
and traditional works in a casual setting, and often featuring
faculty members performing new repertoire. Performances are held
on Wednesdays at The
Crooker Theatre at Brunswick High School.
Charles E. Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music - Since 1965,
the festival has presented a week-long festival, dedicated to
presenting works of living composers. The Gamper Festival features
performances of works by the festival's composer-in-residence
and guest composers as well as premieres from some of the festival's
Concerts - Held several times each week throughout the six-week
program, student concerts provide the festival's participants
with opportunities to perform solo and chamber works before an
audience of their peers, teachers, coaches and members of the