Community Engagement



Throughout the year, we connect artists appearing in our Summer Concert Series and Performing Arts Series with people throughout the state in a wide variety of ways, from dance workshops with professional choreographers, to master classes with renowned musicians, instrument "petting zoos," matinee concerts of classical ensembles, jazz groups or dance companies and much more.

We also present concerts to inmates and staff of the Maine State Prison system, introducing our concert programs and artists to those who otherwise may not have access to live performance.

In addition, we bring music to schools and school children throughout the state in a variety of ways.

Educational Matinees for school children

Bay Chamber Music School is pleased to offer opportunities for students to attend special, free performances by world-renowned musicians and artists.

Our matinees take place at the Strand Theatre in Rockland, the Strom Auditorium in Rockport and the Camden and Rockport Opera Houses. The programs are offered at no charge to the participating schools, and have enabled thousands of students to experience the excitement of live performances over the years.

This year we are proud to present Che Malambo who will be coming to the Strom Auditorium in Rockport on March 28th and 29th. More information forthcoming.

Study Guides: Learning starts before the performance

As a benefit to schools that attend these matinees, we offer study guides that align with the Maine Learning Results. These guides offer teachers multi-disciplinary approaches to the material in order to prepare students for what they will be seeing at the performance and are available online, allowing us to reach an even broader audience.

Bay Chamber Music School Educational Matinees are free of charge.

For more information, contact Monica Kelly, Executive Director,

Seating is on first-come, first-served basis. When making reservations, please provide a contact person and email, and let us know which of the show times that your school is interested in attending. Once we have a full house, we will be in touch with your school with bus drop-off information and schedule.

The Bay Chamber Approach
  • Thoughtful Student Placement
  • Performance Opportunities
  • Access to Live Performance
  • Professional Musicians/Educators
  • Financial Aid/Scholarships
  • Individualized Goal Setting and Evaluations

"Emma left your lesson yesterday feeling so well-strong, happy and....just...well, set free"
--Pam Walsh, Music School Student Parent