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Bowdoin International Music Festival
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Location(s) Brunswick, Maine, USA
Years active 1964-Present
Founded by Robert Beckwith, Lewis Kaplan
Date(s) June 27-August 8, 2009
Genre Classical

The Bowdoin International Music Festival is an annual summer music school and concert series that takes place in Brunswick, Maine. Founded in 1964 by Robert Beckwith and Lewis Kaplan as a program of Bowdoin College, it has operated as an independent nonprofit organization since 1997 [1]. 55 to 65 faculty and guest artists and up to 275 students perform in more than 80 concerts in the Brunswick area over a six-week period each summer. Faculty, guest artists, and students are all chosen through a highly selective process from among the world's top classical musicians.



The Bowdoin Festival runs from late June through early August with a different theme every year as selected by the Artistic Director. Prospective students for both the instrumental and composition programs audition via recording for a spot in the festival [2]. Once at Bowdoin, instrumentalists are often auditioned again for placement into chamber music groups.

Concert Series

There are seven Bowdoin Festival concert series featuring festival participants. Monday Sonatas, Upbeat!, and Festival Fridays all feature Bowdoin Festival faculty; in the 2009 season, concerts from these three series will feature works of Joseph Haydn and Felix Mendelssohn, in celebration of the bicentennial of the two composers' death and birth, respectively. The Gamper Festival series is an annual week-long series within the Bowdoin Festival featuring the works of 20 and 21st century composers; often works composed by the resident-student composers are performed at this festival. EuroFest and the Community Concerts series bring performances out of Brunswick to other areas of Midcoast Maine. The Community Concert performances generally feature solely the festival students; however, over Eurofest weekend some faculty also perform in these off-site concerts. Lastly, the Artist of Tomorrow concert series runs throughout the duration of the festival, featuring students at the festival in performance several times a week at Studzinski Hall.


  1. ^ Nangle, Hilary M. - Article, Strad Magazine[1],
  2. ^ Application Requirements[2]

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