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The Snow Pond Music Festival (SPMF) hosted on the beautiful campus of Snow Pond Center for Arts, located in the Belgrade Lakes Region of central Maine, attracts advanced college, graduate, and post-graduate level musicians from around the world. Each summer, the highest caliber performers and educators join the SPMF faculty to present specialized music programs to challenge and inspire the next generation of musicians and cultural ambassadors.
The programs at SPMF provide participants with an intimate environment unmatched by other music festivals. Participants work one-on-one with professional musicians in rehearsal, workshop, and private lesson formats.
Continuing the Legacy
Dr. Fredrick L. Hemke, a pioneer and international leader of the classical saxophone for more than fifty years, has inspired an entire generation of composers, musicians and saxophonists. His artistic values and his pedagogical genius are preserved and celebrated through the Frederick L. Hemke Saxophone Institute (FLHSI) at Snow Pond Music Festival, providing high-level college and graduate saxophonists with an intensive two-week summer program of study. Located on the shores of Maine's Snow Pond Lake, the Institute offers a beautiful and inspirational setting for the creation of art and music. The distinguished faculty for the FLHSI are all former students of Dr. Hemke.
Maine Chamber Music Seminar
The Maine Chamber Music Seminar develops life-long compassionate collaborators. Through our two-week summer intensive, college and graduate-level musicians discover and reimagine their place in chamber music performance as both creative thinkers and cultural ambassadors. Participants focus on three major works in the chamber music literature alongside our dedicated, dynamic faculty. Each year our repertoire includes masterworks of the canon paired with under-celebrated gems, giving students the opportunity to hone their skills in conventional settings while challenging them to find deep meaning in less familiar works.
Art Song Institute
The Snow Pond Art Song Institute is a workshop for advanced students to focus on the study and performance of art songs in a serene and inspiring location. At SPASI, students will have the opportunity to explore and strengthen their skills, learn from experts, and collaborate with peers to understand how their individuality informs their own artistry. Student singers and pianists will work together with faculty to engage in creative, inclusive, and dynamic programming, and to find relevant, modern, and global pathways in the immense and ever-evolving world of song.
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