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NH Music Festival

Founded in 1952, the New Hampshire Music Festival started as a summer music camp on Lake Winnipesaukee Melody Island. Growth in popularity and support from individuals, corporations, and foundations, has brought world-class professional musicians to join our ranks.  Our musicians come from all over the U.S. from esteemed orchestras such as San Francisco Symphony, Boston Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and Cleveland Orchestra.  Each summer, over 80 professional musicians and their families move on to the beautiful Plymouth State University Campus in order to prepare and present five classical and five chamber concerts over six weeks at the Silver Center for the Performing Arts.  World class guest artists join our musicians led by Maestro Paul Polivnick.  In addition to presenting concerts on the stage, our musicians present pop up concerts throughout the lakes region such as Meredith Sculpture Walk, the Rey Center in Waterville Valley, and even hike to the top of Bald Peak Mountain to play for residents and tourists.  The Music Festival has a robust education program.  In 2019-2020, the Festival worked with 20 area schools and over 1100 children in the Carnegie Hall Link Up program which provides in school instrument and vocal learning opportunities.  A companion piece to this program is the Festival's L.I.N.K. Program--Lonely Instruments in Need of Kids!  Orchestra instruments donated to the Festival are completely refurbished and put into the hands of children who have indicated a desire to learn.  String lessons are provided through the Festival's partnership with Fiddlehead Farms.  In one short year, the Festival repaired over 30 instruments to give to children and the string lesson program started with six children and now numbers 21 students.  


The Festival is goverened by a volunteer Board of Directors.  The Festival employs between 75 to 100 musicians each week to perform its Summer Music Series.  The Festival employees approximately 65 musicians to participate in the Carnegie Hall Link Up in-school and concert program which runs from September through April each school year.

During the COVID lockdown, the Festival is partnering with the Plymouth Congregational Church to present a live stream chamber concert series.  The series begins June 30th at 7 p.m. and will run each Tuesday night until July 28th!   While keeping safety front of mind, our musicians will join together in solo, duo, and trio works to present "live" concerts to the community.  The Festival musicians want to stay connected and a part of the fabric of our community that supports us so generously each year.  To watch the live stream concert simply visit our website at for details.

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Posted on: Thursday, June 4, 2020

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