MAINE ACOUSTIC FESTIVAL SET FOR MARCH 31-APRIL 2
43 middle and high school music students from around the state will come together for a 3-day acoustic music festival that culminates in a Student Showcase Performance on Sunday, April 2nd at The University of Southern Maine’s Hannaford Hall in Portland.
The middle and high school students were selected by audition to participate in the festival that includes workshops, rehearsals, and performances. “The pool of talent this year was especially high,” said MAF Coordinator Amanda Gale. “This is the biggest group of musicians we’ve ever had.” All the participants have distinguished themselves in traditional acoustic music styles including bluegrass, Irish, Quebecois, folk, Old Time and American Harmony singing.
The Maine Acoustic Festival was created both to celebrate the music that helped shape Maine’s culture and to allow students interested in these genres the chance to learn from world class musicians. The 2017 Teaching Artists are Brendan Taaffe, Tony Watt, Lauren Rioux, Hanz Araki, and Steve Muise.
The festival is presented jointly by 317 Main Community Music Center in Yarmouth and North Yarmouth Academy.
The students participating in the 2017 Maine Acoustic Festival come from 18 schools;
North Yarmouth Academy- Camilla Rosenfeld, Cameron Woods, Pierce Manchester, Savanna Shaw, Lindsay Tufts, Zelda Clegg, Ellie Hilscher, Kara Jensen, Charlotte Collins, Suzanna Butterfield, Matt McGrath, Chris Paradis
Brunswick High School – Paige McKinnon, Lorna Moore, Kira Walpow, Finn Woodruff, Liberty Krauss
Cape Elizabeth High School – L ily Thompson
Mt. Blue High School – Julia Ramsey, Zach Gunther, Thadeus Gunther, Nolan Rogers, Kayla White, Chelsea Seabold, Rachel Spear,
Yarmouth High School – Anna Ruprecht,
Harrison Middle School, Yarmouth – Johnny Cody, Maggie Ralph
Poland Regional High School – Sigrid Sibley
Falmouth Middle School – Lauren Rousell
Houlton Middle School, Hope Chernesky
Maine Coast Waldorf School, Freeport – Avery Bakewell, Tucker Pierce
Messalonskee High School, Oakland – Alex Frost
Belfast Area High School, Declan Brinn
John Bapst Memorial High School, Bangor – Lauren Potter
Homeschool – Owen Kennedy (Winthrop), Joshua Rosenthal (Damariscotta) Madelyn Morell Lincoln Academy, Newcastle – Helen Newell
Greely High School, Cumberland – T erra Gallo
Mt. Abram High School, Salem Twp. – Mason Strunk
Freeport High School – Perrin Davidson
We welcome the public to attend two events during the festival.
FACULTY CONCERT – SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 7:30PM -YARMOUTH – at First Parish Congregational Church Yarmouth at 116 Main Street.
STUDENT SHOWCASE -SUNDAY, APRIL 2, 4-5:30PM – PORTLAND – in Hannaford Hall on University of Southern Maine campus at 66 Bedford St. Tickets are $15 for Adults and $10 for Students/Seniors. Purchase them online or at the door.
For more information on the Maine Acoustic Festival and ticket information please visit www.maineacousticfestival.com.