The mission of the Bar Harbor Music Festival is to provide vital performance opportunities to up-and-coming instrumentalists, singers and composers, and in so doing, provide cultural enrichment and foster music education for the residents and visitors in the Bar Harbor region of the state of Maine.
Acclaimed by Phi Beta Baton as ‘...one of the nation’s proving grounds for gifted young artists,” the Bar Harbor Music Festival, founded by violinist Francis Fortier in 1967, has gained national recognition for its unique and pioneering work.
Now celebrating its 53rd Season, we have advanced the careers of over 2,000 aspiring instrumentalists, singers and composers, presenting a glorious summer of music encompassing recitals, chamber music, “Pops,” “New Composers,” opera, jazz and string orchestra concerts. Our annual Festival, coupled with our “Arts and Tourism” initiatives, has provided a vital cultural and economic service for the community.
The Festival’s outreach programs, such as the ADMISSION-FREE outdoor concerts in Acadia National Park to an audience of several hundred, the Young Audience Concerts at libraries across Mount Desert Island, have won new audiences for classical music and fostered music education. Festival Artist also regularly perform outreach concerts for hospice and assisted living communities, including at the Birch Bay Retirement Center in Bar Harbor. In 2017, the Bar Harbor Music Festival began a new outreach series in the Belfast region of Maine.
Together the Bar Harbor Music Festival Summer Concerts and Touring Program have reached audiences of over one million. This clearly is an indication of the Festival’s popularity as music lovers gravitate to this musical gem in the breathtaking setting of Bar Harbor, Maine.