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8 – 15 August, 2020


Dear National Music Festival Friends,

The National Music Festival is grappling with its response to the Covid-19 pandemic, as is everyone and all organizations everywhere. The NMF Executive Committee, Board and staff care deeply about the well-being of our community and our musicians. 

While several summer music festivals have unfortunately had to cancel their seasons, we have opted to move our 10th Anniversary Season to August 8 -15, 2020 – provided it is deemed safe to do so by the health experts upon whom we are all relying for guidance.

More details will be forthcoming as our plans develop. As we make adjustments to our programming, rest assured that NMF will present a joyous season of the high-quality orchestral and chamber music that our audiences have come to expect and enjoy.

Thank you for your support during this challenging time. We wish you all good health.

Wash your hands and stay healthy,
Caitlin Patton and Richard Rosenberg, NMF Directors

The mission of the National Music Festival is to present world-class celebrations of music and to provide affordable arts education and entertainment year round; as well as to foster economic development by contributing to the greater Kent County community as an arts and entertainment destination on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.


All National Music Festival apprentices attend tuition free. For two weeks each June, these musicians live and work together, presenting over 35 concerts — ranging from solo recitals to large symphony orchestra performances with chorus — and 200 free open rehearsals for music lovers from all over the world.

The Festival is a division of OuterArts Maryland, Inc., a nonprofit organization that also administers vibrant community and youth programming including the Fiddlesticks! Youth Strings Program, an instrument loan program, the Resonance concert series, and The Phanos Project, which promotes the music of the composer Phanos Dymiotis.