August 1-14, 2021
‘Festival Forum’ Live-stream to Spotlight
2021 National Music Festival
The National Music Festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary in Chestertown Aug. 1 – 14. To mark the occasion, NMF is launching Festival Forum, a monthly series of live Zoom discussions — previewing this year’s events and reflecting on its first decade.
The Festival Forums will continue, with NMF Executive Director Caitlin Patton as host, on the fourth Thursday of the month, 7- 8 p.m., April through August. Each will feature one of the professional musicians who has mentored apprentices at the festival since its start in 2010.
Viewers will get the inside scoop on how the festival has grown and evolved, learn more about the mentors and their instruments and get their take on musical highlights from NMF’s first decade. The series will continue with Jeff Keesecker, bassoon, April 22; Dana Goode, violin, May 27; Jared Hauser, oboe, June 24; Jennifer Parker-Harley, flute, July 22; and Tom Parchman, clarinet, Aug. 26.
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.