2023 Festival

June 30 - August 27

Celebrating 121 years of exceptional artistry

Since its founding in 1902, Kneisel Hall has been a summer haven for thousands of artists who are deeply passionate about chamber music. Immersing in timeless chamber music repertoire and performing this great music for equally passionate audiences has been the unwavering mission of Kneisel Hall for 121 years. 
Over the past few years in particular, sharing the experience of live music has never felt more precious. We are immensely grateful and proud to be able to continue building community through music and provide a place for belonging, connection, and inspiration for musicians and music lovers alike. 

Join us in 2023 for nine weeks of magnificent chamber music with our outstanding Kneisel Hall faculty, guest artists, and the ever-exceptional Young Artists. 

For 2023, masking will continue to be required. Learn more here.

All programs are subject to change.

Festival Concerts

June 30 – August 27, 2023

Weekly Concerts on Fridays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 4:00 pm
Weekly Open Rehearsals on Fridays at 9:30 am-12:30 pm

Tickets available for $40/Hall and $30/Porch, reserved seating.* Students 18 and under are free.

*They’re back! $10/Lawn. Unreserved and only sold at the event. Weather permitting.

All concerts take place at 137 Pleasant St., Blue Hill, ME 04614

Composers Now

Ezequiel Viñao, Composer-in-Residence
Masterclass – July 12
Concerts – July 14 & 16

Guest Artists

Bixby Kennedy, clarinet – July 7 & 9
Ann Rodiger, Alexander Technique – July 16 – 23
Brian Hong*, viola – August 4 & 6
Katherine Murdock*, viola – August 11 & 13
Isidore String Quartet* – August 18 & 20
Phoenix Avalon*, Adrian Steele*, violin; Devin Moore*, viola; Joshua McClendon*, cello; all Kneisel Hall alumni and winners of the 2022 Banff International String Quartet Competition
Vega String Quartet* – August 25 & 27
Emily Daggett Smith* and Jessica Swang Wu, violins; Joseph Skerik, viola; and Guang Wang, cello; Quartet-in-Residence at Emory University

*indicates/includes Kneisel Hall alumni

Individual Tickets

Tickets for all performances in 2023.

*NEW* Program Book

Enjoy digital access to our Program Book!


Browse our season in a calendar format.

Pick 9 Pass

Choose any nine of our Festival Concerts that take place on Fridays and Sundays.

Festival Subscriptions

Tickets to all nine concerts. Choose Fridays at 7:30 p.m. or Sundays at 4 p.m.

Faculty Artists

Session I (June 30–July 23)
David Bowlin
Laurie Smukler
Axel Strauss
Doris Lederer
Joel Krosnick
Gwen Krosnick
Raman Ramakrishnan
Jane Coop
Qing Jiang
Session II (July 28–August 13)
David Bowlin
Ron Copes
Laurie Smukler
Molly Carr
Joel Krosnick
Natasha Brofsky
Dmitry Kouzov
Ieva Jokubaviciute
Robert McDonald

More Events this Season!

Gregory C. Carrol Young Artists Concerts

10 spectacular student performances to choose from! Come hear what repertoire our students have prepared during their intense chamber music immersion on the coast of Maine.

Free tickets available, general admission seating, donations welcome.

Session I
  • July 15, Saturday 7:30 p.m.
  • July 17, Monday 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
  • July 18, Tuesday 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Session II
  • August 9, Wednesday 7:30 p.m.
  • August 10, Thursday 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
  • August 12, Saturday 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Master Classes

Master Faculty coaching students in open classes give our audiences a glimpse of how the magic happens on stage. All master classes take place at 7:30 p.m.

Free tickets available, general admission seating, donations welcome.

  • July 5 Wednesday, Qing Jiang 
  • July 10 Monday, Joel Krosnick 
  • July 12 Wednesday, Ezequiel Viñao
  • July 31 Monday, Natasha Brofsky 
  • August 2 Wednesday, Robert McDonald
  • August 7 Monday, Katherine Murdock

Open Rehearsals

Listen and watch the faculty at work during these open dress rehearsals. All open rehearsals take place on Fridays @ 9:30 a.m.

Tickets available for $20, general admission seating.*

*They’re back! $10/Lawn. Unreserved and only sold at the event. Weather permitting.

  • June 30 – Program One
  • July 7 – Program Two
  • July 14 – Program Three
  • July 21 – Program Four
  • July 28 – Program Five
  • August 4 – Program Six
  • August 11 – Program Seven
  • August 18 – Program Eight, Isidore Quartet
  • August 25 – Program Nine, Vega Quartet

Kneisel Hall Children's Concerts

Interactive educational concerts for children and their families. All performances take place on Friday at 2 p.m. at Blue Hill Public Library.

Free tickets available, general admission seating, donations welcome.

  • July 7
  • July 14
  • July 28
  • August 4
  • August 11

Kneisel Hall On Tour

The Young Artists take their performances on the road to area communities. All performances take place at 7 p.m. at various locations.

Free tickets available, general admission seating, donations welcome. 

  • Thursday, July 20 – Burnt Cove Church Community Center, Stonington
  • Monday, July 24 – All Souls Congregational Church, Bangor
  • Tuesday, July 25 – St. John’s Episcopal Church, Southwest Harbor
  • Wednesday, July 26 – Beth Eden Chapel, Brooklin 

Our 2023 season is underwritten by the following supporters

Don Aibel, Lucy & Buddy Allen, Anonymous, Anonymous, Bitsy & Denny Bacon, First National Bank,  A. Becton & Philip Levendusky, John Bullard, The Cluett Family, Jim & Mary Crawford, Deborah & Donald Christian, Noel Butcher Hanley, Howard & Dana Harrison, Nancy Hoppin, Richard Hutton & John Cogswell, Jeff & Shelley Kehl, Joy Kleeman, Alan Kornberg & Harold Koda, Susan & Chris Pappas, Charlotte Podolsky, Thurmond Smithgall, Susan Richardson, The Thurston Famil, Robert Thurston, Patrick Wilmerding, Eve Wolinsky

Supporters of the Kneisel Hall Free Ticket Program

Walter & Karen Dickes and Merle B. Grindle Agency