2024 Festival

June 15 — August 25, 2024

Celebrating 122 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 122 years. 
Over the past few years in particular, sharing the live music experience 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 2024 for nine weeks of magnificent chamber music with our outstanding Kneisel Hall faculty, guest artists, and the ever-exceptional Young Artists. 

All programs are subject to change with little to no notice.

Festival Concerts June 28 —August 25, 2024

Weekly Concerts

  • Fridays at 7:30 p.m. & Sundays at 4:00 p.m.

Weekly Open Rehearsals

  • Fridays at 9:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.

$40/Hall and $30/Porch, reserved seating, and $10 Lawn, unreserved. Students 18 and under are free.

Composers Now

James Lee III, Composer-in-Residence — July 10-14

Guest Artists

*Kneisel Hall alumni 

Individual Tickets

Tickets for all performances in 2024.

Program Book

Enjoy digital access to our Program Book.


Browse the season in a calendar view.

Pick 9 Passes

Need a bit of flexibility to enjoy multiple performances?

Faculty Artists

Session I – June 23—July 21

David Bowlin
Laurie Smukler
Brian Hong
Dmitry Kouzov
Joel Krosnick
Gwen Krosnick
Jane Coop
Gilles Vonsattel

Session II – July 21—August 11

David Bowlin
Ron Copes
Laurie Smukler
DJ Cheek
Nina Lee
Joel Krosnick
Raman Ramakrishnan
Qing Jiang
Robert McDonald

More Events this Season!

Program for Maine Students

After their two- or five-day sessions, enjoy concerts from students who’s work culminates in these final performances.  

Free admission w/ open seating. Tickets not required. Donations welcome.

  • Sunday, June 16, 4:00 p.m. — Students ages 9-12
  • Friday, June 21, 4:00 p.m. — Students aged 13-19

Open Rehearsals

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

Tickets available for $20, general admission seating, or $10 Lawn, unreserved. Students 18 and under are free.

  • Friday, June 28 — Program One
  • Friday, July 5 — Program Two
  • Friday, July 12 — Program Three
  • Friday, July 19 — Program Four
  • Friday, July 26 — Program Five
  • Friday, August 2 — Program Six
  • Friday, August 9 — Program Seven
  • Friday, August 16 — Program Eight
  • Friday, August 23 — Program Nine

Kneisel Hall Children's Concerts

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

Free admission w/ open seating. Tickets not required. Donations welcome.

  • Friday, June 28
  • Friday, July 5
  • Friday, July 12
  • Friday, July 26
  • Friday, August 2

Master Classes

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

Free admission with open seating. Tickets not required. Donations welcome.

  • Wednesday, July 3 — Barbara Mallow
  • Monday, July 8 — Joel Krosnick 
  • Wednesday, July 10 — James Lee III
  • Monday, July 29 — Nina Lee
  • Wednesday, July 31 — Jerry Grossman
  • Monday, August 5 — Robert McDonald

Gregory C. Carroll Young Artists' Concerts

10 spectacular performances to choose from. Enjoy the repertoire that students have prepared during the immersive Young Artist Program.

Free admission w/ open seating. Tickets not required. Donations welcome.

  • Saturday, July 13, 7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, July 15,  2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 16, 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 7, 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 8, 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
  • Satruday, August 10, 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

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 admission w/ open seating. Tickets not required. Donations welcome.

  • Thursday, July 18 — Alamo Theater, 85 Main Street, Bucksport
  • Monday, July 22 — St. John’s Episcopal Church, 315 Main Street, Southwest Harbor
  • Tuesday, July 23 — Beth Eden Chapel, 99 Naskeag Point Road, Brooklin

Blue Hill Troupe: A Benefit for Kneisel Hall

The Blue Hill Troupe will take the stage with a production Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore at The Bay School’s Emlen Hall. 

  • Friday, August 2,  7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 3, 1:30 p.m.

We are grateful to our underwriters in their support of our 2024 season:

Denison and Bitsy Becton, Joy Kleeman, Susan and Chris Pappas, David and Patty Persson, Jim and Mary Crawford, Alan Kornberg and Harold Koda, Howard and Dana Harrison, Jeff and Shelley Kehl, Scott and Joann Thurston, Charlotte Podolsky, Merle B. Grindle Agency, Karen and Walt Dickes, Susan Richardson, Judith and Jon Dullnig, Don Aibel and Elizabeth Herries, Brad Meyer, Robert and Beth Clements, Fred and Ellen Harris, Noel Butcher Hanley, Yoon Lee, Jonathan Payne, The Cluett family, Eve Wolinsky, Richard Hutton and John Cogswell, Deborah and Don Christian, and the Thurston family.

Click here to learn about our underwriting opportunities.