The sixth annual Maine Acoustic Festival welcomes 39 middle and high school music students  for a 3-day traditional acoustic music festival culminating in a Student Showcase Performance on Sunday, April 8th at The University of Southern Maine’s Hannaford Hall in Portland.

The students were selected by audition to participate in the festival that includes workshops, rehearsals, and performances.

“It’s fun to see how the festival evolves from year to year,” said MAF Coordinator Amanda Gale. “The number of high-quality vocalists really stood out during this year’s audition process, so we’re incorporating more singing into the festival weekend.”

The Maine Acoustic Festival was created both to celebrate the music that helped shape Maine’s culture and to give students interested in these genres the chance to learn from world class musicians.

The 2018 Teaching Artists are Bennett Konesni,​ (Traditional American Harmony) Corey Dimario​, (Americana) Ellen Gawler​, (Maine Maritime) and David Surette​, (Celtic).

Maine Acoustic Festival is also pleased to welcome renowned composer, violinist and creative-community builder Daniel Bernard-Roumain​, who comes to us through a collaboration with Portland Ovations. Roumain will lead a free violin workshop that is open to all strings players under the age of 12 at Portland’s East End Community School on Saturday, April 7th, 11am followed by a pizza lunch. Later that afternoon, Roumain will offer a workshop for festival participants in Yarmouth, demonstrating how he blends funk, rock, hip-hop, improvisational and classical music into an energetic and experiential sonic form.

The students participating in the 2018 Maine Acoustic Festival come from 10 schools and the homeschool community.

The Festival was co-founded by 317 Main Community Music Center and North Yarmouth Academy to create community among traditional acoustic musicians and give them an opportunity to work with masters of the art form.

We encourage the public to participate in the festival.

DANIEL BERNARD ROUMAIN VIOLIN WORKSHOP AT EECS ​SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 11AM-12:30PM, PORTLAND – at East End Community School, 195 North Street. FREE. Please RSVP to Jake Hoffman [email protected] or call 846-9559. Open to all kids under 12 who play string instruments.

FACULTY CONCERT ​SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 7:30PM, YARMOUTH – ​ at First Parish Congregational Church Yarmouth at 116 Main Street. Suggested $10 donation at the door.

STUDENT SHOWCASE ​SUNDAY, APRIL 8, 4-5:30PM, PORTLAND – ​in Hannaford Hall on University of Southern Maine campus at 66 Bedford St.
Tickets are $15/Adults, $10/Students/Seniors and free under 12.