1927 - 2015


Seymour Lipkin, our beloved Artistic Director for 28 years, passed away on November 16th, 2015. He was a superlative musician, extraordinary pianist and teacher. At Kneisel Hall, he created a haven for young artists and faculty that nurtured what is most precious in the art of making music- uncompromising seeking of depth, honesty, discovery and mastery in music; of what the composers gave us, and in ourselves. His legacy at Kneisel Hall will be honored, and continued to be lived, by the vast numbers of musicians he influenced. 
Our hearts are broken with our loss.
The 2016 season will be dedicated to his memory - a celebration of his life and a commitment to uphold his ideals.


Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in the coastal village of Blue Hill, Maine, is an intensive chamber music school, a concert series and chamber music advocate. Please join us this summer for concerts by our esteemed faculty and gifted young artists.



Seymour Lipkin 1927 – 2015

Memorial Services Friday, December 4, 2015 3:00 p.m. Riverside Memorial Chapel 180 West 76th Street (Amsterdam Avenue & 76th St. NYC)Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival (TBA) Curtis Institute of Music (TBA) The Juilliard School (TBA) Check the Calendar for updates. Seymour Lipkin, Born 1927, Detroit, Mi., died Mon, Nov. 16 2015, Blue Hill, ME. He […]


Kneisel Hall and Blue Hill Together in Music!

Kneisel Hall and Blue Hill Together in Music! Monday, September 21- Friday, September 25 All over town – Consolidated School, George Stevens Academy, Parker Ridge and the Kneisel Hall Campus, Blue Hill, ME Kneisel Hall:  207 374 2811   Contact:  Clara Lyon ( Kneisel Hall & Blue Hill Together in Music! Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival proudly […]

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Kneisel Hall This Week August 3 – August 9 2015

Dear Friends, Another chamber-music filled week! Wednesday, Kneisel Hall young artists are joining Bill McGlaughlin (host of NPR’s About Exploring Music) at the Reach Performing Arts Center on Deer Isle. The young artists will perform Mozart’s viola quintet. K. 515, the first movement of Brahms viola quintet in G major and Beethoven’s piano trio Op. […]