Alumni Month

We start the New Year with news of some of our fantastic alumni: Violinist Sarah Grimes was recently appointed to the Minnesota Orchestra. The Telegraph Quartet is the 2016 winner of the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation 2016 Chamber Music Competition. The ensemble’s members are Eric Chin and Joseph Maile, violins; Pei-Ling Lin, viola and Jeremiah […]


Dear Friends, As 2016 draws to a close Kneisel Hall has so much for which to be grateful. Thank you dedicated faculty, staff, gifted young artists, generous donors, foundations, advertisers, subscribers, alumni and participants in the Program for Maine Students and ACMI. We wish you all health, happiness and chamber music that touches your heart […]

Thank you!

What a terrific evening!!! If you were at Weill Hall Wednesday, November 9, you definitely agree. Former students of  Seymour Lipkin (Lora Tchekoratova, Steve Beck*, Koji Attwood, Andrius Ziabys, Jenny Chai*, Rieko Aizawa*, Ieva Jokubaviciute*) and Kneisel Hall’s Artistic Director Laurie Smukler and cellist Joel Krosnick* played a concert in loving memory of Lipkin and for […]

Just a few days away.

November 9 at Carnegie Weill Hall: A Tribute to Seymour Lipkin With performances by his students and colleagues, pianists Koji Attwood, Steve Beck, Andrius Zlabys, Jenny Q Chai, Rieko Aizawa, Lora Tchekoratova, and Ieva Jokubaviciute; joined by Laurie Smukler, violin and Joel Krosnick, cello. Seymour Lipkin, noted pianist, teacher, and conductor, passed away in November 2015. One year […]

One Month Away!

One Month Away! Seymour Lipkin: A Memorial Concert   Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 7:30 pm Proceeds from ticket sales to benefit the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School and Festivalin Blue Hill, Maine, one of the country’s leading chamber music schools that Mr. Lipkin led as director for nearly 30 years. Click HERE to purchase […]

Kneisel Hall Blue Hill-Together in Music EVENTS

Who: Author Stephen Costanza (Mozart Finds a Melody) joins Kneisel Hall artists What: Musical Exploration of Costanza’s Mozart Finds a Melody. What: Terrific Human / Arts Interest Story When: Thursday, September 22, 2016 When: 4:30 p.m. Where: Blue Hill Public Library 5 Parker Point Road Blue Hill, ME 04614   Portland Maine Author Joins Kneisel Hall […]

A Memorial Concert

Seymour Lipkin, renowned pianist,  teacher and conductor to be honored at Weill Recital Hall: A Memorial Concert November 9, 2016 With performances by his students and colleagues, pianists Koji Attwood, Steve Beck, Andrius Zlabys, Jenny Q. Chai, Rieko Aizawa, Lora Tchekoratova, and Ieva Jokubaviciute; joined by Laurie Smukler, violin and Joel Krosnick, cello.Proceeds from ticket sales to benefit the Kneisel Hall […]

Week August 22– August 28, 2016

A Far Cry Kneisel Hall Young Artists Dear Friends, This weekend Boston-based A Far Cry will present the weekend concerts. A Far Cry stands at the forefront of an exciting new generation in classical music. A Far Cry was founded in 2007 by a tightly knit collective of 17 young professional musicians (many Kneisel Hall […]

July 4th

Dear Friends, How does Kneisel Hall celebrate the 4th of July? The same way ‘one gets to Carnegie Hall’ – practice, practice, practice! Work is in full swing and practice/rehearse is what we do at Kneisel Hall – day and night, weekend and week day. And you, our audiences get the benefit. The first master […]

June 27th -July 3rd

2016 Maine Students Dear Friends, They are in Maine! The young artists and the faculty: Ronald Copes, David Bowlin, Laurie Smukler, violinists; Doris Lederer, violist; Dmitry Kouzov, Joel Krosnick and pianists Jane Coop and Anna Polonsky – music is EVERYWHERE. The Program for Maine Students was a roaring success – thank you to the faculty […]


Dear Friends, The 2016 season is dedicated to the memory of pianist Seymour Lipkin, Artistic Director of Kneisel Hall from 1987 until his death last November. Kneisel Hall is, and will remain, the exceptional space our beloved Seymour envisioned and developed; the space where artists have the freedom to explore the beauty, richness, diversity and […]

Kneisel Hall Blue Hill-Together in Music Residency

Dear Friends, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival announces fourth Kneisel Hall Blue Hill-Together in Music Residency. The KHBH residency will take place this week – May 23-27. An immersive outreach program initiated to foster a creative dialogue and invite everyone in the Blue Hill community to participate in music-making at the Hall. The residencies are designed to extend […]

April News

Dear Friends, April 16 A Far Cry presented an unforgettable evening for friends, board and alumni. Interim Artistic Director Laurie Smukler thanked them for their, “beautiful, heartfelt performance! It was a wonderful program of music, played with intelligence, gorgeous phrasing, and a warm, compelling group sound. (We are) very grateful for the most generous gifts […]

April is Alum month!

Dear Friends, Alums- time to step up. Brian Hong, Hongge Du, Zhi Ma, Tina Bouey and Elise Dalleska gave donations. April 16 Jae Lee, Megaumi Stohs-Lewis, Annie Rabbat, Alex Fortes, Michael Unterman and Frank Shaw are playing a KH benefit. Yoon Lee is coming to help with ACMI Now it is your turn – do you live […]

The 2016 Kneisel Hall Young Artists

  Dear Friends, We present the The 2016 Kneisel Hall Young Artists. Mark your calendars now; their concerts are going to be terrific! July: Saturday 16th 7:30 p.m.; Monday 18th  2:00 & 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday 19th 2:00 & 7:30 p.m. August: Wednesday 10th 7:30 p.m.; Thursday 11th 2:00 & 7:30 p.m.; Saturday 13th 2:00 & […]

Acceptance letters

The Kneisel Hall acceptances will be emailed on March 1 – violin, viola, and piano. Cello will be mailed on Friday, March, 4th.

Kneisel Hall Benefit featuring…

  What could be better than spring in New York, your favorite chamber orchestra and supporting the festival you LOVE!!!! Kneisel Hall Benefit featuring A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra, April 16 at  7:30 p.m. at The University Club, NYC. Tickets are on sale, 207-374-2203   April is Kneisel Hall Alumni Month Alums send us what you are doing to […]

2016 reunion and alumni information

Dear Friends: April is the month when ALL Kneisel Hall alums show the world how great Kneisel Hall is and show Kneisel Hall how much they appreciate their time on campus. Maybe it was that coaching in the Fishbowl that echoes in your ears; maybe it was meeting the colleagues that you are playing with today; maybe […]

New Interim Artistic Director

Dear Friends: ———————————————————— At their December meeting the Kneisel Hall Trustees named violinist Laurie Smukler Interim Artistic Director. Smukler was a founding member of the Mendelssohn String Quartet, teaches at The Juilliard School, Bard Conservatory, the Manhattan School of Music and Mannes College of Music. She has been on the faculty of Kneisel Hall for […]