The 56th Bar Harbor Music Festival

…one of New England’s great music festivals
– Nan Lincoln, The Bar Harbor Times

The Bar Harbor Music Festival

. . . an acclaimed series of classical and popular concerts.”
Down East Magazine, Vacationtime Guide

Francis Fortier

Founder and Artistic Director

Bar Harbor Festival String Orchestra

Christopher Johnson

Antonio Galera-Lopez

Young Audience Concerts

Welcome to the 2022 Bar Harbor Music Festival 56th Season

June 26 – July 24, 2022, Bar Harbor, Maine


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“Maine’s Premier Music Festival”
— WGBH Classical New England/Boston

“…one of New England’s great music festivals”
— Nan Lincoln, The Bar Harbor Times

Acclaimed by Phi Beta Baton as “…one of the nation’s proving grounds for gifted young artists,” the Bar Harbor Music Festival, founded by violinist Francis Fortier in 1967, has gained national recognition for its unique and pioneering work.

The Festival has made a major contribution to the music world by advancing the careers of over 2,300 aspiring instrumentalists, singers, and composers. Coupled with our “Arts and Tourism” initiatives, it has provided a vital cultural and economic service for the community and visitors from all over the world.

The Festival’s outreach programs, such as the admission-free outdoor concerts in Acadia National Park, artist-in-residenceprograms in American schools, colleges, and universities, as well as its Young Audience Concerts have won new audiences for classical music and fostered music education.

Its annual Summer Festival and Touring Program have reached out to audiences totaling over one million, as music lovers gravitate to this musical gem in the spectacular setting of Bar Harbor, Maine.

The 2022 56th Season, June 26 – July 24, promises the unique variety and extraordinary quality for which this Festival has become known and beloved.


2022 Young Audience Concerts

Come One, Come All_! !
Free! For kids of all ages

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Partnering with both Bar Harbor’s Jesup Memorial Library and the Bar Harbor Congregational Church, our Young Audience Concerts invite visiting and community children to enjoy the talents of 2022 Festival musicians. Our goal is to entertain, educate, and inspire the young, (and the not-so-young) who attend these informal, interactive daytime musical events.

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Belfast, Maine

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Francis Fortier, Conductor and Founder

Francis Fortier, Conductor and Founder