a program of

South Shore Conservatory

Kathy Czerny, SSC President
Stephen Deitz, Festival Director
Amy Schomp, Managing Director
Karen Bellinger, Festival Manager
Nancy Meredith, Box Office and Duxbury Campus Manager
Michelle McGrath, Publicity Services
Rick Assmus, Building/Grounds
Rich Fell, Piano Technician
Louis Gentile, Piano Mover

(as of June 14)

Mollie Baldwin Foley
Diane and F. Sherman Hoyt
Holly and Brendan Kissane
The Foundation for Creative Achievement
Frank Wisneski and Lynn Dale

Sheila and Richard Morse

Lee and Jack Barlow
Barbara and Fred Clifford
Cornelia and Steward Clifford
GAGNONtax, Judy and Bill Gagnon
Nancy Herndon
Jane Carr and Andrew Hertig
Nancy and John Powell
The Village at Duxbury

Wendy and Vince Spiziri

SPONSOR ($5000)
Safe Foundation
Kathy and Warren Skillman
Pat and Wilfred Sheehan

Mary Danner
Motoko and Gordon Deane
Rebecca and James Garrett
Donne and Frank Holden
Mimi and Joe Jannetty
Gerald and Linda Jones
Diane Keller
Barbara and Morgan Lamarche
Hilary and Richard Lucier
Merck Foundation
Michael and Christine Puzo
Mary and Jerry Steinke
Richard and Carolyn Wadsworth
Jason Wolfson

Francis R. Doran Insurance Agency

Julia and Stephen Adams
Alliance Bernstein
Nancy Riegel
Sylvia and Dwight Rost

Shirley Amory
Gregg and Courtney Jordan
William and Katherine Dixon
Amy and Brian Sack
Charles and Holly Weilbrenner

Mary and William Benjes
Jeannine Brayman
Richard Brown
Thomas & Elizabeth Bullock
Maureen & John Cataudella
Anthony & Anne Marie DiBona
John & Constance Enniss
Jane & George Fogg
Mrs. Stephanie Gagnon and
Dr. Patrick Gagnon
David & Shirley Jenkins
Marilyn & Stephen Kaszynski
Carol Loring
Thomas & Nancy O'Neill
Olga & Richard Rothschild
Olga & Richard Rothschild
Francis & Patricia Shea
Larence Smith
Joel & Catherine Stein
Charles & Cheryl Tufankjian
Lanci & Page Valentine
Freja Wagner

PENMOR AVIATION, Sheila and Richard Morse
SHORELINE AVIATION, Ann Pollard, Keith Douglass
Holly and Brendan Kissane
Reggie and Steve McCormack
Kathy and Jack Shield

complete list

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Welcome to Duxbury Music Festival

An intensive program for solo and chamber instrumental performance

12th Season
Performances open on July 14 and close July 28
Students and Faculty: July 12-29

Stephen Deitz
Festival Director


Application Information 2017 brochure

Featuring a spring concert of intimate chamber music

Sunday, April 30, 4 pm
at the private home of Judy and Bill Gagnon of Duxbury

South Shore Conservatory’s (SSC) Duxbury Music Festival (DMF) treats festival lovers with a little taste of the exquisite music they can expect from DMF’s 12th season. The concert is followed by a reception where guests are encouraged to mingle and meet the performers.

Audience members will experience magnificent chamber and contemporary music the way it was originally intended, in a small, friendly and intimate setting.  A program of pieces written specifically for clarinet and piano, clarinet and guitar, and guitar and piano include British composer Gerald Finzi’s Five Bagatelles for Clarinet and Piano, Libby Larsen’s Blue Third Pieces for clarinet and guitar, and songs by Tom Waits, John Prine and others.  The concert explores not only works for uncommon instrumental duos, but songs about love, loss, and people’s lives.  

Musicians performing, all current or former DMF and SSC faculty members, include Peter Bianca, clarinet; Ross Brown, vocals; Chris Rathbun, double bass; John McCarthy, guitar; Festival Director Stephen Deitz and Regina Yung, piano; and Jesse Stiglich, drums.

Tickets are $75 per person which includes a $40 tax deductible gift to the Conservatory. 



Come learn about all jobs big and small
Monday, May 1, 9 am
Home of Kathy Skillman

For questions about all things DMF, contact:

Karen Bellinger, Festival Manager
781.934.2731, ext. 23


Duxbury Music Festival Brick Donation Program

We sincerely thank our 2015 and 2016 donors!

For more about participating in 2017, contact Amy Schomp at a.schomp@sscmusic.org or 781-749-7565 ext. 19.

Duxbury Music Festival sincerely thanks the friends listed below for contributing $2500 or more to the 2015 Duxbury Music Festival's 10th Anniversary Season. In recognition of these leadership gifts, each donor will be receiving an engraved brick in the Ellison Center for the Arts walkway. The brick walkway unveiling will take place on Sunday, October 25th at a special event.

The DMF brick donation program will be extended throughout the next year. For more information or to make a donation contact Amy Schomp at a.schomp@sscmusic.org or 781-749-7565 ext. 19.

Alliance Bernstein Fund
Deborah Allinson
Shirley Amory
Lee and Jack Barlow
Sally and Lans Bouthillier
Jane Carr and Andrew Hertig
Barbara and Frederic Clifford
Mary Danner
Motoko and Gordon Deane
Kathy and William Dixon
Doran Insurance - Francis and Christina Doran
Mollie Baldwin Foley
The Fitzgibbons family
GAGNONware - Judy and Bill Gagnon
Patricia and Gerard Gastaud
Nancy Herndon
Donne and Frank Holden
Diane and Sherm Hoyt
Cordage Commerce Center - Miriam and Joseph Jannetty
Susan and Louis Jannetty
Linda and Gerald Jones
Marilyn and Stephen Kaszynski
The Village at Duxbury
Barbara and Morgan Lamarche
Mary Ellen and Peter Lawrence
Mead Witter Foundation
Merck Foundation
Sheila and Richard Morse
Joanne and Richard Plank
Nancy and John Powell

Cynthia and John Reed
The Safe Family Foundation
Pat & Wilfred Sheehan
Wendy and Vincent Spiziri
The Skillman family
Mary and Jerry Steinke
The Foundation for Creative Achievement - Eve Penoyer
Marcia and Abbott Vose
The Wehner Family
Frank Wisneski and Lynn Dale

2016 additions
Mary and Marshall Carter
Rebecca and James Garett
Cheri and Dan Haas
Diane Keller
Holly and Brendan Kissane
Hilary and Richard Lucier
Carolyn and Richard Wadsworth
Jason Wolfson
Lynne Devnew and Ronald Wolfe
Sue Gaintner
Katherine and John Stanton

piano trio in recital

South Shore Conservatory proudly presents the DUXBURY MUSIC FESTIVAL, an intensive program for solo and chamber instrumental performance, unique to all of New England.

Founded with the knowledge that music enriches the human spirit and the belief that this enrichment endures in the lives of its participants, the Duxbury Music Festival is located in an idyllic seaside community, thirty-five miles south of Boston and twenty miles north of Cape Cod.

The Duxbury Music Festival is an intensive program for the study and performance of solo and chamber repertoire for undergraduate and graduate students and adult professionals. Festival Director, Stephen Deitz, has gathered to this historic and picturesque town a renowned faculty who offer chamber performances, as well as individual instruction and ensemble coaching.

Program Highlights sailing

A select group of approximately 20 students will participate in multiple private lessons and intensive ensemble coachings as well as a variety of daily performance opportunities. A generous allocation of time for daily practice ensures that students will have the opportunity to reap the benefits of their lessons and coachings.

The program includes: three 1-hour private lessons, four 1-hour ensemble coachings, 5 student recitals, four faculty concerts, solo and chamber music master classes, solo and chamber ensemble competitions, a Winners Concert, generous practice time, bayside room and board, numerous pool parties and barbecues, a sailing event on Duxbury Bay and excursions to nearby Duxbury Beach.

Audiences are invited to purchase tickets for the Festival's Opening Concert, four faculty concerts, four events for all audiences under the Town Green tent, and the Winners Concert. Performances will be held at the Conservatory's Ellison Center for the Arts, and in seaside homes or other private venues.


DMF 2016 Competition Winners

Solo Competition

Rigeletto by F. Liszt
Xinyao Feng, piano

Paganiniana Variations by N. Milstein
Guolong Wang, violin

Violin Sonata, Op. 27, No. 6 by E. Ysaye
Ke Zhu, violin
Ke Zhu, Full Scholarship Student Sponsored by The Safe Foundation

Chamber Competition

Piano Quartet in A Minor, Op. 67 by J. Turina
I. Sostenuto assai – Allegro ma non troppo II. Vivo
Ahra Cho, violin; Sarah Knight, viola Nathan Fritz, cello; Julian Drummond, piano
Ahra Cho, Full Scholarship Student Sponsored by Pat and Wilfred Sheehan

Piano Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 87 by A. Dvorak
I. Allegro con fuoco
Guolong Wang, violin; Stephen Weiss, viola; Pall Quinn Kalmansson, cello; Xinyao Feng, piano
Pall Quinn Kalmansson, Full Scholarship Student Sponsored by Kathy & Warren Skillman

Piano Trio in E Minor, OP. 67 by D. Shostakovich
I. Andante II. Allegro con brio
Ke Zhu, violin; Peter Pearson, cello; Sayaka Hiroshige, piano
Ke Zhu, Full Scholarship Student Sponsored by The Safe Foundation

Concerto Competition

Cello Concerto by A. Dvorak
I. Allegro
Pall Quinn Kalmansson, cello
Pall Quinn Kalmansson, Full Scholarship Student Sponsored by Kathy & Warren Skillman

Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64 by F. Mendelssohn
I. Allegro molto appassionato
Ke Zhu, violin
Ke Zhu, Full Scholarship Student Sponsored by The Safe Foundation

Piano Concerto in G Major by M. Ravel
I. Allegramente
Sayaka Hiroshige, piano

DMF 2016 program booklet


DMF Photo Gallery
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DMF Newsletter
Festival Fanfare

DMF Cookbook
South Shore Conservatory announces the publication of SOUND BITES, Duxbury Music Festival Favorite Recipes
Order yours today!

Accessibility:  The Ellison Center for the Arts, First Parish Church and the Village at Duxbury are fully handicapped accessible.  For more information regarding a visit to the Ellison Center for the Arts review Know Before You Go. For information regarding the accessibility at other Duxbury Music Festival venues please contact Nancy Meredith at the Ellison Center for the Arts at 781-934-2731 ext. 11.

Accomodations:  A limited number of large-print programs will be available at each performance for guests with low vision/vision impairments.  At the Ellison Center for the Arts, we can accommodate a variety of special seating requests (chairs with armrests, extra space for a wheelchair or a service animal).  If you would benefit from these accommodations, please identify yourself to one of our volunteers so they can assist you.

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