We’re very proud that two members of Maine’s DaPonte String Quartet are Honeck O’Toole clients… so it’s fitting that we feature the quartet here. This exceptional group has been voted a Downeast “Best of Maine” Readers’ Choice for Performing Artists year after year, so what’s new for 2019? Executive Director Lisa Westkaemper filled us in.

She said, “In 2019, one of the most exciting things happening is the inaugural Institute. This is an educational opportunity for 20 young conservatory-level string musicians to come to Maine in
June and study with the quartet and our international faculty.

We’re recruiting students from all over the world. Selected students will receive full scholarships, and tuition, room and board at the beautiful Medomak Retreat in midcoast Maine. Students will be instructed by all 5 faculty, for a week- long intensive study session. There will be a faculty concert early in the week, and a student concert on the last evening.

Also, this summer, we’re planning to revisit our rural outreach roots, performing concerts in many more small towns across the peninsulas, the islands, and indeed all the way up to Downeast. In addition, we’ll be announcing our early June Guest Artist, who’ll be featured in a concert at Studzinski Hall in Brunswick.

As always, it’s going to be special”. Keep checking the quartet’s website for news and to join their email list.