The Back Cove Contemporary Music Festival showcases new chamber music.

Established in 2009, the festival presents contemporary chamber music by composers from northern New England, many of whom attend the event and discuss their pieces being performed.

It features performances by some of Maine’s top musicians and is an important showcase for new concert music in Maine.

On hiatus in 2019, the festival will return in the fall of 2020 and subsequently be held biennially.

Concert Benefits Back Cove Festival

Elliott Schwartz

On January 18, 2020, at 7 pm, we celebrated the life of Maine composer, lecturer and author Elliott Schwartz.

The concert featured performances of nine compositions played on the Conservatory’s studio pianos, including our Steinway partner pianos.

Press Coverage


» Elliott Schwartz tribute would have made late composer proud – and amused — Allan Kozinn, Portland Press Herald
» Nine composers, eight pianos, one concert in Portland — Bob Keyes, Portland Press Herald


Support the Festival

Please contact the Conservatory office (207-775-3356) for information about providing  support for the festival through sponsorships or purchasing space in the program booklet.