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Festival of Mandolin Chamber Music VIII

  • Thursday, January 12, 2017
  • 5:00 PM (EST)
  • Sunday, January 15, 2017
  • 5:30 PM (EST)
  • Immanuel Retreat Center


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:

Registration is closed

Led by August Watters, a Boston area teacher and composer, this festival is designed for the classical mandolin community and for concertgoers interested in classical chamber music. 

The purpose of the festival is to create learning and performance opportunities for those interested in chamber music composed for mandolin and its related instruments (as well as classical guitar).

Participants will rehearse in preparation for a concert on Sunday, January 15th at 3 pm. 

Please note that we have added a day to the Festival workshop. We begin on Thursday, January 14th, but we offer an option to start on Friday if that works better for you. 

A great wealth of music exists for mandolin-guitar ensembles. Since most of it has been forgotten or out of the public eye for generations, it's an exciting time to be a mandolinist! FMCM provides an opportunity to explore mandolin ensemble music, from baroque to romantic and contemporary works.

FMCM is open to anyone who plays mandolin, mandola, or guitar, and reads standard notation. Music will be available for advance preparation. Guitar parts will be written in standard classical guitar format, although pick-style guitar may substitute for mandola.

Participants will divide their time, roughly evenly, between ensemble rehearsals and workshops. Chamber ensembles will be assigned according to preference, ability, and interest. A choice of workshops will be available, addressing technique, repertoire, and theory.

The workshop will culminate in a public concert on Sunday at 3 pm. August Watters will perform with the New England Mandolin Ensemble and Festival participants. Together we'll put together a wide-ranging concert, illustrating the many sounds of the concert mandolin. Tickets for the concert may be purchased HERE.


August Watters is a multi-stylistic, improvising mandolinist, composer/ arranger, and teacher in the Boston area. He has performed with some of the leading figures in today’s revival of this most elegant instrument, and the advancement of its musical traditions. His work as an interpreter, improviser, composer and arranger bridges contemporary classical music, jazz, folk music traditions, and the historical concert mandolin repertoire.                                                                     

For more visit August Watter's website.

Participants may arrive and register between 4 and 6 pm on Thursday. The program begins with dinner at 6 pm Thursday night and ends with the concert Sunday afternoon.

Please note that the costs you see here on the left are for tuition only. Accommodations for three nights and meals inclusive of dinner Thursday through lunch Sunday are on the registration form as part of the registration process and are not included in tuition costs seen here. Here are the additional accommodations and meals costs for Thursday afternoon through Sunday afternoon:
Commuter: $135
Single Room: $375
Double Room: $330

The Retreat House accommodations are comfortable but basic and therefore relatively inexpensive. Breakfast is self serve with the breakfast foods available in the kitchen. Lunches and dinners are catered buffet style. 

If you wish to stay at a local Bed and Breakfast, please choose the commuter option. You would then have breakfast at the B&B and lunches and dinners at Immanuel Retreat Center. We have negotiated special prices at a local B&B: 
The Harvest Barn Inn ($10 off going rate per night).
Ask for the Stone Church Arts rate.

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