Dear Friends of Blue Hill Bach,

Last summer’s festival was opened by soprano Ellenore Tarr, who led the audience in singing the hymn, “How brightly shines the morning star.” The next morning, Elly, a college music major home on summer vacation, rose early to haul the lobsters for our annual dinner for the Blue Hill Bach musicians. Where else but in Downeast Maine?

Blue Hill Bach followers like you often ask how we’ve managed to produce consistently excellent programs of Baroque music here on the Blue Hill peninsula. We can do it only because of the support we receive from the community. We’re so lucky to have talented local musicians who are an invaluable part of our ensemble. Our visiting artists all rave about the tender loving care they receive from their hosts. Behind the scenes, our tireless volunteers work magic.

Of course, we can’t do it without your financial support. We ask for your donations just twice each year to help fund our concerts and activities—and just look at what’s coming up!

– On Saturday, December 19, we’ll perform the Christmas sections of Handel’s Messiah with the Blue Hill Bach orchestra, chorus, and a stellar group of soloists.

– Next March 18, organist Kevin Birch and a fabulous small ensemble will celebrate Bach’s birthday in style—Baroque, that is!

– We’re deeply involved in planning for next summer’s festival, July 21-23. The featured work will be Bach’s Magnificat in Eb (the same work as the all-time favorite in D, but with added choruses). As in years past, we’ll be presenting concerts at three local venues, and hope to repeat “Bach’s Lunch” at the Blue Hill Library. We’re also contemplating expanding to a fourth location and capturing that performance in a recording. Stay tuned for details!

We know that you receive many requests at this time of the year, and hope that you’ll include Blue Hill Bach among the organizations that benefit from your generosity.

Thank you for supporting Blue Hill Bach.


Marcia Gronewold Sly
Executive Director

PS – For more information or to make a gift, go to or phone (207) 613-5454. And if you’d like to volunteer, please let us know!

Blue Hill Bach is a nonprofit public charity operating under Section 501(c)(3) and in compliance with Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. IRS Identification Number 45-4334021.