The Pierre Monteux School was founded in 1943 by the renowned French-born conductor Pierre Monteux, most widely known for his premiere of Stravinsky’s “Le sacre du printemps” [Rite of Spring] with the Ballet Russes in 1913.
Each summer we bring together aspiring musicians and conductors from colleges and conservatories in the US and abroad to form a symphony orchestra. Conductors play in the orchestra, learning from both sides of the podium. All musicians study a classical repertoire and perform in public concerts in June and July. Concerts are Wednesdays (7:30) & Sundays (5:00), 6/21-7/26.
The Pierre Monteux School & Music Festival will join in celebrating the Centennial of Acadia National Park by commissioning a new work orchestral work in its honor. The work will have its world premiere on July 17, 2016 with Monteux alumnus and composer William C. White at the podium.
We also plan to have the new work arranged for high school or college ensembles, thereby making the work more widely available to a variety of schools and venues and spreading the celebration of the Centennial of Acadia National Park well beyond our local area.