YARMOUTH — Thirty-­two middle and high school music students from around Maine have been invited to attend the Maine Acoustic Festival after being selected by auditioning.

The festival culminates in a student showcase on Sunday, April 3, at Hannaford Hall at the University of Southern Maine in Portland.

The students will participate in an intensive three­-day festival of workshops, rehearsals and performances. The students have all distinguished themselves in the traditional acoustic music styles of bluegrass, old time, Franco-­American, Irish, singer/songwriter and American harmony.

The festival was created to give students the opportunity to take their playing to a higher level and to celebrate the music that helped shape Maine’s culture. Now in its fourth year, the festival is presented jointly by 317 Main Community Music Center in Yarmouth and North Yarmouth Academy.

Over the course of the festival, students will break into ensembles to rehearse with each other and a faculty comprised of world-class musicians. The 2016 Teaching Artists are Dylan Foley (Irish music), Brandan Taaffe (traditional American harmony), Antje Duvekot (songwriter), Don Roy (Franco­-American), Bronwyn Keith­Hynes (bluegrass) and Isa Burke (old time).


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