About the Festival

Chamber music concerts and events in Newburyport, Massachusetts

Newburyport Chamber Music Festival is a community-based series of chamber music concerts and events in Newburyport, Massachusetts. The summer Festival format has evolved to a two-week series that takes place each year in August. Additional events are programmed throughout the year.

Backstage access, front-row experience

The Newburyport Chamber Music Festival fosters an interactive partnership between residents and visiting artists by engaging the community in the process of creating and presenting chamber music in Newburyport’s unique architectural spaces.


From 3 artists and concerts in 2002 to 12 artists and 20 events in 2019!

Founded in 2002 by Artistic Director David Yang and Newburyport resident Jane Niebling, this August weeklong series of classical chamber music events has grown from three musicians and three concerts to, this summer, twelve artists, thirteen events and six venues. Originally sponsored by St. Paul’s Church in Newburyport. 

The festival now functions as an independent not-for-profit organization.

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Backstage access, front-row seats

Transforming little black marks on a page into a work of art

I have a friend who is a pastry chef. She takes flour, water, sugar, and a whole lot of butter, and from these simple ingredients conjures up magnificent desserts. Come to an open rehearsal and you'll see what goes into transforming little black marks on a page into a work of art. The process may seem unremarkable for its attention to things technical - working out dynamics, ensemble, intonation, articulation - yet somewhere along the way something precious and fleeting is created: real music.

Bringing the music of Beethoven, Brahms, and Bartók to life

People wonder sometimes what musicians do during the day. There is a romantic notion of the solitary artist in some dusty loft full of scurrying rats and bat guano. The fact is that we do laundry, pay bills, and answer emails like everyone else. In addition to all that banality we also spend hours every day bringing the music of Beethoven, Brahms, and Bartok to life.

In-the-moment experiences

Why go to a concert when you can listen to music at home while doing the dishes? There's the obvious stuff: live sound, live performers, no distractions and the joy of a shared experience. But add to that the fact that it is an in-the-moment experience. That's why you can be overwhelmed at a concert one night but listen to a recording of the same concert weeks later and wonder why you can't hear what you heard the first time. Music doesn't even exist until you perform it. A concert is something made fresh in front of you: electric, live, and raw.

David Yang, Artist Director

Violist David Yang was the recent recipient of a coveted Independence Foundation Fellowship awarded to exceptional artists in the Philadelphia region. He has been heard throughout North America and Europe in collaboration with members of the Borromeo, Brentano, Lark, Miro and Tokyo string quartets.

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Members of the Board

Newburyport Chamber Music is a community-based series of chamber music concerts and events in Newburyport, Massachusetts. The summer Festival format has evolved to a two-week series that takes place each year in August. Additional events are programmed throughout the year.

  • Anne Verret-Speck, President/Executive Director
  • Susan Swan, Secretary
  • John Moreland, Treasurer
  • Beth Clary
  • Gage Cogswell
  • Sherry Rogers
  • Ellie Volckhausen
  • Andrew Moreland (Student Intern)

Where you can find us

Our first venue was the 1863 granite Neo-Gothic St. Anna’s Chapel on the campus of St. Paul’s church. With no stage and with seating in the round the 90-seat chapel provides the degree of intimacy for which chamber music was originally intended. Since then we have added the larger St. Paul’s Church as our principal venue, and we continue to take advantage of an eclectic collection of spaces, both public and private, indoors and out, historic and modern, which are available in the greater Newburport community.

Atria Merrimack Place
Brown Chapel at Oak Hill Cemetery
Central Congregation Church

A 1861 sanctuary.

Chococoa Café
Custom House Maritime Museum

Designed by Robert Mills, architect of the Washington Monument, the all-granite Custom House was built in 1835.

Emma Andrews Library & Community Center
Jabberwocky Bookshop
Mass Audubon Joppa Flats Education Center
Newburyport Art Association
Newburyport Public Library

Multipurpose Room, First Floor

Patrick Tracy Square

Located on Pleasant Street, Patrick Tracy Square is one of the locations of our free outdoor concerts.

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St. Anna's Chapel

Commissioned and donated in 1863 by the Rev. William Horton, the chapel was designed by architect Rufus Sargent in the High Gothic Style, and built of Rockport granite. In 2014 the chapel was awarded recognition by the Newburyport Preservation Trust for both exterior and interior historic restoration.

St. John’s Episcopal Church

Listed in the Registry of Historic Sites, this brick church was built in 1807 to replace a 1732 wooden structure (then called Queen's Chapel) which was destroyed in the great Portsmouth fire of 1806. 101 Chapel Street, Portsmouth, NH

St. Paul’s Church

Founded in 1711 as a mission parish of the Anglican Church in British American during the reign of Queen Anne of Great Britain, St. Paul’s is the oldest continuous Episcopal Parish in Massachusetts and one of the oldest in America. The current building is the fourth, the third on this site at 166 High Street.


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We are grateful to our corporate sponsors for their support.

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