About Rockport Music


Enriching lives through great music

For over 30 years Rockport Music has been committed to one enduring purpose–enriching lives through great music. Located in the scenic seaport village of Rockport, Massachusetts, Rockport Music presents exceptional musical performances and events year round, including the acclaimed Rockport Chamber Music Festival, which hosts over 20 performances in five weeks during June and July each year. Rockport Music also presents classical, jazz, folk, pop, and world music, as well as a film series and HD broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera and England’s National Theatre. Rockport Music was originally founded in 1981 as the Rockport Chamber Music Festival by soprano Lila Deis, pianist/composer David Alpher–both were artistic directors from 1981-1994–and local businessman Paul Sylva (learn more). Since 1995 under the artistic leadership of renowned pianist and MIT faculty member David Deveau, the organization has grown exponentially in stature and reputation and is now nationally recognized. In July 2008 the Board of Trustees voted to adopt the name Rockport Music to represent an expanding organization. In June 2010 Rockport Music celebrated the opening of the state-of-the-art Shalin Liu Performance Center, designed by lead architects Alan Joslin and Deborah Epstein of Epstein Joslin Architects and acoustician R. Lawrence Kirkegaard.

Rockport Music’s Oral History Project Committee has undertaken interviews with people involved in the Rockport Chamber Music Festival over the past decades.  Enjoy reading the following articles written and collected by the Committee:

A Retrospective: A Home of Their Own (purchase and tear down of Haskins Buiding)
Even without Room to Grow, the Festival Flourished
The Early Years–The Deveau Era
Early Years–The Founding of the Festival

Mission Statement: Rockport Music enriches lives through exceptional musical performances and learning opportunities that deepen a love of music.



Rockport Music presents some of today’s foremost musicians and ensembles, as well as the rising stars of tomorrow.

Past chamber music programs have featured pianists Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, Marc-André Hamelin, Lars Vogt and Garrick Ohlsson; the Brentano, Borromeo, Juilliard and St. Lawrence string quartets; the Boston, Eroica, and Trio con Brio Copenhagen piano trios; violinists Christian Tetzlaff, Midori and Anne Akiko Meyers; and many other esteemed instrumentalists. Recent jazz, pop and folk concerts have featured Chris Botti, Dave Brubeck, Christian McBride, Ellis Marsalis, Phil Woods, The Manhattan Transfer, Arlo Guthrie, Judy Collins, The Kingston Trio, Suzanne Vega and WGBH’s A Christmas Celtic Sojourn. Live recordings of the concerts are heard on 99.5 FM Classical New England and Performance Today on National Public Radio. Recent commissions include Granite Coast (Scott Wheeler), Song Without Words (David Alpher), and Adagio (Charles Wuorinen). UPCOMING CONCERTS & EVENTS



“It is the most beautiful hall in which I’ve ever performed…it is intimate and awe-inspiring. As a performer, it brings out a different inspiration for my music and performance..” —
Wendy Chen, classical pianist (2012)

Whether attending a classical, jazz, pop, folk or world music concert, you’ll always be up-close-and-personal with the artists in our intimate hall. Musicians love to perform here for just that reason! With 330 seats, every seat has a spectacular view of the stage. During intermission, enjoy a cocktail and refreshments while taking in the unparalleled view of the ocean from the third floor reception hall. In order to complete your Rockport Music experience, arrive early to enjoy the spectacular New England coastal town of Rockport, home of the famed Motif No.1. Stroll through quaint streets, browse local galleries and shops, and enjoy the many cafes and restaurant.



An enthusiasm for the Performing Arts

Educational enrichment programs reach nearly 9,000 students and adults each year and include school outreach programs, family and community concerts, lectures, open rehearsals and master classes. Annual audiences exceed 29,000, up from 5,000 just five years ago. From free community concerts and in-school musician residency programs to lectures and masterclasses for adults, Rockport Music is dedicated to fostering an appreciation of music through accessible programs for people of all ages. LEARN MORE



To read articles and reviews about Rockport Music and our concerts, please visit the PRESS page.

Best Concert Hall, Massachusetts, Yankee Magazine’s 2013 “Editors’ Choice”

Best Live Music Venue, Northshore Magazine’s BONS Award (5 consecutive years-2011-2015)

Best Live Music Venue, Northshore Magazine’s 2011 Poll

Best New Music Performance, & Most Creative Programming, The Boston Globe’s “Best of 2011”

2011 Honor Award, for both the Shalin Liu Performance Center and Epstein Joslin Architects–The Boston Society of Architects



Header: Robert Benson Photography
OTHER PHOTOS (in order): Michael Lutch, Marv Goldschmitt, Robert Benson and Sharron Cohen

Rockport Music is proudly supported by the
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