over fifty years, amid the pines and granite crags of the Maine islands of
North Haven and
Vinalhaven, and within steps of the sea, Fox Islands Concerts has
presented extraordinary music performed by artists of international repute.
Ensembles such as the Vermeer Quartet and the St. Lawrence String Quartet have
enchanted both local residents and summer visitors, as have distinguished
pianists such as Leonard Hokanson and Frederick Moyer. Contemporary composers
have brought exciting new music to the islands, and groups like the Los Angeles
Guitar Quartet have expanded listeners’ horizons. Fox Islands Concerts maintains
a close association with
Bay Chamber Concerts, which helps us procure many of the world renowned artists who perform on the
A roster of the outstanding musicians who have performed over more than half a century at Fox Islands Concerts can be found here.
Concerts are held at Smith Hokanson Memorial Hall on Vinalhaven and at the North Haven Village Church and Waterman's Community Center on North Haven. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m.
The Maine State Ferry Service runs morning and afternoon boats from Rockland to both islands and back. Vinalhaven is 13 miles from Rockland, North Haven somewhat closer. Transportation between the islands for concerts is run by Brown’s Boatyard in North Haven. Visitors from the mainland who wish to attend a concert should arrange for lodging in advance. Rooms are available on Vinalhaven at the Tidewater Motel, the Libby House Inn, and the Payne Homestead, and on North Haven at the Nebo Lodge.
Fox Islands Concerts, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 1960. Its cultural and educational activities are supported by both year-round and summer residents of the islands. Ticket sales cover only a small portion of operational needs. Contributions to support Fox Islands Concerts’ exceptional programming are most welcome and are tax-deductible.
Contact us for information about how to give, or for further details about our program. You can also learn here about the members of the Vinalhaven and North Haven communities who make up the Board that is responsible for the organization. With the help of generous donor contributions, Fox Islands Concerts recently acquired a fine Steinway piano for its concerts at Smith Hokanson Memorial Hall in Vinalhaven. Pictures of the piano and the story of its arrival on the island can be found here.