Performances at the Maine International Conference on the Arts will take place on both days of the event and feature pop-up performers that will provide a sampling of Maine arts and culture.
Pop-up performances are ten minute long engagements offering entertainment during the conference breaks and keynote presentations. They are intended to promote the work of artists and create a welcoming environment that is filled with the work of talented Maine creatives

Thursday October 6 

 The Franklin County Fiddlers


Friday October 7 

The Outside Track | Pineland | Karen Montanaro | Chicks With Sticks | Greg Boardman | Bourassa Dance | Leland Faulkner and Brad Terry | Greely School | Alison Chase | Pihcintu Choir 




Thursday October 6

 Franklin County Fiddlers  

The Franklin County Fiddlers

Franklin County Fiddlers is a string ensemble founded to spread the joy of playing the traditional music of New England, the Canadian Maritimes, and beyond. For over 20 years the program, located at Mt. Blue High School in Farmington, has broadened the skills of classical players and enriched understanding of Maine students to Maine's cultural heritage. Founded by Steve Muise the group builds musical connections in Maine and ones that reach far beyond the state’s borders.



Friday October 7

 The Outside Track  

The Outside Track

Winner of Best Group in both the Live Ireland awards and the TIR awards, and a finalist for best album in the 2016 Indie Acoustic Project Awards, The Outside Track are one of the top Celtic acts in the world. A stunning synthesis of virtuosity and energy, their marriage of Celtic music, song, dance has been rapturously received around the world.

Hailing from Scotland, Ireland, and the USA, its five members are united by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music on this as a foundation. They effortlessly fuse traditional and contemporary with winning joie de vivre, blending fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, whistle, step-dance and vocals with breathtaking vitality.

 Pineland Suzuki  

Pineland Suzuki

Madelyn Kennedy, 14, and Owen Kennedy, 11, will perform violin duets and trios with violinist  Betsy Kobayashi. 

These musicians represent Pineland Suzuki School, which provides violin, viola and cello instruction, group classes, fiddle classes, string orchestra and chamber music to students in central Maine. Since 1993, and Now based at Snow Pond Community Music School in Sidney, the 100+ students come from as far as Old Town and Portland to study and play.  Based on the "mother tongue" philosophy and "ability development" pedagogy of Shinichi Suzuki, students learn in a rich, stimulating and positive environment. PSS students often perform in the community at assisted living facilities, schools, churches, festivals and fairs.

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 Karen Montanaro  

Karen Montanaro

Karen currently tours the world with her one-woman show entitled "Tanzspiel." Karen is a teaching artist and offers residencies in movement, mime and dance in public and private schools throughout the United States. She studied ballet at the Cantarella School of Dance, the Ram Island Dance Center and on scholarship with the Joffrey Ballet School. Karen danced professionally with the Ohio Ballet and the Darmstadt Opera Ballet in Germany. For more than a decade, Karen toured and taught internationally with her husband and teacher, mime master Tony Montanaro. 

In 2008 Karen was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Maine Arts Commission. 

 Chicks with Sticks  

Chicks With Sticks

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Chicks With Sticks is a small combo of 4 energetic musicians from central Maine who play steel drum music for parties, festivals, receptions and other special events, as well as on docks and decks of restaurants and pubs... wherever a group of people is looking to enjoy some island-style music. They turn a mid-winter day into a beach party, or fill a summer evening with the sounds of the tropics.

The Chicks With Stick is an off-shoot of the Tinpanic Steel Band, a popular 12-piece orchestra, and it is a response to requests for a smaller combo to play in certain venues where the larger band is not required, or simply too expansive. 

 Greg Boardman  

Greg Boardman

Greg is the founder of Maine Fiddle Camp and has been a major inspiration for many musicians throughout all of Maine over the last three and a half decades. He has steered a career in folk music by playing for concerts and dances, especially by learning the regional “DownEast” fiddling style from the likes of Otto Soper and Simon St. Pierre, and by teaching music and fiddling in the Auburn area.

In 2016 Greg was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Maine Arts Commission.  

 Chicks with Sticks  

(Lindsey) Bourassa Dance

Lindsey creates original dance pieces and performances that illustrate multifaceted storytelling and artistic expression through the unique blend of flamenco and contemporary dance, often woven together with her own creative prose.

 Lindsey completed her Certificate of Professionalization in Flamenco Arts in Sevilla, Spain in 2012 at El Centro de Arte y Flamenco de Sevilla. She has dedicated herself to the study of flamenco since 2004, studying in Spain, France, Canada, and the United States with flamencos such as Miguel Vargas, Esperanza and Curro Fernandez, Carmen Ledesma, Francis Núñez Cabello, La Choni, Jorge Perez, and Soledad Cuesta among many others.

 Leland Faulkner  

Leland Faulkner and Brad Terry 



Leland Faulkner has been an actor, mime, and magician for over thirty years. He is a comic magician, a character actor, and a subtle mime artist. For many years he partnered, toured, and taught with master mime Tony Montanaro, and was the artistic director of Celebration Barn in South Paris, Maine. 

Brad Terry is a jazz Clarinet-player and accomplished whistler. He has played with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Doc Cheatham, Buck Clayton, Red Mitchell, Buddy Tate, Elliot Zigman, Eddie Thompson, John Basile, Steve Grover and Lenny Breau. In recent years he has been active in touring and recording as a duo with Polish pianist Joachim Mencel. 


Greely High School Madrigal Singers


The Greely High School Madrigal Singers are a select choral ensemble, chosen by audition. They perform a wide variety of music, spanning many historical eras and styles. Each year the Madrigal Singers perform at many school and community events.


 Alison Chase  

Alison Chase/ Performance

Alison Chase is a choreographer, director, master teacher and theatrical artist. Her work explores emotional terrain through innovative movement, multidimensional storytelling, fusions of film and dance, site-specific works, and museum installations.  Ms. Chase founded Alison Chase/Performance in 2009 to pursue her creative vision in bold collaborations with others artists, writers, designers, composers, photographers, filmmakers, dancers and musicians.

Alison’s instinct for collaboration and education led to a position as Choreographer-In-Residence and Assistant Professor of Dance at Dartmouth College. Alison’s ability to teach improvisation and collective creativity proved transformational, and from this unexpected setting emerged the origins of Pilobolus Dance Theater, where she was a Founding Artistic Director. 


Pihcintu Choir

The Pihcintu Multicultural Chorus helps restart young lives. War-torn villages, bloodshed, refugee camps, famine, and political turmoil were devastating realities for many of these young singers before being embraced by the warmth, companionship and harmony that Pihcintu provides.

Portland, Maine, an ever-expanding international resettlement community, was fertile ground to bring together children from diverse backgrounds to sing as one. Con Fullam, award-winning producer, musician, and songwriter, combined his passion for music with a deep concern for the effect of world issues on children - creating The Chorus with the help of countless supporting souls from all walks of life. 



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