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A Note from our Board President

It is an exhilarating time to be part of the Great Waters Music Festival and I invite you to join our very special GWMF family as we build an exciting future for the arts in the Lakes Region!
Over the years, GWMF has offered a wide range of musical choices with the goal of enhancing your summer entertainment experience and enriching the culture of performing arts in Wolfeboro and surrounding communities. As we look to the years ahead, we hope to embrace new ideas and continue to draw inspiration from your stories and creativity.

At this time, I would like to extend our gratitude to you – our Patrons, Sponsors and Volunteers – for your generous contributions through ticket sales and gifts supporting musical education, our scholarship program and the Street Piano Project. We have some very talented students among us, working hard to build careers in the arts. Through your support, we are coming together to build a solid, sustainable future for cultural arts in and around our community.

Looking ahead, we hope to collaborate with other community organizations to bring even more unique and memorable experiences to our guests. If you have an idea, we want to hear it. Please send it to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The more we know, the better we can serve you.

Enjoy the 2018 season!

Claudia Shilo

The Great Waters Music Festival Story

Great Waters Music Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to culturally enriching New Hampshire's Lakes Region.  Prior to the 2011 season, concerts took place in the acoustic pavilion located on the shores of beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, NH. In 2011 we moved our performances indoor to the beautiful Kingswood Arts Center at 21 McManus Road in Wolfeboro.

A typical summer evening at GWMF

Dr. Gerald Mack Great Waters Music Festival was founded in 1995 by Dr. Gerald Mack, Director of the Worcester Chorus and a former professor at the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford. The non-profit summer festival was organized to encompass a diversified program designed to appeal to a variety of musical tastes, both classical and popular, and to bring together outstanding amateur and professional musicians. Its purpose is to promote live musical performances including choral, symphonic, folk, pops, jazz, Broadway, dance, and renowned vocal and instrumental artists.

For four years, the Festival's leadership derived primarily from its highly active Board of Directors and from the musical expertise of Dr. Gerald Mack. In addition, scores of community volunteers offered their support in acting as ushers and concert staff during the concert season. Realizing the increasing need for a permanent staff, the Board of Directors hired an Executive Director in the spring of 1999 and established a part time position for an Administrative Assistant.

Since 1995, the Festival has grown from 325 attendees of one classical performance to the present audience of well over 7,000, enjoying eight different programs and two educational offerings. Great Waters Music Festival has consistently attracted regional and national artists to New Hampshire. Celebrity stars Wynton Marsalis, Dave Brubeck, Ronan Tynan, Richie Havens, Canadian Brass, Sandy Duncan, Arlo Guthrie, Peter Nero, Natalie MacMaster, Chuck Mangione, Betty Buckley, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Lucie Arnaz, Suzanne Ishee, Mark Hardy, Judy Collins, Lee Bryant, Nanci Griffith and Judy Gibson have all delighted sold-out audiences comprised of permanent and seasonal New Hampshire residents, vacationers, visitors and regional musicians of all ethnic and age groups.

The year 2000 marked the introduction of the Great Waters Music Festival's acoustical performance pavilion, purchased following an extensive capital campaign and preparatory site work including the installation of underground drainage, electricity, road access, area lighting, and tent anchor points. Located on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee on the Brewster Academy grounds, the acoustic pavilion provided a quality musical experience with a seating capacity to accommodate the growing, enthusiastic audience that the Festival attracts. The pavilion was erected each season for eight to ten weeks and provided the Festival with excellent sound quality, large stage, state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, and comfortable seating with no obstructions for 800 people. 

GWMF Acoustic Pavilion 

In 2011 a new state-of-the-arts facility was built by the Governor Wentworth School District in Wolfeboro enabling the Festival to move its headliner concerts into the Kingswood Arts Center.  The move coincided with a shift in the Festival's business model and a new strategic plan that positions the organization to cultivate collaborative relationships with other community organizations.  This combination of forward thinking strategies resulted in an increase in sponsor and donor support that enables the Festival to present a strong line-up of first-class concerts for the summer season.  We look forward to seeing you there!KAC from stage