is a state
of the United States
, located in a region called New England
. Its musical tradition possibly extends back thousands of years to the music of the Penobscot
, and other indigenous peoples. Modern musicians from Maine include the bluegrass brothers Roland
and Clarence White
and the contemporary ragtime
performer Glenn Jenks
, singer/songwriter Bruce Thulin.
In the colonial era, the talented composer, singer, and compiler of tune books and Maine resident Supply Belcher
(1751–1836) was known in his time as "the Handel of Maine." Belcher organized the first choir
Music venues and institutions
Major music venues in Maine include Portland's Merrill Auditorium and The State Theater.
The state is home to several prominent country music
organizations, including Maine Country Music Association Hall of Fame
, Down East Country Musica Association
and the Maine Academy of Country Music
. Musical institutions include the Maine State Music Theater
, which has been in operation since 1959 and is one of Three professional music theaters in the state; the others are Northport Music Theater in Northport which opened in 2007 and Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunguit which opened in 1933.
The oldest continually operated symphony orchestra
in the country is the Bangor Symphony Orchestra
. The only other professional orchestra is the Portland Symphony Orchestra
; Portland is also home to the Portland Choral Arts Society
and the Portland String......