More than 6,500 musicians have trained at the Bowdoin International Music Festival.

Many alumni are now represented in major orchestras, renowned ensembles, and conservatories worldwide. Notable alumni include Jennifer Koh, Emanuel Ax, Paul Neubauer, Anne Akiko Meyers, Ray Chen, Sebastian Currier, Derek Bermel, Melinda Wagner, Jeffrey Zeigler, and many others. Alumni have also formed quartets such as the Brentano, Parker, Dover, Navarra, and Pacifica String Quartets.

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In 2004, as a 15-year-old student, my teachers at the Festival helped me discover my destiny. I fell madly in love with playing chamber music. Over the next four Festival summers I switched from violin to viola and set my sights on playing in a string quartet. My sponsor, Pat Brown, helped make a life of music possible for me and we continue to stay in touch after all these years. Performing and teaching at the Festival with the Dover Quartet has been a dream come true.
—Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt