Monica Kelly of Bay Chamber Concerts will talk about the founding in 2010 of the Community Music School following the monthly business meeting of the Midcoast branch of the American Association of University Women Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. in the Friends Community Room of Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St. Cosponsored by the library, the meeting is free and open to the public.

Bay Chamber Concerts’ move, on its 50th anniversary in 2010, to its new headquarters on Main Street in Rockport, reaffirmed its long commitment sustaining classical music as an art form. This larger facility provided a focus for its expanded mission of exploring all musical languages through performance and education.

Now the long dreamed of Community Music School has brought together in this space groups such as its Next Generation Program and the Odeon orchestras. It is a destination for professional musicians and offers classes for community members of all ages and abilities.

Kelly has been the energy and drive behind this endeavor, seeking always a venue for the Odeon Youth Orchestra, which she founded in 2000. She joined the board of Bay Chamber Concerts in 1996; became a member of the staff in 2006; became Director of Education; and is currently serving as Executive Director.

Kelly earned a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts and Art History from Bowdoin College and continued her graduate studies in painting at the Cleveland Institute of Art. She moved back to Maine in 1989 and has exhibited her paintings in galleries throughout New England.

The American Association of University Women is a national organization advocating equity and education for girls and women. Its Midcoast Maine branch, which welcomes new members, sponsors annual student scholarships.