School of Music

USM Summer Youth Music and Theatre Camps

Registration opens each year on the first business day of February at 9 a.m., and are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Some sections fill right away; early registration is advised. A waiting list is kept.

FAQ: Frequently asked questions for campers and parents.

For more information, contact Lori Arsenault, larsenault@usm.maine.edu, 207-780-5142.

Four outstanding camps

  • Southern Maine Theatre Academy - June 21-26, 2015
  • Southern Maine Youth Band Day Camp - June 22-26, 2015
  • Southern Maine Music Academy - July 11-19, 2015
  • Southern Maine Junior Music Academy - July 26-August 1, 2015

About the camps:
Click on the name for more information about each camp.

Wil Kilroy

Southern Maine Theater Academy June 21-26, 2015
for incoming 8th graders to outgoing 12th graders

Directed by Wil Kilroy

Overnight camp, $495

This six-day resident camp gives students a basic understanding of performance concepts and introduces them to the skills needed to create a stage production: voice, improvisation, dance, scene study, character development, and other acting techniques. Students engage in performance exercises that will not only enhance acting talent, but also assist in developing imagination, confidence, self-awareness, and communication skills. In addition to gaining theatre skills, team work and collaboration are emphasized in a final public performance. All participants will be housed in a supervised residence hall on the University of Southern Maine’s Gorham campus.

 

Southern Maine Youth Band Day Camp  June 22-26, 2015
for incoming 5th graders to outgoing 6th graders

Directed by Melissa Shabo

Day Camp, 8:30 to 4:30 daily, $310

This five-day commuter camp offers serious young instrumentalists a chance to sharpen their musical reading ability, instrumental skills, and concert band performance. Camp will provide daily concert band experience, jazz, instrument sectionals, ensemble classes, guest presentations, non-musical recreational activities, and choral group experience. Applicants must have played their instruments for at least one school year and/or have written recommendations from their band director or private instructor.

 

Ben PotvinSouthern Maine Music Academy  July 11-19, 2015
for incoming 9th graders to outgoing 12th graders
Directed by Benjamin Potvin

Overnight camp, $720 residents, $620 commuters
(commuters participate in all activities from 8 a.m. to approximately 9:30-10:30 p.m.)

This exciting, yet demanding, nine-day program gives high school musicians the opportunity for musical growth and development through intensive group and individualized instruction provided by qualified staff and professional musicians. All academy members will participate in concert band, instrument sectionals and small ensembles daily. Students may also audition for jazz band. Academy members will also enjoy free concerts performed by professional local musicians and nonmusical recreational activities. Resident and commuter options are available.

 

Southern Maine Junior Music Academy   July 26-August 1, 2015
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or incoming 7th graders to outgoing 8th graders 

Directed by Melissa Shabo

Overnight camp, $590 Residents, $490 commuters.
(commuters participate in all activities from 8 a.m. to approximately 9:30-10:30 p.m.)

This seven-day program gives junior high-age instrumental musicians the opportunity for musical growth and development. All academy members will participate in concert band, chorus, instrument sectionals, and small ensembles daily. Students may also audition for jazz band. Academy members will also enjoy free concerts performed by local professional musicians and one fun-filled night at Funtown in Saco.

 

Testimonials from students and parents

 

Registration for the summer camps opens each year on the first business day of February at precisely 9 a.m. Payment of a $50 deposit will be accepted online by Visa, Mastercard or Discover, or by cash or check within 7 days of your online registration.

Please register early once registration opens. Camps fill up quickly, especially the most popular instruments. Some sections fill up on the first day!

For assistance, please contact the Lori Arsenault at 207-780-5142, or e-mail larsenault@usm.maine.edu