School of Music

Southern Maine Junior Music Academy (SMJMA)


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For incoming 7th graders through outgoing 8th graders

July 20-26, 2014

Southern Maine Junior Music AcademyThe popular Junior Music Academy is growing stronger and heading into its 18th season at the University of Southern Maine. The seven-day program draws students from all over New England and gives junior high-age instrumental musicians the opportunity for musical growth and development during the summer.

All academy members will participate in concert band, chorus, instrument sectionals, and small ensembles. Students, who wish, may also audition for jazz band. In addition, academy members will get to enjoy free concerts performed by local professional musicians and one fun-filled night at Funtown in Saco .

Applicants for this program should be incoming seventh graders through outgoing eighth graders. (Younger students should refer to the Youth Band Day Camp).

Southern Maine Junior Music Academy

Applicants should play one or more of the following instruments:

    percussion/set drums
    french horn
    guitar *
    piano *

* guitarists and pianists should also play a wind or percussion instrument. Guitar and piano is available in the Jazz Band portion of the Academy and auditions will be held for those instruments.

Instrumentation is limited, so placement will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.


The Academy offers two package options for participants.

Resident: $590 - The resident package includes daily music instruction, activities, housing and all meals each day (breakfast, lunch and dinner).

Commuter: $490 - The commuter program provides participants with daily music instruction, activities, dinner on Sunday, and lunch and dinner for the remainder of the week.

For either option, a $50 non-refundable deposit is required to process registration.


Camp check-in will be held on Sunday, July 20th, from Noon - 2:00 p.m. During and following check-in, auditions will be held for instrument seating in both the Concert and Jazz band. The program begins at 2:45 p.m. with a meeting of all participants and faculty in Corthell Concert Hall. The commuter program begins at 8:00 a.m. daily, but the ending time is variable.

The Academy will end with a special concert on Saturday, July 26th, at 2:00 p.m. Friends and family are encouraged to attend; admission is free.


George Shabo, Director

George ShaboGeorge Shabo, Academy director for the Junior Music Academy, was born and raised in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, earning a bachelor of science degree in music education from Rhode Island College and is currently enrolled in the educational administration graduate program at the University of Southern Maine. Shabo serves as music director of Loranger Middle School of Old Orchard Beach where his marching, concert, and jazz bands have been recognized for their excellence for the past 26 years. Shabo was named a state finalist for the 2008 Maine Teacher of the Year Award. He enjoys entertaining throughout New England as the sax player with the professional music group, The High Ryder Golden Oldies Show.

Academy Staff

The University of Southern Maine hires approximately 1 staff member for every 8 participants each year. Staff members are certified music teachers from around the state of Maine, School of Music faculty, or USM music education alumni.

The University of Southern Maine makes such inquiries as may be necessary to arrive at an appropriate employment decision. All hires are subject to reference checks, criminal history checks, and related matters to comply with legal requirements and public responsibility.