School of Music

Southern Maine Choral Academy at Portland City Hall

Southern Maine Choral Music Academy (SMCMA)

Click here to register - This link goes live each year on February 1 at exactly 9 a.m.  Registration will continue until all sections are filled, right through the start of camp. 


For incoming 8th graders through outgoing 12th graders

This exciting yet demanding, six-day residential program gives grades 7-12 choral musicians the opportunity for musical development through intensive group and individualized instruction provided by qualified staff and professional musicians. All academy members will participate in concert choir, voice class, sectionals, and small ensembles daily. Students may also audition for the chamber choir. Academy members will enjoy free concerts performed by professional musicians and non-musical recreational activities.



Camp check-in will be held on Sunday, from 12:30 - 2 p.m.  During check-in, students will have the opportunity to unpack and set up their rooms. Arrive early for sufficient time to get oriented. The program begins at 2:15 p.m. with a meeting of all participants and faculty in Corthell Concert Hall. Beginning Monday, the commuter program begins at 8:15 a.m. daily, and commuters participate in all camp activities until approximately 9:30 p.m.

The Academy will end with a special concert on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in Corthell Concert Hall. Friends and family are encouraged to attend; admission is free.


Sample Daily schedule

7:30-8:15 AM Breakfast
8:15-8:30 AM SMCMA meeting BE ON TIME in the concert hall
8:30-9:50 AM Chorus Rehearsal
10:00-10:50 AM Sight-Singing
10:50-12:00 PM Treble Clef Choir and Bass Clef Choir Rehearsal
12:00-1:00 PM Lunch Break
1:00-2:00 PM Chamber Choir/Perspectives in Music
2:00-3:50 PM Sectionals
4:00-4:50 PM Non-Musical Activity
5:00-5:50 PM Dinner Break
6:00-6:55 PM Small Ensembles
7:00-9:00 PM Evening Entertainment
10:00 PM Lights out!


Last Day

Schedule for Saturday, July 20st
7:30-8:15 AM Breakfast
8:30-11:00 AM Dress Rehearsals
11:00-1:30 PM Dorm Check-Out and Lunch
2:00 PM Final Concert at Corthell Hall


Cost for 2019

The Academy offers two package options for participants.

Resident: $600 - The resident package includes daily music instruction, activities, housing and all meals each day (breakfast, lunch and dinner).

Commuter: $500 - The commuter program provides participants with daily music instruction, activities, dinner on Sunday, and lunch and dinner for the remainder of the week. Commuters participate in all evening activities until approx. 9:30 p.m. The commuter option includes lunch and dinner, but not breakfast.

For either option, a $100 non-refundable deposit is required to process registration.

Academy Staff

Melissa Shabo, camp director/head counselor
Nicolás Alberto Dosman, music director
Rebecca DeWan, instructor and dorm counselor
Dennis Boyd, instructor and dorm counselor

The University of Southern Maine hires approximately 1 staff member for every 8 participants each year. Staff members are a mix of certified music teachers from around the state of Maine, School of Music faculty, USM music education alumni, and upper level undergraduate music education majors with supervision. 

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.

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