School of Music

Southern Maine Junior Music Academy (SMJMA)

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For incoming 7th graders through outgoing 8th graders

The popular Junior Music Academy is growing stronger and heading into its 22nd 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: $610 - The resident package includes daily music instruction, activities, housing and all meals each day (breakfast, lunch and dinner).

Commuter: $510 - The commuter program provides participants with daily music instruction, activities, dinner on Sunday, and lunch and dinner for the remainder of the week.


Camp check-in will be held on Sunday 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 at 2:00 p.m. Friends and family are encouraged to attend; admission is free.

Academy Staff

Melissa Shabo, Director

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.

Missy Shabo - director 

John Morneau (band director)

Dave Milller (clarinet)

Anne Chamberlain Small (flute and counselor)

Kyle Smith (jazz band and fundies)

Scott Ogden (low winds/jazz band coach and counselor) 

Tammy Carusone (chorus and counselor)

Trevor Lavenbein  (trumpet coach, counselor, stage manager)

Eric Landau (percussion, activities, counselor) 

Adam Newton (trombones, activities, and counselor)  

Neil Boyer (oboes) 

Sophie Flood (horn coach and stage manager) 

Jen Precopio (saxophone coach, jazz band 2, counselor) 

Emma Shapiro  (Bassoon coach and counselor) 

Danielle Ogden (Accompanist and sectional coach) 

Amanda Raymond - Piano accompanist

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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