School of Music

UPDATE: Summer Youth Music and Theatre Camps cancelled for 2020

Five outstanding camps at the School of Music

on the University of Southern Maine Gorham campus

About the camps:

Click on the name for more information about each camp.

Sadly, 2020 camps did not happen, due to the coronavirus outbreak and the need to be extremely cautious with the safety of our campers and the University community. As usual, registration for the 2021 camps will open on February 1, and we are proceeding to plan with appropriate measures of hope and caution. Some sections fill quickly, so it's important to register early, and register even if there is a waiting list. Your camper must register to be considered for a position. 

 

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page

 

Southern Maine Theater Academy - SMTA 
Sunday, June 22 to Friday, June 27, 2021 (tentative)
for incoming 8th graders to outgoing 12th graders

Camp Director, Wil Kilroy

Overnight camp, $505

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 - SMYBDC
Monday, June 23 to Friday, June 27, 2021 (tentative)
for outgoing 5th graders to outgoing 6th graders
Camp Director, Melissa Shabo; Concert Band, John Morneau
Day Camp, 8:30 to 4:30 daily, $320

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.

 

Southern Maine Music Academy - SoMMA
Saturday, July 10 to Saturday, July 17, 2021 (tentative)
for incoming 9th graders to outgoing 12th graders
Camp Director, Benjamin Potvin; Concert Band, Jackie Townsend; Jazz Band, Christopher Oberholtzer
Overnight camp, $700 resident, $600 commuter
(commuters participate in all activities from 8 a.m. to approximately 9:30-10:30 p.m.)

This exciting, yet demanding, eight-day program gives high school musicians the opportunity for musical development through group and individualized instruction provided by qualified staff and professional musicians. All academy members will participate in concert band, instrument sectionals, and small ensembles. Students may also audition for jazz band. Academy members will enjoy free concerts performed by local musicians and daily recreational activities, such as a day at the scenic Sebago Lake State Park. 

 

Southern Maine Choral Music Academy - SMCMA
Sunday, July 18 to Saturday, July 24, 2021 (tentative)

for incoming 8th graders to outgoing 12th graders
Camp Director, Melissa Shabo
Choral Music Academy Artistic Director, Nicolás Alberto Dosman

Overnight camp, $600 resident, $500 commuter
(commuters participate in all activities from 8 a.m. to approximately 9:30 - 10:30 p.m.)

This exciting, yet demanding, seven-day residential program gives choral musicians from grades 8-12 the opportunity for musical development through intensive group and individualized instruction provided by qualified staff and professional musicians. The Southern Maine Choral Music Academy is designed for singers seeking an intensive learning and performing experience in choral singing. All Academy members will participate in concert choir, voice class, sectionals, and small ensembles daily. 

 

Southern Maine Junior Music Academy - SMJMA
Sunday, July 25 to Saturday, July 31, 2021 (tentative)
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or incoming 7th graders to outgoing 8th graders 
Camp Director, Melissa Shabo; Concert Band, John Morneau

Overnight camp, $610 Residents, $510 commuters
(commuters participate in all activities from 8 a.m. to approximately 9:30-10:30 p.m.)

This seven-day program gives middle school-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.

 

2020 Summer Camps Registration Information

The registration page and form opens on February 1 at 9 a.m. sharp. Register early, as some sections fill early. Some sections don't fill early, but registering early will help us with our planning.

Register here (the link will go live at 9 a.m. on Saturday, February 1)

Visit the Registration page for registration updates, and the the Frequently asked questions page for answers to the most common questions. 

To register, please have the following information ready. All contact information for the primary parent/guardian, the child's name, gender, age at the time of camp and grade entering in September, name of school entering in the fall, the name of the program(s) the participant will attend, the exact name of the primary instrument or voice part (for music camps), roommate preference (optional) and optional questions and comments. 

No money is needed to register. A $100 deposit is within 7 days of registering. 

After submitting your form, you will receive an email receipt. If you need to change any information, please do NOT resubmit the form, but simply reply to your receipt with the additional information. If there is something wrong with the email address you gave and you did not receive a receipt, please send your corrected information to loria@maine.edu

FAQ: Frequently asked questions for campers and parents. Find links here for payment info, parental consent forms, additional information, and questions that others have asked. Your questions may be answered there. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Summer Camps

For more information, contact:
Lori Arsenault
loria@maine.edu
207-780-5142.

 

Testimonials from students and parents 

 

 
For assistance, please contact the Lori Arsenault at 207-780-5142, or e-mail loria@maine.edu (note new address).
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FAQ: Frequently asked questions for campers and parents. Find links here for payment info, parental consent forms, additional information, and questions that others have asked. Your questions may be answered there. 

 

If you have questions about disability access or need to request disability accommodations (e.g. sign language interpreters,materials in electronic format, etc.), please contact the USM Music Box Office,(207) 780-5555, usmmusicboxoffice@maine.edu, TTY 711 (Maine Relay). Requests should be made as soon as possible to allow sufficient time for the accommodation process.