Dr. Alfred & D. Suzi Osher School of Music

Summer Youth Music and Theatre Camps at USM

Summer Youth Music and Theatre Camps

Five outstanding camps at the Osher School of Music
on the University of Southern Maine Gorham campus

About the camps:

Southern Maine Theater Academy – SMTA
for incoming 8th graders to outgoing 12th graders

Sunday, June 25 to Friday, June 30, 2023
Camp Director, Wil Kilroy

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
for outgoing 5th graders to outgoing 6th graders

Monday, June 26 to Friday, June 30, 2023
Camp Director, Melissa Shabo; Concert Band, John Morneau

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
for incoming 9th graders to outgoing 12th graders

Saturday, July 8 to Saturday, July 15, 2023
Camp Director, Melissa Shabo; Concert Band, Will Kinne; Jazz Band, TBD

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.

 

Southern Maine Choral Music Academy – SMCMA
for incoming 8th graders to outgoing 12th graders

Sunday, July 16 to Saturday, July 22, 2023
Camp Director, Melissa Shabo; Full Chorus Director, Rebecca DeWan

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
for incoming 7th graders to outgoing 8th graders

Sunday, July 23 to Saturday, July 29, 2023
Camp Director, Melissa Shabo; Concert Band, John Morneau

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 daily recreational activities.

 

Registration for 2023

Registration for 2023 summer camps opens on February 1, 2023, at 9 a.m. A link to register will be posted here.

Before you register for a camp, a primary adult account must be created, then additional persons are added: alternate adults or campers. Enter contact information for the primary parent/guardian, the participant'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 questions, and other information. 

Each family needs only one account, created by a parent/guardian, and with that account can register more than one camper, or register a camper for more than one camp. Families that have an account already will continue to use the current account. 

Due to the complexities of the COVID-19 pandemic, all campers have been required to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination as defined by the Maine Center for Disease Control. Exemptions may be allowed. More information about the 2023 season will be posted here in the coming weeks.

A $100 deposit will be required once your registration for theatre or primary instrument is confirmed. Waiting lists are kept and open, filled in order automatically. 

FAQ: Frequently asked questions for campers and parents. Find additional information and answered questions that others have asked. Your questions may be answered there. 

For more information, contact:
Lori Arsenault
loria@maine.edu
207-780-5142 (message line)
207-415-1979 (cell phone)