School of Music

USM Summer Youth Music and Theatre Camps

2017 Summer Camps Registration 

Registration opens on February 1, 2017 at 9 a.m.
Some sections will fill very quickly, so register early. First come, first serve. 

IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS: No money is needed to register; deposits will be accepted after registration is accepted.

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

  • Southern Maine Theatre Academy, Sunday, June 18 to Friday, June 23, 2017
  • Southern Maine Youth Band Day Camp, Monday, June 26 to Friday, June 30, 2017
  • Southern Maine Music Academy, Saturday, July 8 to Sunday, July 16, 2017
  • Southern Maine Choral and Opera Academy, Monday, July 17 to Saturday, July 22, 2017
  • Southern Maine Junior Music Academy, Sunday, July 23 to Saturday, July 29, 2017

FAQ: Frequently asked questions for campers and parents. Find links here for payments and for the parental consent, medical and release forms for those who are already registered and confirmed.

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

 

About the camps:
Click on the name for more information about each camp.

 

Southern Maine Theater Academy
Sunday, June 18 to Friday, June 23, 2017
for incoming 8th graders to outgoing 12th graders

Directed by 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
Monday, June 26 to Friday, June 30, 2017
for incoming 5th graders to outgoing 6th graders

Directed by Melissa Shabo; Band Director 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 and/or have written recommendations from their band director or private instructor

 
Southern Maine Music Academy
Saturday, July 8 to Sunday, July 16, 2017
for incoming 9th graders to outgoing 12th graders
Directed by Benjamin Potvin; Band Director Trae Blanco
Overnight camp, $730 residents, $630 commuters
(commuters participate in all activities from 8 a.m. to approximately 9:30-10:30 p.m.)This exciting, yet demanding, nine-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 and Opera Academy
Monday, July 17 to Saturday, July 22, 2017

for incoming 7th graders to outgoing 12th graders
Directed by Melissa Shabo; Artistic Director Nicolás Alberto Dosman
Overnight camp, $505; Commuter option $395

This exciting yet demanding, six-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 Choral Music and Opera Workshop Academy is designed for singers seeking an intensive learning and performing experience in both opera and choral singing. All Academy members will participate in concert choir, voice class, sectionals, and small ensembles daily. Academy members wishing to audition for a principal role in the opera workshop should e-mail Dr. Mariana Mihai-Zoeter at mariana.mihaizoeter@maine.edu 

 


Southern Maine Junior Music Academy
Sunday, July 23 to Saturday, July 29, 2017
f
or incoming 7th graders to outgoing 8th graders 
Directed by Melissa Shabo; Band Director John Morneau

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

This seven-day program gives junior high-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.

 

Testimonials from students and parents 

 

Registration for the summer camps opens each year on the first business day of February at precisely 9 a.m.
NEW THIS YEAR - Payment of the $50 deposit will NOT be accepted until after MARCH 1st. Just fill out the online registration form as soon as you can.
Please register early once registration opens. Camps fill up quickly, especially the most popular instruments. Some sections fill up on the first day!
For assistance, please contact the Lori Arsenault at 207-780-5142, or e-mail loria@maine.edu (note new address).
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