School of Music

Summer Youth Music and Theatre Camps

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.

January 28, 2021 UPDATE: Given the uncertainty of the next several months, we are not yet able to open registration for summer camps on February 1st as usual, but we are busy planning exciting opportunities for young musicians and actors. We are currently anticipating that our music and theatre academies will be overnight experiences, beginning on a Sunday and ending with an early Friday evening performance. The Youth Band Day Camp is expected to be five days as usual with a Friday late afternoon performance. Tentative dates are below, and prices will be adjusted to reflect any changes we are making to each program. As vaccination plans and social distance protocols are updated by Federal, State and University authorities, we will know more and more about what kind of summer experience we can plan for you.

To stay informed and express your interest in any of these camps, please complete the following form. This is not a registration form, but will simply create a mailing list with some extra information that will help us in our planning. We will use this mailing list to keep you informed about an upcoming registration date, which will be first come, first serve as usual. 

We’d love to know what you are thinking, what questions and concerns you have, and also what hopes you have for getting back together again.

Please click here to complete this INTEREST FORM right away so that we can keep the information flowing!

Thank you for your patience and for your interest in USM’s Summer Youth Music and Theatre Camps!

Lori Arsenault, camp coordinator
loria@maine.edu

 

Southern Maine Theater Academy - SMTA (6 days, 5 nights) 
Sunday, June 20 to Friday, June 25, 2021 (tentative)
for incoming 8th graders to outgoing 12th graders
Camp Director, Wil Kilroy
Overnight camp, $505 (2021 TBD)

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 (5 days)
Monday, June 21 to Friday, June 25, 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 (2021 TBD)

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 (6 days, 5 nights)
Sunday, July 11 to Friday, July 16, 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 (2021 TBD)

This exciting, yet demanding, six-day residential 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 (6 days, 5 nights)
Sunday, July 18 to Friday, July 23, 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 (2021 TBD)

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 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 (6 days, 5 nights)
Sunday, July 25 to Friday, July 30, 2021 (tentative)
for incoming 7th graders to outgoing 8th graders 
Camp Director, Melissa Shabo; Concert Band, John Morneau
Overnight camp, $610 Residents (2021 TBD)

This six-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 fun outdoor activities.

 

2021 Summer Camps Registration Information

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

 

Watch this page for registration updates. 

Testimonials from students and parents 

 

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.