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:

New Update: July 21, 2021
Registration is still open for Junior Music Academy (band camp) July 25 - 30! For outoing 5th graders ( with at least 1 year experience on a band instrument) to outgoing 7th graders)

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Dear Families and Campers, 

We've had a wonderful start to our 2021 camp season with nearly a full house in Theatre Academy. Music Academy was amazing with Will Kinne, the new director of bands at USM. And this week Choral Music Acadmy is underway right now with a final concert on Friday, July 23 at 4 p.m. Get your free ticket to watch the livestream, which will be available for 24 hours until Saturday.
https://university-of-southern-maine-school-of-music.ticketleap.com/

 

Here are some specific details about each camp. 

Theatre Academy, June 20 - June 25 will look much like it has looked in the past, with masks and social distancing added. It will be an overnight camp. There will be a slight increase in the cost, and we will have a strict maximum of 50 campers. Registration will be first come, first serve. With all those interested at this point, I expect that it could fill up on the first day, with a waiting list for all registrations over 50. 

Youth Band Day Camp, June 21 - 25, will be for Outgoing 5th to Outgoing 6th graders who have played their instrument for at least 1 year. The cost for this camp will have a slight increase to $350.

 

The three July music camps will be held, but this year due to so many complications, they will all be commuter camps rather than overnight. This was a difficult decision to make, but we are certain that we will be able to provide a safe and rewarding summer experience for our campers. To estimate your travel time each day, do a Google Maps "get directions" for University Way, Gorham, Maine. 

Music Academy (SoMMA) July 11 - 16, and Junior Music Academy July 25 - 30, will be half capacity at 54 and 50 respectively. These camps are both $450 for the week. Again, campers will eat breakfast at home, bring lunch and snacks from home, then return home before dinner. 

The enrollment for Choral Academy, July 18 - 23 will be similar as in the past, limited to 50. Campers will eat breakfast at home, bring lunch and snacks from home, then return home before dinner. 

Our camp directors have not changed: Wil Kilroy for Theatre Academy, Ben Potvin for Music Academy, and Missy Shabo for Youth Band Day Camp, Choral Academy and Junior Music Academy. Most of the same staff will be back again, and we’re all looking forward to another great summer camp season.

Note: When you choose your child's grade, please choose the grade they will be going into in the Fall. The system will subtract a year and show the current grade in your child's record until September, and will then automatically advance to the following year at that time.  

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

Best wishes,

Lori Lori Arsenault, camp coordinator
loria@maine.edu 

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Please be prepared to make at least a $100 deposit at registration. Your balance due is 30 before the start of your camp.

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Southern Maine Theater Academy - SMTA (6 days, 5 nights) 
Sunday, June 20 to Friday, June 25, 2021
for incoming 8th graders to outgoing 12th graders
Camp Director, Wil Kilroy
Overnight camp, $550

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, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Monday, June 21 to Friday, June 25, 2021
for outgoing 5th graders to outgoing 6th graders
Camp Director, Melissa Shabo; Concert Band, John Morneau
Day Camp, 8:30 to 4 p.m. daily, $350
Final concert on Friday at 4 p.m.

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, and non-musical recreational activities. Applicants must have played their instruments for at least one school year.

 

Southern Maine Music Academy - SoMMA (6 days, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Sunday, July 11 to Friday, July 16, 2021
for incoming 9th graders to outgoing 12th graders
Camp Director, Benjamin Potvin
Commuters only for 2021, cost $450

This exciting, yet demanding, six-day commuter 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. Academy members will enjoy free concerts performed by local musicians and daily recreational activities on the Gorham campus. 


Southern Maine Choral Music Academy - SMCMA
(6 days, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Sunday, July 18 to Friday, July 23, 2021
for incoming 8th graders to outgoing 12th graders
Camp Director, Melissa Shabo
Choral Music Academy Artistic Director, Nicolás Alberto Dosman
Commuters only for 2021, $450

Final concert on Friday at 4 p.m.

This exciting, yet demanding, six-day 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, sectionals, and music interest groups daily.



Southern Maine Junior Music Academy - SMJMA (6 days, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Sunday, July 25 to Friday, July 30, 2021
for incoming 7th graders to outgoing 8th graders 
Camp Director, Melissa Shabo; Concert Band, John Morneau
Commuters only for 2021, $450

Final concert on Friday at 4 p.m.

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, 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

 Registration will open Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 9 a.m. Acceptance is by first come, first served by section. Some sections will fill quickly, and a waiting list will be kept. Check this page for more registration information as it comes out. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - FAQ page has not yet been updated.

 

 

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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 camp coordinator, loria@maine.edu, 207-780-5142 (message line),TTY 711 (Maine Relay). Requests should be made as soon as possible to allow sufficient time for the accommodation process.