Students may not be in full session this summer, but Corthell Hall will still be echoing with the sounds of music as we prepare to welcome participants in our USM Summer Youth Music & Theatre Camps. This year we’re expecting a large crowd of students grades 5-12 to come to residential or day camp for a week of intensive music with our professional instructors. These summer camps have dual purpose for us – not only is it a way to maximize use of our space and talents, but it’s also a means to reach out to young musicians from all over the region and encourage them in their musical endeavors.
A camp experience can mean more to a student than a week of playing an instrument. It’s an opportunity to meet like-minded peers, to experience the world beyond their home and school, to perform in a more formal setting, and to absorb the guidance of our professional music instructors. And, they have fun, too. In the words of one camper: “I went into the camp not knowing anybody. By the time the week ended, I had made a new best friend and a group of people that I couldn’t wait to see again… I love the staff at camp. They are the most helpful, caring, funny, and talented people I have ever met. They all share a strong passion of music and to help kids do well with music… I had such a great time at band camp that I went back two more years.” Read more about our camps, including more testimony from campers and parents on our camp site.
If you’re not around this summer, you won’t miss out on the fun. We’re auditioning singers and instrumentalists for our Youth Ensembles this week. The ensembles meet throughout the academic year and perform each semester. With four instrumental ensembles, plus our Southern Maine Children’s Choir, there’s a musical experience here for everyone.
The USM School of Music is dedicated to our youth programs as a way of encouraging and nurturing our future musicians. Hear What’s Happening Now!