Double Reed Faculty at New England Music Camp

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Lorraine Duso Kitts is an Associate Professor at the University of Central Arkansas teaching double reeds and adjunct oboe instructor at Hendrix College since 1999. She plays with the Conway Symphony and Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed in orchestras outside of the State of Arkansas such as the Knoxville Symphony, TN, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Estado de Mexico and Orquesta Sinfonia de Jalapa in Mexico. As a soloist she has performed John Corigliano’s Aria from his Oboe Concerto with the Arkansas Symphony and was a soloist with other ensembles, such as the Pine Bluff Symphony (AR), Fuzhou Philharmonic Orchestra in Fuzhou, China, and the Little Rock Wind Symphony. This past August, she performed the entire Corigliano Concerto with Dr. Murakami at the International Double Reed Society Conference in Tokyo. Dr. Duso Kitts spends her summers in Sidney, Maine teaching oboe at the New England Music Camp, a seven-week summer program for junior and high school students. She received her Bachelor of Music degree at Indiana University, her Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music and her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan. Her teachers include Jerry Sirucek, Joseph Robinson, Tom Stacy and Harry Sargous.

 

Elizabeth Roberts has served as the Principal Bassoon and Director of Youth Education for the Charlottesville Symphony since 2001. She joined the faculty at the University of Virginia the same year. Ms. Roberts joined the Williamsburg Symphonia as Second Bassoon during the 2014-2015 season. Ms. Roberts was the Visiting Assistant Professor of Bassoon at the University of Missouri for the 2013-2014 academic year. She freelances on bassoon and contrabassoon with the Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Washington National Opera, and Baltimore Symphony. She was a 2008 Virginia Governor’s Award for the Arts nominee. She has given world premiere performances of works by Arthur Weisberg, Bernard Rands, Barbara York, Gary Schocker, and Walter Ross. Ms. Roberts has performed as a soloist with the Charlottesville Symphony, the Roanoke Symphony, the Harid Conservatory Orchestra and the Waynesboro Orchestra, and was invited to perform as a soloist and chamber musician at the International Double Reed Society conference in 2010 (OK), 2013 (CA) and 2014 (NY).

Ms. Roberts has taught bassoon, reedmaking, and chamber music in the Charlottesville, VA area for more than a decade, and has performed and taught at the Wintergreen Performing Arts Festival (VA), Beyond the Notes (UVA), where she served as Artistic Director, Music Mind and Reading (NC), the Cascade Festival of Music (OR) and the Coastal Youth Symphony Camp (GA), where she served as Program Director. She currently serves as the Music Advisor for Crozet Arts. Ms. Roberts earned a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from the University of Illinois, a Professional Studies Diploma and a Bachelor of Music from the Harid Conservatory, and a Master of Music from the University of Southern California, where she was elected to Pi Kappa Lambda and USC Presidential Fellows, and received the Dean’s Special Commendation. Her principal teachers were Arthur Weisberg, Stephen Maxym, and Frank Morelli, and she has pursued additional studies on bassoon with Nancy Goeres and on contrabassoon with Lew Lipnick and Holly Blake.

 

 

2017 One-Year Faculty Appointments Announced

NEMC is proud to announce the following special, one-year appointments to the faculty!

Lisabeth Miller (Chamber Choir) is a former camper who is now Director of Music at Old Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church where she directs the choir, con- ducts rehearsals and performances, oversees a profes- sional concert series and teaches the Sunday School music program. She is on the faculty of Naugatuck Valley Community College where she teaches voice lessons and beginning voice class. She also teaches Non-Western Music and Introduction to Music His- tory at the University of Connecticut.
  • Doctor of Musical Arts, Voice – ABD, The University of Connecticut
  • Master of Music in Opera/Voice, The Hartt School of Music
  • Bachelor of Arts, with Honors in Music , Brandeis University

 

Steve Erickson (Piano) is the pianist with the USAF Band’s Airmen of Note. He has collaborated with Phil Woods, Doc Severinson, Al Jarreau, New York Voices, and has performed on 10 Airmen of Note recordings. A gifted composer, he has produced 22 arrangements for the Air Force Band, including 7 Studio Orchestra arrangements backing guest artist perfor- mances and TV broadcasts, and 15 Jazz Ensemble arrange- ments supporting projects such as the National Christmas Tree Lighting, the Airmen of Note’s Jazz Heritage series, and nu- merous performance tours. He was Director of Jazz Studies at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO where he taught piano, Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Pedagogy, Jazz History and Music Appreciation.

  • Doctoral studies (ABD), University of Kansas
  • MMus., Piano Performance, Rice University
  • BMus., Piano Performance, Brigham Young University

NEMC and Snow Pond 2016 Summer Concert Series

SNOW POND CENTER FOR THE ARTS AND NEW ENGLAND MUSIC CAMP ANNOUNCE

 2016 SUMMER MUSIC SERIES

SIDNEY, MAINE− Snow Pond Center for the Arts and the New England Music Camp announce their 2016 Summer Music Series. This season will feature some of the world’s best musicians and performers. From Snow Pond’s very own Symphony Orchestra, to big band jazz with Al Corey under the stars, and NEMC’s 37th Annual Pops Concert.


The 2016 Summer Music Series kicks off with the Snow Pond Music Festival, featuring performances of participants from the Frederick L. Hemke Saxophone Institute, Maine Chamber Music Seminar, Ted Atkatz Percussion Seminar, and Composers Workshop. The festival runs from June 5th to June 19th. Visit www.snowpond.org for a complete listing of recitals and master classes noted on the Snow Pond Calendar.

On June 26, Snow Pond Center for the Arts will introduce the Snow Pond Symphony. Come help Snow Pond and New England Music camp kick off their 80th summer, with a special concert at the Bowl-In-The-Pines. Snow Pond faculty member, Jo-Ann Sternberg, former clarinetist with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, will solo with the Symphony, under the baton of music director and conductor Leon Gregorian. The concert will begin at 3pm. Tickets: $20 Adult, $10 Student.

On July 12th, Snow Pond will welcome the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra and an incredible band to Be Announced, for a special evening concert and picnic at the Bowl In the Pines. The Maine Youth Rock Orchestra runs in conjunction with the Maine Academy of Modern Music and features students ages 10-18. MYRO has performed across the country with over two dozen rock bands and groups. The group joining MYRO will be announced on May 30th! The Performance will begin at 6pm, doors open at 4:30. Tickets: $20 Adult, $10 Student. There will also be a BBQ picnic available. $10 Adult, $5 Student, Children, 65+.

On July 16th, New England Music Camp will present their 37th Annual Pops Concert at the Messalonskee Performing Arts Center in Oakland, Maine. The NEMC Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Chorale, and Jazz Ensemble will present an energetic performance. Silent auction proceeds go directly to the NEMC scholarship fund. Seating is limited! Performance begins at 7:30. Tickets: $20.

An NEMC tradition, Maine Appreciation Day, will be celebrated during the Sunday, July 17th concert. An Artisan Market featuring area crafters begins at 1pm and runs throughout the 3pm Concert. Bowl-In-The-Pines, 1pm-5pm. Free to the Public.

Big Band Jazz is coming to Snow Pond on July 30th with Jazz Under the Stars featuring the Al Corey big band. This one-night-only concert under the stars will also feature world renowned saxophonist and jazz sensation, Bill McHenry, an NEMC alum! Come enjoy a night of jazz classics under the bright lights at The Bowl-In-The-Pines. Concert begins at 7:30pm. Tickets: $20 Adult, $10 Student.

New England Music Camp students will also get the luxury of meeting and working with Alumni Guest Artist, Giora Schmidt, violin, from July 25-31. Praised by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as “impossible to resist, captivating with lyricism, tonal warmth, and boundless enthusiasm,” violinist Gioria Schmidt has appeared with many prominent symphony orchestras around the globe including Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Canada’s National Arts Centre, Toronto, Vancouver and the Israel Philharmonic. He made his Carnegie Hall debut performing the Barber Violin Concerto with the New York Youth Symphony. Giora will play several FREE performances including soloing with the NEMC Symphony Orchestra at the 3pm NEMC concert on July 31.

New England Music Camp’s musical theater students will conclude the NEMC season in their performance of Little Women, The Broadway Musical, book by Allan Knee, Music by Jason Howland, and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott. Directed by Marian Murphy Powell, this unbelievable group of young talent will take you back in a timeless tale on family, perseverance, and love. Performances will run August 4th through the 5th in Alumni Hall, at 7:30pm. Tickets: $20, Students $10. Seating is extremely limited!

New England Music Camp will continue to hold free weekend concerts and weekly recitals throughout the summer. All concerts are held at the Bowl-In-The Pines and all recitals at Alumni Hall. NEMC Concerto Competition winners will perform with the faculty orchestra on July 15th and July 29th.

Concert Dates: July 2, 3, 9, 10, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31 and August 6, 7.

Faculty Artist Recital Dates: June 28, July 6, 20, 22.

Student Honor Recitals Dates: July 8, 13, 15, 27, 29, August 2.

NEMC Counselor Recital: July 1.

On August 25th, Snow Pond will close the summer with December ’63, The Frankie Valli and Four Seasons Tribute. December ’63 showcases all your favorite songs from Frankie Valli including the classics that have been thrilling audiences for decades along with the most popular singles from the Broadway blockbuster musical, The Jersey Boys. This re-creation of a Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons concert will have you reaching for the high notes as the cast and band take you on a musical journey with stops at every phase of the careers of Frankie and the boys! This special, one night only performance will be under the lights at the Bowl-In-The-Pines at 7:30. Doors Open at 6:30. Tickets: $20 Adults, $10 Students.

 

Tickets will go On-Sale to the public May 4th at 10am. All proceeds from ticketed events go towards student scholarships, instruments and other Snow Pond Center for the Arts programs. Please visit www.snowpond.org for tickets and details on all summer events.

 

Music Camp Scholarships: Impacting Young Lives

Have you ever wondered what happens to the money you place in those little round baskets we pass during the scholarship speeches at Bowl in the Pines concerts on Sunday afternoons at NEMC? A dollar goes a long way and every penny counts! You make a difference and Lucas Callahan is proof of this! Read the transcript of Lucas’ speech from a 2013 weekend concert. Lucas was a councilor in 2015 and hopes to return again and again! 

 

Good afternoon, my name is Lucas Callahan and this is my fifth year and 8th session at New England Music Camp. I have been a scholarship student at this camp for 7 sessions and I owe so much to the generous people who gave to the scholarship fun and those who made it possible for me to be at this wonderful place. I thank these people with all of my heart. Being a camper at NEMC has shaped me into the person I am today. Without this camp I wouldn’t possess anywhere near the skill that I have now. The scholarship fund helps deserving young musicians come to this magical place where they have the opportunity to work with a fantastic staff, learn amazing and challenging pieces of music, and shape themselves to be young adults.

I said this place was magical and I firmly believe this is true. I attended NEMC for 8 sessions and it was not because of all of the good times spent at the “Y” or getting annihilated by the faculty and counselors in the camper/faculty softball game. I come because of the sunsets on Burns’ dock, flag every morning, the DJ Dance, grilled cheese days, the wonderful people I meet, getting a ride from Maestro on his golf cart, the amazing seafood bisque, veggie lasagna, and delectable beef at banquet, and of course the fantastic faculty and counselors who make it all possible.

I was fortunate enough to be able to experience all of this fully and I have learned so much about music and myself as a musician. There is a saying that I always heard from my voice teacher Michael McCarthy; “It’s just eleven short months before I see you again”, he would say as I hugged him goodbye and the first time I heard that I thought he was crazy! Eleven months is a really long time, practically a year, and it seems even longer in the last 72 hours before camp, where ever second feels like an eternity and the anticipation and excitement is so high you can’t sleep. NEMC is a home away from home where people make friendships that last for a lifetime. I know I will send my children and grandchildren and maybe even my great-grandchildren to this marvelous camp.

NEMC is a family and I ask that you give all you can so that another person who might not be able to come here otherwise can have the opportunity to experience the magic of NEMC. Thank you.

Meet the NEMC 2015 Girls Counselors

Get to know the 2015 NEMC Girls Counselors!

Heather Holinger Heather Holinger
Head Counselor, Girls
Hometown: Belgrade, Maine
College/University: Saint Joseph’s College (BS), University of New England (MS in Education)
Year round: 2nd  grade teacher in Belgrade, Maine.
Years at NEMC: Counselor in 1999. I worked in the office and then was Assistant Head Girls’ Counselor until 2010 when I became Head Counselor!

 

Chelsea KaneChelsea Kane
Assistant Head Counselor, Girls

Hometown: Simsbury, CT
College/University: Providence Coege
Instrument(s): voice, piano
Connection to or Years at NEMC: camper: 2 years, counselor: 4 years, assistant head: 1 year
Fun fact that most people would be surprised to know about me: I work as the director of vocal activities in the performing arts department at Suffield Academy, a boarding school in Suffield, CT. While that is exciting, most people would be surprised to know that I not only graduated from Suffield but I also have a co-worker connected to NEMC…Kim Wiggin! So, she gets to hang out with me ALL year!

Gillian Applegate

Gillian Applegate
Age: 20
Hometown: Bloomington, IN
College/University: Carleton College in Northfield, MN
Instrument(s): Clarinet
Connection to or Years at NEMC: I was a camper for 3 years, and this is my 2nd year as a counselor.
Fun fact that most people would be surprised to know about me: I shaved my head at a Buddhist monastery in New Zealand.

 

 

Laina CaesarLaina Caesar
Age: 19 (turning 20 during camp)
Hometown: Barrington, RI (just moved to Stockton Springs, Maine a few weeks ago)
College/University: Saint Anselm College
Instrument(s): Voice
Connection to or Years at NEMC: Camper for 3 years and counselor for 1 year. All three of my siblings are affiliated with the camp.
Fun fact that most people would be surprised to know about me: I’ve stood in 4 different states at the same exact time.

 

 

Kate Davis

Kate Davis
Age: 20
Hometown: Chicago, IL
College/University: Loyola University of New Orleans
Instrument(s): Flute
Connection to or Years at NEMC: This is my second year as a counselor at NEMC.
Fun fact that most people would be surprised to know about me: I was an Irish Dancer for 6 years growing up.

 

 

Jo Izaguirre

Joanna “Jo” Izaguirre
Age: 21
Hometown: Thibodaux, LA
College/University: Loyola University of New Orleans (Go Wolfpack! Awooooo!)
Instrument(s): Double Bass/ String Bass/ Upright Bass/ Giant Violin
Connection to or Years at NEMC: This will be my 9th wonderful summer at NEMC!
Fun fact that most people would be surprised to know about me: Most people would be surprised to know that I am the first generation on my father’s side and third on my mother’s to be born in the USA. Oh-oh say can you see, that my father was born in Mexico and my maternal great-grandmother was born in Canada! My first language was Spanish, but I lost it over the years.

 

Sam Luck

Samantha Luck
Age:18
Hometown: Mount Desert Island, Maine
College/University: State University of New York at Fredonia
Instrument(s): Voice Flute and Piano
Connection to or Years at NEMC: 9 sessions
Fun fact that most people would be surprised to know about me: I am not a picky eater at all but for some reason I don’t like cake or peanut butter but I’ll eat almost anything else.

 

 

 

Nora MelloNora Mello
Age: 20
Hometown: Groton, MA
College/University: Michigan State University
Instrument(s): Piano and Flute
Connection to or Years at NEMC: I was a camper at NEMC from 2010-2012 and this is my first summer as a counselor!
Fun fact that most people would be surprised to know about me: I’ve been a vegetarian since the age of 3.

 

 

Kelly Newton

Kelly Newton
Age: 19
Hometown: Mansfield, Massachusetts
College/University: Texas State University
Instrument(s): Voice, Ukulele, Piano
Connection to or Years at NEMC: I’ve never been to NEMC before as a camper or a counselor, but after hearing about it, I knew it would be a great fit!
Fun fact that most people would be surprised to know about me: I love to bake. I try to find creative ways to make desserts using healthier ingredients than the typical versions. They don’t always turn out good, but I have fun!

 

Sam Peachey

Samantha Peachey
Age: 20
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
College/University: University of Rochester
Instrument(s): Violin
Connection to or Years at NEMC: Was a camper from 2008-2012. I had a lot of relatives who went to the camp. My mother and her siblings were campers.
Fun fact that most people would be surprised to know about me: I play rugby.

 

 

Claire Rumery

Claire Rumery 
Age: 20
Hometown: Brussels, Belgium
College/University: University of Northern Colorado
Instruments: Voice,  trombone, guitar, piano
Connection to or Years at NEMC: Father went to camp as a camper, counselor, and boys head counselor. I was at NEMC 2 years as a faculty brat, 3 years as a camper, and this is my 2nd year as a counselor!
Fun fact that most people would be surprised to know about me: I went skydiving 2 years ago and definitely plan on doing it again!!

 

 

Abby SchmidtAbby Schmidt
Age: 20
Hometown: Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
College/University: Temple University
Instrument(s): Cello and Voice
Connection to or Years at NEMC: I came to camp for nine years as a “faculty brat” when my mom was a cello teacher. I was a camper for six years! This will be my second summer as a counselor at NEMC. Last year I was a counselor for “up-dorm”, the cabin for 15 and 16 year olds and absolutely LOVED it! I am looking forward to this summer more than anything!
Fun fact that most people would be surprised to know about me: 
I played softball for two years in middle school and I was awful at it (that part isn’t surprising.)

 

Jo Tatlock

Jo Tatlock
Age: 19
Hometown: N. Ferrisburgh, VT
College/University: Maine College of Art
Instrument(s): Voice, French Horn
Connection to or Years at NEMC: 2 years as a camper
Fun fact that most people would be surprised to know about me: I traveled to Ghana in 2013 and taught English to a group of 15-18 year olds!
 

 

 

Sara Wagner

Sarah Wagner
Age: 20
Hometown: Whitehall, Pennsylvania
College/University: Sophomore Early childhood/Special Education (K-8) major at Cabrini College
Instrument(s): Voice, used to play flute until 8th grade.
Connection to or Years at NEMC: Grandparents (Bill and Dorothy Schmearer) both work at NEMC, older brother Mike went to NEMC and worked at NEMC as a counselor. I went to NEMC for 6 years!
Fun fact that most people would be surprised to know about me: I have been competitively swimming since 2nd grade.

 

Rachel ZafrenRachel Zafren
Age: 19
Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska
College/University: Bowdoin College
Instrument(s): Violin, French Horn
Connection to or Years at NEMC: 4 years as a camper
Fun fact that most people would be surprised to know about me: I once competed in a snowshoe running competition.

 

 

 

 

Countdown to Summer Canteen Buck$ Giveaway

Countdown to NEMC 2015

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CANTEEN BUCK$ GIVEAWAY!

$50 in Canteen Bucks

$25 in Canteen Bucks

$15 in Canteen Bucks

$10 in Canteen Bucks

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Help us fill a few more spots at NEMC this summer and enter to win Canteen BUCK$. It is really easy and you can enter as many times as you want! Simply click on the “refer a camper” button and for every referral you complete you’ll be entered into our CANTEEN BUCK$ GIVEAWAY!

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First Session: Bass, Bassoon, Clarinet, Percussion, Saxophone, Trombone, Tuba/Euphonium, Viola,

Second Session: Bass, Bassoon, Clarinet, Percussion, Saxophone, Trombone, Tuba/Euphonium

Drawing will be held on June 25th and Announced on JUNE 27th, OPENING DAY!

RULES: Anyone may refer a camper but only 2015 registered campers are eligible for the Canteen Cash drawing. There is no limit to the number of times you can enter. Only entries submitted via the REFER A CAMPER link are considered valid. Canteen Bucks are awarded in the form of credit in the NEMC Canteen and is only redeemable at the NEMC Canteen. Four recipients will be chosen via random drawing on June 25th and receive their Canteen credit on June 27th. The credit amounts will be drawn in descending value.

Questions? Email or call Fiona Bryan 303-882-0543!

 

 

Snow Pond & NEMC Concert Series 2015

SNOW POND CENTER FOR THE ARTS AND NEW ENGLAND MUSIC CAMP ANNOUNCE 2015 SUMMER MUSIC SERIES

Snow Pond Concert SeriesSIDNEY, MAINE− Snow Pond Center for the Arts and the New England Music Camp announce their 2015 Summer Music Series. This exciting season will feature some of the world’s best musicians and performers. From the lights of Broadway, to a visit from one of the United States most esteemed Military Bands, and onto NEMC’s 36th Annual Pops Concert, the summer of 2015 promises to be one of the best yet.

The 2015 Summer Music Series kicks off with the Snow Pond Music Festival, featuring special performances from the Frederick L. Hempke Saxophone Institute and the Maine Chamber Music Seminar. The festival runs from May 31st-June 21st, and various recitals and performances will be listed on Snow Pond Calendar. Visit www.snowpond.org for a complete listing.

On June 28, the Bangor Symphony will kick off New England Music Camp’s 79th summer, with a special concert at the Bowl-In-The-Pines. NEMC Alumni, Evan Wilson, formerly principal Viola with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, will solo with the Symphony, under the baton of music director and conductor Lucas Richman. The concert will begin at 3pm. Tickets: $15 General Admission, $9 Student.

Broadway is coming to Snow Pond on July 5th for Broadway Under the Stars. Broadway Music Director, Paul Staroba (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), leads this All Star cast of Broadway Veterans that includes Patty Goble (Ragtime, Phantom of the Opera), Mark Hardy (Les Miserables, Titanic), Marian Murphy (Les Miserables, Bright Lights, Big City), and Sal Viviano (City of Angels, The Full Monty).  This one-night-only Broadway themed concert under the stars and lights at The Bowl-In-The-Pines concert begins at 7:30pm. Tickets: $18 General Admission, $9 Student.

New England Music Camp students will also get the luxury of meeting and working with Alumni Guest Artist, Darmon Meader of the New York Voices, who is originally from Oakland, Maine. Meader will have several live performances while he is in residency at NEMC from July 6-13th. Schedule of events TBD.

On July 18th, New England Music Camp will present their 36th Annual Pops Concert at the Messalonskee Performing Arts Center in Oakland, Maine. The NEMC Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Chorale, and Jazz Ensemble perform in this energetic performance that also features a Silent Auction. All proceeds go directly to the NEMC scholarship fund. Seating is limited. Performance begins at 7:30. Tickets: $20.

An NEMC tradition, Maine Appreciation Day, will be celebrated at the Sunday, July 19th Concert. The Artisan Market will begin at 1pm and run throughout the 3pm Concert. Various area artists, craftsmen, and gourmet carts will be selling their goods. Bowl-In-The-Pines, 1pm-5pm. Free to the Public.

On July 31st, the world famous Air Force Strolling Strings, will be performing at the Bowl-In-The-Pines. Come enjoy a BBQ Picnic, while the strings stroll amongst the trees, followed by a concert to feature select NEMC campers and Faculty. Tickets: Free. BBQ: $10 adults, $5 Veterans and Children age 11 and under.

The final performance of the season will be by New England Music Camp’s musical theater students in their performance of Into The Woods by Stephen Sondheim. Directed by Marian Muprhy Powell, this unbelievable group of young talent will leave you lost in the woods “wishing” for more. Performances will run August 7th through the 8th in Alumni Hall, at 7:30pm. Tickets: $15, Students $9.

New England Music Camp will continue to hold free weekend concerts and weekly recitals throughout the summer. All concerts are held at the Bowl-In-The Pines and all recitals at Alumni Hall. NEMC Concerto Competition winners will perform with the faculty orchestra on July 15th and August 5th.

Concert Dates: July 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 19th, 25th, 26th and August 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th.

Recital Dates: July 1st, 8th, 10th, 15th, 17th, 22nd, 24th, 29th, 30th and August 5th.

Tickets will go On-Sale to the public on May 11th at 10am. All proceeds from ticketed events go towards student scholarships, instruments and other aspects of Snow Pond Center for the Arts programs. Please visit www.snowpond.org for tickets and details on all summer events.

Overcoming Homesickness

Research conducted by the American Camp Association indicates that as many as 96% of campers experience some form of homesickness at some time during a two week summer camp experience. It is perfectly normal to feel “homesick” when away from home! We have years of experience helping campers (and parents too!) adjust to being away from home and today’s guest post highlights how one NEMC alumna overcame homesickness leading to one of the most important experiences of her life! Please welcome Brook Charlesworth…  

 

In the spring of 2001, my parents involved me in the decision process for my summer plans. I vividly remember exploring New England Music Camp’s website with excitement. “Yes!” I thought, “This is the place for me!”.

I reviewed the calendar of events in the packet sent to me a few weeks prior to camp but as the countdown to camp progressed, I began to get less excited, and increasingly nervous. I realized I would be able to call home on the pay phones when needed, and this asset, provided instant comfort. I ended up using the phone as a crutch much too frequently that first summer.

My first session of camp was August 2001, when there were still four weeks during second session. I was ridiculously homesick for not one week, not two weeks, but for three week of the four weeks. My homesickness was made worse because I didn’t fully immerse myself into the camp culture. Whether it was during my morning free time, during third rec before dinner, or after dinner, I found some way to call home nearly every day my first week to have drawn out conversations. It wasn’t that I hated camp—in fact, I liked it. I just missed the familiarities of my home.

As the weeks went on, the phone calls gradually became shorter. My fourth week, I completely threw myself into camp. I called twice that last week, as opposed to every day. I was too busy enjoying myself with my friends to waste time waiting on line for the phones! I not only liked it—I LOVED it. Tremendously. I no longer missed the familiarities of my own home, because I felt I was home at NEMC. Upon leaving, I cried more because I didn’t want to leave than I ever did when I was homesick.

I returned to camp the following three summers as a camper and for two summers in college as a counselor. Once I realized there was life beyond my hometown and stepped out of my safety zone that August 2001, I was able to immerse myself in camp and be completely happy, and completely me. NEMC became my utopia, my second home, and a safe environment where I was accepted for who I was. NEMC became my utopia, my second home, and a safe environment where I was accepted for who I was. The bonds I created over my years at NEMC are life lasting. My NEMC family guided me and supported me far beyond my homesick days at camp, but through high school, college, grad school, and my first three years of teaching. Overcoming homesickness at the age of 13 was worth a lifetime of happiness through friendships and family.

NPR From the Top Broadcast this Week from NEMC

This Week’s NPR From the Top Broadcast at New England Music Camp

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Tune in to your local NPR radio station’s broadcast of From the Top with Christopher O’Riley this week and you’ll hear wonderful music recorded live this past June at the Bowl in the Pines at New England Music Camp.

From NPR: From the Snow Pond Center for the Arts in Sidney, Maine, this week’s From the Top features one of the strongest teenage oboists From the Top has encountered in the past few years performing a gorgeous Elegie by Francis Poulenc … a 14-year-old violinist performs Vieuxtemp’s virtuosic show piece, the Yankee Doodle Variations … and we meet a harpist who shares some wonderful stories about growing up studying music on rugged and rural Mt. Desert Island, Maine.

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