2018 Alumni Guest Artist in Residence, Jim Holton

jim_at_pianoPianist, cellist, composer, arranger, and educator, Jim Holton has performed extensively in the Philadelphia, Delaware, New Jersey, and New York areas with many groups that include critically acclaimed Rhythm & Brass, Orrin Evans’ Captain Black Big Band, and Joe Suddler’s Swing Machine who backed artists such as Jon Fadis, Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, and Al Grey. Jim has also worked with artists Tim Warfield, Clifford Adams, Larry McKenna, Tyrone Brown, Justin Faulkner, Charles Fambrough, Mike Boone, Tony “TNT” Jones, John Swana, Byron Landham, Mickey Roker, and Cornel Rochester.

Among recordings Jim is on are: Mike Boone’s “Better Late Than Never,” Tyrone Brown’s “The Magic Within” and “Bass Works,” Barry Sames’ “Celebration,” Khadijah Renee’s “Sentimental Me, a tribute to Sarah Vaughn,” and played on a grammy- nominated soundtrack, composed by Dr. Maurice Wright, for the documentary film, “Strokes of Genius.” Jim and his music have been featured numerous times on Philadelphia’s WRTI, 90.1FM, where he has been a guest of radio hosts, Bob Perkins, Maureen Malloy, and Jeff Duperon.

In October of ’08, Jim released the CD, “No Green Bananas, a retrospective,” which was favorably reviewed in The Philadelphia Inquirer, All about Jazz, and The Philadelphia Jazz Music Examiner. He has a BA in Music from Temple University and is currently a Minister of Music at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ambler, PA. He is also principal cellist with the Academy Chamber Society under conductor Michael Kemp. He teaches piano, cello, music theory and improvisation to students of all ages and levels in the Philadelphia area. In addition to private lessons, Jim Holton is on the faculty of Mercer County Community College in West Winsdor, New Jersey as instructor of piano and cello.

New NEMC Faculty Summer 2018

New to the Faculty!

Marion-Baker-2Cello. Marion Baker is principal cellist with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and freelances in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. He currently teaches a combination of traditional and Suzuki methods in his studio at home. He is a co-founder of the RusticWay Chamber Music Ensemble and also plays with the Listen Local Ensemble and the National Gallery/Sunrise Quartet. Marion is on faculty and the board of Cellospeak, a national organization that sponsors summer workshops for adult cellists at Bryn Mawr. He received his musical training at Kent State University with Moshe Amitay and at the Curtis Institute of Music with Orlando Cole and Misha Schneider. Marion has served as principal cellist for many orchestras including the Washington Concert Opera, National Gallery Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony and the National Philharmonic. He also served as the principal continuo for the Washington Bach Consort for 20 years, touring with them to the International Bach Festival in Leipzig.
Screen-Shot-2017-12-11-at-12.00.58-PM-e1513032583760-150x150Bass. William Hones is the solo bassist with the Amadeus Orchestra, and is a regular member of the pit orchestra at Signature Theater. He served for over 26 years with the US Air Force Band appearing with the Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra, Strolling Strings, Airmen of Note and “The Barn Stormers” country music group. He also performs with the National Philharmonic orchestra and has held principal positions with the Akron and Knoxville symphonies. Before that he was a sub with the Detroit Symphony. Bill earned a Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Bowling Green State University and Akron University respectively. His teachers include Harold Robinson, Scott Haigh, Robert Gladstone, Paul Ellison and

Richard Cioffari. He studied electric bass with Anthony Wellington. Bill is currently on the faculty at Saint Mary’s College of Maryland, and previously served on the faculties of Shenandoah University, BGSU, and Montgomery College.

Screen-Shot-2017-12-11-at-11.56.45-AM-150x150Viola. A native Minnesotan, Tyler Sieh completed both his bachelors and graduate studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Mark Jackobs and Lynne Ramsey. He
has been a member of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra viola section since 2015. Tyler is a veteran of the United States Air Force and has performed throughout the Washington DC region as a member of the United States Air Force Strings where he performed for many dignitaries including two U.S. presidents and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Tyler has served as associate

principal of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, a member of the Omaha Symphony, principal viola of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra and has had the opportunity to perform with the orchestras across the nation including Minnesota, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Toledo, Delaware and the Minnesota Opera. An active educator, Tyler has previously served on faculty at Augustana University, Minnesota State University-Mankato, the International Music Camp and Missouri’s Summer Music Conservatory. Tyler has appeared as soloist with the United States Air Force Symphony Orchestra, the South Dakota Symphony, the Mankato Symphony and has given his recital debut at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Millennium Stage.

Double Reeds at New England Music Camp

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Double reed students at New England Music Camp have the opportunity to work one on one with our world-class faculty every day! Twice weekly private lessons and daily one-on-one coaching in large ensembles and chamber music provide a unique opportunity for students to learn a wide range of standard repertoire in a short period of time. Twice a week, students learn blank-making and trimming in small classes.  No prior experience is necessary, but reed-makers of all levels will be challenged.  Beginners learn the basics, and experienced reed-makers hone their skills, learning new techniques and building on their prior knowledge. Dr. Kitts and Ms. Roberts foster an environment that allows students to explore all the facets of double reed playing in an intimate and supportive environment. Proof that double reeds at NEMC have a LOT of fun: the intermittent sounds of bursting laughter coming from the Trustees building at NEMC can usually be traced to the reed-making studio!

Financial aid and scholarship are available. Join us this summer for a life-changing experience at NEMC!

Contact Fiona Bryan for more information today at 303-882-0543

 

lorrainedusokittsLorraine Duso Kitts is a Professor at the University of Central Arkansas teaching double reeds and adjunct oboe instructor at Hendrix College and the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. She plays Second Oboe with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra as well as freelances with the Conway Symphony Orchestra and Texarkana 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. In August 2016, she performed the entire Corigliano Concerto with pianist, Dr. Kazuo Murakami at the International Double Reed Society Conference in Tokyo. Dr. Duso has premiered works by John Steinmetz, Christopher Theofanidis, Matt Quayle, Stefanie Berg and Paul Dickinson with members of the Arkansas Symphony double reed trio, DDG Trio (Duck, Duck, Goose). They have performed at the International Double Reed Society at the University of Redlands, California and at the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library, River Rhapsody Chamber Music Series. Dr. Duso Kitts begins her summers teaching reed making and masterclasses at Dixie Band Camp, an eighty-one year old establishment for junior and high school Arkansans for two weeks, and then travels to the New England Music Camp for the seven week program. Dr. Duso has been teaching at NEMC since the summer of 2000. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Oboe Performance from the Indiana University, her Master of Music degree in English horn and Oboe Performance from Manhattan School of Music and her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Oboe Performance from the University of Michigan. Her teachers include Jerry Sirucek, Joseph Robinson, Tom Stacy and Harry Sargous.

 

Elizabeth Roberts

Elizabeth Roberts, Principal Bassoon and Director of Youth Education for the Charlottesville Symphony since 2001, joined the faculty at the University of Virginia the same year.  She became a member of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra as their contrabassoonist beginning in the 2017-18 season, and has played Second Bassoon with the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra since 2015.  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, Richmond Symphony, Washington National Opera, and Baltimore Symphony.  Ms. Roberts joined the faculty of the New England Music Camp during the summer of 2017.  She was a 2008 Virginia Governor’s Award for the Arts nominee, and 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), 2014 (NY), and 2017 (WI).

Ms. Roberts has taught bassoon, reedmaking, and chamber music in the Charlottesville, VA area since 2001, 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 both 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.  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.

NEMC Camper Leave Policy: What it all Means!

NEMC’s unique program allows for a more flexible leave policy than most traditional camp programs. In order to ensure that your child is able to fully participate in the NEMC program, it is very important that the Permission to Leave form is filled out correctly.  The following examples will help you understand the different opportunities your child will have to leave the NEMC grounds and help you determine how to complete your individual form.  It is not possible for us to contact a parent each time an exception is requested so please take time to consider each of the following circumstances.

 

  1. NEMC supervised trips: Every camper is required to have permission to leave camp for regularly scheduled events indicated on the camp calendar. This includes our monthly trip to the beach at Reid State Park.

 

  1. Members of immediate family: If you anticipate that any member of the immediate family will visit and want to take your camper out during designated times, please check this box.

 

  1. Parents of other campers: Quite often, campers request to take some of their friends out for a meal when their parents are visiting. This is especially important to check if you do not plan to attend Parent’s Weekend, so your child will have the opportunity to leave camp during the extended Saturday afternoon period.

 

  1. Camp faculty: Sometimes, members of our faculty will graciously offer to take students in their studios off camp for a treat! They will travel in the faculty member’s private vehicle.

 

  1. Attend Sunday religious services: We regularly transport campers to Sunday morning Catholic Church services, if requested. Additionally, we can provide transportation to Mormon weekly Sunday meetings.

 

  1. Other persons/restrictions: Please use this section to indicate specific persons or extended family members who may request to take your child off camp when they visit. Anyone not included in any of the sections above should be indicated in this section. Additionally, if there are specific people to whom you do NOT want to grant permission, please indicate here. 

 

Without appropriate written permission, we cannot allow your child to leave camp under any circumstances. Again, it is not possible for us to contact a parent each time an exception is requested, so please take the time to complete this form thoughtfully. Also, please be sure to share this form with your child, so they know with whom they can and cannot leave camp; this will help us all avoid the disappointment when permission to leave cannot be granted. Thank you in advance for carefully filling out this form!

Camper Cabin Assignments: Why we do what we do!

Cabin placement is something that almost every camper thinks about before coming to NEMC and it is one of the policies we are asked about most frequently. NEMC campers are assigned to their living cabins by chronological age. There are 2 primary reasons for this decision:

  1. As camp professionals, we know from research that specific developmental needs for campers are determined by their chronological age. Our program is designed very methodically in order to provide a high quality music education while still addressing the developmental needs and growth of each individual camper. The living areas are the only aspect of our program where campers are separated by age. Our counselors go through extensive training and are placed in cabins specific to their skills and ability to meet the specific needs of each individual camper.
  2.  Cabin placement by age is the only truly fair way for us to determine cabin placement. We are committed to making sure that new campers as well as those returning have equal access to the appropriate cabin. The reality is that there will always have to be a youngest and oldest camper in every cabin!

 

Our camp roster and cabin assignments are not finalized until several days prior to the beginning of each camp session; therefore, we are unable to announce cabin placement until you arrive at camp.

There are several ways you can help your child adjust to camp life and feel comfortable with their cabin placement at NEMC. First, by sharing the above information with them and helping them to understand the rationale behind why we do what we do. Second, please do not ask for exceptions to this policy. Our experience shows that when a parent supports our policies it is much easier for the camper to accept and adapt.  We are committed to providing a safe, warm, and developmentally appropriate camp experience for each camper and our cabin assignment policy has proven to be the best way to ensure this.

Our cabin policy is one that has not changed over our 78 years and every year we watch NEMC campers make lasting friendships with like-minded kids from all over the country-and the world!

Arrival at Camp – What happens?

Here are some specific details for the arrival of campers on opening day:

Dropping Your Camper Off at NEMC:

1.     Park in the NEMC parking lot.

2.     Registration begins at 1:00 pm on the porch of the Lodge, the main building on the NEMC campus. There you will receive your cabin assignment, camper handbook, music schedule and camper banking checkbook.  Staff members will be around to answer any and all questions!

3.     Check in at the Infirmary. All medications, prescribed or not, must be left in the Infirmary.

4.     Move into your cabin. You may drive directly to your cabin to unpack.

5.     Camp tours will begin every half hour, leaving from the flagpole in front of the Lodge. Tours normally run for about twenty minutes, and are a great way to get to know your surroundings – we highly recommend going on one, especially if you’re new to NEMC!

6.     Visit the Canteen, where you can enjoy complimentary cookies and lemonade, and browse our collection of NEMC attire. We’ll also have our brand new NEMC maple syrup bottles for sale, courtesy of one of our local business partners, Bacon Farms in Sidney.

 

If you’re coming to NEMC via the Boston Bus:

Counselors will be meeting campers in both Logan Airport and at Boston’s South Station – keep an eye out for the folks in NEMC Staff tee shirts!

Arriving in Boston

Airline: An NEMC staff member will make every effort to meet your son/daughter at the security gate. In the event that many flights arrive simultaneously, a NEMC staff member may not be at the security gate when your child arrives. Therefore, please instruct your child to remain at the security gate until they are met by NEMC staff. Together they will proceed to United Baggage

Amtrak (Train or Bus): Meet NEMC staff member at South Station Amtrak information booth.

Car Drop Off:

·      Logan Airport meeting location: United baggage claim area in Terminal B.
·      South Station meeting location: Amtrak information booth.

All campers must report to these locations by 1pm so that the bus can begin the trip back to NEMC for arrival before dinner. Campers arriving on the Boston bus will check in upon arrival at Camp.

No matter how you’re arriving at NEMC, we look forward to welcoming you to what will be a fantastic summer of music making and friendship! See you soon!

What is the placement audition at NEMC?

Trumpet AuditionsThis is the time of year we begin to field lots of questions about the first day of camp placement auditions.

Why do I have to audition?

If you are attending NEMC you have already proven that you are a good fit for our program. We hold short auditions at the beginning of each camp session in order to place campers in the appropriate performance groups based on experience and playing level. This also allows us to program appropriate repertoire that will provide an enjoyable yet challenging experience for each camper.

What should I play, and who will I be playing for?

You will audition for the faculty members in your instrumental area. We recommend you choose a piece of music that best showcases your playing ability. You may be asked to play a scale or two and will be asked to sightread a few musical excerpts. Try not to be nervous – this audition is simply meant to make sure campers are placed in the appropriate performing groups.

What if I have a “bad day”?

We all have “bad days” or fall victim to nerves at one time or another. If this happens to you, your teacher will discover it very quickly and appropriate adjustments will be made.

If I’m a full season camper do I have to audition again second session?

Camper performance levels change from session to session; therefore, it is necessary to audition each camper at the beginning of each session. Seating and/or group assignments will change accordingly. This is a great opportunity to practice your audition skills and showcase the progress you made during the first session!