June 10 – 21, 2015

Chamber Music Trio

The Maine Chamber Music Seminar at Snow Pond Music Festival is an intensive program of chamber music study for college and graduate-level musicians. Program participants will focus on two to three major works in the chamber music literature, working along side a dynamic faculty representing such prestigious organizations as Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Knights Chamber Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, the Laurel Trio, Sequitur, and Network for New Music. Special attention will be paid to the development of leadership skills and to learning the delicate art of cooperation within an intimate group.


Hear about the MCMS experience: (YouTube)


Seminar Faculty:

Chamber Music Wind Quintet

Jo-Ann Sternberg, Program Director, Clarinet; Princeton University, Wind Soloists of NY
Martin Kuuskmann, Bassoon; Cornish School of the Arts, International Soloist
Anna Lim, Violin; Princeton University, The Laurel Piano Trio
Frank Shaw, Viola; Co-founder of A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra; President’s Council for Entrepreneurship at New England Conservatory
Michal Schmidt, Cello; Haverford College, Network for New Music
Sara Laimon, Piano; Schulich School of Music of McGill University, Sequitur

Application Requirements

Participants must be over the age of 18 and are selected on the basis of ability and supporting materials. As the application process is on a rolling basis, we encourage you to apply early. Application Deadline: March 30, 2015.

  1. Click here for online application
  2. Two letters of recommendation
  3. Non-refundable $75 application fee
  4. Audition (see requirements)

For additional assistance contact the Programs Coordinator, Gail Levinsky

Quintent Performance

Audition Requirements:

Please submit all auditions as Youtube video links or mp3 files.In some cases a live audition may be possible.

Preformed Ensembles

  • Three movements in contrasting styles, including at least one from the 20th/21st century
  • Two letters of recommendation

Individual Instrumentalists

Tuition & Fees: (tuition includes non-refundable $75 application fee)

MCMS Faculty

  • Full Participant Tuition: $975
  • Room/Board & Facility  (11 days): $900
  • TOTAL COST: $1875

(a discounted rate is offered for pre-formed ensembles)

PLEASE NOTE: Need-based financial aid is available.

• Click to learn about Maine Chamber Music Seminar at Snow Pond Music Festival Financial Aid Procedures

• Please use the Applicant Materials Submission form to submit applicant related files and recommendations. On the “send to” prompt make sure your materials are sent to Maine Chamber Music Seminar.

Program Schedule


Arrival Day:

3:00 – 5:00 pm Registration
5:30 pm Dinner
Evening Orientation and Evening Gathering

Daily Schedule:

8:00 – 8:30 am Breakfast
8:45 – 10:15 am Coaching / Rehearsal
10:30 – 12:00 pm Coaching / Rehearsal
12:30 – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 – 4:00 pm Flexible Time, Individual Practice, Lessons, Recreation
4:00 – 5:30 pm Master Class / Open Rehearsal
6:00 pm Dinner
Evening Workshops, Readings, Concerts, Social Activities

Departure Day:

8:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast and Departure

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NEMC Chamber Brochure 2015 [PDF 2.6Mb]

MCMS 2015 Poster[PDF 6.4Mb]