June 4 – 18, 2017

The Maine Chamber Music Seminar is a two-week summer intensive for college and graduate-level musicians passionate about pursuing leadership and service through music. Our mission is to develop life-long creative thinkers, compassionate collaborators, and cultural ambassadors through the study of, exposure to, and the performance of chamber music. 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.

Seminar Faculty:

Chamber Music Wind Quintet

Jo-Ann Sternberg, Program Director, Clarinet; Princeton University, Wind Soloists of NY
Anna Lim, Violin; Princeton University, The Laurel Piano Trio
Andrew Eng, Viola; Co-founder of A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra; Kalistos Chamber Orchestra of Boston
Michal Schmidt, Cello; Haverford College, Network for New Music
Sara Laimon, Piano; Schulich School of Music of McGill University, Sequitur
Jacqueline Leclair, Oboe; Schulich School of Music of McGill, Signal and Sequitur.

MCMS is also pleased to announce Todd Reynolds, violinist and composer will join MCMS as a guest artist

Application Requirements

Participants must be over the age of 18 and are selected on the basis of ability and supporting materials. Deadline Extended 

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

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For additional assistance contact the Programs Coordinator, Gail Levinsky

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

Please use the Applicant Materials Submission form to submit applicant related files and recommendations. Use the pull down prompt to make sure your materials are sent to Maine Chamber Music Seminar directly. Applicants: Please copy the link and refer persons writing recommendations on your behalf directly to the Applicant Materials Submission form.

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

  •  14 days – all inclusive  (instruction, meals, housing, and on-campus activities) $1995

     (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


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