FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) about the program and schedule

Q: What large group ensembles are available?

A: There are two primary full instrumental groups:

  • Concert Band (Novice / Intermediate players)
  • Symphonic Band (Intermediate / More Advanced players)

We also have two levels of jazz groups, a novice and a more advanced group, and a chorus

And, we have several jam groups which explore music such as Dixieland, Klezmer, Celtic, World Percussion, and Drum Circle.

Q: I see that there are also small group ensembles.  How will that work?  Will there be coaching?

A: We will have scheduled ensembles such as clarinet choir, flute choir, horn ensemble, low brass ensemble, Klezmer band, etc., which will meet daily under the guidance of our specialists.  You may also create your own small group, duos, trios, quintets, etc., either bringing your own music or borrowing music from the library.  Or some people just like to practice with a practice buddy.  There will be a Participants’ Performance Night near the end of the week for anyone wishing to perform solo or in a small ensemble. Spouse/Friends who play string instruments or recorder are encouraged to attend and create a string or recorder ensemble! 

Q: Tell me more about the seminars.

A: Each day, we will offer several seminars presenting all different kinds of information about music. These topics will be determined by camper interest and staff expertise. Possible seminar topics include, Music Theory, Jazz Improvisation, Sight-reading clinics, PDQ Bach (who??  JS Bach’s fictional 21st son –  one of the greatest parodies in music!), Science of Sound, or other such interesting topics.  Other possibilities during this time period may include daily drop-in jam sessions in various styles, such as blues, Celtic, Bluegrass, Klezmer etc.  Final registration for seminars & ensembles will happen in the summer.

Q: What do you mean by “Sight-reading Seminars”?

A: There will be two types of Sight-reading Seminars.  One will be for those who don’t feel that they sight-read very well, where we will learn sight-reading techniques and practice on easy music.  The other type will be for those who want to experience more literature than the pieces on which we are doing in our depth study in rehearsals. For these participants, we will offer a sight-reading sessions directly after most of the Symphonic Band rehearsals and will read through several more advanced pieces of varying styles.

Q: How do I get the seminars & ensemble that I want? Is there a limit on participation?

A: For the most part, there is no limit to how many people can be in an ensemble or seminar because we want everyone to be able learn what interests them.  That said, some spaces, may physically limit the number of participants, but so far it hasn’t happened.

In the mid to late summer, registration forms will be sent out so you can sign up for what interests you.  This will happen after the music has been sent so that you can look at the level of the music for each band and make an educated determination of where you want to be rather than guessing.  BUT… remember that the week is for you, so even if you are signed up for a particular seminar, you don’t have to go!  Sure, go into Waterville for lunch instead!

Q: What if I need some help?

A: We have a wonderful, helpful (patient & understanding) faculty and any one of us will be happy to figure out at time to help you with what you need.  We do not offer lessons, but we will help you with specific issues.

Q: I want to challenge myself and try the symphonic band, but I’m afraid that I will get there and not be able to keep up.

A: You will receive the music for both bands sometime in the summer, so you will be able look at the music and decide which group is probably best for you.  That said, our groups are flexible so if the symphonic band turns out to be too much of a challenge, you can move to the concert band.  If the concert band is not challenging enough, you may move to the symphonic band.  We will try to help you get it right the first time so you don’t miss a rehearsal, but we will make it work for you. This is your week!

Q: What do you mean by Novice? 

A: Our novice players are those who haven’t had a lot of experience on their instruments.  Perhaps they’ve only played for a year or so, or perhaps they are coming back to their instruments after years (decades!) of not playing and are still a bit wobbly.  If you aren’t sure about your classification, email or call me, (Nina at nina.andersen@snowpond.org  or 207-415-0880) and we will figure it out together.

Q: What if I’m just not good enough?

A: We have an informal motto in the New Horizons organizations, “Your Best is Good Enough!”  That will hold true for our camp week, too!  This week is about having fun making music with new friends, not about competing to see who can play fastest or most accurately.  If a spot in the music is too hard, leave it out!  We will also have teachers available to help you where you are stuck and we can modify the music to make it work for you (it’s amazing what leaving out a few notes can do!)  In any case, you should feel comfortable in your group, and if you don’t talk to Diane or your instrument specialist.

Q: Wait a minute.  I’m a pretty good player; will I be challenged?

A: Our goal is to provide a challenge for everyone! The Symphonic Band music will include some challenging pieces and some easier pieces where we can really dig into musicality (how often do you really listen to see how the piccolo part fits with the tuba part??).  If you still aren’t sure how you would fit, email or call me (Nina, nina.andersen@snowpond.org or 207-415-0880)

Q: How will I know what my schedule is?

A: Everyone will be in one of the two bands (Concert Band and Symphonic Band) and the sectionals for your instrument and group.  After that, what you do with your day is totally up to you!  You will have music seminars as an option, small ensembles, help session time, recreation time (waterfront, tennis, softball, soccer, etc.), time for the 2nd cup of coffee or to sit and read a book, time to go explore other areas of Central Maine.  Your choice! You can come and play every minute of every day, immersing yourself in your instrument or musical knowledge, or you can be more relaxed. Each day can be different, it is all your choice!

Q: What is the Spouse/Friend Track?

A: As adults, we often want to bring our spouse, partner or adult friend (no children) with us when we go off on an adventure!  Band camp is no different.  You may register your spouse/friend when you register yourself, or add him/her later.  There are many choices for the person accompanying you; some of people will just want to come and hang out and take part in the evening activities and recreation.  That is Spouse/Friend Track B.  Others want to take part more and perhaps go to the music seminars or even play in some of the small group ensembles (we hope to have some string players for small string ensembles!).  This is Spouse/Friend Track A.  The person accompanying you to camp will stay in your room or cabin with you at no further charge and pay only for food and the track fee.

Q: What is available for recreation?

A:  NEMC’s complex has three tennis courts, a soccer field, two softball diamonds, volleyball and badminton courts, archery range, and basketball court and a waterfront with excellent swimming.  Canoes & kayaks are available or you may bring your own.

Q: What’s this I hear about a campfire, marshmallows and a sing-a-long??

A: Yup!  A true camp experience!

Q: How can I get more information about housing, my dietary needs or physical needs?

A: Email info@adultmusiccamp.com

Q: How can I get more information about the daily program? 

A: Email or call Nina at nina.andersen@snowpond.org or 207-415-0880

Q: What should I bring?

A:  Download the packing list: HERE!   Be sure to double check the list just before you leave in case anything has been changed!