Snow Pond Center for the Arts programs for the year currently include youth camp, college music festival and New England Adult Music Camp as well as a Community Music School. Building onto the extensive musical legacy of NEMC, Snow Pond is extending the seasonal programs to include year-round arts, events and educational opportunities.
Current Offerings Available for the year include:
NEMC Youth Camp – providing an intensive music education balanced with traditional social and recreational summer camp activities for kids ages 11-18.
Snow Pond Music Festival – serving high-level college, graduate and post-graduate level classical musicians with highly-specialized music programs with the sole purpose of inspiring and challenging the next generation of classical musicians.
Adult Music Camp – offering adults of all ages a music camp with the best opportunity for every level of player, from novice to more advanced, specifically designed to promote learning while enjoying making music in a fun yet challenging atmosphere.
Community Music School – Opening this September, will offer a variety of classical music services including private instrument lessons, group lessons and classroom training in theory, music reading and rhythms.
A note from our Directors
Welcome to Snow Pond Center for the Arts and Education. We are very excited to enter this new chapter in NEMC’s history, which will enable us to both expand and strengthen the arts and educational offerings in New England. Historically, the New England Music Camp has had a positive and lasting impact on the lives of thousands of young men and women. Now, the New England Music Camp Association Board of Directors is pursuing a larger vision that will preserve the camp experience for future generations of youth and establish a thriving arts, education and community center for central Maine: the Snow Pond Center for the Arts. The centerpiece of this effort is a year-round, world-class community arts school, performance hall and conference center that will offer the same community environment and nurturing atmosphere the New England Music Camp has celebrated since its founding. It will also serve to synergize and strengthen all the wonderful cultural initiatives already taking place in this region of Maine and beyond.
The Center for the Arts, to be constructed adjacent to the camp’s existing performance facilities, will include a state-of-the-art, 750-seat concert hall acoustically engineered specifically for musical performances. The center will also feature a cutting-edge recording studio in addition to ample space for musical rehearsals, education, composition, as well as visual arts and dance instruction.
It will play host to nationally-recognized and talented local performers representing a variety of arts genres, lectures and courses led by notable music and art educators, as well as public events promoting the arts and education. The center will also serve as the home of a community arts school as well as a venue for meetings, conferences and retreats for businesses and organizations outside the arts.
Thanks to this endeavor, Maine residents of all ages will have year-round access to very high quality arts education and entertainment. The center will provide much needed space for local students and artists to train and perform. The facility also will provide recreational opportunities in the form of new running paths, hiking trails, and sports fields for public use.
Project supporters see the center as a means of drawing more people to the area throughout the year, helping to increase the revenues of local businesses including restaurants, accommodations, and retail shops. The economic impact of the center will be further enhanced by the creation of many new job opportunities for arts educators in addition to drawing talented and experienced professionals to Maine and enabling Maine youth pursuing careers in the arts to secure employment close to home. In addition, all contractors and suppliers to be utilized during the construction phase will be Maine-based.
We invite you to join us in making this new chapter a huge success!
John and Kim Wiggin, Co-Directors