Winter 2015

Winter 2015

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Greetings From The Front Porch
Greetings From The Front Porch

Welcome to Snow Pond Center for the Arts and New England Music Camp. So much has happened here since the bare glimmer of a plan 90 years ago, when a small group of entrepreneurial Mainers, including my grandfather Paul, envisioned the Eastern Music Camp, which opened in Sidney in 1931. Six years later, it became the New England Music Camp, with a philosophy similar to other cultural institutions of the era, including Chautauqua in upstate …

History of New England Music Camp
History of New England Music Camp

The Cultural Setting Snow Pond Center for the Arts vision has its roots in the Eastern Music Camp, established in Sidney, Maine, in 1931. The early 20th Century was a fertile field for the arts, especially music. Many of today’s historical restoration projects are for the preservation of the beautiful opera halls and performance venues that constituted the “touring circuit” of that time.  The touring circuit provided the venues for traveling vaudeville shows which often …

Snow Pond Center Goes Year-Round
Snow Pond Center Goes Year-Round

The wind is gusting from the north on this clear and blustery afternoon at Snow Pond Center for the Arts in Sidney, Maine. Later today parents and students of the Snow Pond Community Music School (SPCMS) will arrive for group lessons. They’ll briskly scurry from warm mini vans as they cross the frozen ground to Alumni Hall, tightly gripping instrument cases that sway in the frigid breeze, calling out greetings to friends. Expanding Programs and …

Music School a Dynamic Community Resource
Music School a Dynamic Community Resource

“Igniting a lifelong love of music” Snow Pond Center for the Arts’ newest component of year-round programming, Snow Pond Community Music School, opened its doors this past September to students of all ages in Central Maine. SPCMS is committed to providing access to high quality arts education for all students regardless of their economic situation. With programs available for infants to adults, SPCMS faculty offer a wide variety of classes and lessons for young pre-instrumental …

New Merit Scholarships and Outreach Boost Enrollment for NEMC 2015
New Merit Scholarships and Outreach Boost Enrollment for NEMC 2015

New England Music Camp has seen a boost in interest and enrollment this year due to the increased outreach efforts and generous new Merit Scholarships.  With a 30% increase in registrations in February, we are projected to fill all instrumental studios this summer! We are grateful for the tireless recruiting efforts of our faculty, alumni, and music educators across the country. Special thanks to alumni Jen Moss, Keith Berry, Ron Isaacson, Chris Burkhart, Marsha Bowe, Jenny …

Students Involved In The Arts Excel
Students Involved In The Arts Excel

Students involved in the arts are more likely to stay in school, score higher on tests, more likely to go to college and are better at expressing thoughts and ideas. View the infographic that compiles supporting statistics from several sources.  When it comes to staying in school, the dropout rate varies widely between those with high arts involvement and those with low arts involvement.  The dropout difference is even more dramatic among students with high …