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New England Music Camp


Prelude Strings Orchestra Camp

Must be available 25 July through 8 August, 2022

Pay is $1600 plus room, board and a $250 travel stipend.

Deadline for receipt of all materials: 15 February, 2022


General Description:

The conductor is responsible for the music education of the Prelude Strings Orchestra and its members according to the guidelines established by the Program Coordinator. This includes, but is not limited to, evaluating auditions, selection of players and repertoire, and leading rehearsals and performances collaboratively with additional string faculty members. The conductor will also nurture and promote the well-being of Prelude Strings campers, many of whom are attending camp for the first time. 


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct the Orchestras in daily rehearsals for 10-12 days in preparation for the final concert. The rehearsals are to be a music education activity providing the members with training in all aspects of musical knowledge and orchestral techniques, as well as preparation for performances. 
  • Work collaboratively with other faculty members during rehearsals to provide the best possible learning experience for campers
  • Teach private lessons, group music theory classes, or other music classes
  • Recruit campers to join the Prelude Strings Camp and/or New England Music Camp’s numerous summer programs
  • Prior to the camp season: Select repertoire appropriate to the performance level of the orchestra’s membership that, a) ensures the effective use of all orchestra members, b) is suitable to the instrumentation available in the orchestra, c) provides an enjoyable and rewarding experience for the students in terms of improving their performance skills, musicianship and growth, d) has the appropriate bowings for string players prior to camp arrival.
  • It is expected that the conductor will be engaged in musical responsibilities for 30 hours per week during the two-week residential camp. 



  • Extensive knowledge of educational string orchestra repertoire
  • Knowledge and understanding of varied teaching methodologies and the ability to differentiate instruction to meet the diverse needs of students of all ages, backgrounds, and ability levels.
  • Desire to work with children ages 8-13. Experience in and commitment to teaching children of underrepresented communities.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Kind-hearted nature, sense of humor, team player, and a go-with-the-flow attitude


Please include the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Three References
  • Sample concert program for a 5-6th grade orchestra (1-2 year players)
  • Sample concert program for 8th grade orchestra (5 year players)


Please send all materials (electronically) to:  Bethany Niedbala, Prelude Strings Program Coordinator -



Founded in 1937, New England Music Camp is a summer camp for music students ages 11–18, located on 200 acres in Sidney, Maine, on the eastern shore of Messalonskee Lake in the Belgrade Lakes region. It follows a balanced structure of musical training (in the morning) and standard recreational activities (in the afternoon) such as sailing, kayaking, archery, tennis, softball, soccer, volleyball, badminton etc. There are numerous concerts offered free to the public during its four-week season on site at the Bowl-in-the-Pines or Alumni Hall (respectively, the camp's outdoor and indoor performance venues).

New England Music Camp is committed in policy, principle, and practice to maintaining an environment which prohibits discriminatory behavior and provides equal opportunity for all persons. NEMC affirms its commitment to provide a welcoming and respectful work and educational environment, in which all individuals within the camp community may benefit from each other’s experiences and foster mutual respect and appreciation of divergent views. We are especially interested in applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups as we seek to serve our increasingly diverse and inclusive campus.


NEMC Diversity Statement:

Our goal at NEMC has always been and will always be to provide a safe, warm, and welcoming environment for all students in which to grow both musically and socially. We stand together in support of all of our students, faculty, staff and community who have ever felt underrepresented or unheard. NEMC is committed to continuing to create a community built on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

NEMC commits to:

- Hiring faculty and staff from traditionally underrepresented groups as we seek to serve our increasingly diverse and inclusive campus.

- Building a more inclusive camp family and community. When our campus is diverse, the camp experience is diverse

- Educate our faculty, staff, and campers on systemic racism

  • Listen to the people of color in our community and seek ways that NEMC can learn and grow from their vision and support

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