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Prelude Strings & Band Camp

July 29 - August 12, 2024

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NEMC’s Prelude Strings & Band Camp offers young musicians ages 9-13 a supportive environment to further develop musicianship skills and ensemble experience, through participation in string orchestra, wind ensemble, jazz band, and symphonic orchestra, plus exploration of various other musical genres. This program is uniquely curated to meet each camper's individual musical needs.

Nestled amidst the serene beauty of our Maine lakefront campus, this program offers a harmonious blend of education and artistic exploration. Guided by seasoned instructors, Prelude campers embark on a journey of musical discovery, learning essential techniques, theory, and ensemble musicianship. The program strikes a delicate balance between focused instruction and joyful camaraderie, encouraging friendships to flourish as harmoniously as the melodies that resonate through the camp's vibrant community. With each note played and every chord struck, the Prelude Camp at New England Music Camp nurtures the passion and potential of its youngest participants, setting the stage for a lifelong love affair with music.

Eligible instruments include violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, and percussion.

The daily musical schedule focuses on large ensemble rehearsals but also includes small group lessons, and classes including performance etiquette, chamber music, and practice techniques. String players will perform in a string orchestra; winds, brass, and percussion students will perform in a concert band. Select advanced string and wind players may perform in the full orchestra. Multiple levels of each ensemble will fit the needs of every musician. Jazz Band and Jazz for Strings will also be offered! This two-week session will culminate with a brilliant concert at the Bowl in the Pines

2024 Program dates:   NEMC Rehearsals Kids 3 1

July 29, 2024 - August 12, 2024


  • $3200 - financial aid is available

Admission Process:

  1. Register online through Accepted and submit $75 application fee
  2. Submit a playing sample and all required materials online.
  3. All campers are accepted! Playing samples allow the conductors to choose repertoire for the session.

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Playing Sample Requirements

  • One solo piece that showcases the applicant's current playing level. 
  •  1, 2, or 3 octave scale of the musician's choice

Admission will be on a rolling, first come-first served basis.

26 July Rehearsal 28Eligibility Requirements:

  • Instrumentation: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion
  • Ages 9-13 and entering grades 4-9 in Fall 2024
  • Musicians must have completed at least one full year of playing, either in private lessons or through a school orchestra or band program. 

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2024 Faculty:











Carlos Barriento



Bethany Niedbala

Program Coordinator


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Freddy Contreras

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Patricia DeSorbo

Band Conductor


Ana María Quintero Muñoz


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Simón Gollo

Orchestra Conductor

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Emily Guarino



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Sarah Schettler


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