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Prelude String Orchestra Camp - Faculty Job Description


NEMC and Snow Pond Center for the Arts will be piloting a new program in Summer 2021 called Prelude String Orchestra Camp at NEMC. It is a two-week camp (with one week options) for beginning and intermediate string players, ages 9-13. NEMC has designed the Prelude Camp to provide students with a fast-paced, structured  morning full of string orchestra rehearsals balanced with an afternoon of sports and recreation. In just five days of rehearsals, the campers will perform a concert! With two orchestras (beginning-level 1 and level 2-3ish) plus one combined orchestra, there will be many opportunities for students to be challenged and learn new skills in a short amount of time, while meeting many new friends from around the country. Many students may be coming to sleepaway camp for the first time, or perhaps they will be new to playing in a large ensemble. It will be a stepping stone for students to prepare them for the 4-week NEMC Core Camp. Think of it as an All-City Festival for a district's string program, but in five days - oh and on a lake in Maine! 

NEMC is looking to hire a diverse faculty who will work together and provide a fun, safe environment for the students. In addition, NEMC is looking to hire people who have the passion and skill required for this job. Faculty job responsibilities include leading daily sectionals on the main instrument for the two orchestra groups, playing in the combined orchestra rehearsal, plus teaching one other music class daily, which may include sight reading, note reading/rhythm/music theory, or non-instrument based skill building. Prelude String Orchestra Program Coordinator, Bethany Niedbala, is looking for fun, happy, and energetic string teachers who love elementary and middle school strings as much as she does! The goal is for campers to learn as much as they can from faculty in as little as seven days together. It is also Bethany’s hope that the faculty’s own students will want to join Prelude Camp for one or two weeks on a beautiful lake-side campus in Central Maine. 


Job Title: Violin/Viola/Cello/Bass Faculty Member at NEMC's Prelude String Orchestra Camp


Dates: July 26 to August 9, 2021


Hours: Rehearsals run approximately from 8am to 1pm; Evening Activities may include an extra rehearsal, staff performance, or string workshops



  • Minimum of 5 years teaching experience in an elementary or middle school string orchestra setting OR 5 years of private teaching experience for students ages 8-14. 
  • Proficiency in major instrument
  • Ability to stay at the residential camp for the entirety of the 2-week session for the dates listed above
  • Energetic positive personality with a passion for teaching beginning, developing, and intermediate string players
  • Working well and collaborating with other faculty members and administration


Teaching Responsibilities: (include but not limited to)

  • Lead daily sectional rehearsals for 2 groups of students on your instrument
  • Teach daily music skills class (music theory, note reading, sight reading, singing, exploratory, etc)
  • Play in daily combined orchestra rehearsal
  • Assist string orchestra conductor during sectionals and rehearsals as necessary
  • Potential private lessons



  • First opened in 1937, 2021 will be its 85th season
  • Located on Lake Messalonskee in Sidney, Maine
  • All meals and housing for the 2 weeks is included in your contract

Deadline to Apply: November 20, 2020

  • Please send resume, letter of interest, and a list of 3 references to Bethany Niedbala, Program Coordinator - 

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