New England Music Camp - NEMC - Est 1937

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Over 80 Years of Family Tradition

Wiggin FamilyThe New England Music Camp was founded by Dr. Paul E. Wiggin and his wife Nina in 1937 as a non-profit educational institution dedicated to the cultivation and refinement of musical skills in young people. Central to this philosophy is the support and development of the physical, emotional, and social well-being of young musicians. For over 80 years, we have proudly supported a rich family environment with an emphasis on teaching the “whole person”.

The tradition of family extends to the generations of alumni who return each summer and send their children and grandchildren to experience magical summers growing up on Lake Messalonskee.

Four Generations of Wiggin Family Leadership

NEMC has enjoyed the leadership of three generations of the Wiggin family. In 1970 Davis Wiggin and his wife Jeanette took over camper operations and in 2010, the third generation of the Wiggin family, Davis and Jeanette’s son John and his wife Kim, took on the roles of co-directors of the camp. In turn, their three sons, Paul, Matthew, and Andrew, have grown up at NEMC and extend the legacy through their respective roles within the NEMC camp family.

NEMC is fortunate to have a dedicated administrative staff who work year round. We also benefit from an active Board of Advisors and Board or Directors who provide strong support for the NEMC program, infrastructure and the camper experience.

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What Enthusiasm!

Seeing our daughter Lily play her french horn in the Facebook Live video at the honors recital and how the kids all stand up and applaud each performance was just awesome! What enthusiasm!” -Buckner Family, North Carolina