Snow Pond Music Festival


Where Aspiring Artists,
Develop, Collaborate & Grow


Call Us!   844-476-6976  or  207-465-9648

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June 6 - June 21, 2023

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Applications are now being accepted! Click above to apply.

Important Information

All applicants (including alumni) must register for an ACCEPTD account.



The Maine Chamber Music Seminar develops life-long compassionate collaborators. Through our two-week summer intensive, college and graduate-level musicians discover and reimagine their place in chamber music performance as both creative thinkers and cultural ambassadors. Participants focus on three major works in the chamber music literature alongside our dedicated, dynamic faculty. Each year our repertoire includes masterworks of the canon paired with under-celebrated gems, giving students the opportunity to hone their skills in conventional settings while challenging them to find deep meaning in less familiar works. 
Our festival features musicians of diverse musical and socio-political backgrounds. Both faculty and students find moments of teaching and learning through the medium of chamber music. In this process, one learns when to lead and when to follow, when to bend and when to remain firm. As a result of these meaningful interactions, our students become part of a supportive and nurturing community and are able to seamlessly transfer their collaborative skills to other musical and non-musical aspects of life. 

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MCMS group faculty 2022

Jo-Ann Sternberg, Program Director, Clarinet; Princeton University, Borealis Wind Quintet.

Anna Lim, Violin/Viola, Princeton University, Manhattan String Quartet.

Jesse Mills, Violin, Horszowski Trio, Longy School of Music of Bard College, Leschetizky Association (NYC)

Jessica Thompson, Viola, Princeton and Columbia Universities, Daedalus Quartet.

Clancy Newman, Cello, first prize Naumburg winner and Avery Fisher career grant recipient.

Michal Schmidt, Cello, Haverford College, Network for New Music.

Jacqueline Leclair, Oboe; Schulich School of Music of McGill, Signal and Sequitur.

Rieko Aizawa, Piano, Horszowski Trio, Longy School of Music of Bard College, Leschetizky Association (NYC)


Daniel Phillips, Violin, Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College and on the faculties of the Mannes College of Music, Bard College Conservatory, and the Juilliard School.

Tara Helen O'Connor, Flute, Purchase College School of the Arts Conservatory of Music, Bard College, Manhattan School of Music, Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

It is with great thanks to Mr. Martin Jeiven, our primary sponsor, that we proudly announce that we are accepting applications for the inaugural cohort of Jeiven Fellows. Applicants for the fellowships should be a minimum of 28 years old, have stellar recommendations, a well-developed CV, and be actively pursuing performing/teaching careers. These fellowships are paid positions, thus applicants will be thoroughly reviewed in a competitive process and finalists will be contacted for an interview round. We have filled two string fellowship positions and are currently accepting applications for wind players only. Eligible applicants should indicate their intent to apply for a Jeiven Fellowship in their Acceptd application to MCMS.

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MCMS Students 2022

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Please submit all auditions during the application process directly through the application system. 

Individual Instrumentalists and Preformed Ensembles

  • Applicants must submit two video recordings showcasing their current level of musicianship. 
  • Applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation. (Alumni are exempt from this requirement).

Maine Chamber Music Seminar in residence at Snow Pond Financial Aid Procedures

NEW! Jeiven Fellows (click here for additional information)

For additional assistance contact the Program Coordinator, Gail Levinsky.

MCMS accepts applications on a rolling basis through March 1, 2023

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About MCMS 2022

Tuition includes a non-refundable $50 application fee
  •  14 days – all-inclusive  (instruction, meals, housing, and on-campus activities) $2,495

  • Register today: Please complete the application and submit the required deposit of $50. Early bird discount of $100 towards tuition upon acceptance for all applications received by February 1st. Application, deposit, and first payment must be submitted by 11:59 pm PST in order to receive the $100 discount.

     (A discounted rate is offered for pre-formed ensembles)

PLEASE NOTE: Need-based financial aid is available.

Click to learn about Maine Chamber Music Seminar in residence at Snow Pond Financial Aid Procedures

Arrival Day:

3:00-5:00pm Registration
5:30pm Dinner
Evening Orientation and Evening Gathering

Daily Schedule:

8:00-9:00am Breakfast
9:00-10:15am Coaching / Rehearsal
10:30-11:45am Coaching / Rehearsal
12:00-1:00pm Lunch
1:15-2:30pm Coaching / Rehearsal
2:30-5:30pm Flexible Time, Individual Practice, Lessons, Recreation
5:30-7:00pm Dinner
7:30-9:00pm Evening Workshops, Readings, Concerts

Departure Day:

8:00-9:00am Breakfast and Departure
MCMS mealtime


Snow Pond Center for the Arts


Three months later

“Three months later, I am still in awe of the life-changing experience I had at MCMS this summer. Playing along side such dedicated and talented professionals and students was absolutely incredible.”  MCMS Participant