Snow Pond Music Festival


Where Aspiring Artists,
Develop, Collaborate & Grow


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

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June 7 - June 22, 2024

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Our 2024 personnel roster is set. Applications for summer 2025 will open in the late fall. Please check back for more info!

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, Brooklyn 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.

Rieko Aizawa, Piano, Horszowski Trio, Bard College, Brooklyn College, Leschetizky Association (NYC)

MCMS Composer-in-Residence & Guest Artists for 2024 

 Please join us in welcoming Kenji Bunch, composer and violist, as a guest artist and composer-in-residence during the 2024 season. Read more about Kenji and his work here.

We are thrilled to announce that the boundary-breaking Akropolis Reed Quintet will serve as our 2024 guest artists and ensemble-in-residence! Read more about Akropolis here

Akropolis 2022 Photo Credit Jason Walker 1 1


We are currently accepting wind, string, and piano applications for the 2024 cohort of Jeiven Fellows. Applicants for the fellowships should be a minimum of 30 years old, have stellar recommendations, a well-developed CV, and be actively pursuing performing/teaching careers. These fellowships offer a stipend. Applicants will be thoroughly reviewed in a competitive process and finalists will be contacted for an interview round. If you meet the criteria listed above and are interested in applying for a Jeiven Fellowship, please indicate as such below.”

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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

Applications due March 1, 2024.

MCMS students 2 2022.  

About MCMS 2022

Tuition includes a non-refundable $50 application fee
  •  14 days – 1297.50 (Actual cost is $2595. Thanks to the generosity of our wonderful donors, we are able to offer each participant a 50% scholarship this year.) This is an all-inclusive: instruction, meals, housing, and on-campus activities.

  • Register today: Please complete the application and submit the required application fee of $50. 

     (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


Transformative Experience

I had a transformative experience at MCMS. When I first arrived I was feeling frustrated with my progress, but in just two weeks, It was as if I made a year's worth of progress. I was excited, motivated, inspired, and so much more that is difficult to describe in words. The incredible faculty are not only extraordinary, but they also care so much about your growth and well-being. They push you to be your best every day, and just playing with them will teach you more than anything! – MCMS Participant ‘21