Snow Pond Music Festival


Where Aspiring Artists,
Develop, Collaborate & Grow


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As of 9.13.2021 Snow Pond Center for the Arts is requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test at all indoor events. Masks required.  Details here.

June 8 - June 22, 2021

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Important Information


As of March 22, accepting MCMS applications for Violin, Viola, and Bassoon only.

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Financial Aid Information



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. 

For more information: 


MCMS group faculty 2020Jo-Ann Sternberg, Program Director, Clarinet; Princeton University, Borealis Wind Quintet

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

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

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)


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Please submit all auditions as Youtube video links or mp4 files. 

Individual Instrumentalists and Preformed Ensembles

Maine Chamber Music Seminar at Snow Pond Music Festival Financial Aid Procedures

Use the Applicant Materials Submission form to submit applicant related files and recommendations. Use the pull-down prompt to make sure your materials are sent to Maine Chamber Music Seminar directly. Applicants: Please copy the link and refer persons writing recommendations on your behalf directly to the Applicant Materials Submission form.

For additional assistance contact the Program Coordinator, Gail Levinsky.

MCMS is continuing to accept applications on a rolling basis through April 1, 2021



Tuition includes a non-refundable $50 application fee
  •  14 days – all-inclusive  (instruction, meals, housing, and on-campus activities) $2,095
    Register by February 1st and receive Early Bird Special - $1,995 

     (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 at Snow Pond Music Festival Financial Aid Procedures

Arrival Day:

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

Daily Schedule:

8:00-8:30am Breakfast
8:45-10:15am Coaching / Rehearsal
10:30-12:00pm Coaching / Rehearsal
12:30-1:00pm Lunch
1:00-4:00pm Flexible Time, Individual Practice, Lessons, Recreation
4:00-5:30pm Master Class / Open Rehearsal
6:00pm Dinner
Evening Workshops, Readings, Concerts, Social Activities

Departure Day:

8:00-9:00am Breakfast and Departure

Chamber Chamber

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