Portland Conservatory of Music offers several exciting week-long summer day camps for youth! Camp is a great way for students to keep up their music practice during the summer months, while making friends and having fun with music. Tuition is $400 per session. For more information and to register, call 775-3356 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Read about our Summer 2018 Camps below!
June 25-29, Mon – Fri, 9:00-4:00
Play music of the greatest rock bands from the past and present. Form a band and play classic rock like the Beatles, Cream and Nirvana or your latest favorites. You can collaborate with fellow campers and write your own song. Bands will rehearse their tunes for a week and perform them for an audience on the last day of camp. You’ll learn the history of rock and get some music theory along the way.
Instruments: Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Piano, Ukulele, Saxophone and Drums
Ages: 11-16. Should have previous experience of at least 2 years of lessons on your instrument.
Camp Director: John Johnstone
Jazz and Rock Camp
July 9-13, Mon – Fri, 9:00-4:00
For those who enjoy playing jazz in school bands and with friends but also want to play your favorite rock music in a group setting, here’s your chance. Learn jazz standards of musicians such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. If you prefer to play rock, you can work on your favorite rock tunes or write an original. Play both styles or even form a fusion band. The campers will decide the music style they want to focus on in their band. On the last day of camp you’ll perform the jazz and rock pieces you rehearsed during the week. The history of jazz and rock will be covered as well as theory.
Instruments include: Vocalists, Saxophones, Trumpets, Clarinets, Flutes, Guitars Pianos, Bass and Drums.
Ages: 11-16. Must have previous experience of at least 2 years of lessons on your instrument.
Camp Director: John Johnstone
Jazz Ensemble Weeklong Workshops (2 independent sessions)
Advanced Jazz Camp: Jul 23 – July 27, Mon – Fri, 9am – 4pm (by audition only).
Intermediate Jazz Camp: Aug 6-Aug 10 Mon – Fri, 9am – 4pm
Students will learn jazz standards and contemporary jazz tunes with an emphasis on analyzing and developing their skills as improvisers. This is a unique Portland- based opportunity for students of jazz to gain valuable collaborative experience with expert coaching from professional musicians who work in a contemporary vernacular of improvisation and spontaneous composition, yet have a deep knowledge of jazz history and forms. This camp may also be an ideal opportunity for Maine Jazz Camp students, alums and others to form strong local relationships on their way to developing their jazz and improv skills. Each week ends with an evening concert open to family and the public.
Ages: 12 – 18 with at least 2 years experience on their instrument.
Camp director: Titus Abbott (dir. Of the PCM Jazz Studies division) saxophonist and composer will lead the workshop. Groups of 6 or larger class will be co-led with local jazz musician TBD and college music student counselor.
Summer 2018 Adult Group Classes
Opera Workshop Instructor: Kathleen Scott Tuition: $325
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.; Saturdays 11:00 – 3:00 p.m. | 4 weeks: July 5 – 29
A maximum of 12 singers will study ensembles and scenes from a variety of operas, culminating in an informal performance on Sunday, July 29 at 2p.m. Kathleen Scott is a member of PCM’s voice faculty and a conductor, director, producer of opera. The course is by audition only. No previous experience with opera required. Auditions will be held on Tuesday, May 23 from 4 – 7 p.m. and on Wednesday, May 24 from 3 – 6 p.m. at PCM’s studios. Contact registrar Meaghan LaSala to sign up for an audition. Ages: 15+
Middle Eastern Ensemble Instructor: Eric LaPerna Tuition: $135
Thursdays, 7:30 – 9:00pm | 6 weeks: May 24th, 31st; June 14th, 21st; July 5th and 12th
The PCM Middle Eastern Ensemble will work on Turkish, Arabic and Armenian music from the folk, classical and Sufi traditions. This class is for teenagers and adults who are at an intermediate to advanced level on their instrument. The ensemble will feature traditional instruments like the oud (fretless lute), nay (reed flute), and percussion, as well as woodwinds, bowed instruments, bass, guitar and accordion. At the end of each 6-week session there will be a public performance of the pieces the class has been working on.