Set on a college campus in the heart of New York City, Camp MSM provides intensive musical instruction in musical theater and instrumental music for students who have completed grades 6-11 (ages 11-17).  Campers will develop their musical skills and join a community of young musicians through a wide variety of musical and social activities. Former campers have hailed from across the United States and from around the world.

What Campers Will Experience

The rigorous musical theater curriculum includes acting, vocal coaching, dance, and performance techniques.  All voice majors will have a private lesson each week with a camp faculty member.  Singers will develop their vocal skills, stagecraft and dramatic interpretation, as well as gain valuable performance experience, as they rehearse and prepare for the summer’s culminating musical theater production. Performances will be fully staged with costumes and will be presented in Manhattan School of Music’s 846-seat main auditorium.

Instrumental majors will participate in various large and small ensembles, which may include orchestra, string ensemble, woodwind ensemble, percussion ensemble, jazz band, Latin jazz band, clarinet choir, flute choir, 4-hand piano, and an array of chamber groups.  All instrumental majors will have a private lesson each week with a camp faculty member. Performance opportunities will take place throughout the summer in Manhattan School of Music’s state-of-the-art recital halls and main auditorium.

All campers will receive theory and/or ear-training classes.  Campers can also choose from a diverse array of musical and non-musical elective classes including composition, improvisation, acting, art, songwriting, conducting, and many more. In addition to studies with our expert faculty, campers will also have the opportunity to participate in master classes given by renowned performing artists.

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Camp MSM Faculty

All Camp MSM faculty are experienced educators and active performers. Many of our faculty are Manhattan School of Music alumni. 

2015 Camp MSM faculty included:

Rachelle Betancourt
Rafael Betancourt
Daniela Bracchi
Mark Broschinksy
Elad Kabilio
Amir Khosrowpour
Sungwoo Steven Kim
Remy LeBoeuf
Scott Lindroth
Karim Merchant
James Noble
Nadje Noordhuis
Karine Poghosyan
Renee Rosen
Alice Tsui

Explore New York City

Campers will have numerous opportunities to explore New York City's exciting and unique cultural offerings during supervised excursions including visits to Broadway shows, jazz clubs, concerts, museums, and parks.  They will have an opportunity to meet and develop friendships with other musically talented campers through various social and recreational activities, including BBQs, informal sports, movie nights, theme days, and talent shows.

Living in a College Residence Hall

Residential campers will reside at Manhattan School of Music's G. Chris and SungEun Andersen Residence Hall  In addition to offering some of the best views of New York City, the modern residence hall offers campers access to superior practice facilities, air-conditioning, and 24-hour security. All residential campers will be supervised by trained counselors who will reside in the residence hall with the campers. Campers and counselors will eat meals together in the college dining hall.

Applications and Auditioning

Applications are due January 11, 2016. Upon receipt of your completed application, local applicants will be emailed an audition time for February 7, 2016. Applicants who are not local are required to submit a YouTube link no later than February 1, 2016.   Scholarship consideration is available. Financial aid applications must be received by January 11, 2016.

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Camp MSM 2016 Credit Card form (application fee for new applicants)
Camp MSM 2016 Behavioral Health Profile (for residential applicants only)
Camp MSM 2016 Audition Requirements
Camp MSM 2016 Video Submission Directions
Camp MSM 2016 Financial Aid Application

Day Campers

Voice Majors: Monday, July 11 – Friday, August 5
$3,400 tuition

Instrumental Majors: Monday, July 18 - Friday, August 5
$2,700 tuition

Daily bus transportation to and from Camp MSM may be offered for an additional surcharge (cost to be determined). Please note that transportation is not guaranteed until we reach the minimum number of campers who would like to enroll in this option.

Residential Campers

Voice Majors: Sunday, July 10 – Saturday, August 6
$5,925 (includes tuition, housing, meals, and field trips)*

Instrumental Majors: Sunday, July 17 - Saturday, August 6
$4,575 (includes tuition, housing, meals, and field trips)*

*Fees do not include laundry, transportation to/from camp, outside medical care, or prescriptions.

Camp MSM is supported, in part, by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York City Council, Councilman Mark Levine; by The ASCAP Foundation and by Mari & Kenneth Share.