Music Creation & Performance Intensive

Camp Description

Music Creation & Performance Intensive is a two week summer music program at Maine Central Institute. For the summer of 2021, campers will be meeting from Monday, July 5th to Friday, July 16th, with a public performance on Thursday, July 15th. Please click here to access the flyer.

Week 1 Goals:
-Introductions, group cohesion, idea boards, music creation

Week 2 Goals:
-Recording sessions, dress rehearsals, public performance

Music Experience Disclaimer
Campers will be at differing levels of musical knowledge and abilities in this camp. Groupings and assignments may change based on the individual's musical needs. It is highly encouraged that students signing up for this camp already have a basic ability in reading music.

The music floor at Maine Central Institute is home to many instruments, ranging from guitar, to piano, to bass, to flute, to synthesizers, and so on. While it is expected that many campers will bring their own instruments, all campers are welcome to use the resources that the school has to offer.

Our performance on July 15th will showcase all that has been accomplished in the two week music camp. We will perform works of digital music production, chamber music, solo pieces, and multiple works by the large ensemble. If pandemic restrictions are still in place come July, we will record our music preemtively at the school and have a virtual showcase.

Please register here: Registration Page

Examples of Student Work:

Daily Schedule

Monday through Friday:

8:00-9:00 am Breakfast in Dining Room
9:00-11:30am Large Ensemble
11:30-12:30 pm Lunch & Socializing
12:30-1:30 pm Music notation, digital music, songwriting
1:30-3:00 pm Chamber Music, free practice


Weekend and afternoon/evening schedule will vary based upon experiential and discovery learning activities

Essential Information

When:  July 5, 2021 to July 16, 2021

Where:  MCI campus, Pittsfield, Maine, USA

Ages:  students entering grade 7 to grade 12

Costs (due by June 1, 2021):

  • $2,000 USD for 2 weeks for boarding campers - includes equipment and supplies, room, board, and weekend project travel. Students are responsible for airfare to/from the United States and visa fee,  if applicable.
  • $1,400 USD for 2 weeks for day campers - includes all equipment and supplies. Does not include travel to and from MCI.

    For more information, contact Scott Giallombardo at (207) 487-3355 (email:

Required Forms

Click links below to open and print forms. Send completed forms to Scott Giallombardo, Maine Central Institute, 295 Main Street, Pittsfield, ME 04967.

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                   Ben David Richmond

Ben David Richmond is a conductor, composer, and audio engineer who is humbled to be employed by Maine Central Institute and the Maine Youth Orchestra.

As a conductor, Richmond has worked with the Southern Maine Symphony, the North Shore Philharmonic, the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra, the University of Southern Maine Wind Ensemble, and the University of Southern Maine Composers Ensemble. 

As a composer, Richmond has written four ballets, four symphonies, two string quartets, and scores of other works ranging from solo to large ensemble.

As an audio engineer, Richmond has worked with the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, the Chicago Symphony Center, the Waterville Opera House, Victory Gardens Theater, the University of Chicago, North Park University, the University of Southern Maine, and Grammy award-winning artists such as Graham Nash, Jonny Lang, Bela Fleck, Eighth Blackbird and others.