Portsmouth Music and Arts Center (PMAC) Summer Camps

PMAC offers special programming in the summer, including art, music and theatre day camps, as well as flexible private lesson schedules and all-age community ensembles. Unique performance opportunities are also a hallmark of PMAC’s summer programming for youth and adults.

To register for any of the summer camps below, click on the program title!

Portsmouth Music & Arts Center
973 Islington Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 431-4278

Summer 2020 Youth & Teen Music Camps

Summer at PMAC offers a wider variety of music opportunities for young musicians. Dive deep into jazz improvisation or write a song with other members in your rock band. Learn to play in the orchestra pit at Prescott Park Arts Festival or discover an instrument for the first time. Explore your creativity, make new friends and have endless fun!

Music Explorers
Instructor: Tiffany Hanson
Jun 22-Jun 26 | 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Age: 6 yrs. to 8 yrs.
Cost: $199

Join us as we explore the world of musical instruments. From piano to woodwinds, guitar and ukulele, drum set to Orff instruments — students will learn about each instrument, maybe even discovering an instrument they could further pursue! Each day will include instrument instruction, fun musical games, and more! The week concludes with a student performance at PMAC.

Camp Overture
Instructor: Music Faculty
Mon Afternoons
Jun 29-Jul 6 | 1:00 PM-7:00 PM
Age: 15 yrs. to 18 yrs.
Cost: FREE

Learn to be a pit musician and perform in the orchestra pit for this summer’s mainstage musical at Prescott Park Arts Festival! Students will learn selections from the score and perform alongside the professional pit musicians during a full weekend of performances. Camp Overture alumni describe this experience as being invaluable in making the transition from student musician to becoming a professional. You can find Camp Overture alumni now playing in professional orchestra pits throughout the region!

All accepted students attend this program for FREE thanks to a generous sponsorship from Service Credit Union. To schedule your audition, please contact the PMAC Office or email Michelle Shoemaker, Director of Education, at michelle@pmaconline.org.

PMAC Summer Jazz Workshop with Chris Klaxton and Eric Klaxton
Jul 6-Jul 10 | 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Age: 12 yrs. to 17 yrs.
Cost: $ 385.00

An enriching music experience for teens in middle and high school, the 2020 PMAC Summer Jazz Workshop promises to be better than ever. The jazz workshop began in 2003 and has continued every summer since. Young musicians experiment with jazz improvisation – no prior improv experience needed, though advanced study takes place for students with experience. Students learn classics and contemporary music both in combos and in a large big band setting for all. A final community performance will take place at 3S Artspace. A background of 1-2 years of study on the student’s primary instrument is required. No audition is required to attend the workshop. Open to Sax, Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Guitar, Keyboard, Bass Guitar or Upright Bass, and Drum Set. Limited spaces available for Rhythm Section students – please register early!

Rock & Beyond Summer Workshop Session I
Instructor: Nick Phaneuf
Jul 13-Jul 17 | 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Age: 12 yrs. to 17 yrs.
Cost: $385.00

Have you wanted to play a LIVE Show? RECORD your band’s original tune? Be a part of a band that shares your musical interests? The Rock and Beyond Summer Workshop is for you! Expanding beyond Classic, Indie and Hard Rock, bands will be encouraged to explore Hip Hop, Folk, Country, Bluegrass, Metal and more – wherever their interests lie! Bands are formed at the beginning of the workshop and each band will learn a tune of their choosing, write and record an original tune and play a show at 3S ArtSpace at the end of the week. Led by PMAC teaching artists, students will learn valuable skills in musicianship, teamwork, songwriting, stage presence and more! Open to Guitar, Drum Set, Vocals, Keyboard, Bass Guitar, Sax, Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Violin, Viola and Cello. Placement audition required for new students. Limited spaces available for Rhythm Section students – please register early!

Rock & Beyond Summer Workshop Session II
Instructor: Nick Phaneuf
Age: 12 yrs. to 17 yrs.
Jul 20-Jul 24 | 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Cost: $385.00

Have you wanted to play a LIVE Show? RECORD your band’s original tune? Be a part of a band that shares your musical interests? The Rock and Beyond Summer Workshop is for you! Expanding beyond Classic, Indie and Hard Rock, bands will be encouraged to explore Hip Hop, Folk, Country, Bluegrass, Metal and more – wherever their interests lie! Bands are formed at the beginning of the workshop and each band will learn a tune of their choosing, write and record an original tune and play a show at 3S ArtSpace at the end of the week. Led by PMAC teaching artists, students will learn valuable skills in musicianship, teamwork, songwriting, stage presence and more! Open to Guitar, Drum Set, Vocals, Keyboard, Bass Guitar, Sax, Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Violin, Viola and Cello. Placement audition required for new students. Limited spaces available for Rhythm Section students – please register early!

Pre-Teen Rock and Beyond Summer Workshop
Instructor: Nick Phaneuf
Jul 20-Jul 24 | 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Age: 9 yrs. to 11 yrs.
Cost: $385.00

This is everything we offer in the Rock and Beyond with tha pre-teen focus. Open to Guitar, Drum Set, Vocals, Keyboard, Bass Guitar, Sax, Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Violin, Viola and Cello. Placement audition required for new students. Limited spaces available for Rhythm Section students – please register early!

Build A Musical! A Collaboration with New Hampshire Theatre Project
Instructor: Music Faculty
Jul 27-Jul 31 | 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Age: 8 yrs. to 12 yrs.
Cost: $450.00

In this collaborative camp with New Hampshire Theatre Project (NHTP), students will delve into the world of musical theatre through singing, acting, and movement. Students will explore existing musical repertoire, tried-and-true classics, and modern classics, as well as drama techniques, including improvisation and group writing, to create and perform their very own brand new musical at West End Studio Theatre (WEST)! While the camp is held at PMAC for the week, the final dress rehearsals and performance will utilize the WEST stage. Registration is through NHTP. Limited to 20 campers.

Recording & Mixing – How to Capture a Band
Instructor: Nick Phaneuf
Age: 13 yrs. to 17 yrs.
Aug 3-Aug 7 | 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Cost: $395.00

Explore professional music production as you learn to use important tools of the industry, like Ableton Live. This one-week program focuses on skills related to recording and mixing live instruments. Topics such as studio signal flow, mic choice, and mic placement will be covered along with skills to edit, compress, and EQ the recordings to prepare them to be heard!

Making Beats
Instructor: Nick Phaneuf
Age: 13 yrs. to 17 yrs.
Aug 3-Aug 7 | 4:00 PM-7:00 PM
$199.00

Make your very own beats in this one-week session that focuses on modern studio techniques. We’ll study the production of hip hop, trap, pop, and other styles/techniques as you build your own beats from the bottom up. We’ll also discuss compositional techniques and ways to make your tracks more interesting.

Vocal Workshop
Instructor: Tiffany Hanson
Age: 12 yrs. to 17 yrs.
Aug 3-Aug 7 | 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Cost: $199.00

*This is a team taught class with Olin Johannessen, Ashley Wade, and Tiffany Hanson.*

Find your musical voice in a dynamic and challenging week-long session that focuses on vocal technique, style, and performance skills. In addition to PMAC teaching artist Tiffany Hanson, we are excited to welcome Olin Johannessen of the Portsmouth public schools choral department and Seacoast based mezzo-soprano Ashley Wade to this new PMAC program. Learn new repertoire in solo and group settings and perform for, and with, your peers. Experiment with new strategies to tackle your chorus, musical theatre, and All-State auditions before the start of the new school year!

Summer 2020 Youth Art Camps

At PMAC Summer Camps, you can go on an art adventure! You’ll become a storyteller, a traveler to outer space or explore nature through the lens of an artist. Students work with multiple forms of media throughout the week. On the last day of camp, students will host an Art Show!

Stop Motion AnimationFULL Waitlist Available
Instructor: Tom Bonello
Jun 22-Jun 26 | 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Age: 8 yrs. to 12 yrs.
Cost: $450

Join faculty artist Tom Bonello and collaboratively make your own Stop Motion Movie using materials including paper, found objects and modeling clay. Learn to create characters, construct storyboards and master the skills of stop motion animation in this hands-on experience. Students will present their work at the end of the week!

Mashup Mayhem
Instructor: Anna Nuttall
Jul 6-Jul 10 | 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Age: 8 yrs. to 12 yrs.
Cost: $305.00

Anna Nuttall, PMAC faculty artist and Portsmouth Middle School art teacher, is excited to return again this summer! This week’s inspirations will be full of myths, magic, machines, and imaginative mash-up mayhem of all sorts! You’ve seen the toaster-oven, but have you seen the dishwashing-table-setter? We know the liger, but have you seen the elusive North American Shark-monkey? Let’s get creative and inventive and see what creations we can come up with – from combining everyday objects to create an improved invention (think spork but way cooler), to hybrid creatures, foods, planets…ANYTHING. Traditional and non-traditional materials and techniques will be used, including drawing, painting, sculpture, collage/digital art and more!

Street Photography and Photoshop
Instructor: Hettie Haudenschield
Jul 6-Jul 10 | 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Age: 12 yrs. to 14 yrs.
Cost: $199.00

Take an adventure and explore the city of Portsmouth and learn about street photography. Join teaching artist Hettie on walking field trips (weather permitting) to nearby Portsmouth neighborhoods. Spend time in PMAC’s digital classroom and edit your photos using Photoshop. Students are welcome to bring a digital camera and/or use a cell phone camera.

Musical Mystery Tour
Instructor: Anna Nuttall
Jul 13-Jul 17 | 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Age: 8 yrs. to 12 yrs.
Cost: $305.00

PMAC faculty artist and Portsmouth Middle School art teacher Anna Nuttall is excited to be back this summer! Explore the many ways that music inspires art-making of ALL KINDS! Rock, Pop, Jazz, Fun – you name it there’s art inspired by it! From fashion to filigree; bold abstract strokes of expression to detailed pen illustrations, costumes, sculptures, poster art, street art and more. Which bands, genres, performers, and instruments inspire you to create? Traditional and non-traditional materials and techniques will be used, including drawing, fiber art, painting, paper sculpture, clay, wire, and more!

Wonderful Weirdos
Instructor: Anna Nuttall
Jul 20-Jul 24 | 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Age: 8 yrs. to 12 yrs.
Cost: $305.00

Discover some of the most fun, creative, whimsical and wacky artists of our time! This week of art-making will explore past masters and living artists who like to re-imagine people, places, animals, and stories through their art. Learn from Dali and Picasso to Sendak and Tim Burton, and enjoy a week of making wild, weird, wonderful works of art! Traditional and non-traditional materials and techniques will be used, including drawing, painting, giant ink drawings, clay, paper-mache, and more!

Art Through Time
Instructor: Jillian Swist
Jul 27-Jul 31 | 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Age: 8 yrs. to 12 yrs.
5 days, camp
Cost: $305.00

Join in on the journey from prehistoric paintings to modern day art with PMAC faculty artist Jillian Swist! We will be jumping in and exploring the many wonderful art movements throughout time. Throughout the week, we will be utilizing drawing materials, watercolor, acrylic paint, collage, and sculpture resources to take us through history in artistic style. We will move through Ancient Art, to mural paintings, jumping to Art Nouveau, to the exciting brushstrokes in Impressionism, through the wild use of color in Fauvism, into Surrealism, Street Art, touching into Abstract Art and beyond. With each movement, we will look at the artists and cultures that inspired the masterpieces to stimulate our own creative art.

Portsmouth Music & Arts Center
973 Islington Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 431-4278

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