There are no entrance auditions for Crane Youth Music. There will be auditions for placement and seating in the ensembles and studios on Sunday, June 30. All campers should be prepared to play or sing a short etude or piece that demonstrates their level of performance. Scales and sight reading may be a part of the instrumental audition. Accompaniment is not needed for auditions. Jazz ensemble auditions should include a short example of style and improvisation.
Instruction in small master classes is provided for the following: STRINGS: violin, viola, cello, string bass; WINDS: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone; BRASS: trumpet, horn, euphonium, trombone, tuba; PERCUSSION; VOICE; HARP; PIANO. Keyboard and percussion instruments are provided and string bass and tuba instruments are available upon request. Campers must bring all other instruments. We recommend that all students carry instrument insurance on privately owned instruments. CYM and SUNY Potsdam cannot be responsible for damage or loss. Please specify your instrument range, for example, tenor sax or bass clarinet.
Some students may wish to arrange for additional private lessons with a studio teacher while at camp. Such opportunities would depend on the availability of the instructor. The regular studio teaching rate is $40/hour or $20/half-hour.
Please note that the procedure for arranging private lessons has changed! Requests should be reserved in advance (where possible) with the Crane Youth Music office, and NOT the camp director or individual instructor. Payment will be due with your lesson reservation.
CYM campers live in double rooms* in the College residence halls and eat in a central dining hall. A full-time residence hall director and counseling staff, many of whom are current Crane School undergraduates and alumni, supervise housing with a student-counselor ratio of 10 to 1. Crane Youth Music is licensed by the New York State Department of Health.
*Please note that triple roommate requests will not be accepted, as triples will only be used in the event of extenuating circumstances such as an odd number of campers or medical necessity. We appreciate your cooperation.
Route information for those driving to Potsdam will be included in your information packet upon registration. Commercial bus service is available to Potsdam. Upon request, CYM will provide transportation from the bus station to campus for campers only.
In compliance with New York State Department of Health regulations the camp staff includes a full-time medical director who supervises emergency medical service with referral, if necessary, to the Canton-Potsdam Hospital. Parents will be notified of any emergency. Health forms are mandatory and all camper medications including aspirin and ibuprofen must be turned in to the medical staff upon arrival at camp.
Resident Camper -$975
Commuter Camper - $670 (includes daily lunch)
A $50 non-refundable deposit is due with registration. All fees must be paid by May 31. Full refund, minus the deposit, will be made up to May 31; no refunds will be issued after this date. An information packet will be sent upon receipt of your registration.
All campers are required to fill out a Pick- Up Authorization form and submit it prior to camp check-in or bring it to camp check-in completed. Only family members and/or guardians who are listed will be able to pick-up their camper throughout the duration of the camp and at check-out. Campers will not be released to anyone who is not on the Pick-Up Authorization form and forms of ID are required at time of pick-up.
Please Register Early-Some Instrument Quotas Are Reached by Early January.
Three Ways to Register:
Register online using our Secure Online Registration Form, https://secure.potsdam.edu/camps/CYM/. You will receive confirmation via postal mail, not e-mail.
Complete a paper registration form and mail it to:
Center for Lifelong Education and Recreation
389 Van Housen Ext.
44 Pierrepont Ave.
Potsdam, NY 13676
Register over the phone by calling (315) 267-2167 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m., Monday-Friday.
We accept credit card payments via MasterCard or Visa. Please make checks payable to SUNY Potsdam in U.S. funds.
Please note that SUNY Potsdam is no longer able to process international checks. International campers are asked to register online or via telephone, or to submit money orders payable in U.S. funds.