BAR HARBOR INSTRUMENTAL PROGRAM 2022
JULY 31 - AUGUST 6
Jazz, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban
We’re looking forward to returning to College of the Atlantic this year.
This bucolic campus provides just the right setting to hone your ensemble skills in a musical environment that is challenging, but non-pressured. All participants will interact directly with each of our faculty members in the context of classes/topics listed below. With a cap of 3-4 ensembles, and with a faculty of masterful teaching artists, participants can be assured of a personalized experience and individualized attention.
Three daily ensembles: Jazz, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban
Harmony & Improvisation
Instrumental Master Classes
Brazilian & Afro-Cuban Rhythms, Styles & Phrasing
Encounters with Faculty – Special Topics/Presentations
Faculty-led jams (yes … faculty join in!)
End-of-Week Student Performance
Faculty Concert @ Bar Harbor’s Criterion Theatre
Faculty - Bar Harbor
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Overview of the Week
After our Sunday afternoon on-site registration and dinner, all participants and guests are invited to our Meet & Greet Faculty Orientation which includes a short faculty performance, followed by a jam.
Our 5-day Monday-Friday instructional schedule builds in a mid-day break to allow for jaunts into Acadia National Park (literally minutes away), town as well s private lessons, practicing, or a snooze! Evenings include jams led by faculty, our special SMJ Cabaret/Jam and SMJ’s annual Faculty Performance at Bar Harbor’s Criterion Theatre. Program activities culminate on Friday night, with on-campus lodging check-out early Saturday morning.
Lodging & Meals
On campus lodging is available in modern townhouse dorms. Each townhouse accommodates up 8 people, and has a full-kitchen, living area and dining area on the 1st floor. Four single rooms are located on the 2nd Floor, and two double rooms on the 3rd floor.
Each floor has a bathroom with sink, shower and toilet, shared by a maximum of
3 other people if full occupancy on the floor. It is possible to request a double
room to be used as a single, or to request a full floor. Two 1st floor rooms with ensuite bathrooms will be available. Linens and towels are included in lodging fees.
On-campus lodging fees include meals beginning (Sunday dinner
through Friday dinner). Standard, pescatarian, vegetarian and vegan options are available. Lunch-to-go is available with advance notice. Accommodations for dietary restrictions/allergies are available, also with advance notice.
B&Bs, motels, hotels and Airbnb’s are close by to COA for those who prefer to stay off
campus. If you commute, you have the option of signing up for lunches (and/or other meals) prior to camp. Standard, pescatarian, vegetarian and vegan options are available. Lunch-to-go is available with advance notice. Accommodations for dietary restrictions/allergies are available, also with advance notice
Fees & Policies
On-Campus Residence Packages -- includes tuition, 6 nights lodging, meals (Sunday - Friday dinner)
Double Room: $1655
Single Room: $1745
Double Used as Single: $1885
1st Floor Double with En Suite Bath & Separate Entrance (only 2 available): $2185
Referrals: $150 discount for person referring and $150 for new student
50% upon registration (if after June 15, full payment)
*feel free o inquire about installment plan
Forms of Payment
Venmo (no fee if drawn from your bank account or debit card)
Credit Card (2.9% surcharge)
A limited number of partial scholarships / financial aid are available based on merit and financial need.
Our program is a small program. In light of this, in the event you are unable to attend you have the option of applying your payment to next year’s camp (excluding lodging/meals) or to find a sub to fill your reserved music spot and your lodging/meal reservation.
Proof of vaccination and booster updates must be submitted prior to attendance. Completion of registration and payment will confirm that registrant agrees to follow Covid-related policies of both College of the Atlantic and Samba Meets Jazz Workshops.
College of the Atlantic
Image 1: Turrets Building / Image 2: COA Pier
With a setting as inspirating as our faculty, College of the Atlantic (COA) on Frenchman’s Bay in Bar Harbor provides the perfect retreat for you to shed the demands of everyday life – and the perfect opportunity for you to immerse yourself in your music with like-minded adults. Rated by Trip Advisor and the New York Times as one of the top U.S. vacation spots, there’s something for everyone! Our mid-day break provides an opportunity to experience it – from a visit to the top of Cadillac Mountain, biking, walking and swimming in Acadia National Park, or a whale-watching boat ride on the bay. Plus .. you can kayak off the COA pier!
About Bar Harbor Area
Image 1: Town of Bar Harbor Image 1: Frenchman's Bay / Image 2: Biking at Acadia National Park
There’s something magical about Bar Harbor. A celebrated vacation destination on Mount Desert Island that is the gateway to Acadia National Park, it possesses a rich history and culture unlike any other. For non-participating guests, there are endless activity options-- from hiking, biking, swimming in Acadia National Park to a visit to its Rockefeller Gardens, to lunch at the famed Jordan Pond. Short-day trip options include antiquing to whale-watching to jaunts to the Blue Hill Peninsula, Schoodic Point & more. In other words, your guest will have plenty to keep her/himself busy while you’re in workshop sessions. For info: https://www.visitbarharbor.com/about-bar-harbor
Getting To & From
College of the Atlantic
105 Eden Street
Bar Harbor, ME 0460.
Fly to Bangor (BGR):
American, Delta, United, and Allegiant (to/from FL) offer flights to Bangor International Airport.
Fly to Bar Harbor (BHB)
U.S. Air offers direct flights from Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS) to the Bar-Harbor Hancock County Airport (BHB) in Trenton which is about 15 minutes from the College of the Atlantic.
Getting from the BGR and BHB to COA
If you’re flying and not renting a car (you really don’t need one), the Bar Harbor-Bangor Shuttle runs between Bangor International and Bar Harbor and will bring you directly to College of the Atlantic. In addition to its regular schedule which is posted on its website, a shuttle bus can be arranged for a group of people with advance notice.
The Island Explorer – a free shuttle bus service that goes all around Mt. Desert Island – goes between BHB and Bar Harbor.
Fly & AMTRAK to Portland
Flying to Portland, Maine (PWM) is a great way to save money on flights and to reduce the number of stops. Portland is approximately 3 hours from College of the Atlantic. To get to COA from Portland, optiona include car rental or bus (Concord Trailways) to Bangor, and Bar Harbor Shuttle from Bangor to COA.
Concord Trailways is an unusually hospitable, modern (and clean!) bus service that goes to Bangor, ME. Believe it not, they help you with your luggage, provide earphones for video, water, and pretzels! And the rates are reasonable! Upon arrival in Bangor, you can connect with the Bar Harbor-Bangor Airport Shuttle to Bar Harbor.
Once You’re Here
College of the Atlantic is located on Mt. Desert Island, steps from Acadia National Park. Keep in mind that you really don’t need a car in Bar Harbor. A free, frequent shuttle bus — the Island Explorer – goes to all towns on Mt. Desert Island and into Acadia National Park from early morning through to about 10:00 pm. There is an Island Explorer stop on campus.