The Conductors Retreat at Medomak is situated on more than 100 acres of pine forests, herb gardens and blueberry fields, by the pristine shoreline and clear, cool waters of Washington Pond. There are kayaks and canoes, and docks for swimming. There are some large cabins, several smaller ones, the lodge, dining room, and a newly renovated barn, home to many of the score-study and conducting sessions. Housed in the lodge is the Conductors Retreat library, an area for wireless internet access, and a recreation room with Ping-Pong tables. There are areas to study and practice, places to review the day's work on DVD, and an area to work at the keyboard. There are tennis and basketball courts, shaded walking paths, and an outdoor chapel in the woods. The days can be warm and sunny or blanketed in Maine mist. The nights are sometimes cold and crisp. The dark surroundings are the perfect canvas for the unusually brilliant night sky. The nights are filled with the sounds and songs of crickets and loons, and the rhythmic lights of fireflies. The picturesque Maine coast is 30 minutes away.
In 1904, Frank Poland and Walter Bentley founded Medomak Farm Camp. In 1905, the name was changed to Medomak Camp. Generations of young men and women grew up with the Medomak philosophy: expand yourself; compete with your own abilities and standards. Set your own strategies and vigorously pursue your achievements, but always remember the other person.
- Find new perspectives and skills in score-study, invest time studying the music, learn important repertoire and gain deeper understanding.
- Discover new ways to free your body of tension and become more expressive.
- Advance your aural skills, score-reading, conducting technique and rehearsal skills.
- Gain podium experience conducting professional musicians.
- Experience a holistic, personal, individual approach to mentoring and teaching.
- Explore a wide spectrum of conducting issues, skills and perspectives.
- Develop constructive personal leadership attributes.
- Focus on the art and the craft of conducting, the music, the people, and service to the community.
- Find exciting new perspectives and ideas among new colleagues and experienced, inspiring faculty.
- Benefit from the physical space and time to be alone and contemplative.
- Live, learn, and work within a community committed to a philosophy of non-competitiveness.
- Reap rewards from the interconnection of personal growth with conducting growth.
- Live and learn in an environment where conductors at all stages can both benefit and contribute.
- Be assured that mentoring, teaching and learning are honored.
- Synthesize score-study, aural skills, movement and physical expression.
- Practice conducting that is specific, expressive, and resonant with who you are as an artist and individual.