Next Retreat:

June 27 - July 15, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:

How do you pronounce Medomak?

A:

muh-Dah-muc.  

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Q:

What is the best means of transportation to the Conductors Retreat at Medomak?  Do I need a car while I'm there?

A:

There are several good ways to get to Medomak.  Some people prefer to have the flexibility of having a car, but it's not necessary to have a car at Medomak. Lodging, meals, classes and rehearsals are on-site. The Retreat schedule includes two trips away from the Retreat. Typically, there are enough cars for carpooling for these trips, off campus errands, or trips to area attractions.

By Air: There are airports in Portland, Bangor and Rockland.  Usually, the best choice is the Portland airport, which is about 90 minutes drive from Medomak. Rockland is closer, but has the smallest airport with the fewest connections and most expensive flights. It's also possible to fly to Boston, Massachusetts and Manchester, New Hampshire, which are much farther away.  Prices for flights to Boston and Manchester are sometimes lower, but there is the added expense of ground transportation.

Ground Transportation from Portland airport: The Conductors Retreat at Medomak charters a bus from the Portland airport to Medomak on the first day of the Retreat and a return bus on the last Sunday morning. The Retreat is located in rural Washington, Maine, about 90 minutes driving from the Portland airport. Commercial airport transportation services are available, and must be arranged well in advance. It is not possible to take a taxi from the airport to Medomak. We recommend taking our charter bus from the Portland airport.

By Train and Bus: Portland is serviced by bus and AMTRAK.  Once you arrive in Portland, you will need to make your way to the airport to meet the charter bus to Medomak.

By Car:  There is free parking at Medomak.  Directions are available in the Location and Travel section of this site.

Carpooling: It's sometimes possible to arrange to ride with another participant.  We'll help facilitate contacts between drivers and riders.

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Q:

Are there pianos at Medomak?

A:

Yes.  There are several electric keyboards for study purposes, and there is one concert piano. 

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Q:

May I arrive late to the Retreat?  

A:

It is important to the success and effectiveness of the Retreat for everyone to arrive on time at the beginning of the Retreat.  We expect all participants to assure they will be at Medomak on time to register and move into the cabins before the first session on the first day.  

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Q:

May I leave the Retreat a day or two before the end?

A:

The culminating events of the Retreat are the final concert on Saturday afternoon and the concluding discussions that evening.  We expect all participants to stay with us at least through the end of the final meeting, which typically ends about 10:30 PM.  There's no work or meeting the last Sunday morning. Breakfast is served, the airport bus departs, and everyone leaves before 11:00 AM.

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Q:

May I leave for a few days in the middle of the Retreat?

A:

Participants who have left the Retreat for a day or two in the middle of the Retreat have consistently mentioned they wished they hadn't.  They thought, and we think, it isn't a great idea. It can also have an unwelcome impact on the rest of the participants in the group.  We understand there may be a very good reason, and possibly no other choice, so if you're considering leaving the Retreat for a time, please talk this over with us before making plans to take part in the Conductors Retreat.  

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Q:

Is there a place for me to practice my instrument at Medomak?

A:

Yes, there are places for you to practice.  If you live in a group cabin, we can arrange for space in one of our other buildings. Some of the private cabins allow for practice.

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Q:

Are there any scholarships, or is there any financial assistance?

A:

In 2010, for the first time, the Conductors Retreat at Medomak began offering a limited number of need-based partial scholarships.  As part of the application process, those who need financial assistance are asked to submit an additional essay.  The essay should present the case for financial support based on need. Though not a requirement, scholarship applicants may attach, or submit by mail, relevant documents that may be helpful to those who will make scholarship decisions. 

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Q:

What type of payments does the Conductors Retreat at Medomak accept?

A:

The Conductors Retreat at Medomak will gladly accept payment by money order, personal check, debit card or credit card. When paying by check, please make the check out to Conductors Retreat at Medomak, and send it to Conductors Retreat at Medomak, 2950 Newport Road, Ann Arbor,  MI 48103.

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