CYM Camp Information

CYM Handbook

All CYM campers receive a copy of the CYM Handbook after arrival at camp. CYM families are invited to download the Handbook when it becomes available; it contains information about classes, concerts, daily schedules, and more.

Important Contact Information (during camp)

The following information is provided for parents/guardians who need to contact Crane Youth Music during the two-week camp session:

CLEAR Office (M-F, 8:30am - 4 pm)
Phone: (315) 267-2167
Fax: (315) 267-3350

Camp Coordinator
Phone: TBD
E-mail: TBD

CYM Residential Office
(315) 267-2760

CYM Infirmary
(315) 267-7555

CYM Camper Mailing Address
[Camper's Name]
Crane Youth Music '16
Knowles Hall Room # ____
SUNY Potsdam
Potsdam, NY 13676

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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 26. All campers should be prepared to play or sing a short etude or solo 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 band and jazz ensemble auditions should include a short example of style and improvisation. All audition results are final and not subject to appeal or change.


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, and PIANO. Keyboard and percussion instruments are provided, and string bass and tuba instruments are available when requested in advance. Campers must bring all other instruments. We recommend that all students carry instrument insurance on privately owned instruments. CYM and SUNY Potsdam are not responsible for damage or loss. Please specify your instrument range when registering (for example, tenor sax or bass clarinet).

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Private Lessons

All registered CYM campers are eligible to take private lessons at an additional fee of $30 per half-hour.* Lessons are available on a first-come, first-served basis, contingent upon the availability of instructors, and must be paid for in advance by contacting CLEAR staff or via online registration.

Generally, there is a maximum of two 30-minute lessons per camper, although certain instruments are limited to one per camper. Lessons may be taken in areas of study other than the camper's Master Class selection. (For example, a camper interested in studying clarinet and voice might register for the Clarinet Master Class and supplement their experience by taking a voice lesson.)

Campers MUST have a signed Private Lesson Authorization on file in order to receive a private lesson with CYM faculty. Private Lesson Authorizations will be available at camper check-in on the first day of camp. Campers who have not yet registered for, but may consider adding, private lessons during camp are strongly encouraged to submit a Private Lesson Authorization at that time.

PLEASE NOTE: Since individual camper and faculty schedules vary, time slots for private lessons MUST be scheduled directly with studio teachers during camp. They cannot be scheduled through the CLEAR office or the Camp Director, Dr. Kirk-Doyle. It is each camper's responsibility to approach instructors to arrange lessons; private lesson instructors will not schedule lessons unless requested to do so.

*Piano campers are an exception. Piano campers receive lessons with faculty as part of their regular Master Class curriculum, and therefore should NOT register for additional private lessons unless they are in a different area of study.

Elective Classes

Crane Youth Music has updated its elective class procedures for 2016. All Crane Youth Music campers are required to register for one elective class at no additional charge. Electives are offered in the afternoons and provide additional study in various musical topics. In the past, elective offerings have included Alexander Technique, Conducting, Music of the Beatles, Music History, Music Business, Garage Band (composing software), Acting 101, Dance 101, Jazz Improv, and Rhythm Class, although annual offerings may change based on enrollment and faculty availability.

Registration for elective classes will not become available until the spring of 2016 (pending faculty commitment). Campers will receive an email from CLEAR staff with links to access elective descriptions, pre-requisites (if applicable), and online elective registration a few weeks prior to the camp start date. Please note that electives are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Route information is available for those driving to Potsdam, while maps of the Potsdam village and SUNY Potsdam campus are available online. In addition, local information about lodging, food, and rental car and taxi services is available for Potsdam and the nearby towns of Canton, Ogdensburg, and Massena.

Commercial bus service is available to Potsdam via Greyhound and Trailways. Upon request, CYM will provide transportation of campers (only!) from the bus station to campus. Requests must be submitted in writing well in advance of camper arrival.

Amtrak train service is also available for part of the trip. Trains from Montreal, QC and Albany, NY deboard in Westport and are transported to Lake Placid via shuttle bus. In Lake Placid, travelers can purchase Trailways bus tickets for the final leg of travel to Potsdam.

CYM often receives inquiries about airline services. Some camp families opt to fly into the Syracuse International Airport, located approximately two and a half hours from Potsdam. Rental car services or Greyhound bus service are available for the final leg of travel. Others have chosen the Ottawa International Airport in Ontario, Canada. This airport is just over an hour from Potsdam, and rental car services are available, however, families will need to consider international travel regulations for border crossings.

Cape Air provides direct airline service from Boston and Albany to the nearby towns of Ogdensburg and Massena. CYM families should be aware, however, that these airports are located approximately 30 miles from Potsdam and do not offer rental car services. Those opting to travel via Cape Air should plan on utilizing local taxi services at an estimated cost of $50 per one-way trip between the airport and campus.

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Housing and Meals

CYM campers live in double rooms* in the SUNY Potsdam residence halls and eat in a central dining room. Occasionally, triple rooms may be used as circumstances warrant.* A full-time residence hall director and counseling staff, many of whom are current Crane 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.

Check-In Information

First-day check-in for resident CYM campers will take place in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) lobby on Sunday, June 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A mandatory orientation meeting for parents and resident campers is scheduled from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in Hosmer Hall. Parents of residential campers are expected to chaperone their children until the close of the orientation meeting, and should plan accordingly.

Commuter camper check-in will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Hosmer Hall lobby, with their orientation meeting immediately following at 3:00 p.m. in Wakefield Hall, C224. (Campers will gather in the Hosmer Hall lobby and be directed to Wakefield by CYM staff.) Placement auditions will begin at 3:30 p.m., with commuter campers auditioning first.

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Medical Services

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. Physical exams are not required for admittance to CYM, however, health forms are mandatory for all campers and must be submitted to the CYM office no later than 10 days prior to the start of camp (June 16th). All camper medications, both prescription and over-the-counter (OTC), must be turned in to the medical staff upon arrival at camp.

Check-Out Procedures

All campers are required to submit Check-Out Authorization paperwork prior to the start of camp check-in. All campers are required to complete the Check-Out Authorization section of the combined Camp Forms document. Only family members and/or guardians who are listed on the form will be able to pick up their camper throughout the duration of the camp and at final check-out. Campers will not be released to anyone who is not on the Check-Out Authorization, and camp staff will be checking parent/guardian IDs at pick-up.
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Campers older than 14 prior to June 1, 2016 have the option to self check-out with parent/guardian consent. If you would like to allow your child to check out alone at the conclusion of camp activities please complete the Self Check-Out Authorization section of the combined Camp Forms in addition to the regular Check-Out Authorization. (Please note that self check-out only applies to the final camp check-out). If you wish to require an adult guardian to check your camper out please leave the Self Check-Out Authorization information blank.


Resident Camper: $1275*
Commuter Camper: $975*

Private Lessons: $30 per 1/2-hour lesson (maximum 2 per camper)

A $100 non-refundable deposit is due with registration. All fees must be paid in full no later than May 30. Full refund, minus the deposit, may be issued up to May 30 at the discretion of the Overnight Camp Director. For a complete description of our refund policy, please visit our FAQ.

Three Ways to Register

Online registration is available when you visit the CYM camp listing. You will receive confirmation via e-mail.

Call (315) 267-2167 and register via telephone between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Mail a completed paper registration form with deposit to:
44 Pierrepont Avenue
204 Raymond Hall
Potsdam, NY 13676
**International families registering by mail are asked to submit money orders payable in U.S. funds. Payments should be remitted to SUNY Potsdam.

Online or telephone payments will be processed via credit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.