CYM Camp Information

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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 29. 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 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 cannot be 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

Crane Youth Music has changed its private lesson policies and procedures for 2014. Recognizing the importance of the lesson experience, we will no longer assess additional fees for private lessons. Lessons are available on a first-come, first-served basis, contingent upon the availability of the instructors. Due to the packed daily schedule, CYM recommends one lesson for most campers or two lessons (one per week) for more experienced students. Advance registration for private lessons is no longer required. Arrangements should be made directly with studio teachers during camp, and NOT through the CLEAR office or Dr. Doyle. Please note that it is each camper's responsibility to approach instructors to arrange lessons; private lesson instructors will not schedule lessons unless requested to do so. The Private Lesson Authorization (included in the combined Camp Forms) MUST be signed in order for a camper to participate in private lessons.


Please note that campers are prohibited from traveling to camp alone, as they MUST be checked-in by a parent or authorized adult guardian on the first day.

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 School of Music 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 Knowles Hall lobby on Sunday, June 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. A mandatory orientation meeting for parents and resident campers is scheduled for 3:00 to 4:00 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 and orientation will begin at 5:00 p.m. in Wakefield Hall, C224. (Campers will gather in the Hosmer Hall lobby and be directed to Wakefield by CYM staff.) After orientation, parents and commuting campers may wish to purchase dinner in Lehman Dining Hall prior to the 6:30 p.m. auditions.

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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 19th). 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 paperwork by May 30. Campers under the age of 14 as of June 1, 2014 are required to complete the parental 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 who turn 14 prior to June 1, 2014 have the option to self check-out with parent/guardian consent. If you’d like to allow your child to check out alone at the conclusion of camp activities please complete the Camper Self Check-Out Authorization section of the combined Camp Forms document. If you wish to require an adult guardian to check your camper out each day please complete the parental Check-Out Authorization instead (see above).

**Please complete only one authorization! If both authorization sections are completed, the parental Check-Out Authorization will take precedence.**


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

A $50 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.

* An early bird discount of $100 will be applied to all accounts paid in full by May 1. Families registering two or more campers should contact CLEAR at (315) 267-2167 to inquire about sibling discounts.

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 4:15 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Mail a completed paper registration form with deposit to:
389 VHE, SUNY Potsdam
44 Pierrepont Avenue
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.