For Students and Parents
ARRIVAL DAYS: JUNE 24-25
Check-in begins at 9:00am and closes at 6:00pm at the Main House.
Upon arrival, students will be given a COVID test by the nurse. With a negative result, proceed to the Office for housing assignment and class schedule information.
The dining room will be open for dinner starting Saturday evening. All students are required to attend the orientation meeting in the Concert Hall on Sunday, June 25, at 7:30pm. Classes begin on Monday.
Students who travel via public transportation can be picked up at the local ferry terminal (Essex, NY). We will be in touch with enrolled students to coordinate travel to & from campus. We are unable to meet students at airports or other locations.
Arrivals after opening day are subject to the Artistic Director’s approval.
DEPARTURE DAYS: AUGUST 11-12
Students must check out in the office and complete the Check-Out Form no later than 1:00pm on Saturday, August 12. Lunch is the last meal served. Early departures are subject to the Artistic Director’s approval. Departure is from 9am – 7pm Friday, August 11th and 9am – 3pm Saturday, August 12th.
STUDENTS ARRIVING BY CAR
Meadowmount is 275 miles north of NYC, 130 miles north of Albany and 100 miles south of Montreal on New York Interstate I-87. We are 60 miles South of the Canadian Border.
Approximate driving times to Meadowmount:
From NYC – 5 hours North
From Albany, NY – 2 hours North
From Boston, MA – 5 hours West
From Burlington, VT – 1-1/2 hours Southwest
From Montreal, Canada – 1-1/2 hours South
Meadowmount is 275 miles north of New York City, 130 miles north of Albany and 100 miles south of Montreal on Interstate I-87.
Address: 1424 County Route 10, Westport, NY 12993
From Interstate I-87:
Take Exit 32 and exit West toward Lewis.
In 700 yards, turn left at truck stop (Redmond Road) and continue 1 mile to the stop sign (County Route 10).
Turn left and immediately bear right.
The Concert Hall is the first driveway on the right and the Main House is the second driveway on right.
STUDENTS ARRIVING BY TRAIN
Amtrak train service is available to Burlington, VT from where you can take a taxi to the ferry terminal in Charlotte, VT and the ferry to Essex, NY. There is currently no train service to the Adirondacks.
STUDENTS ARRIVING BY AIR
Students arriving by air should fly into the Burlington, Vermont Airport (BTV). Upon arrival, students take a taxi or car service to the Charlotte, VT ferry landing, where they can purchase tickets and take the ferry across Lake Champlain to Essex, NY. Ferries (www.ferries.com) depart every half hour. Crossing time is about half an hour and the fare is $5.00 for a walk on. Students will be picked-up at the Essex, NY ferry landing, about a half-hour drive from campus.
It is very important that you schedule your arrival into the Burlington airport before 7:00pm. The last ferry departs Charlotte, VT, at 8:30pm. If you do not have time to make the last ferry, you will have to book a hotel room in Burlington, VT. There are no hotel accommodations near the ferry in Charlotte, VT.
On your return trip home, you must schedule your departing flight after 9:00am. The first ferry to Vermont does not allow enough time to arrive at the airport for an earlier flight.
For 79 years, Meadowmount has offered a unique environment for the study of music performance. Our students come from all over the world, making music the common language.
Meadowmount accepts 180 students, ages 13 to 30, to live on campus. Students are housed according to age and gender in cabins, houses and dormitories on our 245 acre campus. Minors (ages 13-17) are chaperoned by live-in counselors at a ratio of 1 counselor to 10 students. Resident Assistants oversee the adult housing.
Students practice in their private rooms and observe a ten-minute break each hour for four hours in the morning and one full hour prior to dinner. For students under age 18, practice monitors are available to help increase productivity and to help with time management. A high degree of social maturity and professionalism is expected of each student. A strong willingness to work together, respect for the feelings of others and the motivation to practice 5 hours per day are necessary to achieve maximum results.
Learn about the student experience from former Meadowmount students on the My Meadowmount Story page.
Concerts, chamber music coaching, chamber music rehearsals, weekly studio classes, guest artist master classes, rehearsals with accompanists and special events are in the scheduled afternoons and evenings. Private lessons are scheduled in the morning and afternoon. Each faculty member holds weekly master classes that are open to all students regardless of instrument studied. Practice Saturday afternoon and Sunday is optional. For more information about program content visit Our Program section.
The campus has a 500 seat concert hall, a 70 seat performance space and chamber music rehearsal cabins. The dining room, snack bar, student common area, music library, mailboxes, office and infirmary are all located in the Main House.
Three homemade meals are provided each day including vegetarian/vegan options. An afternoon snack is available. Bottled spring water dispensers are available in each dorm and in the dining room. Our kitchen staff is notified of food allergies and the food is labeled if these ingredients are present. Please note that due to the large volume of food preparation, the kitchen is unable to prepare special foods for individual dietary needs.
On-campus recreation includes table tennis, badminton, basketball, soccer and a tennis court. The Sally Thomas Recreation Center hosts indoor table tennis, pool table, board games and card game areas. The Common Room in the Main House has books, board games, card games, puzzles, and Wi-Fi.
Off-campus recreational activities are offered afternoons and weekends. They include hiking, shopping excursions, and sightseeing trips. Some activities have a fee.
LIFE AT MEADOWMOUNT
To foster a safe and healthy environment for the Meadowmount community, students are required to abide by the published rules governing behavior and conduct. A copy of the School Rules is sent to each student upon acceptance and provided upon arrival. Rules are posted in each dormitory, each bedroom and in the common areas. A high degree of social maturity and professionalism is expected of each student. A strong willingness to work together, respect for the feelings of others and the motivation to practice 5 hours per day are necessary to achieve maximum results.
Meadowmount is a drug-free, alcohol-free, and weapon-free campus. The campus is generally smoke-free including all indoor spaces. Smoking is only permitted by the picnic table behind the barn adjacent to Rose Performance Space, and only for those 21 years of age or older, and tobacco only. Students found in violation may be fined and/or dismissed. The proper authorities will be contacted as required by law.
Meadowmount reserves the right to dismiss any student who is in violation of Meadowmount policy, Rules of Conduct, New York State law, Federal law, or Department of Health Regulations. Students can also be dismissed for presenting false information or withholding information in their application materials, recordings and medical documents. There will be no refunds given to dismissed students.
CELL PHONE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES POLICY
FOR STUDENTS UNDER AGE 18:
Cell phone and electronic device use by students under the age of 18 is limited so as not to interfere with studies, practice, sleep and campus life.
Minor students may bring one phone and one other electronic device (reader, tablet or laptop). Do not bring a Smart Watch. Extra or unnecessary devices will be sent home at the family’s expense.
All electronic devices must be registered with the office and turned in upon arrival. Students sign their devices in and out during set times for use ONLY in the Main House, with one exception: tablets may be used (with network disabled) during morning and afternoon practice sessions for recording purposes. Note that a tablet is considered one of two electronic devices which you can bring to Meadowmount, in addition to a cell phone. Activities during practice hours will be monitored closely and anyone found to be misusing devices will lose these privileges.
Electronic devices are not allowed elsewhere on campus. This includes – in the dormitories, concert halls, walking around campus or during master class events. Students found in violation of any of these rules will be warned only once, placed on probation and have no device usage. Students found with devices not registered in the office or having devices in their dormitories will be expelled.
Counselors wake the minor students in the morning so it is not necessary to use the phone as a morning alarm. Minors should bring a basic wristwatch or alarm clock, a metronome, a tuner, and recording device for practice hours.
Students can pick up their devices at the office between the hours of 2:00pm to 4:30pm daily and 7:45pm to 9:30pm on non-concert nights and use them only in the Main House. On concert evenings there will be no evening use. Dates and times are subject to change.
During weekends minor aged students can use their devices on Saturday 2:00pm to 9:30pm and Sunday from 10:15am to 5:00pm. Dates and times are subject to change.
Students aged 18 and older may leave the campus at any time. Certain restrictions apply to late evening departures and returns. Quiet Hours are to be strictly observed (10pm to 7:15am). All vehicles must be registered with the office. Students are not allowed to walk on County Route 10 that runs through the campus. Violation is grounds for dismissal.
Students under age 18 are not allowed to leave campus without parental, faculty or counselor supervision. This includes walking on County Route 10.
Students under age 18 may leave campus with an adult visitor authorized by a parent only if there is a Visitor Release Form signed by the parent, naming the adult, date and time of visitation on file in the Admissions Office. Visiting adults must register in the office prior to leaving campus with the student. The proper documentation must be signed before release.
For students aged 13 to 30
Students are housed according to age and gender. They live and practice in rustic private rooms in dormitories. Students aged 13 to 17 have the services of a counseling staff that oversees daily life and helps with personal concerns. For those 18 and over, we provide more independent accommodations with resident assistants available as needed. Double rooms are awarded by request, upon availability. Students in shared rooms will be given a $500 credit on tuition. There are no guarantees you will receive a double room as there are only a few. Each room has a regular-sized twin bed, pillow, hangers, dresser, desk or table and a chair. To see where housing is located, view the Campus Map below.
For students age 12 and under, or older students wishing to live off-campus.
Students may also choose to live off-campus. It is necessary to have a car due to the lack of public transportation in the area. Practice is completed at your place of residence and not on campus. Due to each student’s unique schedule, it may not be necessary to be on campus every day. Off-campus students are responsible for their own meals and may not eat in or enter the Meadowmount dining room during meal times. Student housing is off-limits. All common areas are available for use.
Students under 13 are admitted only as an off-campus student, living with a parent or guardian in nearby rental housing. The parent supervises their child’s daily practice sessions in their rental. When on campus, minors must be chaperoned by a parent or guardian at all times. Students come to campus for lessons, chamber music coaching (if assigned), rehearsals, concerts, special events, and master classes.
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Consider the extremes of Adirondack Mountain summer weather (35-100°F) when selecting items to bring. We experience hot, sunny days and cold, wet, rainy days too. Casual clothes are worn except for concerts, which require students to wear suits/sport coats or dresses/dressy pants. Students must supply their own regular, twin-size bed sheets, pillowcases, blankets, and towels. An extra set of sheets is recommended as laundry’s turnaround is 24 hours. A pillow is provided. For international students there are a limited number of sheets, blankets, towels, and music stands available. Requests: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the above and the clothes you choose to bring, the following items will be useful:
Scale and Etude books
Performance pieces and piano parts for the accompanists
Metronome, tuner, and recording device (Students under 18 cannot use phone during practice)
Extra sets of strings
Pencils and tape
Alarm clock and flashlight
Fan (limited number available for rent)
Body Insect repellent
Plastic drinking cup or mug (available for purchase in the office)
Toiletries & shower caddy
Small reading light
Extra pair of glasses or contacts
Electrical power strip (NO extension cords)
Music, strings, and accessories can be purchased on campus at the school music store. A luthier picks up/delivers instruments/bows for repair/rehair weekly. See Instrument Repair below. Before arrival, have your bow rehaired short due to the very high humidity.
Optional sports equipment to bring: tennis racket, swimsuit, beach towel, and soccer gear. We supply soccer balls, table tennis paddles, basketballs, badminton rackets, and frisbees.
Hiking gear: sturdy hiking boots, (required for mountain hikes), wool socks, daypack, water bottle, hat, jacket.
If you plan to keep snacks in your dorm room it is required that all food be kept in glass, metal, or hard plastic containers to repel pests.
It is suggested that you bring at least $300 in cash, checks, or travelers checks for spending money. There is no ATM on campus. The office will cash personal checks made out to Meadowmount for students. For heightened security, students may deposit cash and other valuables (passports, tickets, documents, etc) in the office safe, accessible during office hours.
Weekly town trips are available for shopping needs. An ATM is available in town.
ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND CELL PHONE AVAILABILITY
Verizon offers the only reliable mobile service available on campus. There are a few campus phones available for student use. Wireless Internet service is available in the Main House during open hours, except during meals and cafeteria cleanup time.
Cell phone use for students under the age of 18 is limited so as not to interfere with studies, practice, sleep and campus life. Please see our CELL PHONE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES POLICY. Our policy is strictly enforced and students found in violation are subject to expulsion.
WHAT NOT TO BRING
Meadowmount has clean, rustic accommodations that cannot handle the electrical load required by many appliances and electronic gadgets. Extension cords are not allowed. One surge protector/power strip is permitted. The following items will be confiscated and returned at the time of departure.
Air Conditioners / Dehumidifiers
Candles, matches, fireworks, incense
Weapons of any kind (pocket knives, guns)
Gym Equipment such as bar bells or treadmills (small hand weights allowed)
Unregistered medication, supplements
Clothing needing to be hand washed, air-dried, or dry cleaned
LUGGAGE & PARCEL SHIPPING ADDRESS
Luggage and parcel deliveries will be accepted from one week prior to the program start date through its end, addressed as follows:
Meadowmount School of Music
1424 County Route 10
Westport, NY 12993
Meadowmount School of Music is required to obtain a permit to operate from the New York State Department of Health, must follow their regulations, and is subject to their inspections.
All students, faculty and staff must have up-to-date COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters, and supply proof thereof.
COVID PROTOCOLS 2023
Upon arrival, and weekly, students may be given a COVID-19 test. Apparent COVID-19 symptoms, including cough, fever, shortness of breath, congestion, malaise, will be treated as infection, to positive COVID-19 test, with 5 days of isolation.
In the event of a positive test or apparent symptoms, that student will isolate themselves in their room for five days. During isolation, students receive meals in their room and have access to their electronic devices, via which they can participate virtually in lessons, classes, and concerts. After 5 days, if fever-free for at least 24 hours and any symptoms are improving, they are free from isolation to participate around campus, but must mask for 5 days further.
Masking may be required at times; students must follow any masking requirements announced at any time. Be prepared: bring a supply of N95/KN95 masks.
Faculty Members are authorized to set masking requirements for their studios, lessons, and coaching.
Students are strongly encouraged to follow CDC Hand Hygiene guidelines, particularly using hand sanitizers available throughout campus 5-step hand washing technique. If you don’t feel well, wear a mask and see the Nurse immediately.
No on-campus or off-campus student will be registered without a fully completed health form and proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Withholding or not disclosing accurate medical/health information will result in dismissal with no refund of any fees paid.
In compliance with the New York State Department of Health regulations, prescription and non-prescription medication of any kind may NOT be kept in the dormitories of students under the age of 18. This includes vitamins, nutritional supplements, OTC pain relievers, sleeping aids, topical lotions, cough drops, etc. This policy is strictly enforced and non-compliance will result in dismissal with no refund of any fees paid.
If a parent needs to send medication to a minor, it must be mailed directly to our nurse. Be sure to label the package to the nurse’s attention and enclose the student’s name in the contents.
More information will be available in enrollment medical forms.
Meadowmount accepts: M-1 Visa and current status F-1 Visa from other USA Institutions
Admitted International Students will be sent the I-20 Certificate and a Letter of Invitation
After receipt of your I-20, call the American Consulate to make an appointment to apply for your visa.
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Canadian Students do not need a Visa. You do need the I-20 and letter of Invitation to present at the border along with other information that is required. (see below). You will need to pay the SEVIS Fee online for your M-1 visa.
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Meadowmount Luthier: Vermont Violins Repairs & Supplies
Vermont Violins has served the students at the Meadowmount School of Music for over a decade with repair services and strings, accessories, instruments, bows, cases and sheet music. They offer all levels of repairs for both instruments and bows, using the finest materials and keeping prices competitive with on-line catalogs. Owner/President Oren Kronick and team do excellent work and provide great service.
Adirondacks climate is highly variable. Summer weather here ranges from cool and very wet to hot and sunny. Bowhair is extremely sensitive to humidity changes and will stretch or tighten dramatically as it moves from one clime to another. We strongly advise students to get bows rehaired for high humidity just prior to your arrival. Bowhairs behave differently to the environment, and on occasion need to be redone within a few days of arrival to the Adirondacks.
Vermont Violins provides loaner bows and instruments to keep students playing while theirs are in the shop for rehairs and repairs, as inventory allows.
Vermont Violins picks-up from Meadowmount Tuesdays 8-9am and returns Wednesdays or Thursdays.
For minors, Vermont Violins needs parental authorization for repairs. Since minors have limited access to their phones/devices at Meadowmount, it is recommended that a parent set up the repair pickup online, in coordination with their student.
Meadowmount students get 10% MM2023 discounts on supplies (strings, rosin, etc.) from Vermont Violins for delivery.
Minors aged 13 to 17 have live-in counselors who wake them in the morning for breakfast, monitor their required practice time, chaperone them throughout the day and check them back into the dorms at 10pm curfew.
Students under age 18 are not allowed to leave campus without parental, faculty or counselor supervision. Students may leave campus with an adult visitor authorized by a parent, only if there is a Visitor Permission Form signed by the parent, naming the adult, date and time of visitation on file in the Admissions Office. Visiting adults must register in the office prior to leaving campus with the student. The proper documentation must be signed before release.
PRACTICE AND RECREATION
Students practice 5 hours a day Monday through Friday and 4 hours on Saturday. There is plenty of time for recreation in the afternoons and evenings. We offer a soccer field, indoor recreation center, tennis court, badminton, books to read, board games, table tennis, pool table, movie night, TV and Wi-Fi in the Main House. Local shopping trips are provided throughout the week with more adventurous trips for hiking and sightseeing offered on the weekends. Additional fees may apply.
We understand that students may have special needs when away from home.. Our staff is trained to offer immediate assistance when required. Helping students with musical questions, social issues or taking them to the nurse when not feeling well is all part of our care and concern for each student. Parents are notified when there are health concerns or disruptive behavior. Usually a talk with a parent will help the student refocus to be on track with their musical studies. A high degree of social maturity and professionalism is expected of each student. A strong willingness to work together, respect for the feelings of others and the motivation to practice 5 hours per day are necessary to achieve maximum results.
Your student may want to have money on hand to purchase a snack from our snack bar or a t-shirt, hoody or water bottle from the office.
It is suggested that they bring about $300 in cash or checks for spending money. There is no ATM on campus but there are some in town. The office will cash personal checks made out to Meadowmount for the students. Students may “bank” their money, passports, tickets, or other items of value in the office for safekeeping.
Meadowmount presents three concerts on campus every week which you are welcome to attend as our guest. Please let the office know if you plan to attend a concert so we may reserve your complimentary admission.
Parents, family and friends may visit on weekends between the hours of: 12:30pm-10:00pm Saturday and 7:30am to 10:00pm Sunday. All visitors to campus must be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 and may be asked for proof of vaccination. It is strongly encouraged that you wear a mask while visiting anywhere indoors at Meadowmount.
Due to Covid we are trying to limit family and friend visitations. Parents and authorized adults are able to sign students under age 18 out in the office before leaving campus on weekends only. They may leave campus after 12:30pm Saturday but must return and check-in with their counselor by 4pm Sunday in order to attend the mandatory 5pm concert Sunday evening. (See “Taking a Student Off Campus” below.)
TAKING A STUDENT OFF CAMPUS (Minor)
Students aged 13 to 17 must sign out in the office before leaving campus. Students must have a signed Visitor Permission Form on file in the office to depart with anyone other than their parent. Visitors must show identification and be listed on the Visitor Release Form or the student may not depart our campus. These precautions are in place to ensure the safety of all our young students.
If you cannot reach your child directly contact Administration:
Business hours are Mon-Fri 9:00 am to 6:00 pm EDT (518) 962-2400.
After these hours and on weekends, EMERGENCY CALLS ONLY PLEASE, to the Camp Director (# TBA). Please do not call to relay messages to your child that are not urgent.
For students who do not have access to a cell phone, they may use the Office or Infirmary landline, or Counselor mobile phones in case of emergency.
You may send letters or packages to students via USPS, FedEx, UPS, or another courier. Label letters or packages as follows:
Meadowmount School of Music
1424 County Route 10
Westport, New York USA 12993
Parents and visitors are invited to visit only on weekends between 12pm Saturday and 10pm Sunday. The following hotels/B&B’s are located within ten miles of campus. For reservations, contact them several weeks in advance of your visit.
Barber Homestead Park (518) 962-8989
DaCy Meadow Farm (518) 962-8339
Hilltop Motel (518) 962-4401
The Inn In Westport (518) 335-1966
Westport Lakeside Motel (518) 962-4501
Westport Hotel (518) 962-4001
Magic Pines Camp Grounds (518) 873 2288
Websites with several local listings
DaCy Meadow Farm (518) 962-2350
Galley Restaurant at Westport Marina (518) 962-4899
The Inn In Westport (518) 335-1933
Jambs Coffee Shop (518) 637-8921
Westport Hotel & Tavern (518) 962-4001
Westport Yatch Club (518) 962-8777
Denton’s Bear Necessities (518) 873-1101
Dogwood Bakery (518) 962-2280
Turtle Island Café (518) 963-7417
The Adirondack Region offers hiking, swimming, sightseeing, music, plays, museums, shopping, golfing, bicycling and relaxation. Campus is an hour’s travel via car (and ferry) to Burlington, Vermont; 45 minutes to Lake Placid; and 90 minutes to Montreal, Canada.