For Students and Parents
ARRIVAL DAYS: JUNE 22-23
Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 6:00 p.m. at the Main House.
Students and families arriving on campus will be encouraged to wear a mask. Upon arrival, students will be given a rapid COVID-19 test by the nurse. With a negative result, students will proceed to the Office for housing assignment and class schedule information.
The dining room will be open for dinner starting Saturday evening, June 22. All students are required to attend the orientation meeting in the Concert Hall on Sunday, June 23, at 7:30 p.m. Classes begin on Monday, June 24.
Students who travel via public transportation can be picked up at the local ferry terminal (Essex, NY) or the local Amtrack station (Westport, 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.
A phone number for Meadowmount staff will be provided to families before the start of the summer session. Students should use this number to communicate with Meadowmount staff when they arrive at the ferry dock/train station, or in the event of travel delays.
Arrivals after opening day are subject to the Artistic Director’s approval.
DEPARTURE DAYS: AUGUST 9-10
Students must check out in the office and complete the Check-Out Form no later than 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 12. Lunch is the last meal served on Saturday. Early departures are subject to the Artistic Director’s approval. Departure is from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, August 11 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 12.
STUDENTS ARRIVING BY CAR
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
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
Driving Directions 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 Westport, NY (WSP) and Burlington, VT (BTN). If arriving in Westport, NY, students will be picked up at the train station by Meadowmount staff. If arriving in Burlington, NY, students must take a taxi to the ferry terminal in Charlotte, VT and the ferry to Essex, NY.
Amtrak trains travel from New York, NY and Montreal, Canada. Find more ticket information on the Amtrak website (www.amtrak.com).
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. Students must arrange their own transportation to the ferry from the airport. Meadowmount staff will not be at the airport to assist with transportation, but will be reachable by phone. We will make every effort to connect students in the weeks before arrival, so they can arrange a shared ride with other students if they wish. Ferries (www.ferries.com) depart from Vermont every hour from 6 – 9 a.m., every half hour from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and again every hour from 6 – 8 p.m. Crossing time is about half an hour and the fare is $5.25 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 6:30 p.m. if arriving on Saturday. The last ferry departs Charlotte, VT, at 8 p.m. If you do not have time to make the last ferry, you will have to book a hotel room in Burlington, VT, and take a ferry the following day. There are no hotel accommodations near the ferry in Charlotte, VT. If arriving on Sunday, please plan to book a flight that lands before 3:30 p.m., in order to arrive in time for orientation.
On your return trip home, you must schedule your departing flight after 10:30 a.m. The first ferry to Vermont does not allow enough time to arrive at the airport for an earlier flight.
For 80 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, counselors are available nearby, checking in to ensure proper 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. 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, and soccer. 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 most weekends. They include hiking, shopping excursions, and sightseeing trips. The majority of these trips are cost-free. These are typically small trips, and cannot accommodate the entire campus. We do our best to ensure that each student is able to go on at least one field trip during the summer, but we do not guarantee a spot for each student on each trip. Some activities have a fee. Trips to local Elizabethtown and Westport may occasionally be offered during the week, but should not be expected.
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 has a zero tolerance policy for possession and consumption of alcohol or drugs of any kind on campus. This includes marijuana, which, while recreationally legal in New York State, is not allowed on Meadowmount’s campus. Possession or use of alcohol or drugs by a student of any age on campus will result in immediate expulsion. Students under the age of 21 are also prohibited from consuming alcohol or marijuana off campus.
For students under age 18, it is strictly prohibited to be in possession of over-the-counter and/or prescription drugs. The New York Department of Health has very strict rules about this, and all of these medications will need to be turned in to our campus nurse upon arrival. Please see the Health Info section below for more detail.
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 two other electronic devices (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 three electronic devices which you can bring to Meadowmount. 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, and 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 and use the, in the Main House between the hours of 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily and 7:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on non-concert nights. On concert evenings, there will be no evening device time. Dates and times are subject to change.
During weekends, minor aged students can use their devices on Saturdays from 2:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sundays from 10:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 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 from 10 p.m. to 7:15 a.m. All vehicles must be registered with the office. Students are not allowed to walk on County Route 10, which 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 and older:
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 who have been assigned and stay in their shared rooms will be given a $500 credit on tuition upon completion of the summer. 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. Please keep in mind, we cannot provide use of practice rooms to off campus students at any time. Please ensure that you have a practice space in your off-campus residence. 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. However, off-campus students and their parents are provided an option to purchase a meal plan for $750 per person for the entire summer. There is no option to purchase individual meals. 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 can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Items to Consider Bringing:
- Scale and Etude books
- Performance pieces and piano parts for the accompanists
- Metronome, tuner, and recording device (Students under 18 cannot use phones during practice)
- Extra sets of strings
- Music stand
- Pencils and tape
- Rain gear
- Alarm clock and flashlight
- Fan (limited number available)
- Body Insect repellent
- Plastic drinking cup or mug and/or water bottle
- 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: tennis racket, swimsuit, beach towel, and soccer gear (we supply soccer balls, table tennis paddles, basketballs, badminton rackets, tennis 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 $450 in cash for spending money. There is no ATM on campus, and Meadowmount is no longer able to cash checks for students. For heightened security, students may deposit cash and other valuables (passports, tickets, documents, etc.) in the office safe, accessible during office hours.
Town trips may be 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.
These Items are Not Permitted:
Meadowmount has clean, rustic accommodations that cannot handle the electrical load required by many appliances and electronics. 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
- Cooking equipment
- Coffee makers
- Water boilers
- Rice cookers
- Candles, matches, fireworks, incense
- Weapons of any kind (pocket knives, guns)
- Desktop computers
- 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 be vaccinated against COVID-19, and supply proof thereof.
2024 COVID-19 Policy
Meadowmount reserves the right to change our Covid-19 Policy at any time, in coordination with the NY Department of Health, the WHO, and the CDC. Students are strongly encouraged to follow CDC Hand Hygiene guidelines, particularly using hand sanitizers and following the 5-step hand washing technique. Students who don’t feel well should wear a mask and alert the health team immediately.
Testing will be at the discretion of Meadowmount leadership, and will be dependent on any outbreaks that occur and guidance from the New York Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization.
Masking will be optional throughout the summer. In the case of an outbreak on campus, a mandatory mask requirement may be put in place at the discretion of Meadowmount leadership.
Any time masking is required, it will be strictly enforced. Masking may be required at any point during the summer, based on the guidance of Essex County Department of Health, New York State Department of Health, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and the decisions of the Artistic and Camp Directors.
Vaccinations against COVID-19 are required. Students will be asked to show proof they have received a full dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Boosters are not required. Exemptions to this requirement will be considered on the grounds of a sincerely held religious belief, observance, or practice, or a qualifying medical reason. If a student believes they fit this criteria and would like an exemption from Meadowmount’s COVID-19 vaccination policy, they should contact the Meadowmount office at email@example.com.
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.
A positive test for COVID-19 or the reporting of COVID-19 related symptoms will result in a required five (5) day isolation period. The date of the positive test/reported symptoms is considered day one (1).
Students living on campus will isolate themselves in their room, and meals will be brought to them. In addition to check-ins when meals are dropped off, students will be checked on two (2) or more times each day during isolation. Students in double rooms and those who need to be monitored will be moved to the infirmary.
We will make every effort to designate a bathroom for those who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms.
Students will be released from isolation at the five (5) day mark if they have been fever free for 24 hours without medication, and are symptom free. After isolation, students will be required to wear a mask for five (5) days and can return to their normal daily schedule.
These policies are subject to change at any time.
Meadowmount’s full 2023 COVID-19 Policy is available to enrolled students in our handbook. Contact the Meadowmount office at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (518) 962-2400 with any questions or concerns.
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 is available in the enrollment medical forms.
Meadowmount accepts: M-1 Visa and current status F-1 Visa from other U.S. Institutions
Admitted International Students will be sent the I-20 Certificate. Your Letter of Invitation is your Meadowmount acceptance email.
After receipt of your I-20, you will need to pay the SEVIS Fee online for your M-1 visa, and 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 will need the I-20 and Letter of Invitation to present at the border along with other information that is required. (see below).
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The climate in the Adirondacks 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 climate to another. We strongly advise students to get bows rehaired for high humidity 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.
Meadowmount partnered with three exceptional luthiers for the summer 2023 season. We will announce our repair structure for 2024 prior to camp opening.
Students aged 17 and younger 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 10 p.m. curfew.
Students under age 18 are not allowed to leave campus without parental, administrative, 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 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, badminton, books to read, board games, table tennis, pool table, movie nights, TV, and Wi-Fi (in the Main House). Local shopping trips may be provided throughout the week with more adventurous trips for hiking and sightseeing are 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 merch from the office.
It is suggested that they bring about $450 in cash or checks for spending money. There is no ATM on campus, and Meadowmount is no longer able to cash checks for students. Students may “bank” their money, passports, tickets, or other items of value in the office for safekeeping.
Meadowmount typically presents three concerts on campus every week, which are open to the public. Please let the office know if you plan to attend a concert so we may reserve your complimentary admission.
Family and friends may visit on weekends between the hours of 12:30 and 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Sunday. While on campus, guests may be asked to wear a mask.
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 12:30 p.m. Saturday, but must return and check-in with their counselor by 4 p.m. Sunday in order to attend the mandatory 5 p.m. concert on Sunday evening. See “Taking a Student Off Campus” below for more details.
TAKING A STUDENT OFF CAMPUS (Minor)
Students aged 17 and under 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.
Please call the Meadowmount office at (518) 962-2400 or email email@example.com with any questions.
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 or the nurse’s hotline. Phone numbers will be shared with students prior to the summer program. 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 12 p.m. Saturday and 10 p.m. 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.
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 Yacht Club (518) 962-8777
Mountain Dog Restaurant & Pub (716) 923-3314
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 more. Campus is an hour’s travel via car (and ferry) to Burlington, Vermont; 45 minutes to Lake Placid; and 90 minutes to Montreal, Canada.