Each program area at YMA is a full course and has its own schedule and curriculum. Each student signs up for one program area per session. YMA students take classes in that program area for the duration of the session, during which they build close friendships with the staff and students in that area, but they also get to know the rest of the camp students and staff through assigned seating at meals, during free time before and after dinner, and in their connections and elective classes.

Another great feature about YMA is the collaboration element that the YMA faculty implements so well, through which students get a chance to see their peers in the other classes. On any given day during first session, you may see the choir rehearsing a piece with the orchestra, or a piano student accompanying a friend who is performing a cello solo in an evening talent recital. Second session, you may see creative writing students watching dancers at a dance rehearsal, writing about what they observe, or the photography students out taking photos of theatre classes, visual arts projects, or dancers. The visual arts and creative writing students work together with the photography class to create and publish a ‘zine by the end of the session.

If you are considering YMA for yourself or your child, please check out the programs offered to see what looks like the best fit:

If you have any questions about the classes, teachers, or what daily life is like at camp, we would be happy to tell you more. Contact Galen Cohen, the YMA Director of Student Life, at, or call (503) 880-3817.

“I hope the spirit and enthusiasm never changes at YMA! These two weeks have been two weeks I will never forget for the rest of my life.”

– Session 2 Theatre student


“I was happy with my classroom work because I learned so many new things that I can bring back to my own choir so that other people can learn what I learned.”

– Choir student


“YMA is the best place on earth. I learn so much here and it is amazing to be around so many musicians that are just as enthusiastic about music as I am.”

– Instrumental Music student



“Thank you for the opportunity to work with such creative and inspiring youngsters. And thanks for letting me be a part of this excellent and committed faculty.”

– YMA faculty


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