The Maine Academy of Modern Music’s MAMMOTH series has grown even larger! MAMM is excited to announce the addition of MAMMOTH Strings.
The MAMMOTH Strings program will offer students a unique chamber music experience. In duos, trios, or quartets young string players will have an opportunity to play in the equivalent of a classical music “rock band”. Under the guidance of local professional musicians and educators, students will have a chance to collaborate with other like-minded young musicians, allowing for opportunities to build on individual skills while fostering a sense of responsibility to their peers. From traditional to folk, pop to rock, students will be actively involved in setting the musical direction of their individual groups.
“Everything is fair game” says MAMM Director Jeff Shaw, “from Bach to Beck, originals to covers, the MAMMOTH Strings program will now allow string students the chance to experience the thrill of making music in a variety of ensemble settings”. Shaw adds “we are simply applying MAMM’s signature rock band program model to the classical world”.
The strings program will round out the academy’s collection of MAMMOTH programs that also include the MAMMOTH Brass Band and the MAMMOTH Rock Chorus. Where MAMM is already well known for its fun, electric guitar-driven rock programming such as its popular summer camp series, its annual Girls Rock! Concert, and the MAMM SLAM battle of the bands competition, its new MAMMOTH program allows the school to significantly expand its reach across genres and instrument families and, in turn, serve more students in Southern Maine.
The brass band, rock chorus, and strings program will rehearse independently and will perform individually at various MAMM events throughout the year, but don’t be surprised if these groups join forces with some of MAMM’s rock ensembles to perform together at an epic concert at some point in the near future!
Beginning in September, MAMMOTH Strings will meet at MAMM on Wednesdays from 5-6pm. Tuition is $75 per month.
NEW: MAMM is offering the first month's tuition for FREE to students who are enrolling in a MAMMOTH program for the first time!