Green Mountain Music Camp

Green Mountain Music Camp (GMMC) was founded by Director Ellen Sager in 1989. GMMC is a week-long celebration in which music students can totally immerse themselves in their art form. Highly qualified clinicians coach the musicians through a series of band, choral, orchestra, theater ensembles. Theater majors work together with our talented directors and choreographers to present a performance at the end of camp.

The Mission of GMMC
Green Mountain Music camp is a celebration of music and youth combined. Our goal is to expose your child to many types of ensembles. By opening up new avenues to explore, the musician can gain knowledge to carry on beyond the week's end, while holding onto a special song or technique learned—possibly for a lifetime.

GMMC overlooks the mountains in the small New England town of Bennington. We feel this is the perfect canvas upon which to perform and create music and theater.

GMMC accepts 100 students on a first-come, first-served basis. No audition is necessary. Instruments accepted for this program are: voice, violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, french horn, baritone, tuba and percussion.

Housing is available for those living a distance away from Bennington. Musicians are placed in homes of local campers. Local students in the past have enjoyed having out-of-town students in their homes for the duration. We take care in placing musicians with others of the same age and gender. The host family is responsible for meals and transportation to and from camp (an additional fee applies, see our Fees and Forms page below).

For the 2018 season, GMMC will again offer a full-day program (9:00 AM –3:30 PM) in which students can choose from a wide variety of specialties for a complete camp experience. They will be able to choose among Chorus, Band, Orchestra, Theater or all of the options. The hugely successful Chamber Music program will again be offered.  A half-day program is available for campers 7 and under (9:00 AM -12:00 PM)  Cost is $150 (theater not included).

Classes and Schedules


Class Descriptions


Students select a major in either Orchestra, Band, Theater/Choral and perform a wide variety of band, orchestra, choral and Broadway repertoire. There are junior and senior Band and Orchestras and junior and senior Choirs, in which students are placed according to age and ability.

Theater majors should plan to come to pre-camp July 16th-17th for role auditions (at director’s house). There is a camp concert on Sunday, July 29th at 10:30 AM for all performing groups and a theater performance on Friday evening, July 27th (time TBA). Both performances will take place at the Mt. Anthony Union Middle School.


Chamber Music

Musicians are grouped according to ability in small groups of two, three and four and prepare chamber repertoire to be performed. This is a wonderful and relaxed atmosphere, in which musicians learn performing and stage-presence techniques. Rewarding and fun!


Secondary Instrument

Many of our musicians play more than one instrument. If they so wish, students may take a class focusing on their secondary instrument or choral choice.



Musicians may choose from: Jazz Band, Chorus, Handbells, Music Enrichment, Advanced String Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble.


Campers bring their own lunch. Snacks and drinks may be purchased at the camp store.

Typical Day



9:00–10:00  —  Symphony Orchestra / Jr. Choral / Chamber Singers / Jr. String Ensemble / Band

10:00–10:40  —  Wind Ensemble / String Orchestras / Band / Jr. Choral

10:45–11:30   —  Electives

11:30–12:15  —  All Camp Chorus


12:45-3:30 — Theater OR

1:15–3:15 — Instrumentalists / Chamber Music / Daily Recitals



Students have a choice of two programs:

GMMC Instrumental/Choral

*July 23 - July 29   9:00 AM–  3:30 PM*

9:00–12:00 Instrumental/Choral

12:45–3:30 Chamber

 <<< — OR  —>>> 

GMMC Instrument/Choral w/Theater

July 23–July 29 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM (plus pre-camp dates of July 16 & 17 from 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM). $10 fee added for scripts.

9:00–12:00 Instrumental/Choral

12:45–3:30 Theater


The theater performance is Friday, July 27th (time TBA).

The final music performance is Sunday, July 29 at 10:30 AM.

GMMC 2018 Faculty



Ellen Sager - Founder of Green Mountain Music Camp!  Now in it's 28th year! Graduate of Crane School of Music.  Senior Orchestra Conductor of the Lakes Region Orchestra, Founder/Director of the Green Mountain Youth Orchestra,  private instructor and member of the Dorset Trio.

Mary Migliozzi Chambers - Mary has a Masters in Music Education from the College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY, where she majored in voice. She received a BS in Music Therapy from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX, where she earned scholarships for voice and violin. She holds a State of New York Teacher Certification, Music K-12. She taught in private and public schools in upstate New York for more than 13 years. She now teaches violin at the Village School of North Bennington. Mary is also a songwriter, often accompanying herself on guitar, dulcimer and piano.


Leslie Johnson - Leslie graduated from Castleton State College with a dual license in Music and Elementary Education. She has received her Master Degree in Education fro Southern New Hampshire University. Leslie teaches K-6 General Music, Chorus and Band at the North Bennington Graded School and teaches private piano in the Bennington area.

Susan Green - Susan has a BME from the University of Vermont. She teaches music at the Shaftsbury Elementary School and has been principal trumpet with the Sage City Symphony; has done six tours of Europe as a Baroque and Jazz trumpet soloist and performs extensively as an electric bassist. 


Lynn Sweet - Lynn received her degree in Music Education from Hartwick College in Oneonta NY, majoring in voice and piano. She co-directed Once Upon a Mattress, Oliver, The Music Man, Into the Woods and The Boyfriend at Mount Anthony HS. At the elementary school level she has directed and produced The Castaways, The Wizard of Oz, Annie, Schoolhouse Rock and Honk. Lynn also teaches piano and voice. 

Jay Sager - Director of the Green Mountain Music Camp. Jay is a devoted percussionist, educator, and composer from the Green Mountains of Bennington, Vermont. In addition to directing GMMC and GMYO, Jay teaches music at Mt. Anthony Union Middle School. He appears regularly as a percussionist with the Berkshire Symphony and the Williams College Percussion Ensemble (WiPE). In 2013, Jay appeared as a percussion fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival. He also enjoys running and eating lots of fruits and vegetables.