In 1945, the overwhelming generosity of Connecticut citizens would combine with the dream of an extraordinary music educator. Elizabeth "Ma" Sonier wanted to give high school students the opportunity to work with a nationally respected conductor in a relaxed setting - without the pressures of homework and outside worries. These students wouldn't just learn music, they would learn what it means to respect themselves as musicians. At the end of that first week, Sonier knew this opportunity must be given to the young musicians of Connecticut year after year.
Laurel Music Camp traditionally has taken place on the scenic grounds of Camp Workcoeman in New Hartford, Connecticut. Please check out our plans for the 2021 season, which will take place at Camp Mattatuck, in Plymouth, Connecticut! With performance opportunities in our Concert Band, Orchestra, Choir and Jazz Band, every camper can explore their natural musical gift, Please navigate our website to learn how you can become a part of Connecticut's oldest summer music tradition!