YMA 2018


Whether you're considering a summer at YMA for the first time or are an alum looking forward to sending your children for the same inspiring adventure that shaped your own youth, thank you for your interest in YMA!

We hope you'll find all the info you need on dates, programs, faculty & staff, camp life, tuition, and financial aid below, but if not, please check out the FAQ and/or contact us via the Info Request Form.




First Session: June 24 – July 6, 2018

Second Session: July 8 – July 20, 2018

The YMA Experience


CREATE ·     Experiment ·    Thrive

YMA attracts creative students who use artistic expression as a means of interacting with the world around them. This is a safe space where students are surrounded by artists, educators and opportunities of the highest caliber. With a built-in leadership training program and non-stop inspiration, YMA is a truly life-changing experience.



Faculty & Counselors

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Meet the team creating YMA's magic, with faculty members including Oregon Symphony members, actors with Third Rail Repertory Theatre, musicians who have appeared with the Berlin Philharmonic,  Oregon's Photographer of the Year, and a former dancer from the San Francisco Ballet.

Performance Schedule

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At each session YMA offers a wide variety of performances, all of which are free and open to the public. Join us in celebrating the amazing creativity and expression happening here at YMA!

Concerto & Aria Competition

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Enter the YMA Concerto & Aria Competition for a chance at the opportunity of a lifetime! Entries are due April 1st.



Each program area at YMA has its own schedule and curriculum. Students sign up for one program area per session, during which they build close friendships with the staff and students in that area. They also get to know the rest of the camp students and staff at meals, during free time before and after dinner, and in their connections and elective classes.

Room & Board

YMA is a residential camp, meaning all students stay in campus housing for the duration of the two weeks. Tuition includes room and board. Meals are served in Willamette University’s cafeteria, which sits along the Mill Stream that runs through campus, and include a delicious variety of selections for each meal (including options for vegetarians, vegans and those with food sensitivities).


Willamette University · Salem, ORegon

YMA is located on the picturesque campus at Willamette University just across the street from Oregon's State Capitol. With gorgeous summers, natural beauty, and friendly faces, there is inspiration everywhere you look!

For driving directions and a campus map, click here.



Memories to Last a Lifetime. . .



Registration & Cost

Tuition: $1750 ($350 deposit due at sign-up)

Discount for 1 student attending both sessions: $350

Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. Tuition must be paid in full by by April 1. If registering after April 1, the full balance is due at the time of registration. If payments are not received by the date due, there is a $75 late fee and YMA holds the right to cancel the registration.

Please register as early as possible. Students will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis. YMA's most popular programs may fill up well in advance of camp.


Tuition Assistance

For more information on Financial Aid, click here.


Installment Plans

Did you know YMA offers an installment plan to make camp more accessible for students and their families? Installment plans will be available for the $1400 balance remaining after the initial $350 deposit—tuition is divided into five equal payments that are made on the 1st of each month. Act now, because the final day to sign up for this plan is January 31!  Info is available when you register, or by contacting us at 503-880-3817 or galen@ymainc.org.