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!

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Memories to Last a Lifetime. . .