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For over 50 years, YMA has been inspiring students as 

Oregon’s premier residential arts camp. 

Open to students who have completed grades 4-12, YMA offers all the benefits of an intensive arts camp combined

with a built-in leadership training program and the outdoor games, campfires, and deep friendships
that form memories to last a lifetime...

Get $50 off with YMA's Spring Referral Discount!
It's time to share the YMA love! Refer a friend to YMA between now and March 15 and you’ll not only get to experience the joy of attending camp with a friend, but you’ll also save $50 off your own 2018 registration! 

Want to refer multiple people? The sky's the limit! You'll receive $50 off for each individual student who registers.

Here are the details:

  • Both parties much be registered by March 15, 2018.
  • This discount only applies if you refer someone who has never attended YMA.
  • The new camper must identify you (and only you) as the referrer when registering.
  • If you’ve already registered for this summer, we’re happy to refund you $50 or credit it toward 2019.

Our Pledge

We are committed to creating a safe, supportive environment for all members of our community, regardless of gender, orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, or disability. All are welcome, and all are loved.

YMA is thrilled to welcome a special guest performance from Portland Taiko!

Second Session: Performing Arts Showcase

Featuring YMA's advanced ensembles from the Theatre, Musical Theatre, Songwriting and Dance programs.

This diverse program takes YMA's audience from the stage to the gallery, featuring our creative writing, visual arts and digital photography students.

Featured Program: Dance 

DancersYMA's Dance program at Second Session offers a unique experience that is sure to challenge and inspire! Using ballet as a foundation, students spend time developing skills in modern and African dance. In addition to the physical work of the dance classes, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about dance history, African cultural concepts, injury prevention, the realities and options of a dance career, and how to prepare for an audition.


YMA's Dance faculty features teaching artists Jason Davis (San Francisco Ballet, Arts and Communication Magnet Academy), Julana Torres (dance/choreographer for Disney, Nike, Oregon Symphony, Oregon Ballet Theater), and Derrell Sekou Soumah Walker (Sebe Kan, Kúkátónón). These three accomplished performers are also gifted teachers and choreographers dedicated to sharing their art and developing the complete dancer.




The Dance program offers classes for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students, so you’ll be placed according to ability level and experience after the group audition on the first day of camp. This program is a great place to get started and is also sure to challenge more experienced dancers. 

All of our students have several performance opportunities, including student talent shows and the Final Performance, during which you’ll perform with live musicians.

Sound like fun? It is! Register today at to reserve your place in the Dance program!

Featured Program: Guitar

Guitar student

The YMA Guitar program at Session 1 is open to students of all levels, with particular encouragement to applicants with basic musical literacy and/or guitar experience. This program is designed for classical guitar and acoustic steel-string players and is a great opportunity to hone your guitar skills in a fun, supportive environment!

Advanced students will be challenged with more difficult parts and may have the opportunity to work in smaller ensembles to hone their skills. There are also opportunities to play in the Jazz program. You’ll have many chances to perform throughout the YMA session, from evening student recitals to the Final Performances on the last week of camp! Students will need to bring their own instruments.



Think this program sounds like fun? It is! Register today at to reserve your place in the Guitar program!




Give the Gift of YMA: Sponsor a Camper


PhotogDo you love sharing your passion for the arts with others? Did you realize just how deeply you loved performing when you attended YMA? Did your own child attend YMA and leave feeling confident and inspired?


We invite you to celebrate the arts and make a gift today to help bring a deserving student to camp this summer!


Whether your interest is in a specific program or even supporting a specific student, your assistance provides an opportunity that truly changes a young person's life.


To sponsor a camper today, contact Sarah Tiedemann, Executive Director, at More info is also available at



Phone: 503.880.3817


Mailing Address (YMA Office):

PO Box 86034

Portland, OR 97286

Mailing Address (Camp):

Willamette University

Attn: YMA Camp

Student Name

900 State Street

Salem, OR 97301

Camp Address:

Willamette University

900 State Street

Young Musicians & Artists | PO Box 86034 | Portland, OR 97286