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EPIC Music is a program of Catamount Arts, in partnership with the St. Johnsbury School, Northeast Kingdom Community Orchestra, and Northeast Kingdom Classical Series. Lessons are taught by Artistic Director Jason Bergman, Music Director Lewis Botelho-Gomes, and Teaching Artist Marshall Meade. It is inspired by the global El Sistema movement.

Information on EPIC Music Camps in 2021 is at the bottom of this page.


In 1975, economist and composer Dr. José Antonio Abreu created a music program in Venezuela that was transformational for children living in poverty. El Sistema (The System) has inspired similar programs throughout the world, each creating remarkable social change and producing extraordinary student musicians. The programs are open to any child with the enthusiasm and commitment to learn. Programs offer free or low cost instruments, intense musical instruction, and significant experience working in ensembles. The two most important aspects of El Sistema-style programs are inclusivity for all students, and joy in making music.

Learn more about El Sistema here:

El Sistema USA is a documentary in process which highlights the El Sistema-inspired program Play on Philly!

This video show an exuberant performance by the original El Sistema youth ensemble, Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, a former El Sistema student:


In this video, Maestro Abreu explains the importance of equitable access to high-quality music education.

You may read the latest issue of the EPIC Music newsletter here.


Tuesday-Friday, June 15-18, 9 am -noon

Monday-Friday, June 21-25, 9 am -noon

Grace Methodist Church, 36 Central Avenue, St. Johnsbury

Catamount Arts will offer its popular EPIC Music Camps this summer at Grace Methodist Church, for students entering grades 4-8. From Tuesday, June 15 through Friday, June 18, new students are invited to learn violin, while current EPIC Music students may try viola or cello, or simply review what they have learned and serve as mentors for new students. In the second week, June 21-25, current EPIC Music students will be learning new repertoire. The camps, led by Music Director Lewis Botelho-Gomes and Artistic Director Jason Bergman, will focus on high quality music instruction, games and performance opportunities.

EPIC Music camps will follow all federal, state, and local guidance including the CDC, OSHA, the Vermont Forward plan, and the Vermont Department of Health. Catamount Arts will maintain compliance with the Governor’s guidelines regarding face masks, social distancing, public access, indoor and outdoor gatherings, etc.

Suggested tuition is $50 per child. We never want a family to make a difficult decision regarding their child’s enrichment, which is why we make generous tuition assistance available. Parents and caregivers wishing to discuss financial assistance should contact Anne Campbell at 802-748-2600 ext. 109.

Please reserve and pay for camp spots HERE and complete the enrollment form.

For more information, call 802-748-2600, ext. 109 or visit the EPIC Music page on the Catamount Arts website: EPIC Music is inspired by the global El Sistema movement, which creates social change through music education. Learn more at