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The History of NYSMC

Keisuke Hoashi, NYSMC.com, NYSMC Press, and Dr. Bob present
The only complete online text of the official history of NYSMC

Music from the Mountains:
New York State Music Camp
1947 - 1996

by Robert F. Swift

Limited copies are still available for purchase!

And click here to email Dr. Bob and see if you can still get yourself your very own printed copy!

Published by NYSMC Press
PO Box 125
Plymouth, NH, 03264
Copyright ©1996 by Robert F. Swift

All rights reserved

ISBN 0-9653933-0-5

 

Thanks to the generous permission of Dr. Bob Swift, I have had the honor of having reproduced his entire historical masterwork on this website for your reading pleasure.

Click on any link below to begin reading the wonderful history of NYSMC, all the way from the beginning, by a man who was there every moment of the way.

Sometime in the not too far off future, please come on back here for my personal description of the ten plus years since the end of Dr. Bob's love story. It'll be good reading, once I get it done!

Got any history or stories you can share about your years at NYSMC? Send me an email and I'll put it up!

--Keisuke.


NYSMC Major Historical Milestones

Shamelessly editorialized version 3.14159

1947 NYSMC is founded in Otter Lake by Dr. F.F. Swift. Dr. Bob begins his incredible run of 59 years at NYSMC as a wee bairn.
1956 Camp moved to Hartwick College after massive sewer problems at the old Otter Lake Hotel.
1970s NYSMC Alum Tom Brown establishes spinoff camp, Eastern US Music Camp, at Colgate University. Students are required to brush their teeth after every rehearsal, but flossing remains optional.
1982 A frightened, timid, meek 14-year-old trumpter from Queens, NY attends NYSMC for the first time. Me.
1984 Hartwick College purchases NYSMC. The now-bold, confident trumpet player enjoys the finest musical year of his life - and says farewell to NYSMC. Growing up can really suck.
1985 Deb Swift, daughter of Dr. F.F. Swift, establishes spinoff camp, Encore Music Camp of Pennsylvania, at Wilkes College, PA.
1987 "& Institute" added to NYSMC name. Acronym expands and wreaks havoc with tee shirt designs.
1989 Dr. Frederick Fay Swift passes away. Farewell to a great, great man.
1994 Camp name officially changed to Hartwick College Summer Music Festival & Institute. Makers of Alpha-bit cereal and Campbell's Alphabet Soup rejoice.
2003 I purchase domain name NYSMC.com - and my life begins an utterly unpredicted, intricate intertwining back into the world of music camp.
2005

- July 2005: I join the faculty of the renamed NYSMC and immediately feel like I've never left.

- August 2005: The final concert marks the final year of Dr. Bob's incredible unbroken 59-year run at NYSMC. Baseball's Cal Ripkin Jr. and the ghost of Lou Gehrig, both of whom played in over 2,000 consecutive games as baseball players, salute Dr. Bob as a worthy peer, saying "If we're Iron Men for our longevity, Bob Swift is Mithril Man for making us look like sissies. We salute you!"

- September 2005: College legally fires entire camp faculty and replaces them with Hartwick college faculty.

2006

Most recent Former camp director establishes spinoff camp NYSMF (New York Summer Music Festival) up the street at SUNY Oneonta.

I officially declare NYSMF to be the successor to the NYSMC name. Along with the almost 100% of the old faculty following our lead, over 300 students enroll, more than a third coming up from the old camp. NYSMF will continue growing each year.

Hartwick reduces camp to 4 weeks.

2010

NYSMF enrollment shoots above 400 students.

Hartwick camp shuts down completely for the year to "reorganize."

2011

NYSMF participant total approaches 600 people: students, faculty, staff, visiting artists, squirrels.

Hartwick camp reopens but shrinks to two weeks.

2012

NYSMF concert total for six weeks numbers about 60 or 70, including original arrangements of the National Anthem for the Oneonta Outlaws. Our Facebook group explodes and number more than 1,000 members.

Keisuke finally updates the NYSMC shrine after dozens of wonderful alums contact him! The NYSMC Facebook Page has hundreds of alums already connected and chatting daily! Butterflies and rainbows and gumdrop waterfalls abound!

Hartwick camp returns with two or three dozen students, a dozen counselors, and appx 20 faculty.

2013

Hartwick College, after years of struggling to keep their new and shrunken version of NYSMC alive, finally pulls the plug in March.

NYSMF hits its highest early enrollment numbers ever.

I leave NYSMF.

2014 With the encouragement of all the great NYSMCers on Facebook, I organize the first official NYSMC reunion of the millenium! Anderson Theatre August 2014 welcomes decades of NYSMC memories, including the long lost "Camp Quiz," music for "Old Irish Blessing," and the very important support of the two most important NYSMC people in the world: Bob Swift and Deb Swift.
2015 The 2nd NYSMC Reunion of the New Millenium will happen July 11, 2015!!! Click over here for complete details AND GET YOURSELF TO ONEONTA TO JOIN IN!!!! https://nysmc.wordpress.com/about/nysmc-reunion-saturday-july-11-2015/

Got any history or stories you can share about your years at NYSMC? Send me an email and I'll put it up!

   
 

 


 

 
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