Whether you learn by ear or notation, bring your instruments and voice to participate in focused music workshops all day long in both daily classes and special one-time sessions. Or join a like-minded pick-up group and jam!
Contra Piano with Elvie: delve into chords, rhythm and groove (bring a keyboard if you can).
Contra Improv with Claude: incorporate improvisation techniques into contra dance music.
Old Time Jam Session with Clyde: old-time tunes for fiddle, banjo, mandolin and guitar; join a daily hoe-down emphasizing tunes that work for contra dancing.
Contra Dance Ensemble with Elvie explores what it means to play as a group for dancers, from tune and medley choices, to color and texture in music.
Beyond Boom-Chuck with Anita: whatever your backup instrument, leave that tedious thumping behind and try some cool new ideas (both harmonic and rhythmic) for spicing up your dance playing.
Contra Fiddle Style and Tunes with Rodney: répertoire study, fiddle techniques and a general approach to playing for contras (intermediate to advanced level).
Chords, Chords, Chords with Dave: If you're not playing the melody, you're dealing with chords — playing them or trying to figure them out, improvising over them, creating harmonies using them.
Slow Jam and Fiddle Tutorials with Ben and Michelle: Ben will be presiding over daily slow jams, and Michelle will be giving small-group fiddle instruction.
Corral those random notes, lyrical harmonies, and funky rhythms in your head and Write That Tune! with George.
And of course, Laura and George will conduct the infamous Camper Band workshop!
Keep an eye on this page for more details as the program develops. With such an outstanding musical staff, we'll have lots for everyone.
I enjoyed camp and thought the bands were superb. I especially liked campers being able to play with members of the bands regardless of our experience. Dancing with people who are skilled was also a great experience. The standard is so high that improving [camp] would be very difficult.
- Ken Blackwood, Alberta, Canada