About The Camp
This camp is for beginning and intermediate level players of bluegrass and oldtime music who want to improve their instrumental or vocal skills, and to develop jamming ability or band dynamics.
Camp starts the first day with registration, early-bird classes, a meet ’n’ greet jam, dinner, staff introductions, jamming, and dancing. The next three days will include assigned classes each morning with instrumental and vocal instructors, average ten students to a class — these are the classes for which you sign up in advance. Afternoons feature a wide array of elective classes, including instrumental workshops, vocal harmony classes, clogging, band rhythm, music theory, music history, songwriting, and more — which you can choose at the time. Sample elective topics are listed at the bottom of the classes page. Evening activities include staff and student concerts, an oldtime dance, and lots of jamming. On the final evening, there will be a concert and dinner opportunity at a nearby venue (details TBA).
Cost to attend as a full-time camper depends on housing options, ranging from $375 for commuters up to $750 for private room and meals on-site (limited availability for private rooms), with various choices in between. Lower rates are available for part-time campers; call for information. All prices go up $50 after the late fee date of September 1st, and $100 after October 1st.
Various choices of nearby lodging are available for those who prefer more upscale accommodations. For details, see here
On-site camping is available, for tents (check the weather forecast) or RVs (dry-camping, electricity available). Housing options are economy housing (6-12 per dorm), semi-private rooms (3-5 people per room), or couples rooms (for 2), all with shared bathrooms. A limited number of private single rooms are available.
Three delicious meals a day are served in the conference dining hall.
Walker Creek Ranch is located in the rolling hills of West Marin County, about an hour north of the metropolitan Bay Area. It's scenic, beautiful, quiet, and has an abundance of wildlife, and miles of hiking trails. For details, see walkercreekranch.org
Scholarships are available for those who need them. For details, see here. We are especially grateful to all our scholarship donors for making this possible — thank you all so much! Special thanks to the Northern California Bluegrass Society (NCBS) for their help in administering our scholarship fund!
We also offer a special class for younger children who are not yet ready for the full camp program, but would enjoy spending the morning playing music, singing, dancing, and taking breaks for arts and crafts, nature walks etc.
And new this year, a special band class for teens and 'tweens!
For more information, see FAQs
For more information, call director Ingrid Noyes at 415-663-1342 (after 9 a.m.)
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a popular camp — for first choice of classes, register early!
Spring Camp, April 2014, photos by Peter Oppenheimer