Walker Creek Music Camp

Spring camp dates: 

April 16-19, 2020

Registration will open at noon on February 1st

Can't make spring camp? 
Plan ahead for fall!
November 5 - 8, 2020

For students of all ages who love to play and sing Traditional American Music!
Bluegrass, Oldtime and other related styles

Srping camp 2020 includes a Swing Track!

Spring and Fall sessions both held at beautiful Walker Creek Ranch near the San Francisco Bay Area


Spring instructors will be posted very soon!

Fall 2019 Instructors:

Let's welcome our – first-time instructors to Walker Creek Music Camp! "Brother Mule" members Ben Winship, Brian Wicklund and Eric Thorin along with Del Rey, Susan Platz and Molly Tenenbaum.

• Ben Winship (bluegrass & beyond mandolin) • Del Rey (ukulele blues party)
• Brian Wicklund, (bluegrass fiddle) • Sharon Gilchrist (bluegrass mandolin)
• Eric Thorin (bass) • Mike Witcher (dobro)
• Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum (vocals) • Dave Keenan (bluegrass banjo)
• Eric Thompson (flatpicking guitar) • Molly Tenenbaum (oldtime banjo)
• Suzy Thompson (string band blues)  • Keith Yoder (bluegrass jam class)
• David Bragger and Susan Platz (oldtime fiddle) • Nina Gerber (guitar)
• Jim Kweskin (fingerpicking guitar) • Rebecca Stout (dance)

Guest instructors (see What's New page for more details):

  • Adam Traum (guitar)
  • Celia Ramsay (dance)
  • Dana Frankel (fiddle)
  • Gus Garelick (mandolin)
  • Ivan Rosenberg (dobro)
  • Josh Tharp (banjo)
  • Paul Knight (bass)
  • Paul Shelasky (fiddle)
  • and more!

Music & More instructors (young children's program): 

  • Rebecca Richman
  • Morgan Cochneuer

Another awesome staff - hope you can join us!!


Walker Creek Ranch is in the rolling hills of West Marin County, between Petaluma and Tomales Bay, about one hour's drive north of San Francisco, California. It's quiet and beautiful, with an abundance of wildlife and miles of hiking trails, a swimming pond, healthy and delicious food, and various accommodation options (ranging from private rooms to RV and tent camping to nearby vacation rentals or day-commuter).


The price for a full time camper (includes morning classes) ranges from $450 to $900, depending on meals and lodging choices. See the registration page for the full list of prices (tuition + meals/lodging = total cost). If you're on a tight budget, there are ways to reduce the cost, such as coming as a half-time camper (half price tuition, no morning classes), or applying for a scholarship or work trade. Prices are less for kids age ten and under, call for details. Early bird prices are good till March 1st, late fees are added after that ($50 additional), and the late fees increase after April 1st ($75 additional). To avoid late fees, sign up early; if you're not yet sure of your plans, read our very user-friendly cancellation policy on the FAQs page, where you'll find additional information as well. Some classes and lodging options are likely to sell out the first day, so don't snooze or you might lose (registration opens at noon). 

Can't get your bass to camp, or need a loaner? Just ask. (Thanks to our bass angel, Steve Swan!)

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