September 8-11, 2020  •  Caldera Arts Center


Q: What does it cost to attend Americana Song Academy?
A: Camp tuition is $650 (camping) or $1025 (lodging at Tamarack Hall)

Q: What is included?
A: Tuition includes lodging at Tamarack Hall OR camping with shower facilities at the beautiful Caldera Arts Center on Blue Lake, ALL camp activities and instruction, plus ALL meals during your stay.

Q: Where is camp located?
A: Americana Song Academy takes place at Caldera Arts Center, located on the shores of Blue Lake in the Cascade mountains just minutes from Sisters. It’s a stunning setting. You’ll be provided with directions as camp gets closer.

What if I have special dietary needs? 
A: Our excellent camp caterer can address most requests. All food is fresh, healthy and prepared on site. Many longtime campers have dubbed ASA “Food Camp with Music!”

Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: We welcome trained service animals but — due to liability issues — pets are not allowed.

Q: Can I camp in my RV?
A: Yes, there are dry camping spaces (no hookups) for RVs. Please notify us that you’ll be camping in an RV so we can reserve your space.

Q: Can my family come with me even if they’re not attending camp?
A: Only registered campers can stay on the Caldera grounds, however there are National Forest campgrounds 1/4 mile away at Suttle Lake.

Q: What time can I arrive?
A: Academy registration begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday, September 8. Please plan on arriving promptly. There is no camping or RV parking available on campus prior to Tuesday morning

Q: What time does camp start and end?
A: The first gathering is at 10 a.m. on Tuesday and the Academy concludes at 10 a.m. on Friday morning

Q: Can I get a discount on a festival ticket?
A: Yes! In fact, each ASA attendee can purchase up to two admission passes to this year’s festival at the Early Bird rate of $145 (a $25 discount)


What to bring:

  • There is WiFi access at Caldera, but cell service is spotty at best

  • Suitable Clothing – Caldera can be chilly at night, and quite warm during the day

  • Swimwear – Swimming is permitted only when lifeguard is present

  • Tent, sleeping bag, pillow and any other sleeping considerations

  • Reusable water bottle and/or thermos

  • Instrument(s) – whatever you choose to play and compose on

  • Toiletries – There is a shared restroom facility, complete with showers

  • Medications (EMT on-site)

  • Sunscreen, insect repellent, sunglasses


2020 Instructors:

Mary Gauthier
Ruthie Foster
Willy Porter
Ron Artis II
Jeffrey Foucault
Caroline Spence
Robby Hecht
Kate Lee
Forrest O’Connor
Ordinary Elephant
Emily Scott Robinson
Thunderstorm Artis
Alisa Amador

The Americana Song Academy inspires people to believe in their creativity and helps develop a community that supports that pursuit.

  • Artists performing at the Sisters Folk Festival arrive 4 days early to teach all aspects of music, songwriting, performance and singing.
  • Participants deeply engage and nurture their music, songs, and aspirations. Private concerts, open mics and mentor sessions are all part of the experience.
  • The musical alchemy of the festival artists from “Song Camp” helps inspire collaborations and exceptional performances at the festival each year.
  • Campers participate in workshops, communal meals and activities at Camp Caldera, a stunning location on the edge of Blue Lake, high in the Cascade Mountains.
  • With an extraordinary caterer serving up healthful and delicious food, a beautiful and powerful location, and a unique, intimate experience, the event continues to be highly anticipated and sells out each year.

What our campers say…

“Playing the Open Mic was a high point — I was able to enter and embody a song more deeply thanks to this beautiful listening community.”


“The ASA experience far exceeded my expectations. I arrived feeling tired and uninspired and I’m leaving with renewed hope and energy. And so many new friendships!”


“I love the class-less, age-less equality of this Tribe!”


“Absolutely wonderful — What a fantastic community of talent and generous hearts to get to be part of.”


“AWESOME FOOD! No wonder many call it ‘Foodie Camp with Music!’ Thanks, Annie! You’re a star!”


“Having a healthy dose of performance anxiety, the positive feedback from everyone was amazingly empowering to me.”


“This is a church for un-churched people — a cultural home you didn’t realize how much you were missing.”


“Words fail. Personally, spiritually and musically transformational. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”


“I felt a little intimidated at first but the musicians (professional) and all the campers were so welcoming and supportive.”


“Attending the Americana Song Academy opened me up to the next level of writing and performing my songs — I’m so grateful!”


“It’s like coming home — every year.”