September 8-11, 2020  •  Caldera Arts Center

FAQs

Q: What does it cost to attend Americana Song Academy?
A: Camp tuition is $650

Q: What is included?
A: Tuition includes 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 (so far):

Mary Gauthier
Ruthie Foster
Willy Porter
Kate Lee
Forrest O’Connor
Ordinary Elephant
Emily Scott Robinson
Thunderstorm Artis
& lots more TBA

 

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.
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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.”

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“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!”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“It’s like coming home — every year.”

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