Sisters Folk Festival Announces Educational Programming for Spring and Summer

SISTERS, Ore. (KTVZ) — The Sisters Folk Festival has announced its slate of educational offerings planned for this spring and summer, including a weekly songwriting class in March and five one-year summer creativity camps. week for children.

Beginning March 1, Sisters resident and musical artist Jenner Fox will be offering A Song a Week songwriting workshop, a 5-week course taking place Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Sisters Artworks building. This will be a small group workshop limited to 10 participants only. Registrants are encouraged to come prepared to write songs, share, and dig deep for inspiration. Participants will write from prompts, explore individual “tastes,” dissect their favorite songs, share originals, and support each other on their musical journeys. All genres of music are welcome and some level of musical experience is encouraged.

Jenner Fox, who tours the world as a river guide, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist songwriter, describes the workshop setting as “a welcoming place to find inspiration and set aside time to write, share and make music.” A student from the last workshop led by Jenner shared, “We learned so many ways to approach songwriting and everyone wrote songs – beginners like me and professional musicians! Life changing and super fun! I highly recommend it!”

Registration for A Song A Week opens February 2; the suggested fee for the 5-week course is $150, but enrollees will be able to choose an amount based on what they can afford when enrolling.

In the summer of 2022, SFF will once again offer creativity camps for high school students that will include music, visual arts, and general creativity. From July 11-15, Joe Schulte, mandolin player and bandleader of Moon Mountain Ramblers and String Theory Music School in Bend, will offer the Seed to Sprout Music Camp to players with minimal musical experience on the acoustic instrument of their choice. Joe will teach students songs that can be played with the most basic common chords with melodies that are short and easy to learn to memorize. This session is open to students in grades 5 to 8.

Then, during the week of August 1-5, Schulte will offer the Branch to Fruit Music Camp for players who are comfortable on their acoustic instrument and relatively fluent in the major and minor chords common to popular music. This camp will be divided into a few small group ensemble sessions where 2-4 players will work on tunes which may include custom song arrangements, individual solos, harmonies and improvisation. Branch to Fruit is open to students in grades 6-10.

Judy Fuentes, an art teacher at Sisters High School, is planning two weeks of half-day visual arts camps. From August 1 to 5, the focus will be on felting and textile arts, and from August 8 to 12, on watercolors and drawing. These week-long camps are open to students in grades 5-8 with a maximum of 15 participants. Both will take place at Sisters Artworks in the morning.

From August 14-19, Beth Wood, songwriter-poet (and Oregon Book Prize winner for poetry) and Judy Fuentes will once again teach The Nature of Expression. This popular creativity camp explores art, music, creative writing and nature. Campers will study animals and nature through sound and color and explore storytelling and self-expression through art, creative writing and music. Each day will include immersive experiences in visual arts and creative writing, as well as time to reflect and make new friends. The goal of the camp is to have fun with many forms of creative expression through awareness, discovery and play. This camp is open to students in grades 5-8 and will be limited to 20 participants.

Registration for all three full-day summer camps opens March 2n/a and all three opportunities will offer the option to “pay what you can afford” upon registration, with scholarship support available through SFF. No student will be turned away for inability to pay. Registration details for half-day camps are forthcoming.

To register and get additional information on all of the Sisters Folk Festival programming, please visit www.sistersfolkfestival.org.

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