The Americana Song Academy (ASA) started in 2002 with 12 students and four instructors, held at Caldera, high in the Cascade mountains. The original intention was a "master-class" for experienced Americana Project students and community musicians and songwriters. It has grown over the past 12 years to include 75 participants, 25 instructors and over 25 staff and support people.
The experience is extraordinary.
Perched on the shores of Blue Lake, the venue, Caldera provides an inspirational setting for a supportive music community, exceptional music and instruction, and an intimate, intensely creative experience. The food is healthy and bountiful, and participants are encouraged to immerse themselves in their own creative exploration and journey … and play a lot of music!
Sisters Folk Festival artists arrive Monday evening, get settled, and the camp runs Tuesday morning through Friday. The schedule includes classes on guitar, songwriting, performing, mentor sessions, open mic and artist performances. It is a relaxed pace but is full of helpful material, insights and curriculum to engage all ability levels (there's a sample schedule here). One of the greatest attributes is that the creative and communal energy then translates into Sisters Folk Festival in Sisters, that weekend.
The journey can be transformative.
There are available hotel-style rooms, on-site camping, shared tipis, and room to expand and enjoy. Many attendees return year after year to a place they call home, and a tribe of folks that encourage one another to be their best creative selves.
2013's Songwriting and music instructors included: Ryan Montbleau, Richard Julian, Natalia Zukerman, Melissa Ferrick, Amy Speace, Steve Poltz, Amber Rubarth, Ray Bonneville, Chuck E Costa, Mira Stanley, the Shook Twins, Nathaniel Talbot, and RJ Cowdery.
Camp staff includes Founder/Director Brad Tisdel, Beth Wood, Victor Johnson, Chris Kokesh, Sean McGowan, and Kathy Nagel.
If you love music, we strongly recommend that you experience this inspirational environment.