- The Song Academy for Youth brings high school students together in a non-competitive format to cultivate musicianship, songwriting and creativity.
- From songwriting to forming bands, to developing a community of like-minded individuals, young people get to share and explore their love for music.
- Over one weekend, students learn from local and regional touring artists what it takes to pursue music on a professional level.
- Many instructors are alumni of the Sisters Americana Project, thus helping to model for young people a tangible pursuit when they get out of high school.
- The program in Sisters acts as the hub in a wheel, and our students generously share their experience and the stage with students from throughout Central Oregon and Pagosa Springs, Colorado.
- Our program has helped develop a replicable model through a partnership between Creative Educational Resources, LLC and Sisters Folk Festival, Inc.
The Song Academy for Youth is made possible by these generous donations:
Doug was a founding member of the first Sisters Folk Festival house band and an advocate for the ASAY program; he believed in it’s purpose. Doug’s Sister Cris offers The Barn, a beautiful 100-year-old former milking barn just south of town, for youth to perform for the Saturday night Open Mic each year. We dedicate that performance in Doug’s memory and his beloved music space, which inspires everyone involved to give back and be community-minded. We thank Cris and Doug’s mom, Dorro Sokol for their continued support.
The Roundhouse Foundation funds collaborative, community projects that celebrate the arts and heighten community awareness and appreciation for the arts in its many aspects.