SAS Youth Folk Camp

Student Musicians
Youth Folk Camp 2020 Has Been Cancelled

Due to the continuing concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the decision has been made to cancel SAS Youth Folk Camp 2020.  As we continue to monitor the situation across the country, the safety and welfare of our guests and SAS community are of our utmost concern.  We know this news will bring disappointment to you, as it does to us.  We cherish having our summer programming.  While a difficult decision, we  hope it might provide a level of comfort to know we have the health and safety of everyone at the core – perhaps providing some sort of  certainty in these otherwise uncertain times.

We will open registration soon for Youth Folk Camp 2021 -something you will not want to miss!  Please contact us at sassummer@sasweb with any questions you may have.  Stay safe and stay healthy!

July 6-11, 2020
Grades: Rising 6-12

This exciting residential camp for students in grades 6-12 offers a week-long immersion in folk music, art, farming, and more. Master classes for banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, painting, and farming are offered along with numerous related activities such as salves, lotions and balms, square/contra dancing, cast iron cooking, jam sessions, hiking, biking, swimming, and bonfires.  Instructors include Ben Ayers, guitar; Bailey Hill, mandolin; Charlie Hunter-Cook, fiddle;  Elizabeth Koella, farming; Joyce Morgan, painting; and Evan Kinney, banjo.

Cost of the camp includes expert instruction, a five-night dorm stay, all meals, and activities. Campers register for one major class and select their minor activity during orientation on Monday July 6.  Check-in is from 9:00 - 11:00 (CST) on July 6 with departure Saturday morning July 11.  Participants will have the opportunity to attend two concerts by the Sewanee Summer Music Festival chamber ensemble and youth orchestra along.  

If you would like to receive a full participant information packet in the mail, you may request one HERE.  While it is best to register and pay online, we will accept printed registrations with personal check via the mail.   

Please contact the SAS Summer Auxiliary Office if you have transportation questions and/or need assistance with airport pick up / delivery.  Groome Shuttle offers service from the Atlanta, Chattanooga, and Nashville airports with a convenient stop in Monteagle.  Pick up from Monteagle is complimentary.  We are more than happy to provide airport service in official SAS vehicles for an additional fee paid separately from registration. 

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Bailey Hill:
Serving as overall camp coordinator, Bailey will aslo teach a major class in mandolin. An alumnus of the SAS Class of 2010, Bailey is a professional musician specializing in guitar, mandolin and banjo, has been the coordinator of the Camp McDowell Alabama Folk School, and is lead singer of The Yellow Dandies.
Ben Ayers:
Ben, who teaches and plays guitar professionally in the Birmingham area,  will teach guitar for both major and minor classes.  He is a member of the Yellow Dandies and a 2011 graduate of SAS.
Jayne Morgan:
A graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, Jayne is known for her iconic honey bear paintings and has her work represented in 19 states.  She teaches from her home studio in Birmingham and works with Camp Smile A Mile providing educational and recreational opportunities for cancer patients.
Elizabeth Koella:
Elizabeth lives on a small farm in Sewanee and will teach a class for the Tennessee Master Gardner State Conference in June.  In addition to extensive gardening and animal husbandry, she is expert in making lotions and balms, and cultivates her own year-long farming program with Mooneys Emporium. 
Charlie Hunter-Cook: 

Charlie is a musician, woodworker, and farmer from Birmingham who has an abiding love for traditional music-making. He is a state champion old-time fiddle and banjo player, and was a finalist in the fiddle competition at the Appalachian String Band Festival in Clifftop, WV. A former member of old-time string bands Flying Jenny and The Yahoos, these days he plays most frequently in a duo with his wife Stephanie.

        Evan Kinney:

Evan grew up in a family of old time music and teaches banjo, fiddle, guitar, cello, mandolin, and harmonica.  He has taught and performed traditional music at The Blue Ridge Old Time Week, John C. Campbell Folk School, The Alabama Folk School, Festival of American Fiddle Tunes and The Brooklyn Folk Festival.