SAS Youth Folk Camp

Student Musicians

July 6-11, 2020
Grades: Rising 6-12
$600

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

Cost of the camp includes expert instruction, a five-night dorm stay, all meals, and activities. Campers register online for one major class and will select their minor activity during orientation. Check-in is from 10:00 - 11:00 (CST) on Monday, July 6 with departure on Saturday July 11 after breakfast.  Participants will have the opportunity to attend two concerts on campus 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.

Bailey Hill: Mandolin
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: Guitar
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:  Art
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: Farming
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:  Fiddle

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.

Herb Trotman: Banjo

Herb is a member of the Spaulding Brothers and Front Porch String Band in Birmingham and owns and operates the acoustic instrument store, Fretted Instruments. He is a master of the banjo and guitar.