Oct 26-28, 2018
First-Ever Bluegrass Camp   Recently updated !

Ashokan’s First-Ever
Bluegrass Camp

Friday, Oct 26-Sunday, Oct 28, 2018


This first-ever bluegrass camp at Ashokan will include instrument-specific instruction as well as singing classes, electives, and lots and lots of jamming. The inaugural camp features some of the best in bluegrass: Tony Trischka, Claire Lynch, Matt Flinner, Becky Buller, Scott Nygaard and Mike Bub. Don’t miss this chance to learn from and jam with some of the best musicians and teachers in bluegrass music. See more information below about the staff, schedule, tuition, work-exchange positions, lodging, and more.


Performers and Teachers

Tony Trischka


Tony Trischka is one of the most influential banjo players in the roots music world. In his 45 years as a professional musician, his stylings have inspired generations of bluegrass and acoustic players. He’s been nominated twice for a Grammy award, and won three awards at the 2007 International Bluegrass Music Association gathering, including Recorded Event of the Year and Banjo Player of the Year. In 2009, his album Territory (Smithsonian Folkways) was named Best Americana Album at the Independent Music Awards. Tony produced Steve Martin’s 2011, Grammy-nominated Rare Bird Alert (Rounder), featuring performances by Paul McCartney and the Dixie Chicks. Tony was the musical director and associate producer of the 2011 documentary Give Me the Banjo, which aired on PBS. As one of the instrument’s top teachers, he has created numerous instructional books, DVDs, CDs and the groundbreaking Tony Trischka School of Banjo that is the online banjo home for students from around the world. In 2012, Tony became a United States Artists Friends Fellow in recognition of the excellence of his work, and in 2017 he was inducted into the American Banjo Museum’s Hall of Fame.

Tony Trischka’s website

Claire Lynch


Long recognized and praised as a creative force in acoustic music, Claire Lynch is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre while remaining one of it’s most beloved acts. Her career has been decorated with many accolades including three GRAMMY nominations, six International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards, including three IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year awards, and the prestigious United States Artists Walker Fellowship. Claire grew up in Alabama and is a charter member of the Alabama Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. After seven years as a Music Row writer and eighteen years on the Rounder Records label she co-wrote and recorded “Dear Sister” for Compass Records, and garnered IBMA’s 2014 Song of the Year. Dolly Parton credits Claire with “one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today.” She has graced albums by other artists with her background vocals including Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Pam Tillis, Alison Brown, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea and Ralph Stanley. In 2014, DigitalJournal.com listed Claire as “One of the 10 Best Angelic Voices of Our Time”, an honor shared with such luminaries as Judy Collins, Alison Krauss, Sarah McLachlan, Martina McBride, Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris.

Claire Lynch’s website

Matt Flinner


Multi-instrumentalist Matt Flinner has made a career out of playing acoustic music in new ways. Starting out as a banjo prodigy who was playing bluegrass festivals before he entered his teens, Flinner later took up the mandolin, won the National Banjo Contest at Winfield Kansas in 1990, and took the mandolin award there the following year. Since then, he has become recognized as one of the premier mandolinists as well as one of the finest new acoustic/roots music composers today. He has toured and recorded with a wide variety of bluegrass, new acoustic, classical and jazz artists, including Tim O’Brien, Frank Vignola, Steve Martin, Darrell Scott, the Modern Mandolin Quartet, Dave Douglas, Leftover Salmon, Alison Brown, The Ying Quartet, Tony Trischka, Darol Anger, and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. He has also recorded two Compass Records CDs and toured as part of Phillips, Grier and Flinner with bassist Todd Phillips and guitarist David Grier. His two solo CDs (also on Compass), are now widely considered classics in the new acoustic/modern bluegrass style. His current group, the Matt Flinner Trio (with guitarist Ross Martin and bassist Eric Thorin), has forged new pathways in acoustic string band music with their two ground-breaking CDs.

Matt Flinner’s website

Becky Buller


Becky Buller is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer from St. James, Minn., who has traipsed the world over performing Bluegrass music to fund her insatiable habit of songwriting. Her compositions can be heard on records by Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, to name just a few. Becky cowrote “Freedom”, the lead-off track of The Infamous Stringdusters 2018 Grammy-nominated album Laws of Gravity, and penned the title cut of Special Consensus’ album Scratch Gravel Road, a 2013 Bluegrass Album Of The Year Grammy nominee. She tours extensively with The Becky Buller Band and is about to release Crêpe Paper Heart, her second album for Dark Shadow Recording, which will be her 4th solo album. Becky is the recipient of 6 IBMA awards, and in 2016, she made history by becoming the first person ever to win in both instrumental and vocal categories at the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards. Also very passionate about Bluegrass music education, Becky teaches fiddle, singing and songwriting at workshops, camps and in private lessons both at her studio in Manchester, Tenn., and online around the world via Skype. Becky’s photo by Glenn-Sweitzer.

Becky Buller’s website

Mike Bub


Born in California and raised in Arizona, Mike began his musical journey as a banjo and guitar player. Mike had some national success with the Weary Hearts, but he came to widespread prominence playing bass for 13 years with The Del McCoury Band. During his time with Del’s band, they became the most awarded band in the history of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards. This included racking up an unprecedented 9 Entertainer of the Year awards, 5 Bass Player of the Year awards, as well as various Album, Instrumental and Song of the Year awards. Del and the band were granted membership to the Grand Ole Opry as well as a Grammy award for the album ‘The Company We Keep’ in 2005. More recently he has toured and performed with Vince Gill, Peter Rowan & Tony Rice Quartet, Tim O’Brien, Shawn Camp, Dale Ann Bradley, Chris Scruggs, John Oates, David Peterson & 1946 and country artist Ashley Monroe. Recording credits include several projects that have won multiple awards in country and bluegrass as well as Grammy nominations and awards. Some of the artists he’s recorded with include Dierks Bentley, Patty Loveless, Rhiannon Giddens, Vince Gill, Robbie Fulks, Jerry Douglas, Tim O’Brien, and many others.

Mike’s facebook page

Scott Nygaard


Grammy-winning guitarist Scott Nygaard is one of the most inventive and original guitarists in the bluegrass/acoustic music scene. Downbeat magazine has called him “a phenomenally talented stylist.” He has performed and/or recorded with Tim O’Brien, Joan Baez, Chris Thile, Darol Anger, Jerry Douglas, Peter Rowan, Laurie Lewis, John Reischman, Matt Flinner, and many others, and has released two solo albums for Rounder Records as well as self-released albums with John Reischman and Sharon Gilchrist, Scott Nygaard and Crow Molly, Roger Tallroth and Scott Nygaard, and the Websters and Scott Nygaard. Scott was the guitarist on three recordings that have proven to be extremely influential on the contemporary acoustic music scene: Chris Thile’s Leading Off, Tim O’Brien’s Red on Blonde, and Jerry Douglas’s Slide Rule. Formerly the editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine, Scott has written hundreds of articles on music, musicians, guitars, and guitarists; authored two bluegrass instruction books and an instructional video; and taught at music workshops from Fairbanks to Finland. Scott also co-founded the roots-music video instruction site Peghead Nation (www.pegheadnation.com), which provides high-quality instruction on roots music instruments with acclaimed instructors/performers.

Scott’s website

Look who else will be with us!

Tony Watt

Tony’s website

Laura Orshaw

Laura’s website

About Classes and Workshops

All six instructors will be teaching sets of classes, known as “tracks,” that meet throughout the entire weekend. Campers are welcome to attend tracks on different instruments and different levels, however, these classes are being taught sequentially, so bouncing around between tracks is not encouraged. Here are the tracks being offered:

Topic Tracks offered
Banjo Beginner/Low Intermediate High Intermediate/Advanced
Mandolin Beginner/Low Intermediate High Intermediate/Advanced
Guitar Beginner/Low Intermediate High Intermediate/Advanced
Fiddle Beginner/Low Intermediate High Intermediate/Advanced
Singing One track for all levels (Beginner to Advanced)
Bass One track for all levels (minimum 1 year of experience, please)

Tentative Schedule

Click here for the tentative Ashokan Bluegrass Camp 2018 Class Schedule


  • 3:00–5:00pm: Arrival and check in.
    Follow signs to check-in. If you must drive down, please unload and then return your car to the main lot immediately. If you need your car nearby for disability or health reasons, youʼll need a special parking permit from the Ashokan office on site.
  • 5:00–6:00pm: Various Jam Sessions & Plan Your Camp
  • 6:00–7:15pm: Dinner
  • 7:30–8:30pm: Welcome Gathering/Concert
  • 8:45–11:00pm: Various Jam Sessions and Elective #1 (TBA)
  • 11:00pm: Snack


  • 8:30–9:30am: Breakfast
  • 9:30–10:45am: Track Classes (1 of 3)
  • 11:00am–12:15pm: Track Classes (1 of 3)
  • 12:30–1:30pm: Lunch
  • 1:45–3:00pm: Various Jam Sessions & Elective #2 (TBA)
  • 3:15–4:30pm: Track Classes (2 of 3)
  • 4:45–6:00pm: Track Classes (2 of 3)
  • 6:00–7:15pm: Dinner
  • 7:30–8:30pm: Concert/Presentation
  • 8:45–11:00pm: Various Jam Sessions and Elective #3 (TBA)
  • 11:00pm: Snack


  • 8:30–9:30am: Breakfast
  • 9:30–10:45am: Track Classes (3 of 3)
  • 11:00am–12:15pm: Track Classes (3 of 3)
  • 12:30–1:30pm: Lunch
  • 1:45–3:00pm: Various Jam Sessions & Elective #4 (TBA)
  • 3:00–4:00pm: Goodbye

Tuition and Meals

Tuition includes all classes, dances, workshops, and meals. Lodging is additional. Work exchange and youth scholarships are available.

Adults: $345
Youth (25 and under): $285
Parent/Guardian*: $215
Children (under 5): Free

*Camp attendees under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. We offer a special Parent/Guardian rate which includes meals, dance and concert, but no classes.

You may select omnivore, no red meat, vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free meals. We make every effort to include a range of allergen-free dishes and to inform diners of meal ingredients.


Enjoy the full Ashokan experience and choose comfortable onsite lodging as part of the registration process. More information and costs here.

Payment/Cancellation/Refund Policy

You may hold your place with a deposit of $150. Full payment is due no later than six weeks before camp begins.

Partial refunds are available until two weeks before camp begins. To cancel, please log into the account you created when registering on Regonline and select the option to cancel. Cancellation fees apply.

Please refer to our official payment/cancellation/refund policy for important deadlines and dates for this workshop.

What to Bring, When to Arrive, and Transportation

  • If you are staying onsite: Sleeping bag or sheets, blankets, pillowcases, towels, soap, toiletries. Pillows are available. There are light quilts in each private room and a small number of light blankets for those bunkhouse residents who are unable to bring one of their own. If you will need us to provide one, please let us know well in advance and we’ll do our best.
  • Flashlight, camera.
  • Clothes and shoes for wet and dry weather.

See Important Information about Bluegrass Camp for more details about what to bring, when to arrive, the schedule for camp, directions to Ashokan and more.

Youth Pricing and Scholarship Fund

We’re excited about the growing interest in traditional music and dancing among young people–the future is in their hands. To help young people take part in Ashokan Music & Dance Camps, we offer major discounts for children and young adults and have established a Youth Scholarship Fund. Anyone age 25 or younger can apply by filling out our Youth Scholarship Application.

Work Exchange

A limited number of work exchange positions are available to partially defray the cost of the camp. A list of work exchange positions can be found here.

Indicate your first three choices of positions during online registration and make a deposit of $150 or more to hold your registration.

Contact us by phone (845) 246-2121, or email office@ashokan.org for details.



Please do not call to register or send in payment before registering online.If you prefer to pay by check, or with a credit card by phone, you may select that option during checkout. You may hold your registration with a deposit of $150 for each attendee until six weeks before camp begins, when full payment is due.

Questions?  Contact us!

Directions to the Ashokan Center can be found here.

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