Branch to Fruit Camp is open to players who are comfortable on their instrument and relatively fluid in the common major and minor chords found in popular music. In addition to playing together as a large group, this camp will break out into some small group ensemble sessions in which 2-4 players will work out tunes that may include custom song arrangement, individual solos, harmonies and improvisation.
Campers are welcome to bring their own acoustic instruments and/or use the instruments at camp (guitar, mandolin, cello, etc.).
Open to students going into grades 6-9. Acoustic instruments only.
• Camp takes place outdoors at the Sisters Art Works Building, located at 204 W. Adams Avenue in Sisters.
• Hours are 9 AM to 4 PM Monday-Friday, with an end of camp performance on Friday afternoon (details TBA)
• Lunch and snacks are included with all registration levels. If preferred, campers are welcome to bring their own lunch and snacks each day, but please don’t forget to pack food!
• Masking will be optional.
• Parent or guardian must sign child in and out of camp each day. Exceptions can be made for students 13 and over with parental consent.
• If camp is cancelled by Sisters Folk Festival for any reason, full refunds will automatically be issued.
• Questions? Call 541-549-4979.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Joe Schulte has been working as a musician and musical instructor in Central Oregon for over 20 years. He was a founding member and mandolinist for the popular Central Oregon band Moon Mountain Ramblers and currently plays with the Popcorn Trio and Skillethead bluegrass band. Joe started teaching guitar, mandolin, banjo and bass in the early 2000’s, working at Central Oregon Music, Music Makers and Cascade Community School of Music and then went on to run his own music school String Theory Music in Downtown Bend from 2007 to 2020. Being a music lover, Joe really enjoys a large variety of music. As a player, he values learning and respecting traditional approaches to root music while also experimenting with blending different styles, pushing to create new sounds and approaches to all kinds of music both old and new. As a teacher, Joe really puts the focus on fun, and most often supports learning by ear methods, making the learning process as hands on as possible by encouraging students to learn how the music sounds and feels right from the start.
Refund Policy: Refund less $25 + service fees through 5/30/23. No refunds 6/1/23 or after unless camp is cancelled by Sisters Folk Festival, in which case a full refund will be issued.