Bluegrass Camp Registration Now Open


In addition to another week of bluegrass instrument and songwriting camps from June 22-26, this year's PineCone Bluegrass Camps for Youth will ALSO offer a Bluegrass Jam Camp for intermediate level students and above, ages 12-17, from Aug. 10-14. This camp is open not only to fiddle, guitar, and mandolin players, but also to banjo and upright bass players! Both weeks of camp will be offered at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center in downtown Cary. REGISTER ONLINE - PineCone members, please note: you will need to register by phone or in person for discounted registration.

In June, beginner and an intermediate tracks are available for guitar, fiddle, and songwriting. Pair any two half-day camps to give your young musician a full week of music education! The June camp will culminate with a student performance on Friday night, June 26, as part of Cary’s Starlight Concert Series at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center.

The Bluegrass Jam Camp, running from Aug. 10-14, is open to intermediate fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, and upright bass students (ages 12-17) looking to take their bluegrass music playing to the next level. Morning sessions include learning the basics of jamming: jam etiquette, ensemble work, back-up, lead, harmony, rhythm, improvising, and more! Afternoons, students will get together and jam. Students who participate in the August camp will have the opportunity to perform at Cary’s Lazy Daze Festival on Aug. 22.

The camps will be taught by veteran musicians Charles Pettee (guitar), Pattie Hopkins (fiddle), and Lynda Dawson (songwriting).

These camps build and develop musical skills while encouraging confidence, creativity, and collaboration. Please contact us with any questions about class level.

Students are required to provide their own instruments; we are exploring options to facilitate instrument rentals for students who don’t own instruments. Students should also bring a pencil, paper/notebook, and a digital recording device if they have one.

Scholarships are available to students who could not otherwise afford to attend, thanks to the Ray Bilger Memorial Scholarship.

PineCone members who live outside of Cary should contact Theresa Dolan, who can be reached weekdays between 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at 919-460-4963. PineCone members can sign up over the phone or in person at Page-Walker. Theresa will be happy to guide you through the process.

We are excited to continue to grow this exciting program to help the next generation learn about North Carolina’s musical roots!

Learn more about PineCone Bluegrass Camps for Youth