A String Camp in Southern Maine!
The Ossipee Valley String Camp is for everyone! Whether you are a professional musician or a newcomer, we will have something for you, and some delicious food & great community for you at camp! What people like most about camp is
the relaxed atmosphere where you get to spend quality time with some of the finest roots musicians in the country. Unique offerings such as yoga, elective classes, and river tubing accompany the traditional lessons and jams. And you and your camp band perform on the festival Main Stage on Thursday night!
Tickets are all inclusive and offer all meals, snacks, lessons, workshops, yoga, and more!
There are discounts for children (17 and under), and some limited scholarships available. You can camp, or just check in at the gate each morning.
The string camp ticket also includes a pass to the music festival, for a whole week of musical celebration.
The smell of fresh pines, the summer jungle of the river’s edge, smiling faces, and small classes where you get to know everyone, The Ossipee Valley String Camp is worth the trip!
Lessons at String Camp
Before you arrive, you will choose your primary and secondary (if you have one) instrument you wish to study. Since classes are for all levels at camp, you can bring an instrument you have studied, as well as a fairly new instrument and take classes in both.
The first class of the day is always your primary instrument class. For the second class you can stay with the same instrument, or switch it up!
Some level of profficiency with scales and chords is required for all levels, tab reading is helpful, but sheet music reading is not required.
Electives at String Camp
Each teacher at camp will teach one elective class in the afternoon. When you first arrive at camp you will choose the electives you wish to attend. There will be a choice between 2-3 electives each day, so each student will attend four elective classes in all.
Previous electives have included:
- Drawing on influences from other cultures
- Crosstuning on the fiddle
- Listening to and drawing inspiration from field recordings
- Improving from underneath: creative chord and rhythm playing
- Jazz chords and tunings
- Quickfire ear training!
Band Class at String Camp
Based on what you put in your string camp registration (instrument/level), you will be sorted into a camp band. Your band will have the same coach all four days of camp, and you will choose a song to learn and perform on the Main Stage at the Festival!
While instrument classes are divided by level, bands will most often have a mixed level of proficiency, and vocals and harmony singing will also be practiced.
Food at String Camp
Jaime & Alex Steed return this year to bring you three delicious, balanced meals each day, complete with local farm fresh ingredients. And there’s snacks! Many campers have said that the meals at The Farmer’s Belly, with all their camp comrades, were some of the best times at camp.
Jams at String Camp
Each night a group of instructors will lead an open jam in the dance barn, where everyone is encouraged to name songs, lead, solo, or just strum along. It is a great opportunity to practice fluidity and structured creativity on the fly!
Age and Background of Campers?
We have an enormous age range at camp, from 13-70! However most people fall under the 45-60 age range, or 25-40. We typically admit between 5-10 children under the age of 18 each year. Most campers come from New England, although some come as far as Australia! Each person comes to camp with a diverse background of experiences, knowledge and questions, which help to foster the deep sense of community and active learning that makes camp special.
For adults: $495.00
For 13-17: $360.00
Includes all meals and your festival pass!
Meal plans for adult spouses: $120.00
Meal plans for your kids: $72.00
*Why did we raise the cost? We initially priced camp low because we did not know what response to expect, it was a new venture! We have made a one time price increase to cover a boost in pay for your wonderful instructors (Deservedly so!), as well as increased scholarship availability!
Please email us for information about scholarships. We are especially eager to provide for students from within Oxford County.
Other camp offerings
The camp also offers a complimentary daily yoga class each morning, lots of free time for swimming, playing or reading a book, and a few special treats such as a barn dance finished off with a pie and ice cream social!
Camp & The Festival
Can you believe it? A ticket to the camp (Sun-Thurs) also gets you a free pass to the festival (Thurs-Sun)!
Please note: This is for the adult ticket–kids get in free to the festival, so it does not apply to the child ticket
Please note that tickets to the festival are non-transferrable!
Camping at String Camp
Tent camping is free!
RV hookups (there are plenty) are $10/night/site during the camp and the festival
Dumping is $15/dump
Dogs are $5/dog/day
*if you are a parent, you are also welcome to drop your child off at camp for the day. We just ask that your child is reasonably old enough to attend classes by themselves. You can also camp at the grounds as a chaperone for $20/night/site (both tent and RV)
Different Levels of Profficiency
Everyone is welcome at camp!
We have multiple instructors for fiddle/cello and guitar, and one instructor for mandolin, banjo and bass. Classes are very small and teachers are able to work with each student and be very accomodating.
We do ask that you have some familiarity with your instrument in terms of scales, chords, and intonation. However, we are truly a camp for all levels and ages, you will learn from each other as well as the instructors!
Kids at Camp
Childen are welcome at camp! They also get in free to the festival.
We recommend that kids have had lessons prior to attending the camp, with a minimum age of 12 years old.
Parents are welcome to camp on the festival grounds for $20/night/site, or drop their older children off for the day.
Parents will also be given a special wristband that will allow them to see their child perform on stage Thursday night.
Parents are also welcome to attend the camp and festival themselves!
Scholarships to Camp
We have a limited amount of scholarships available to us through grants from the Davis Family Foundation & Quimby Foundation.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.