The Festival at Sandpoint
Summer Youth Music Camp
June 24 - 27, 2019. Dr. Jason Moody and an amazing faculty of professional musicians will lead four fun-filled days of music instruction in Sandpoint, Idaho! Classes include symphony orchestra, choir, chamber music, jazz band, classical guitar, ukulele, flute ensemble, master classes and more. This camp is designed for musicians of all abilities (ages 8-18) and will be held at Sandpoint High School. There will be an All-Star Faculty Concert at the historic Panida Theater to help inspire students for their own concert at the Panida on the last night of camp! Tickets for each of these concerts are only $5!
Music Camp Schedule
8:30 - 9:00 Registration
9:00 - 11:00
Symphony Orchestra - Jason Moody
Concert Band - Rachel Gordon
Advanced Classical Guitar Ensemble - Leon Atkinson
11:00 - 12:30
Choir (all Instrumentalists Participate) - Bruce and Jon Brownell
12:30 - 1:15 Lunch
1:15 - 2:15
Sectionals Jason Moody, Karen Dignan, Anita Perkins, Mika Hood, Rachel Gordon, Tom Walton, Ryan Dignan
2:30 - 4:00
Advanced String Ensemble - Jason Moody
Advanced Jazz Band - Tom Walton
Advanced flute Ensemble - Rachel Gordon
Advanced Saxophone Ensemble - Mike Keepe
Beginning Guitar Ensemble - Larry Mooney
Bucket Beat Percussion Ensemble - Ryan Dignan
Music Theory - Jennifer Hille
Harp Workshop - Earecka Tregenza
Folk Dance - Karen Dignan
Master Classes (for all Instruments) - Various Instructors.
6:00 Festival at Sandpoint All-Star Faculty Concert at the Panida Theater
9:00 - 12:00 Rehearsal
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 Folk Dance
3:00 Picnic at City Beach & hand out T-shirts
6:00 Final Student Concert at Panida Theater
All the Details
All ability levels are welcome in the orchestra and band.
Participants agree to attend the full four day session and perform in the final concert.
All applicants must fill out the application before March 16, 2019 as well as provide a short audition video (amateur/smartphone videos welcome).
Audition videos are for the sole purpose of selecting appropriate music for the camp and selecting participants for the Advanced Ensembles.
Audition video should be 1 minute and consist of music (fast and slow) demonstrating your ability level. It need not be memorized.
Videos may be submitted by emailing a video or link to email@example.com, taken with a cell phone and text to 208-771-5471 or be on a thumb drive and mailed to:
524 N. Ella Ave
Sandpoint, ID 83864
Participants' tuition of $175 has been sponsored by the generous support of The Festival at Sandpoint.
A non-refundable registration fee of $25 must be included with your application. We accept all major credit cards and checks made out to FAS.
Don’t have an instrument? There is a limited number of instruments available on a first come, first served basis. Contact the Festival for more information.
Lunch will be provided each day by the Free Summer Meals Program. If you have dietary restrictions, please pack your own lunch.
Lodging is not provided. Fairbridge Inn & Suites has offered a special rate for campers and their parent/guardians. Click HERE for details. Sandpoint has many other fine hotels and vacation rentals by owner. See links for lodging options.
Meet your camp instructors!
JASON MOODY, Artistic Director
Jason Moody is an active pedagogue, violinist, and conductor based in the Pacific Northwest. Moody is Director of Orchestra and Music Faculty at Spokane Falls Community College, and adjunct faculty at Whitworth University. He is a violinist in the Spokane Symphony Orchestra and a substitute with the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera. Moody has coached for the Spokane, Seattle, and Bellevue Youth Symphonies and co-directed the upper strings for Music Innovates, an El Sistema-inspired orchestra program in Spokane. He holds music degrees from the University of Washington (D.M.A), Rice University (M.M.) and Seattle Pacific University (B.A).
LEON ATKINSON, Advanced Classical Guitar
Leon studied guitar with Valdes Blain and with Andres Segovia. Was chairperson of the Guitar Department at Jersey City State College, taught guitar at Manhattan School of Music. He has played Carnegie Hall and several Broadway shows, soloed on guitar for the Alvin Ailey Ballet. He started the Spokane Guitar Guild, has performed with Spokane Symphony, started Guitar Departments at Whitworth College, Spokane Falls Community College and North Idaho College. Presently he heads the guitar department of Gonzaga University, travels the world doing concerts and master classes and hosts “The Guitar Hour” each week on KPBX.
MIKA HOOD, Cello
Mika holds a Masters degree in cello performance from Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music. She currently is principal cellist in CDA Symphony, cellist in Yakima Symphony, substitute cellist for Spokane Symphony, Director of the String Program at Sandpoint Waldorf school and cello instructor at Bella Noté Studios in Sandpoint.
RACHEL GORDON, Woodwinds
Rachel holds a Masters degree in flute performance with an emphasis in pedagogy from Washington State University, is principal flutist in CDA Symphony, is partner-owner and flute instructor at Bella Noté Music Studios in Sandpoint, ID
BRUCE BROWNELL, Choir
Bruce holds both a B.A. in Music from Washington State University and an M.A. in Vocal Music from Lewis and Clark College . He has been the director at Oregon State University summer music camps, long-time High School Choir Director in Beaverton, OR, Director of Westside Singers in Portland OR, has adjudicated several choir festivals and sung lead roles in several musical plays and operas. He is currently the vocal music specialist for West Bonner County School District.
TOM WALTON, Brass
Tom holds a BA from University of Northern Colorado and spent 36 years teaching band, jazz band, choir, general music and music appreciation. He served his country for 22 years playing trumpet, and leading the jazz ensemble in the 560th Washington air national guard band at Fairchild AFB. The bands performances included many national and overseas tours. Presently he leads Swing Street Big Band, Selkirk Brass, and other combos In Sandpoint, Idaho, and in Arizona.
KAREN DIGNAN, Violin
Karen holds a BA in music education from the University of Idaho. She has many years experience teaching in both public and private schools. She was the director of the Sandpoint Fiddle Camp for 10 years and is currently directing the Festival Youth Orchestra.
JON BROWNELL, Choir
Jon holds a BA in Music K-12 from the University of Idaho . He has taught Middle School and High School choir in Sandpoint for 29 years. Jon has toured with his ensembles all over the country including Hawaii, Los Angeles and New York. He has also been vocal director of Musical Productions for the last decade. He was named "Idaho State Music Educator of the Year" in 2009
ANITA PERKINS, Viola
Anita joined the Spokane Symphony Viola section in 2008. She has taught music in the Northwest for decades, and is in demand throughout the region as a coach, clinician, and teacher. She has served on the faculty of EWU and is currently a viola coach with the Spokane Youth Symphony Orchestras.
LAURIE STEVENS, Piano
Laurie holds a Bachelors degree in Music from the University of Idaho Lionel Hampton School of Music, . She began playing piano at age 4 and has performed piano both on stage and in orchestra for countless musical productions. She is in demand as accompanist for innumerable regional choirs, jazz festivals, vocal ensembles and music competitions. She has taught private piano for 29 years.
RYAN DIGNAN, Percussion & Ukulele
Ryan holds a BA in Music Composition and Percussion Performance from the University of Idaho. He is band Director at Sandpoint Middle School and has lived and taught music from coast to coast and in Canada.
CAYTLIN REESE, piano
Caytlin holds a BA in music from Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, has studied Tubman Technique at Eastern Washington University and Wheaton College. She has taught music and piano in China and is a licensed MusikGarten teacher. She owns Bella Noté Music Studios in Sandpoint, where she teaches piano and violin.
LARRY MOONEY, Guitar
Larry holds a BA in Music (commercial music studies) from California State University Sacramento. He performs guitar in classical, fingerstyle jazz, latin jazz; is also a vocalist. He started as a trumpet player at age 6, switched to trombone at 14, played professionally in big bands, rock bands, studio work, Las Vegas show bands, pit orchestras for 20 + years.) He presently directs the Sandpoint Idaho Childbloom Guitar Program.
Mike keepe, Saxophone
Dr. Michael Keepe holds multiple degrees in Music Education and Saxophone Performance from the University of Arizona including a Doctorate in Saxophone Performance and Music Business. He has served as saxophone faculty at the University of Arizona and Pima College in Tucson, AZ, and the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lakes, MI. Other teaching positions include Lecturer of Entrepreneurship for the McGuire Center of Entrepreneurship at the University of Arizona, and Band Director for the Tucson Unified School District. He has maintained a thriving private studio for over 30 years and now teaches saxophone in North Idaho through the North Idaho Saxophone Academy in Hayden, and Bella Note Music Studios in Sandpoint, ID. As a performer, Dr. Keepe has performed in Australia, Canada, Mexico, and throughout the United States as a soloist and chamber musician, and is a performing artist and clinician for Conn-Selmer Inc., performing on Selmer Paris saxophones exclusively. For more information visit mikekeepe.com.
jennifer hille, music theory
Jennifer Hille has taught Preschool-grade 12 music in public and private schools, and taught private voice, oboe, flute, and piano to musicians of all ages for over 30 years. In addition to teaching full time music at Twin Lakes Elementary in Lakeland District, Jennifer is developing ART S.M.A.R.T.S. This includes publishing her first book The Joe Family from Grand Staff, which combines literacy, math, and movement to help readers of all ages grasp basic music theory notation. She has toured nationally with the Concordia Singers, marched in the Orange Bowl, and has done studio recording of original compositions in Nashville.
sigrid Ribeiro, Melody Writing
Sigi brings with her a broad range of music teaching experiences including children’s choirs, instrumental groups, and music literacy. She holds a Music Education Degree From the university of Idaho and a Kodaly Pedagogy Certification from Brigham Young University. Sigi’s Philosophy of teaching is to instill a passion for earning into her students, to empower their developing skills, fuel their creativity, and encourage their persistence. Her 14 years of teaching experience as well as her experiences as a performing musician bring a well-rounded perspective to her students.
Dennis coates, flat pick banjo
Songwriter, Producer that has played banjo and guitar on John Denver’s ABC TV Special, has songs recorded by Mikey Gilley, John Schneider & Doyle Holly. Dennis is the producer of over 100 radio/TV jingles and 40 Americana music albums. He has played banjo and guitar on Ford, Chevy, & McDonalds TV commercials. He was in a bluegrass band from The World’s Fair and has played the background music on Saturday Night Live, Sopranos and many other TV shows.
Earecka tregenza, harp
Earecka is principal harp with the Spokane Symphony and faculty at Gonzaga, Whitworth and Eastern Washington Universities. She has performed as a guest principal harp with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony and New World Symphony. Earecka holds degrees from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Earecka can also frequently be heard throughout the region performing with her husband, violinist Jason Moody.