Youth Educational Offerings
D'Addario Wintergrass Youth Academy
For students in 4th – 8th grade
(Exceptions made with permission of the director, Beth Fortune)
8:30am registration on Thursday
Class starts at 9am and ends at 4pm on both days
Culminating performance at 5pm on Friday on the Evergreen stage
The Wintergrass Youth Academy has long been the lynchpin in the Acoustic Sound youth education program. Beth Fortune and the irrepressible Joe Craven lead a stellar team of both adult and junior teachers who work to instill the seeds of a lifetime love affair with music in their young charges. Even if your child doesn’t yet play an instrument, the Youth Academy is a fantastically fun, affirming entry point into a musical life.
Joe Craven, Beth Fortune and other faculty guide Youth Academy students in preparation and production of a orchestrated set of music. The will result in a culminating performance taking place at 5pm on Friday, March 1st on the Evergreen stage.
Performers will learn about and practice:
Small group and Individual attention!
- Fine-tuning one’s stage presence
- Reading the audience
- Ensemble skills
- Playing music with others
- Building an interesting performance
- Integrating the new skills acquired during the Kids Academy
- “And everything else (except the kitchen sink)”
All Youth Academy students participate in small group instruction on their own bluegrass instruments. (If you child needs an instrument, let us know!) Students also get a chance to try out other instruments and receive basic instruction on either guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, dobro, bass, or voice. Thanks to our friends at Ted Brown Music and Nechville Banjos for loaning literally a truckload of instruments to the Youth Academy!
Come with an open mind, prepared to have a ton of fun. Joe Craven has an awful lot of tricks up his sleeve and likes to play – everything. You will, too! Got a trashcan? Then you can make music!
Wintergrass Youth Orchestra
For middle and high school aged students
Designed to bridge the gap between classical and the oral tradition, The Youth Orchestra provides an opportunity for middle and high school students to learn improvisation, ear training, and the study of traditional songs and styles; it offers exposure to both classical and traditional bluegrass instruments and the transfer of skills from the classical orchestra to folk ensembles, and vice versa.
Perhaps the most important discovery for these students is the difference between a fiddle and a violin, which, of course, is... attitude. The Wintergrass Youth Orchestra does not compete with traditional symphony training – rather it seeks to validate multiple approaches to string music. Something magical happens during these sessions and is reflected in the culminating performance, when all 200 students share the Grand Ballroom Stage with Wintergrass headliner bands on Sunday morning.
In 2013 Washington Middle School, Kenmore Junior High and Maywood Middle School orchestras will comprise the bulk of the orchestra. If your student is not in one of these orchestras, but wishes to participate, please fill out and return the Wintergrass Youth Orchestra registration form. Upon receipt, you will be emailed both printed music and mp3 of the tunes to be learned.
In addition to orchestra only pieces, the 2013 WGYO will perform with Darol Anger and The Furies, Della Mae, Hills to Holler (Laurie Lewis, Linda Tillery and Barbara Higbie) and special guests Uncle Bonsai.
MusicWorks NW is at
14360 SE Eastgate Way Suite 102 Bellevue, WA 98007
Wintergrass Youth Academy Teacher Training (YATT)
For students ages 14 to 21
Youth Academy Teacher Training is designed for young skilled musicians ages 14 to 21 to encourage growth in the areas of showmanship and band ensemble and prepare students for teaching possibilities.
Youth Academy Teacher Training begins Wednesday evening at 7:00 with orientation, a teacher training session, and the organization of Youth Academy Teacher Trainee bands, and runs through Friday evening. YATT participants will both work with Youth Academy students and receive specialized attention and training on Thursday and Friday. Students will receive a teaching certificate, community volunteer credit, hospitality privileges and a Wintergrass weekend pass.
For young students ages 4-6
PintGrass is for our youngest musicians. Music is a wonderful thing and even the smallest ones can participate! If you have a 4-6 year old who would love to learn easy tunes, begin developing a sense of rhythm, and have the opportunity to learn more Bluegrass and folk music in an encouraging environment, this program is for him/her.
PintGrass is a half-day program. Registration begins 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning. Classes run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday. All PintGrass students and parents are encouraged to come and watch the Wintergrass Academy’s final performance Friday evening at 5:00 p.m.
All that is required is that students have an instrument (voice counts!) and a desire to learn and have fun! Be warned though: we expect this to be unbearably cute. Get those cameras charged up!