TRAD CAMP 2020 - July 13 - 17

Cancelled due to Covid-19


See below for info on our weekly youth trad workshop with Trad Camp instructors Joanne Garton, Oliver Scanlon, Ada Schenk, Marianne Perchlik

With questions, contact Yasi Zeichner at

Summer Weekly Trad Workshop

Summit School Trad Camp may have been cancelled this summer, but we’re not going to stop playing music together! Summit School is hosting a weekly outdoor youth Trad Workshop starting Friday, July 17th, at Hubbard Park. This is a chance for kids to learn a common repertoire of tunes in a casual setting, do some jamming, and practice the art of playing in a group. All instruments are welcome. Tunes are taught by ear. Age range is roughly 8-15, but the main requirements are a basic ability to play one’s instrument and a desire to be part of a group.


The Youth Trad Workshop will be held for 7 Fridays, July 17-Aug 28, 4:30-6pm, at one of the Hubbard Park shelters (which will allow for physical distancing). The workshops will focus on beginners from 4:30-5:00, and others 5:00-6:00, but anyone is welcome to sit in and play as they are able. General workshop format will be learning a tune, maybe working on harmonies and/or chords or grooves, then leaving time at the end to do some jamming together. Workshop leaders will include Trad Camp instructors Joanne Garton, Oliver Scanlon, and Ada Schenk. There may be a singing day hosted online by Marianne Perchlik, also a Trad Camp instructor! Suggested donation $5-10 per session, or $35 for the series, and BYOC (bring your own chair). 

Contact Trad Camp coordinator Yasi Zeichner at to sign up. Due to physical distancing concerns, we recommend that you sign up in advance. 

Camp this year has been cancelled! See above for more info on our alternative: a weekly outdoor youth trad workshop, all instruments welcome!

The Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture presents Trad Camp 2020 July 13-17!  This week-long music immersion camp is perfect for kids 8-16 years old who either have a newfound interest in music, or a deep interest in furthering musicianship. Last year, classes ranged from Beginner to Advanced on a variety of instruments including fiddle, guitar, ukulele, drums, voice, and more; this year will have similar offerings. Budding musicians enjoy developing technique and skill on instruments they know, but are also encouraged to try something new.  Our instructors are first class, recognized for both the quality of their teaching, and their performance skills. 

The Trad Camp day begins at 9am with a group song or short performance, then students disperse into their different chosen classes. Mid-day lunch break includes ample time outside on the beautiful Orchard Valley Waldorf School campus in East Montpelier. Afternoon class choices include an ensemble option, where students can experience playing in a group and arranging music together. 

For campers who want to spend some time practicing or trying their hand at an art activity, there will always be time reserved at the end of the day.  Pick-up is at 3pm, with an option for Stay and Play to accommodate longer work days. The Summit School presented this camp in 2019 after taking a year off, and this year's camp director Yasi Zeichner is excited to continue offering children and teens this opportunity to explore music and deepen their interest in the arts.

Limited financial assistance available, while funds last. Contact Yasi to inquire.

Note: If you're looking for a VT traditional music immersion camp for kids, but the dates or location of Summit School's camp present a challenge for you, check out the YTV Trad Camp held in Shelburne, VT, July 27-31 this year, more info at this website: YTV Trad Camp

Schedule Example from 2019

Other Opportunities

Trad Youth Jam

Monthly gathering for youth interested in traditional music. This is a chance for kids to play tunes with others in a casual setting, learn some new tunes, introduce personal favorites to others, and practice the art of playing in a group. All instruments are welcome. Tunes are taught by ear. Age range is roughly 8-14, but the main requirements are a basic ability to play one’s instrument and a desire to be part of a group.


The Youth Jam meets the second Friday of each month from 4:30-5:30, and is led by rotating local instructors, including Ruth Einstein, Joanne Garton, Susan Reid, Katie Trautz, and Yasi Zeichner. There is no charge.


Jams are held at the Center for Arts and Learning in Montpelier unless otherwise indicated. Email notices are sent in advance of each jam with information about the guest instructor of the month. For more information or to be added to the mailing list, please contact Tracy Loysen at or 802-522-3083. 

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