Workshops

Music, Song, & Dance Workshops

Scroll down for this year’s schedule – click on a title to see a its description and instructor information.

(NEW SCHEDULE FORMAT!) Lark Camp’s hour-long workshops are organized into seven periods. They start at 9:30 am in each camp, and there is a “passing-time” of fifteen minutes between periods 1 and 2, and between 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. Between periods 2 and 3, there is a 45-minute “lunch & passing-time”. Consult the shuttle schedule to understand what workshops you’ll be able to travel to in the three camps.

PLEASE NOTE: Our list of instructors and workshops is always subject to change.

Choosing Workshops

Our workshops vary by genre, instrument, skill level – and location. Students may attend as many or few workshops as they wish – simply show up in the correct location at the correct time. If you are new to Lark Camp, you are welcome to drop into several workshops the first day to better understand what suits you. The workshop descriptions will tell which are repertoire/tune workshops; dropping in and out of these over the course of the week is fine. Other workshops are continuous, building on previous days’ work. (NOTE: If you are only attending the first or second half of camp, you will be taking partial workshops.)

All of our voice and dance workshops are geared for people with no prior experience. For instrumental workshops, if you have basic proficiency with your instrument, you’ll be fine attending workshops geared for intermediate or advanced levels, but feel free to investigate any workshop to discover what level is best for you – and there are plenty of beginning workshops. In a few cases, there are opportunities for individual lesson time. Check the descriptions or just ask instructors what they offer!

Workshops for Kids

Most kids’ workshops are offered in Camp One, and include instrument-making, art projects, and a wonderful Kids’ Play that is rehearsed, costumed, and performed on the last night of camp. There are workshops in other camps that are kid friendly; for example, the Zimbabwean marimba workshops are popular with all ages. If your older child or teen is reasonably proficient on an instrument, they are welcome to attend any workshop. The Mendocino Woodlands Camp Association also offers environmental education programs for children. Please remember that as a parent or guardian, you are expected to supervise any child or minor you are responsible for.

Workshop Schedule

Click on a workshop title to view description and instructor information. (You can also go to Workshop Search.)

 No workshops (11:45 - 12:30) 
Camp 1
Period 1
9:30-10:30
Period 2
10:45-11:45
Period 3
12:30-1:30
Period 4
1:45-2:45
Period 5
3:00-4:00
Period 6
4:15-5:15
Period 7
5:30-6:30
Behind Kitchen
Bodhrán Techniques
Christa Burch
Greek Rebetika for Voice & Instruments
Greg Jenkins
Breton Tunes
Jim Oakden
Irish Flute
John Skelton
Pennywhistle & Irish Flute, Intermed/Adv
Autumn Rhodes
Behind New Bathroom
Uilleann Pipe Tunes for All
Preston Howard Wilde
Irish DADGAD Guitar, Beginning
Richard Mandel
Irish Uilleann Bagpipes
Preston Howard Wilde
 
Music Theory Boot Camp
Eliza Cantwell
Canopy Above & Behind Kitchen
Make a Bamboo Flute or Didgeridoo
Wayne Hill
Build Your Own Ukulele
Wayne Hill
Fiddle for Fledglings
Darcy Noonan
Singing in a Session with Confidence
Shay Black
Kids’ Fiddle Tunes
Darcy Noonan
Props & Costumes for Kids’ Play
Kathy Mowdy
Dance Hall
English Longsword Dance, Beginning
Jason Adajian
English Country Dance
Jason Adajian
Greek Dance
Michael Garibaldi
Balkan Dance
Sue Williard
Balkan Dance, Advanced
Sue Williard
Irish Mandolin, Advanced
Marla Fibish
Dance Hall Back Room 
In Harmony’s Way Song Circle
Sharon Carl
West Swedish & Norwegian Fiddle Tunes
Tim Rued
  
Medieval & Renaissance Singing
Shira Kammen
Dance Hall Behind Back Room North
Balkan & Klezmer Ensemble
Ty Rust
Balkan & Klezmer Ensemble
Ty Rust
Greek Songs
Lily Storm
Balkan Songs
Lily Storm
Tupan
Sean Tergis
Dance Hall Front Porch South
Irish Tune Swap
Daniel Schoenfeld
Irish Tune Swap
Daniel Schoenfeld
Irish Fiddle Basics
Wanda Law
Fiddle, Beginning
Wanda Law
 
Celtic Guitar Accompaniment – Standard Tuning
Colin Cotter
Dance Hall Stairs East
Scottish Fiddle
Ryan McKasson
Irish Mandolin, Begin/Intermed
Marla Fibish
Rare Irish Flute Tunes for Any Instrument
John Skelton
Celtic Cello
Summer McCall
 
Tin Whistle & Irish Flute, Beginning
Autumn Rhodes
Dance Pavilion
Irish Battering For Sets
Maldon Meehan
Playing Swedish Music for Dance
Peter Michaelsen
Scandinavian & Nordic Dance, Beginning
Barry Moore & Ginny Lee
Irish Sean-Nós Dance
Maldon Meehan
Lark Camp Kids’ Play
Susan Spurlock
Irish Set Dances
Michael Riemer
Scandinavian & Nordic Dance, Intermediate
Barry Moore & Ginny Lee
Dining Hall North
Swedish Fiddle Styles & Tunes
Tim Rued
Songwriting
Danny Carnahan
European Tunes for Octave Mandolin & Mandolin
Danny Carnahan
  
Celtic Slow Session
Colin Cotter
Nyckelharpa Tunes for All Instruments
Amy Hakanson
Dining Hall South
English Country Dance Music/Ensemble
Rebecca King
Scottish Fiddle Technique
Ryan McKasson
Accordion Boot Camp
Dan Cantrell
Sephardic Music for Voice & Instruments
Shira Kammen
Folk Song Repertoire
Shay Black
Irish Fiddle, Advanced
Dale Russ
Fire Circle
Balkan Ensemble
Dan Cantrell
Bodhrán, Beginning
Christa Burch
Balkan Tunes for All Instruments
Greg Jenkins
Irish Fiddle, Intermediate
Dale Russ
Greek Percussion
Michael Garibaldi
 
Scandinavian Tunes for All Instruments
Amy Hakanson
Outside Registration  
Irish DADGAD Guitar, Intermed/Adv
Richard Mandel
Swedish Fiddling With Melodies & Harmonies For All Instruments
Peter Michaelsen
Rhythmic Grooves & Accompaniment – Fiddle & Cello
Summer McCall
Irish Music for Anglo Concertina
Jack Gilder
 No workshops (11:45 - 12:30) 
Camp 2
Period 1
9:30-10:30
Period 2
10:45-11:45
Period 3
12:30-1:30
Period 4
1:45-2:45
Period 5
3:00-4:00
Period 6
4:15-5:15
Period 7
5:30-6:30
Aloha Land   
Uke 101
Scott Gifford
Uke 102
Scott Gifford
Behind the Coffee House
Old Time Slow Jam
Barry Shultz
String Bass Basics
Aaron Hendel
Free Improv & Spontaneous Composition for All Instruments & Styles
Corwin Zekley
Jug Band & Country Blues Jam & Vocals
Frannie Leopold
Manouche and American Jazz Guitar
David Brown
Old Time String Band Songs
WB Reid
Italian Ballo Liscio Music
David Brown
Dance Hall
Choro Music of Brazil
Pam Laughlin
French & Breton Dance
Adrienne Simpson
Swing Improv
Pam Laughlin
Cajun Dance & Music Jam
Tami Allen
 
Latin Music Ensemble
Jimmy Durchslag
Old Style Son Cubano Band
Michael & Leslie Hubbert
Fire Circle
Mandolin, Beginning
Booi Volk
Old Time Jam
Bonnie Zahnow
Maybelle Carter Style Guitar
Carlo Calabi
 
Norteño Tunes
Karina Wilson
French Camp
French Button Accordion
Vickie Yancy
Quebecois Session
Kevin Carr
Hurdy Gurdy
Scott Gayman
 
French Music for All Instruments
Scott Gayman
French Session
Vickie Yancy
Gate House Porch
Quebecois Fiddle
Kevin Carr
Clawhammer Banjo, Intermediate
Larry Unger
Guitar for Beginners
Bonnie Zahnow
Clawhammer Banjo, Beginning
Larry Unger
Cajun & Creole Accordion
Claudette Boudreaux
Cajun Fiddle
Tami Allen
Cajun French Songs
Claudette Boudreaux
JP Land   
Swing Guitar, Intermed/Adv
Kevin McConnell
Guitar, Intermediate
WB Reid
Misc Locations
Outdoor Dance Floor
Latin Dance Beg/Intermed
Yael Schy
Contemporary Music of Mexico: Boleras, Cumbias, Rancheras & Huapangos
Ady Montoya & Zach Groll
Galician Dance
Adrienne Simpson
Swing Dance (Lindy Hop), Intermediate
Malaika Finkelstein
Swing Dance (East Coast Swing & Charleston), Beginning
Malaika Finkelstein
Contra Dance, Basic
Erik Hoffman
Contra Dance Music Lab
Erik Hoffman
The Barrio
Caribbean Tunes from Puerto Rico, Trinidad, and More
Michael & Leslie Hubbert
Old Time & Country Harmony Singing
Frannie Leopold
Conjunto: TexMex & Cumbia I
Miguel Govea & Susan Peña
Conjunto: TexMex & Cumbia II
Miguel Govea & Susan Peña
Mariachi Sones & Regional Music
Ady Montoya & Zach Groll
Mandolin, Intermediate
Booi Volk
The Pavilion
Jazz & Swing Band
Jimmy Durchslag
Land-based Labor Songs
Peter Kasin
Swing Guitar, Beginning
Kevin McConnell
Intro to Jazz Improvisation
Corwin Zekley
Swing & Jazz Vocals
Connie Doolan
Upright Bass, Basic
Aaron Hendel
Sea Chanteys
Peter Kasin
Workshop Area 1
Hammer Dulcimer, Beginning
Jim Wells
Hammer Dulcimer, Intermed/Adv
Jim Wells
Back-Up Old Time Guitar
Amber Mueller
Old Time Fiddle, Intermed/Adv
Barry Shultz
Old Time Fiddle, Beginning
Jim Mueller
Old Time Fiddle Tunes
Jim Mueller
Think On Your Feet: Improv Theater Games
Yael Schy
Workshop Area 3
 No workshops (11:45 - 12:30) 
Camp 3
Period 1
9:30-10:30
Period 2
10:45-11:45
Period 3
12:30-1:30
Period 4
1:45-2:45
Period 5
3:00-4:00
Period 6
4:15-5:15
Period 7
5:30-6:30
Coffee House
Indian Folk Tunes & Ragas
Wade Evans
Indian Ensemble
Wade Evans
Afghan Dance
Natalie Nayun
Belly Dance & Improvising to Live Music
Natalie Nayun
Arabic Strings
Wael Kakish
Arabic Ensemble
Wael Kakish
Zimbabwean Dance, Song & Percussion
Julia Chigamba
Kafana
Turkish Ensemble
Sinan Erdemsel
Turkish Ensemble
Sinan Erdemsel
 
Middle Eastern Improvisation For All Instruments
Briana Di Mara
Middle Eastern Violin
Briana Di Mara
 
Indian Rhythm Theory for All Instruments & Styles
Aharon Wheels Bolsta
Ring of Fire
Derbakki (Doumbek)
Faisal Zedan
  
Riqq (Tambourine)
Faisal Zedan
Zimbabwean Marimba, Basic
Russ Landers & Sarah Noll
Zimbabwean Marimba, Fast/Intricate
Russ Landers & Sarah Noll