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2020 Americana Song Academy

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Caldera

31500 Blue Lake Drive

Sisters, OR 97759

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The Americana Song Academy inspires people to believe in creativity and self-expression, and helps foster and develop a supportive community.


  • Festival and teaching artists performing at the Sisters Folk Festival arrive 4 days early to teach all aspects of music, songwriting, performing, arranging and singing. 2020 instructors include: Mary Gauthier, Ruthie Foster, Willy Porter, O'Connor Lee and lots more TBA.

  • Participants nurture their music, songs and aspirations in an inspirational setting. Private performances, song circles, open mics and mentor sessions are all part of the experience.

  • Campers participate in song writing workshops, eat communal meals together, and deeply engage in their songwriting process at Caldera, a stunning arts retreat located on the edge of Blue Lake, high in the Cascade mountains.

  • With an extraordinary caterer serving healthful and delicious meals, a committed and talented staff, a beautiful and powerful location, and a unique, intimate experience the event continues to be highly anticipated and sells out each year.

More Info: https://sistersfolkfestival.org/americana-song-academy/


Refund Policy:
$100 cancellation fee through March 31, 2020. $200 cancellation fee 4/1 - 6/30. July 1 and later: partial refund given if we can fill your space at the academy.

Special statement about COVID-19:

We understand that you may be hesitant to register for Song Academy with the uncertainty of current times. The impact of this virus has been devastating to many industries and businesses, but perhaps none so much as the live music sector. No one knows how long the impact of Coronavirus will last, or when life will be more "normal," and we want you to have peace of mind as a song camp attendee that you will be offered the following options if the gathering is cancelled due to COVID-19:

1. Full refund of your registration fee
2. Transfer your registration to 2021
3. Exchange your registration fee for an Eventbrite gift card that can be used toward the purchase of any future SFF event, including camps, concerts and future festivals
4. Turn your registration fee into a tax-deductible contribution to Sisters Folk Festival


FAQs:

1. Is there a minimum age to participate? Yes, participants must be at least 18 years old, unless they are part of the Sisters High School Americana Project and are personally invited to attend.

2. How do I know where I am staying if I don’t have a room in Tamarack Hall? If you don't book a room in Tamarack Hall, there are 22 tipis available to share, as well as tent camping. When you arrive at camp, our staff will discuss your options with you to ensure appropriate accommodations. Anyone not staying in Tamarack Hall is charged a $50 camping fee. There is comfortable bath house complete with shower facilities available to all attendees.

3. Can I reserve a tipi in advance? No, we ask you find tipi mates when arriving at camp or bring camping gear. Each tipi has 2-3 cots.

4. Will my camper/trailer fit? We can’t accommodate anything over 25 feet. Spaces are first-come, first-served. There is a dedicated location for campers and trailers to park. It is dry camping without hookups for sewer, power or water.

5. What if I have dietary restrictions? Can I bring my own food?
Please fill out the questionnaire on your registration form. Our camp caterer is excellent and can accommodate most dietary needs so we don't think you'll want to bring your own food!

6. Can I reserve a one-on-one session with a specific instructor? We generally provide one mentor session per day for each camper, and sign-ups are held during camp for mentor sessions. Most instructors are available throughout camp as well. Mentor sessions are offered Wednesday and Thursday of camp.

7. Can I stay somewhere other than at Caldera? We strongly encourage folks to stay at camp, the academy is an immersive experience. Please communicate with us prior to camp if you plan to stay off site.

8. Can I arrive early on Monday? No. On-site accommodations are not available until Tuesday morning.

9. Where do I stay before or after camp, if I want to go to the Festival? Camp accommodations end on Friday at noon. We encourage you to check out our Where To Stay page for recommendations and to call the Sisters Area Chamber of Commerce. We strongly encourage campers to investigate those options well in advance, as accommodations sell out early. Before camp you can generally find camp spots at one of the campgrounds on the shore of Suttle Lake.

10. Can I bring my child or spouse/partner up to camp with me if they are not participating? Only confirmed registrants are permitted on the campus during Song Academy.

11. Can I bring a pet? Only service animals are permitted at Camp.

12. What should I bring?

  • Suitable Clothing – Caldera is in the mountains with chilly nights and sometimes hot days
  • Swimwear and sunscreen, insect repellant, sunglasses
  • Note: swimming is permitted only during specified times and/or when the lifeguard is present
  • Tent, sleeping bag, pillow and any other sleeping considerations
  • Reusable water bottle and/or thermos
  • Instrument(s) – whatever you choose to play and compose on
  • Toiletries & towel – there is a shared restroom facility, complete with showers

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