Bluegrass in the Gorge

with Laurie Lewis & Friends

April 17-20, 2019

Registration will open in early December. Stay tuned or click the button below and we’ll send you the info as soon as we have it!

I'm interested!

Laurie Lewis is a Grammy Award-winning musician as well as internationally renowned as a singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer and educator. Immerse yourself in the world of bluegrass by joining Laurie and friends for a 4-day, 3 night workshop.  We have twelve spaces per instrument, so don’t wait too long to register!

Laurie (guitar & voice) will be joined by 3 of the best: Tom Rozum (mandolin), Brandon Godman (fiddle), and Justin Hiltner (banjo).

Want to know more…check out the tabs below for instructor bios, schedule and costs.

We can’t wait to hear the sounds of bluegrass in the Gorge!



 Laurie Lewis

is a dedicated teacher, both in one-on-one sessions and in workshop settings. She has taught fiddle, guitar, songwriting, vocal styles, and harmony singing for many years. She organized and ran Bluegrass Week at Augusta Heritage Center at Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, WV, for ten years, and coordinated the very popular Bluegrass at the Beach in Nehalem Bay, OR, for the full fourteen years of its existence. Laurie’s awards include a Grammy for True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe in 1997 and  Female Vocalist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Awards in 1992 and 1994. She and Tom Rozum were nominated for a Grammy for their collection of duets, The Oak and the Laurel, in the category of Best Traditional Folk Album of 1995.





Tom Rozum

has played mandolin professionally for 43 years, recording and touring internationally with Laurie Lewis for the last 30 (having appeared many times on A Prairie Home Companion and The Grand Ole Opry). Always favoring musicality over flash, he has contributed his mandolin playing and singing to over twenty-five albums with Laurie (two of which were nominated for Grammys). He has also taught mandolin at over a dozen music camps. 

“A quintessential stylist who creates mandolin breaks with the same passion and precision Monet put into his brush strokes, Tom Rozum ought to be recognized as a mandolinist of the first order.” –– Mandolin Magazine








Brandon Godman

originally from Falmouth, Kentucky, has been playing fiddle for over 20 years, and has a long, professional resume spanning many styles of music. He has toured with Karl Shifflet, Doyle Lawson, David Peterson, Blue Moon Rising, Dale Ann Bradley, and  Laurie Lewis, as well as mainstream country music acts.  Due to this variety, a fiddle course with Brandon can touch on everything from Kenny Baker and Stephane Grappelli, to technical discussions and philosophies of fiddling- he is a true fiddle geek!







Justin Hiltner

is a banjo player and songwriter based in Nashville, TN. His high-energy, Scruggs-style picking is unique in its combination of traditional aesthetic and progressive, outside-the-box thinking. In 2016 he was nominated for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Instrumentalist Momentum award. He has performed across the country with artists such as Roland White, Jim Lauderdale, Sierra Hull, Missy Raines, and many more – at venues from the Station Inn and the Grand Ole Opry to FreshGrass Festival, ROMP, and beyond. A veteran instructor, he has been teaching private lessons for the majority of his professional career, leading workshops at festivals and on the road, facilitating slow jams, and teaching at youth camps. He is the Director of the California Bluegrass Association’s 2018 Youth Academy and the social media director for

Here’s what the 2018 schedule for the camp. We’re working on 2019!


Sunday, April 22, 2018
 3:00-5:00 pm Arrival and Check-in
 5:15 pm Welcome and Orientation to Menucha
 6:00 pm Dinner
 7:15 pm Welcome by Instructors, break up into jamming units facilitated by instructors
 Monday, April 23, 2018
 8:00 am Breakfast
 9:30-10:30 am Classes –

  • The Banjo Isn’t the Hardest Instrument but We Want Everyone to Think It Is (aka Beginning Banjo)
  • Intro to Fiddling-  how to develop a good technique that will pay off for years
  • Duet to It (the art of the vocal duet)
 10:45 -11:45 am Classes –

  • Fiddle Backup-  how to fiddle behind a singer and be the Honey of the Bluegrass Baklava
  • Rhythm Guitar- Keeping it all Together
  • Mandolin: the Little King of the Bluegrass Instruments
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30-2:45 pm Classes –

  • Songwriting on the Banjo
  • Critical Listening: What the Heck Is Bluegrass?
  • A Fistful of Mando Chords
3:00-4:15 pm Band Dynamics: How does a band work together? All instructors and students
6:00 pm Dinner
8:00 pm Music, music, music -performances and jamming
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
 8:00 am Breakfast
 9:30-10:30 am Classes –

  • Make That Tune Yours-  how to develop a fiddle tune and make it your own
  • Finding Your Improvisational Voice on the Banjo
  • Guitar Backup: Tone, Bass Runs, and Dynamics
 10:45 -11:45 am Classes

  • Getting on Bass
  • The Finer Points of Mando Picking
  • More banjo…
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30-2:45 pm Classes –

  • Banjo, banjo, banjo
  • String-Changing Coffee Klatch
  • The Versatile Fiddle
  • Mandolin backup (“No, YOU back up!”)
3:00-4:15 pm Singing! All together
6:00 pm Dinner
8:00 pm Music, music, music -performances and jamming
Wednesday, April 25, 2019
8:00 am Breakfast
9:30 am Classes
10:45 am Grand finale
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Head for home, but come see us again next time!


I'm interested!

These are 2018 Costs to Attend, we’ll update for 2019 prior to opening online registration in the fall!

Costs are per person.

You and 3 of your friends want to share a room? Each chooses community lodging on the order form.

Does your spouse/partner want to come but will not participate in classes? Register yourself first, in the confirmation email there will be a link to register your non-participating spouse/partner.

Community Lodging: 3/room, bathroom in hall or room Program Fee $280 + Meals $138 + Lodging $165 = $583 3 Nights + 9 Meals
Semi-Private Lodging: 2/room, bathroom in room Program Fee $280 + Meals $138 + Lodging $265 = $683 3 Nights + 9 Meals
Private Lodging: 1/room, bathroom in room (SOLD OUT) Program Fee $280 + Meals $138 + Lodging $365 = $783 3 Nights + 9 Meals
Commuter: no lodging; lunches & dinners only Program Fee $280 + Meals $98  +  Facility Fee $120 = $498 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Non-participating Spouse/Partner (semi-private housing, all meals)  Meals $138 + Lodging $265 = $403 3 Nights + 9 Meals


Cancellation Policy 

If 90+ days out, canceling a registration results in a full refund minus a $50 handling fee.

If 46-90 days out, 65% refund.

If 30-45 days out, 50% refund.

If fewer than 30 days out, there is no refund available.

Payment Plan Option 

You may choose to divide the cost across several months, depending upon how far in advance you are registering. Options will automatically appear in the online registration process. The cost is only $5 per month.