March 28-April 1, 2022
Come enjoy four nights and three days of intense fun and learning in an exceptionally beautiful place with exceptionally talented instructors:
Avery Hill, Del Rey, Heidi Swedberg, Daniel Ward, Aaron Keim, Nicole Keim and musical backup by Nova Devonie and Matt Weiner!
We had fun online in 2021, but we're really looking forward to seeing you live and in-person in 2022!
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Countdown to Camp FAQ's
"Do I have to show proof of vaccination to attend?"
"Will we have to wear masks?"
Yes, please be prepared to wear a mask when indoors and in close proximity to one another. While the Oregon Health Authority is dropping the mask mandate on March 11, we recognize that this group is coming from quite a few places and we want to take care of everyone, especially as we are coming back to doing things together. It will feel so good to be singing and playing together that wearing a mask ... we can do that for one another just a little bit longer.
What kind of mask should I wear?
N-95 or KN95 masks are recommended - Bring several so you can switch as needed.
How do we submit proof of vaccination & boosters?
Instructions are in the email Lori sent on March 9 (if you didn't get it, let her know Lori@menucha.org)
What if I'm feeling sick the day before/day of arrival?
Please choose to stay home - know we'll miss you but will be grateful for your choice to stay home and get well so you can come next time. We will refund all but $50.
Orchestra + Ukulele = Ukestra!
Part of the Ukulele Band Camp experience is playing with the whole camp after lunch. This year, Nancy Piver has arranged "Fanfare -Rondeau" from Suite de Symphonies (known as the MASTERPIECE THEATRE theme) by Jean-Joseph Mouret for ukulele ensemble in 6 parts.
Can I choose any part to learn?
Yes. If you have a baritone or bass uke and will be bringing it, choose the appropriate part. If you like the 8th notes and melody, choose Uke I or II. If you like being the sounds that support or are not as advanced - choose the Uke III or IV. The second page of each part has "Learning Tips" from Nancy that will give an overview and some background.
Need some help or have questions about Ukestra?
You may email Nancy Piver with questions about the Ukestra music. Her email address is in the March 10 email.
Will we perform this for anyone?
Yes - for ourselves and the pure enjoyment of making music together! We'll record a video so you can hear it from the listener's perspective afterwards.
Where's the music?
You can download the music and two audio files for practicing, from our Dropbox folder. Link is in the March 10 email.
What time do we arrive?
Check-in will begin at 3:00 pm on March 28. Please try not to arrive before 3 (unless you are faculty, or have been requested to arrive early). We might put you to work picking up sticks...after we offer you a cup of coffe/tea/water... 🙂
Why are there 2 pages?
The page with colors on it is the detail of Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday in a slightly different format -that's all. The Overall schedule include the arrival and activities for Monday, and the departure time and closing.
Why is Wednesday different?
While these amazing musicians are all in one place, we're going to have a public concert and let them do their thing! The concert will be at the Grange Hall in Corbett - it's about a mile away. We've adjusted dinner time to allow you to enjoy your meal and make your way to the Grange Hall.
Do I have to pay extra for the concert?
No, it's included in your registration!
Can I invite friends to the concert?
Yes; yes, you can, and we hope you will. They can purchase tickets here: www.menucha.org/tickets
What are "Serendipity Workshops?"
They are short workshops on select topics of interest to faculty members and students. They're a little more informal and off-the-cuff than the daily classes.
I'm flying in...anyone want to share a ride to Menucha?
In the March 14 email is a link to a Google Sheet which is self-serve and optional. If you can offer someone a ride, or are in need of one, put your contact info and what you need or can offer and get in touch with each other! Save a little gas, make a new friend!
Do Uber/Lyft/shuttle services... go to Menucha?
Yes, when you arrive at the airport they will bring you out here. However, going back to the airport is harder using Uber or Lyft -there are not many drivers in Corbett. But, I bet you can make a friend who can help you get to the airport on Friday.
What's the physical address of Menucha?
38711 E Historic Columbia River Highway, Corbett, OR 97019
Are there directions on your website?
You bet! https://menucha.org/directions
What about a map of the Menucha grounds?
Yes, you can find it here: https://menucha.org/map-of-grounds
I might be arriving by Uber/Lyft/shuttle, where do I have them drop me off?
Have the driver come down the entry road, stay to the right at the fork, and let them drop you off in front of Wright Hall.
I'm driving, where do I go when I get there?
We have a lovely, winding, one-way entry road. Enjoy it. When you reach the signs at the fork in the road, stay to the right. You'll see the office building on your left, and Wright Hall will be straight ahead -it's big. Continue on past Wright Hall and down a small incline you'll see the gravel parking lot. Find a good spot and come up to Wright Hall to find out where you are staying
MEALS: For those who have been to Menucha many times this year eating together will be a little different, but the same delicious, nutritious food will delight you and keep you fueled for all the music-making.
We'll do our best to make sure you know how to get your food, what's expected for clean up, and ask for your cooperation as we do things necessary to keep one another safe. We'll be available to answer questions and will give directions again at Menucha as the meal time begins.
Is the dining hall set up different?
Yes. The tables are spaced farther apart, and there are fewer chairs at each table.
Are meals being served family-style?
Not at this time. The kitchen is plating the meals. You'll pick up your plate on a tray on the way to your table. Coffee, water and tea will be available at drink stations. Salads (when served with a meal) will be in boxes to pick up. Alternate Diet requests will be picked up from the Kitchen window. We'll explain it all when you get here and you can see it. It'll work!
Can we sit on the terrace?
Yes. There are small outside chairs tables with umbrellas (most of them). Just clear your table as you would inside.
We used to sign up to be Volunteer Meal Servers, are we doing that this year?
Yes, we will need a couple of folks to put plates of food that the kitchen will prepare onto trays as people come by on their way to their table.. Volunteer Meal Servers report to the dining hall 10 minutes before the meal to receive instructions from the kitchen. They'll show you where things go, what to do, and so on.
Coffee, tea, water?
Yes! We'll have them at meals. Coffee stations in the buildings will be available for use. We have a fabulous collection of mugs (no, seriously, all the misfit mugs are loved here).
Do you still have the fancy coffee machine? Can you make me a latte?
Sadly no, but we have plenty of drip coffee, tea choices and hot water. And lots of good places to sit and share a cup in the between times.
I have dietary needs - do I need to do anything else?
If you have not submitted an Alternate Dietary Request form already, please be sure to do that as soon as possible so our kitchen staff can prepare to feed you well. If you submitted your form already, you're good to go.
What's the weather like?
It's the Pacific Northwest - so rain is likely. It might be sunny. Might also be windy, or not. Temps in daytime are running in the mid to upper 50's, the lower 60's are making an appearance. You'll be walking between buildings while you're here, so good walking shoes are helpful. It's not that far between and most of the paths are paved, but our parking lot is gravel.
What should I bring?
- Personal toiletries including shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, hair dryer**Menucha has a few loaner hair dryers you can request in the office.
- Personal medications
- Comfortable clothes (layers)- the weather can change quickly in the gorge. It can get breezy! Don’t forget comfortable walking shoes and a jacket.
- Rain coat/hat/hood or umbrella
- Alarm clock
- Camera…We have amazing views!
- Snacks and beverages…each building’s meeting room has a common refrigerator, microwave available for guest use.
- Instruments, tuners, portable music stand if you like having one and all those other things you like to have with you at music camp
- Print Outs of class handouts (we'll share the link to those in a couple of days) and Ukestra music
Please do not bring pets, fireworks, illegal drugs, guns, or weapons of any kind. Please be aware Menucha operates a marijuana-free environment.
Ack, I don't have a printer? Will you have some copies?
Yes, we will. We also appreciate your help not having to make to many extra copies - we love trees too much to waste the paper.
Do I need to bring a sleeping bag/sheets/towels?
No, not unless you just want to. We provide all linens - sheets, blankets, towels, pillows. If you are, as my friend Gina says, "Pillow Picky" you might want to bring your own. We don't do daily towel changes, but if you need a replacement during the week, we'll get you fixed up.
Loving, Learning Attitude
Having spent so much time distancing and keeping space, it's gonna be all the feels -- it is going to feel a little weird to some, a little scary to others, but also exhilarating, to be together again. As we approach our time together please add an extra measure of patience, care and grace to the things you pack to bring with you. We'll all need to share a bit of each of those with each other at some point during the week.
What room am I staying in?
At check-in we'll let you know what building and which room within that building you'll be staying in. Names will be on the doors. Participants will be staying in Wright Hall, Creevey Complex, Beam House, McCall House, Boyd Hall, Ballard Hall and The Hideaway. Feel free to look at the different buildings on our website: www.menucha.org/facilities
If there is anything I need to know that would help me do my best to give you a comfortable room, please email me: Lori @menucha.org.
Do all the rooms have keys?
We have an eclectic collection of buildings - some were residences in their earlier lives, some were built specifically for Menucha's mission of gathering people. Some of the buildings like McCall House, Beam House or Boyd Hall or Ballard Hall - the folks in those buildings should talk to each other and agree whether to leave the front door unlocked or not during the day.
It is a good practice to check with each other and decide how to share the space together. In Creevey Complex you'll want to talk to the other folks in your building (Building B, C, or D) about the same thing - whether or not to keep the front door to the small entry lobby locked or unlocked -that way you won't have to carry the key around, or worry about being locked out. Same with Ballard Hall - talk to each other.
What happens if I get locked out of my room
If it's during the day, come the Office. If everyone is asleep, call the main Menucha phone number and listen for the prompt to be connected to an after hours staff person.
Are there any elevators?
No, but there are probably kind and helpful fellow participants who can help you out if you need assistance getting a bag upstairs (if you are in a room upstairs in a building).
Do all the buildings have Wifi?
Yes, they do. There is no password to the "Menucha" network. However, if we're all watching Netflix or YouTube...well...
What about cell phone service?
Yes, some spots are better than others, but generally people are able to find a signal.
Do all classes have handouts?
Not every class has handouts. Here's the ones that do:
- Avery Hill - Songs of Carole King and Joni Mitchell
- Daniel Ward - The Art and Ritual of Practice
- Daniel Ward - Melodic Meditations
- Heidi Swedberg - Lullabies
- Heidi Swedberg - Conquering Stage Fright
If you don't see the class you want to take in the above list, it doesn't have handouts.
Where are the handouts?
The handouts are available to download from our Dropbox. See the March 21 email (#8) for the link.
You do not need to have a Dropbox account in order to download. If you have trouble getting the handouts, let me know.
What if I forget my copies I printed?
It happens, and we'll have some copies just-in-case. For those who want the handouts, we really appreciate you bringing print outs with you.
Is alcohol allowed?
While Menucha neither encourages nor prohibits alcohol on campus we do ask your cooperation:
- Alcoholic beverages are not permitted at scheduled retreat events or in the dining room.
- Please be considerate of others sharing your housing areas, recognizing the differing views towards alcohol.
- Please clean up common areas and place empty bottles in recycling containers.
Do you have a gift shop?
No, not at this time. We used to, and we may again in the future, but not right now. When you arrive and enter Wright Hall - take notice how good that wall looks where there used to be a window! The room that was the gift shop is now a guest room!
What happens in the evenings?
- Monday - Meet the instructors and a Beatles Play/Sing-Along
- Tuesday 7:30 Open Mic, Campfire
- Wednesday Faculty Concert at the Grange Hall - Doors 6:30 pm Concert at 7pm
- Thursday 7:30 Open Mic, Sharing Time
Do I need to practice the Beatles songs?
No - we'll have big monitors in the front of the room with words and chords - you can and hum or sing, or just play, or just hum or dance! The instructors will take turns leading the songs.
Is there an open mic? I've got a song I want to share
Yes! Tuesday and Thursday you'll have a chance to share some music. A sign-up sheet will be posted and more instructions about exactly how it'll work will be shared while we're here.
Wednesday's Concert-how do I get there?
The Grange Hall in Corbett is about 1.5 miles from Menucha. We will put up whiteboards so you can offer to drive, or be a passenger. While you could walk, I highly suggest you ride - there are no street lights and it will be DARK - like in-the-country dark and the Historic Highway doesn't have very wide shoulders.
We'll have a map for you too!
The Songs of Carole King and Joni Mitchell – 3 Day Class
Last year marked the 50th anniversary of Joni Mitchell’s Blue and Carole King’s Tapestry. These two seminal albums in music history were recorded at the same time, in the same studio in Los Angeles. Together, they created the soundtrack for a generation and beyond. We'll look at a selection of songs from both albums that bend and expand our notions of songwriting and harmony and give us some fun riffs and rhythms to play with. Players should be comfortable playing in the major keys of C, D, G and A, and somewhat familiar with a variety of strum patterns. (Intermediate to Advanced)
Ukulele By Ear - Drop In
Drop in each day to learn a collection of songs by ear ... as in, *no music*!! Learn techniques for committing chord patterns to memory quickly and practice listening more deeply to what makes a song a song. We'll try a different theme each day - final themes TBA, but may include: Songs of the Carter Family, Freedom Riders: Songs for Civil Rights, Cowpoke Songs, Sea Shanties, and Spooky Songs (playing with minor keys!). (All Levels)
Blue Uke: Fingerpicking The Blues on the Ukulele - 3 Day Class
Many of the great 1920-30’s guitar and banjo blues tunes sit beautifully on the ukulele. There are also African American ukesters like Lemon Nash of Louisiana and Rabbit Muse of Virginia, with distinctive styles on traditional and standard jazz material.
Using characteristic chord inversions and melody picking, we’ll learn a solo finger style arrangement for the uke. Our goal is to play syncopated melody while maintaining a 4/4 beat with the thumb. Re-entrant (high G) tuning preferred. By ear, no TAB.
Level: Be able to keep a 4/4 beat with your thumb while picking a melody with your fingers. (Intermediate to Advanced)
Ukulele Blues Party - Drop In
Jug band and blues songs orchestrated for the ukulele, with playing and singing parts for several levels of player. We’ll work on getting that old-timey sound on your uke, with the right rhythm, chord positions and where to find the melody. Plus, we’ll try and listen to each other and play together. We’ll add parts for basic chords, strumming, picking and singing. Reentrant (high G) tuning preferred. By ear, no TAB.
Level: Be comfortable and confident with first position chords and able to keep time while changing between them. More advanced players will be accommodated as well. (Advanced Beginner and Up)
Lullabies: Soothing Songs from Around the World - 3 Day Class
Children, elders, everyone (!) can use soothing. These songs will be like a loving embrace, giving a sense of peaceful well-being to the performer as well as the audience. (All Levels)
Stage Fright: Conquering the Bear with Your Ukulele - Drop In
Find your fearlessness, learn techniques and tricks to help you ward off the “shakies”. My combination of games, masterclass format, and improvisational songs will help you free your voice and shine in the limelight. (All Levels)
Advanced Music Making: The Art and Ritual of Practice - 3 Day Class
Using several methods and materials, we’ll focus on how to create and manage a great inner and outer space as you work on your music. By running through a daily ritual, we’ll build a way to practice that keeps working long after you’ve left Menucha. Right and left-hand work, ear work, ergonomics, and mind focus are the building blocks we’ll use as well as playing material where we can improvise in a group. Material will be layered to fit the levels of the class. (Strong Intermediate to Advanced)
Melodic Meditations - Drop In
In these drop-in sessions, we’ll learn to play a different song each day from my Melodic Meditations book. Easy to learn short songs that sound fantastic, but each have a special technique to acquire. Learning to manage chord melody and deeper music skills are the big benefits of this class, as well as having a little gem to play for others. (Intermediate to Advanced)
Avery Hill grew up going to music festivals with her father and being dutifully schlepped to music lessons by her mother. After completing a Master's in Education and teaching a variety of subjects and all age groups, it finally dawned on her that she could make music her livelihood. Since 2013, she has been a performing singer-songwriter and ukulele teacher based in Portland, Oregon. As a teacher, Avery believes deeply in demystifying the habits and skills of musicians, and sharing the joy of making music with others. In the classroom, she considers herself part expert, part guide, and part cheerleader.
"This emerging singer-songwriter has a memorable, lilting voice and is already penning songs that could someday be classics. She is an extraordinary young talent." - Tom May, host of River City Folk
Del Rey started playing guitar when she was four years old. At thirteen, she was immersed in the world of folk music, via the San Diego Folk Festival. She has tried to get a whole band onto her solo instrument from the beginning. This gives her music an interesting complexity, especially when applied to the ukulele.
Rags, blues and tunes of the early 20th century are her specialty, even as she writes new music to add to the tradition. Del Rey also has fashion sense that would make Minnie Pearl smile.
Del Rey has taught and played all over the world, and brings her distinctive finger-style approach to guitar and ukulele to her teaching DVDs on Homespun “Boogie-Woogie Guitar” ” The Music Of Memphis Minnie” , “Memphis Uke Party” and “Blue Uke. Her website is www.delreyplays.com and her albums can be found at www.hobemianrecords.com
Heidi Swedberg is passionate about people, which is why she loves the ukulele - the people’s instrument. Encouraging all ages to engage and connect through music, she teaches, writes, lectures and performs for the youngest children to older adults.
She has been a performer for more than 30 years, working in music, film and television, and is known for her role as “Susan” on Seinfeld. Heidi is a contributing editor at Ukulele Magazine, where she writes about community and connectedness. She collaborates with her partner Daniel Ward on recordings and instructional books, including “Color-Along Ukulele: a Method Book for those Drawn to Play”.
Born in Hawaii, her first ukulele came from the Easter Bunny when she was 5 years old. Her family relocated to New Mexico, the place she considers home. Currently based in Los Angeles, Heidi and Daniel have helped start uke programs internationally: in schools, hospitals, orphanages, churches and libraries. They love making new friends while performing and teaching at music festivals around the globe. sukeyjumpmusic.com
Daniel Ward is a gifted musician who has taken his 30 years experience performing world music, jazz, rock and most notably flamenco and focused it on an unlikely instrument: the ukulele. Born in the Atomic City of Los Alamos NM, he holds degrees in classical guitar and composition. As a guitarist, he toured with Dance España, Maria Benitez, and Yjastros, Skümbaag (heavy metal vaudeville!), and went around the world with Ottmar Liebert.
Focusing on four strings has allowed Daniel to share advanced techniques with all levels of player, and he considers his life enriched by the social element of ukulele. In the past five years he has enjoyed performing and teaching at ukulele festivals in England, Canada, Mexico, China and all across the United States. He is a contributing editor at Ukulele Magazine, where his instructional videos and lessons are a perennial favorite. His has written two books of studies for the ukulele, Arpeggio Meditations and Melodic Meditations for Ukulele and is working on a new series of etudes focusing on Latin techniques. “EL UKULELE”, available as a CD, stream or download, is a lively adventure in what the instrument can do. His books, recordings and soundtracks can be found at DanielWard.Net
Nova has been playing piano accordion since the age of eleven and teaching the instrument since the late 1980’s. Focusing on tunes and technique with a bit of theory thrown in, she aims for fun and ease while moving at a comfortable pace for the student. She utilizes both reading written music and playing by ear, and especially enjoys helping beginners develop good habits and intermediate players broaden their skills. Nova draws from her years of experience listening to and playing with top-notch musicians in a variety of styles.
Nova toured as a member of the cowgirl supergroup Ranch Romance in the early 1990’s and now performs regularly in several Seattle bands, including Miles & Karina, The Buckaroosters, and Rare Birds. Nova has taught at the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, California Coast Music Camp, and the Port Townsend Ukulele Festival.
Ask her about the time she was on NPR's "A Prairie Home Companion" radio show and Garrison Keillor couldn't pronounce her name.
Big tone and solid rhythm have made Matt Weiner one of the busiest bass players in the Northwest. Inspired by the “prebop” bass players and their music, he’s slapping out a syncopated jazz feel on one tune, on another bowing a folksy melody.
Frequently performing upward of 200 shows per year, Matt can be spotted around Seattle and other places plucking, bowing and slapping his gut-strung bass with Jacob Zimmerman, Ray Skjelbred, Del Rey, Barton Carroll, Bric-a-Brac Trio, Squirrel Butter, Wayne Horvitz, Eli Rosenblatt, Casey MacGill and many others. He has also recorded and performed with The Todalo Shakers, The Hot Club of Cowtown, The Asylum Street Spankers, Butch Thompson, Becky Kilgore, Danny Barnes, Matt Munisteri, Jon-Erik Kellso, Rani Arbo and James Hill.
He was a featured musician in the 2019 production of the Christmas Revels in Cambridge, MA. Less recently, he played the role of bass player Joe B. Mauldin in the 5th Avenue Theatre production of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. At The Ukeshack #1, an album of bass and ukulele duets with Del Rey, was released in 2007.
2+ decades of experience has made Matt a highly sought-after teacher. Matt has taught at the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, the Yukon Woodshed Acoustic Music Workshop, The Portland Ukulele Festival, The Menucha Ukulele Band Camp, and 4 different Centrum music camps: the Ukulele Festival, the Country Blues Festival, Voiceworks and the Red Hot Strings Workshop. He teaches bass, electric bass, tenor guitar and beginning guitar private lessons and workshops at Dusty Strings in Seattle, and at his little home in White Center.
Aaron and Nicole Keim, Artistic Directors
Aaron and Nicole live an artistic life in Hood River Oregon, making music, building musical instruments, writing books, crafting folk art and raising their son, Henry. Theirs is a deep connection to the folk traditions of the Depression era string and folk revival music. It is woven into their singing harmonies and unique ways of incorporating Ukulele, banjo and accordion into their teaching and performing. Aaron builds beautiful instruments at Beansprout Musical Instruments and Nicole’s art is available at Marmalade Creations on Etsy. www.quietamericanmusic.com, www.thebeansprout.com www.etsy.com/shop/marmaladecreations
2022 Ukulele Band Camp Cost To Attend
Cost is per person and varies depending on number of roommates chosen. For overnight guests it includes ukulele instruction, 4 nights' lodging, and 11 meals.
SOLD OUT - email Lori if you want to be
on a list should one become available
Covers instruction plus lunches and dinners
|Covers 4 nights' lodging and 11 meals|
Skill Levels Required for Ukulele Band Camp
If you are wondering if this camp is for you, please read on. Menucha’s Ukulele Band Camp is offered for advanced-beginner, intermediate, and advanced players. The word “beginner” covers a lot of ground, and the faculty recognize that there will be a range of skills in class and usually provide different parts to accommodate the students. Most teachers expect that the students know more than a few chords and are capable of changing chords smoothly and in rhythm.
We have devised an exercise to help you evaluate what you might want to work on before camp so you get the most out of your musical experience. Try the following exercise in three different keys. Use a metronome!
At 60 beats per minute, play each chord four times (four beats per chord). Play the chords without diagrams, that is, by heart.
C – Am – F – G7 – C
It should take 20 seconds. Try it in this key as well:
G – Em – C – D7 – G
Extra Credit: F – Dm – Bb – C7 – F
If you can do this, then you will get the most out of your classroom experience! You might have difficulty making the chord sound beautiful, even though you know how to play it (B-flat anyone?). Not to worry – the teachers can help you with that.
If you need to look up any of the chords, then you know what you may want to work on before the camp starts.
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