March 25-29, 2019

Registration is open!

Wow! You all are excited about Ukulele Band Camp! We are almost full, so only commuter option is available while Lori sees if we have any more overnight accommodations available. You can secure a place by being a commuter, email Lori (her email will be on your confirmation) and let her know that should a space be available that you would like it.

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Do you love the ukulele? Want to play and learn with the best? Then the Menucha Ukulele Band Camp is for you. Four nights and three days of intense fun, ukulele instruction, and merry music-making within the structure of a band, led by some of the ukulele world’s finest band masters.

Each morning begins with a short singing session to warm up our voices and a third session is offered each day in extra-curricular musical skills – acoustic bass, singing, accordion, improvising, claw-hammer technique, etc. There will also be time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Menucha, and get to know your fellow students in evening entertainment, jam sessions and open mic.

Band Camp is truly a unique and wonderful experience, and registrations are limited to help provide an intimate and in depth educational experience. It’s also a lot of fun. Our goal is to provide you with exciting challenges by learning to be in a band, playing together and taking risks. This can happen more easily if you have a solid foundation. Click  the “FAQ” tab below for more information about Ukulele Band Camp.

2019 Faculty: Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, Aaron Keim, Tracy Kim, Nicole Keim, Matt Weiner, Nova Devonie

2019 Artistic Director: Marianne Brogan, Portland Ukulele Association

Fun Article Featuring our Camp: Ukulele, a Four-Stringed Phenomenon

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Wow! You all are excited about Ukulele Band Camp! We are almost full, so only commuter option is available while Lori sees if we have any more overnight accommodations available. You can secure a place by being a commuter, email Lori (her email will be on your confirmation) and let her know that should a space be available that you would like it.

 2019 Cost to Attend

SOLD OUT Community Lodging: 3-4/room, bathroom in hall or room (email Lori if want to be on a list should a bed be come available) Program Fee $370 + Meals $175 + Lodging $210 = $755 4 nights + 11 meals
SOLD OUT Semi-Private: 3/room, bathroom in room or hall Program Fee $370 + Meals $175 + Lodging $310 = $855 4 nights + 11 meals
SOLD OUT Semi-Private Plus: 2/room, bathroom in room Program Fee $370 + Meals $175 + Lodging $410 = $955 4 nights + 11 meals
SOLD OUT Private 1/room (13 available), bathroom in hall or room
Program Fee $370 + Meals $175 + Lodging $510 = $1055 4 nights + 11 meals
Commuter: no lodging; includes all lunches & dinners Program Fee $370 + Meals $118 + Site Use Fee $150 = $638 3 lunches, 4 dinners
Want to bring your spouse who doesn’t play ukulele? They get meals and lodging but don’t take the classes.
Non-participating Spouse (semi-private housing, all meals) Meals $175 + Lodging $410 = $585 4 nights + 11 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.



NOTE: This is the 2018 schedule, just to give you a sense of things. The 2019 schedule will be posted in February.

Camp check-in begins at 3:00 pm on Monday. First official meeting is at 4:00 pm in Wright Hall!

Camp ends on Friday morning after breakfast.

Daily Schedule 2018 – Menucha Ukulele Band Camp
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

7:50 a.m.


Volunteer Servers report to dining room in Wright Hall

8-8:45 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.


Choral Warm up in Wright Hall



10:00 – 11:15 a.m. Class Sessions

Del Rey

Drop-in Class

Music of WC Handy 


Craig Chee

3-Day Class

Advanced Picking and Strums

(Wright Hall)

Aaron Keim

Drop-in Class

Songs of American Work


Sarah Maisel

3-Day Class

Chord Melody



11:50 a.m.


Volunteer Servers report to dining room in Wright Hall

Noon – 1:00 p.m.  Lunch  Nom, nom, nom

1:15-2:00 p.m.


All Camp band session in Wright Hall



2:30-3:45 p.m. Class Sessions

Del Rey

3-Day Class

Two Waltzes


Craig Chee

Drop-in Class

Percussive Side of Ukulele

(Wright Hall)

Aaron Keim

3-Day Class

Fingerstyle Etudes


Sarah Maisel

Drop-in Class

Intro to Jazz Ukulele



4:30 – 5:30 p.m.


Serendipity workshops: check the whiteboard in the Wright Hall Foyer after lunch for descriptions and locations

5:50 p.m. Volunteer Servers report to dining room in Wright Hall
6-7 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. Entertainment Starts with one hour of open mic, followed by activities and entertainment, then jams
notes 3-day classes are level 3/4, talk to the teacher you have questions.

Drop-in classes are all levels.



2019 class descriptions will be posted soon!



What about Class Levels?

Differing levels of ability are expected at Band Camp. Teachers will describe their classes on the first evening and you’ll have an opportunity to talk to them and, if needed, change your class selection. One strategy might be to select one class where you’ll be challenged, because that’s where the learning occurs, and one class where you already have an established level of comfort.

LEVEL 1 beginner: Ukulele Band Camp is not providing a jump start track this year. (these are students at level 1). Depending on your musical background and confidence you may still decide to attend. The LEVEL 1 beginner has been playing for 3-6 months and has learned 3-4 chords but hesitates in-between chord changes to move the fingers to the next location. This student will want to “bone up” and reach for level two skills to give you a better foundation for classes. Suggested chords to memorize: C, Am, F, G7 (key of C family). And G, Em, C, D7 (Key of G family).

LEVEL 2 advanced beginner: This player knows a handful of chords and can move from one chord to another without pausing. May have trouble with barre chords, and has developed a strum or two or a finger pattern for picking. Level 3 players in these bands can practice leads and chord inversions.

LEVEL 3 intermediate: This player can hold a steady rhythm, and is competent with a variety of basic chords (for example: A, Am, B7, C, C7, D, Dm, E7, Em, G, and G7). Understands simple chord progressions (such as I, IV, V chords), can sing and strum at the same time, and learns chords to simple tunes fairly quickly.

LEVEL 4 intermediate/advanced: This player can hear I, IV, and V chords, has mastered some chord inversions, knows there is life above the fifth fret, and has visited there with movable chords. Plays lead and backup easily with others (well, maybe not lead), and keeps a steady rhythm.

PACING: Classes usually pace themselves to match the participants’ abilities.



Ukulele Band Camp Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What skill levels are required for camp? 

If you are wondering if this camp is for you, please read on. Band Camp is offered for the 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 our 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.

For more help deciding what level you’ve reached, please click here for our Uke Class Levels page.


Q: I understand that private lodging gets booked fast.

You’re right – register early and snag one of these highly sought-after accommodations.  There are 9 available.

Q: Tell me about semi-private: can I specify the person I share with? Some members of my Uke group may be coming, so perhaps I could room with them if we can’t get private. 

Menucha has several semi-private rooms, which means 2-3 people per room (twin or queen beds) and usually (but not always) your own bathroom. If you and your spouse/partner both want to attend, you can be placed in a semi-private room together with the other beds blocked out.

There are also community lodging rooms, our most affordable. They can house 3-5 people per room, depending on size; a few of these have private bathrooms while most others have a bathroom next door or down the hall. Menucha’s community lodgings are bunk rooms. (You would not be required to sleep in a top bunk if you don’t want to; each guest gets one “set” so you’d be able to sleep on the bottom bed and store your stuff on the bunk above or vice-versa).

If you have a group you regularly jam with and want to room near each other, in most cases this can be arranged.  Please contact our office. 503-695-2243.

 Q: I have other instruments that I would like to bring – what is the policy?

A: Any acoustic instrument is acceptable. Volume may be an issue and please note: band camp is an acoustic environment. Professional musicians have been hired to provide band accompaniment. Instruments that must be plugged into an amplifier, such as the “ukulele bass,” are not allowed in the band classes, and may only be used outside of class in groups that allow it.




“As close to flawless folk-bluegrass as it gets.”  – Billboard Magazine


TWO-TIME GRAMMY® Award Winners, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer are master musicians with a career spanning over 35 years. Their superb harmonies are backed by instrumental virtuosity on the guitar, five-string banjo, ukulele, mandolin, cello-banjo, and many other instruments. An eclectic folk festival on their own terms, their repertoire ranges from classic country to western swing, gypsy jazz to bluegrass, and old-time string band to contemporary folk including some original gems. Their versatility defies a brief description – perhaps “well rounded Americana” does it best.


In February 2017, the duo released their 45th recording, “GET UP AND DO RIGHT” which features duets of some of their favorite songs by songwriters such as Alice Gerrard, Tom Paxton, Ola Belle Reed and David Francey, with an original tune and song for good measure.


Cathy & Marcy have performed at hundreds of bluegrass and folk festivals and taught at close to 100 music camps. The Washington Area Music Association has recognized the duo with over 60 WAMMIE Awards for folk, bluegrass and children’s music. They have performed with Pete Seeger, Theodore Bikel, Tom Paxton, Patsy Montana, Riders in the Sky and a wide range of musical luminaries. They are happily known as “social music conductors” ready to start a jam session, a community sing or to create a music camp helping others learn to play and sing.



No stranger to the ukulele world, Aaron has been teaching ukulele techniques and performing at festivals since 2004. As an educator with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a master’s degree in Musicology, his true talents lie in his ability to adapt instruction to fit a wide range of learners and learning styles. Aaron is an ambassador for old time folk music in the ukulele world, adapting banjo and guitar techniques to the ukulele (including playing in the “clawhammer” tradition). His YouTube instructional videos have gained a worldwide following and have led to teaching and performing opportunities in N. America, Europe and Australia.  Aaron is also a luthier, building instruments for Mya-Moe ukuleles 2011-2018 and as Beansprout Musial Instruments from 2007-2018.

Nicole earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Music Education and taught K-5 elementary school music for nine years in the public schools while living in Colorado.  She sang professionally for several years with the nationally recognized Ars Nova Singers and has taught private voice and piano lessons to students of all ages since 2002. In 2012 (after moving to Oregon), Nicole took a sabbatical from teaching elementary school in order focus on her fiber arts business and to perform and travel with Aaron as The Quiet American. She has taught several singing workshops and has developed a passion for teaching beginning ukulele instruction to adult learners.

Aaron and Nicole have also self published several educational ukulele books with topics ranging from jug band songs to fingerstyle technique.  Many of their books include instructional videos on YouTube, which has contributed to the worldwide success of their products. Nicole’s handwritten notation and illustrations in these books are the perfect compliment to Aaron’s well planned scope and sequence of lessons, ukulele arrangements and original compositions.




Tracy Kim is one of Portland’s most popular performers and teachers for swing music.  From Charlie Christian to Django Reinhardt, he has been performing and teaching this music for over two decades.  He can be seen performing with his own trio, with the Kung Pao Chickens, 12th Avenue Hot Club, and most recently with James Mason and the Gypsy Hicks.  Tracy performs on his archtop jazz guitar or his ukulele.  He has recently opened his own music school, the Happy Valley School of Music, where he designs the music curriculum, including all the workshops, classes and private lessons.