March 29-April 1, 2022

We had fun online in 2021, but we're really looking forward to seeing you live and in-person in 2022!

Stay tuned, our Artistic Directors, Aaron & Nicole Keim, are putting together a stellar group of teachers!

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All Times are Pacific Time
Friday, April 9th


Zoom Meeting 1- “Wright Hall” Pacific Time Zoom Meeting 2- “Greenhouse”
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Participant Tech Check & Zoom Orientation
Welcome Session/Faculty Introduction

Meet the Teachers and Play-Along, Q&A, Icebreaker Rooms

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
6:30 pm - ?? Jam with Aaron and other faculty



Saturday, April 10th


Zoom Meeting 1- “Wright Hall” Pacific Time Zoom Meeting 2- “Greenhouse”
Class #1

Cathy Fink- Clawhammer Ukulele in GCEG tuning
(Int-Advanced with previous Clawhammer Experience)

9:30 am - 10:30 am Class # 1

The Canote Brothers-
Rhythmic Tricks of the Trade!
(All Levels)

Menucha Meditation 10:35 am - 10:50 am
Class #2 

Aaron Keim- Learn It From the Source
(All Levels)

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Class #2

Kevin Carroll- Intro to African Music for Ukulele
(Intermediate and Advanced)

Lunchtime Hangout- Hosted by Matt & Nova and The Canote Brothers 12:05 pm -12:40 pm
Class #3

Marcy Marxer- The Girl From Ipanema


12:45 pm - 1:45 pm Class #3 

Matt Weiner and Nova Devonie-

(All Levels)

Marianne Brogan- Barely Beyond Beginner Fingerstyle Ukulele   2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Luthier’s Corner with Jere Canote

Show and Tell, Q&A - Small Wonder Banjos

Participant Open Mic (Must Sign up Ahead of Time) 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Marianne Brogan- Barely Beyond Beginner Fingerstyle Ukulele   4:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Luthier’s Corner with Aaron Keim

Shop Show and Tell, Q&A– Beansprout Musical Instruments

4:30 pm - 5:15 pm

Dinner Break

Faculty Concert


5:15 pm - 6:30 pm
6:30 pm-??? Campfire Sing-Along/Play-Along with Lizann, Aaron and Marianne


Sunday, April 11th


Zoom Meeting 1- “Wright Hall” Pacific Time Zoom Meeting 2- “Greenhouse”
Morning Sing with Nicole 9:00 am - 9:15 am
Class # 1

Marcy Marxer- Nuages

9:15 am - 10:15 am Class #1

Kevin Carroll- Celtic Ukulele
(Advanced Beginner and Up)

Chat with other Participants facilitated by Marianne Brogan  10:15 am - 10:30 am
Class #2

Matt & Nova- Groov-Etudes*
(All Levels)
* Different music than yesterday's class

10:30 am - 11:30 am Class #2

The Canote Brothers - Big Yellow Taxi (Not the Joni Mitchell Song!) (Intermediate)

Teacher Chat with Kevin Carroll

Q&A time for any attendees who have ukulele students of their own

11:45 am-12:15 pm

Lunch Break

Participant Open Mic (Must Sign up Ahead of Time)

6 spots available

Class #3


Cathy Fink- Swing It!

(Adv Beginner and Up)

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Class #3


Aaron Keim- Spicing Up a Simple Chord Progression

(All Levels)

Chat with other Participants facilitated by Marianne Brogan  1:30 pm - 1:45 pm  
Closing Session

Staff Members Sing/Play Along

Special Video

Breakout Groups

Final Song- “Safe Home”

1:45 pm - 3:00 pm


2021 Classes

Matt Weiner
Nova Devonie


Groov-Etudes with Matt ’N’ Nova (All Levels) 

Over 2 classes, learn four short groovy etudes from the aged neophyte ukulele brains of Matt and Nova. After you quickly master these little nuggets of rhythm and melody that took us years to perfect, we will resume our familiar duties on bass and accordion, accompanying YOU as you float along on the happy world of groovy mastery and relaxation.



Bio of Nova Devonie and Video of Nova Devonie

Bio of Matt Weiner and Video of Matt Weiner



Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer


Swing It! (Advanced Beginner and Up) 

A class in swing rhythm on uke including some swing chords, how to make it swing with left and right hand muting and chops, and how to practice so you are a rock solid rhythm section. Advanced beginners and up who are comfortable changing “regular” chords in the key of C (CFG/G7) and G (GCD/D7) 


Clawhammer Ukulele (in GCEG tuning)  (Intermediate-Advanced) 

For people who already have some clawhammer uke right hand going, we’ll explore what this tuning has to offer that is different from GCEA, and learn a tune! You are welcome to attend just to learn about the tuning, but it won’t be a beginning clawhammer technique class.



The Girl From Ipanema (Intermediate)

Play the lovely chords and easy melody of this Brazilian Classic tune. For Ukulele and Baritone Ukulele

Nuages (Advanced)

Nuages was written by Django Reinhardt.  This song has cool Jazz chords and a beautiful melody.  Our inspiration version features the sweet melodic playing of Stephane Grappelli.  


Bio for Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer

Video of Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer


Kevin Carroll


Celtic Ukulele  (Advanced Beginner - Advanced)

This ensemble-style class will explore the Celtic music of Ireland, Scotland and the British Isles. Bagpipe drones, fiddly-bits, hammer-ons and pull-offs are just the beginning for this new offering. I have several tunes arranged in a ‘Ukestra’ style with a combination of single-note parts as well as chords. We will also try our hand at a couple of traditional “session” tunes where the ukulele will play Celtic fiddle melodies. Material will include a curated set of traditional music that has been tailored to fit the ukulele like a fine kilt. Prior note-reading and/or tablature reading experience highly recommended. Low-G tuning recommended, though not mandatory. 


Intro to African Music for Ukulele (Intermediate and Advanced)

This unusual offering (I have not seen this anywhere else!) introduces the hypnotic and expressive qualities of African music. The music of the Congo, Zimbabwe and Mali will be highlighted as we get a feel for the forms and rhythms of this powerful music. 


Bio of Kevin Carroll

Video of Kevin Carroll




The Canote Brothers


Rhythmic Tricks of the Trade!  (All Levels) 

Add pep to your songs with a handful of happy strums! Including: Various down-up patterns, the Freight Train, The Triplet, The Blues Shuffle, Syncopated Strums, The George Formby Split Stroke, plus many more! 


Big Yellow Taxi, (Not the Joni Mitchell song!) (Intermediate) 

Learn a swingy blues using closed up the neck chords, played using the swing chop strum, with a fingerpicked turnaround! We’ll start with the chord forms, then put all the techniques together! 


Bio of the Canote Brothers

Video of the Canote Brothers


Aaron Keim


Spicing Up a Simple Chord Progression (All Levels)

Join Aaron as he decorates a simple 12 bar chord progression.  We will use music theory, vintage recordings and our own imagination to make the commonplace new again.

Learn It From the Source (All Levels) 

For this workshop Aaron will show you his process for learning songs from old records.  He will pick a piece he has never learned and dive in with you watching and helping.  Words, chords, intros, endings, solos, the whole works!


Bio of Aaron and Nicole Keim

Video of Aaron and Nicole Keim




Barely Beyond Beginning Finger Style Ukulele also known as the "Travis Pick." There are as many ways to pick a tune as there are stars in the sky. I'm going to show you one, with some variations. Thumb and two-finger pattern.

Marianne Brogan grew up in a musical family and played flute, piano, guitar and drums. In middle age she found her instrument – the ukulele – and that was that.

She founded the Portland (Oregon) Ukulele Association in 2001, and has been happily teaching ukulele, and organizing events ever since. Her own desire for high quality music instruction from top notch teachers led her to create the former Portland Uke Fest, Menucha Ukulele Band Camp now in it's 11th year, and most recently, the Port Townsend Ukulele Festival, now in its tenth iteration.


More Info on How We Host an Online Camp

If you've never attended an online event, let us give you an overview of how it looks.

Here are photos from our Blues "in" the Gorge camp, held online in October 2020. Everything was done via Zoom - if you've not yet used Zoom, we will be happy to give you a short introduction before camp begins.

On our first day, we had a quick "tech check" and determined everyone was online and ready.









In this workshop photo, we had set the video to spotlight instructor Mary Flower and have much smaller views of everyone else.

If your view is set to "Speaker view" this is what you will see in class.






In this workshop photo, we used Zoom's "gallery view" setting to make sure we could see if anyone raised their hand with a question.

Participants can switch between "speaker view" and "gallery view" on their computers without affecting the recording of the class that Menucha is making.

If you want to see everyone in the class with you, change to "Gallery view"

If you only want to see the teacher, choose "Speaker view"