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Bluegrass Jam Camp

July 3, 2023 July 6, 2023 EDT

Taught by Austin Scelzo using the Wernick Method

Black Mountain, NC during the Creative Strings Workshop

Christmount Conference Center, 222 Fern Way, Black Mountain, NC 28711 (just 15 miles from Asheville)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 2:30-5pm each day

Students will work with top tier musicians, including Justin Branum — regular fiddler on the Grand Ole Opry. Students will also have access to Conference Center and evening hangs with Creative Strings Workshop Students, including two performances on Wednesday and Thursday.

This class is presented as part of the Creative Strings Workshop. Register for the full week CSW camp (Session B) and receive free tuition for this Wernick Method camp; you will be added to the Wernick Method roster as well, no further action needed. Or register directly with Wernick Method using the “Register Now!” button below if you will not be attending the full CSW week. $65 deposit holds your spot; 50% refundable for cancellations more than one month in advance. You will be sent the full set of of student materials as soon as you register.

Tuition: $250, or $65 per session


Austin Scelzo (Danbury, CT) was introduced to various fiddle traditions at Mark O’Connor’s early Berklee String Camps and over time picked up all the bluegrass instruments along with singing, songwriting, and jamming. While enjoying four years as a middle school music teacher. Austin’s bluegrass journey began with CT-based groups The Angry O’Haras and On the Trail, on fiddle and vocals.

Now performing with The Rock Hearts, respected New England bluegrass veterans, he is active in the bluegrass community, creating and managing the Bluegrass Coffeehouse performance venue, hosting jams, and launching the Connecticut Bluegrass Music Association.

“Austin is a gifted musician, teacher and just all around good guy.”
“A dedicated and enthusiastic teacher.”
“Austin was a fabulous teacher. He was able to help everyone in the class, with all their levels of expertise.”
“The atmosphere among all of us was very collaborative, supportive and fun, and Austin did a super job of setting that tone and keeping up a strong pace of learning at the same time.”
“I learned more from 30 minutes of observing your class than my 12 years of public school music education.”
“Austin is a great teacher with a real passion for the music. It made for a joyous experience, and I look forward to future jams and classes. Thanks for doing what you do!”
“Austin was able to help those who weren’t as advanced as others in the group. His help showed success by the last meeting when we sound like a real bluegrass group! Loved it.”
“Austin’s enthusiasm and love of the music always came through as he led the class. We all came away with a clear sense of jamming protocols and how to lead songs.”
222 Fern Way
Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States
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Tuition: $250

This class is presented as part of the Creative Strings Workshop. Register for the full week CSW camp and receive free tuition for this Wernick Method camp; you will be added to the Wernick Method roster as well, no further action needed. Or register directly with Wernick Method using the “Register Now!” button below if you will not be attending the full CSW week.  $65 deposit holds your spot; 50% refundable for cancellations more than one month in advance. You will be sent the full set of of student materials as soon as you register.

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