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Weekly Jam Class (Sun)

January 26, 2025 March 2, 2025 EST

Taught by Denise Radtke & Bruce Thompson using the Wernick Method

Saratoga Springs, NY

Located at a private residence; address provided upon registration

2:00-5:30pm each Sunday, except for Super Bowl Sunday (Feb 9, 1:00-4:30pm); no class on Feb 16

Tuition: $190 for 5 sessions

$10 off if you register by January 1. $50 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.


Denise Radtke (Saratoga Springs, NY) plays guitar, mandolin, clawhammer banjo and sings. She started in music with Renaissance recorder and performing with early music ensembles. In 2013, after taking a Wernick class she began participating in bluegrass jams and events at every opportunity. She helped found the Schroon River String Band, Red Spruce, Pinewood Hollow and most recently, Willoughby Station, performing throughout the Capital District and the Adirondacks. Denise leads bluegrass jams in the Saratoga Springs/Glens Falls area and also teaches bluegrass guitar. She is a retired geologist and maintains a New York State Professional Geologist License. 

Bruce Thompson (Middle Grove, NY) started playing music in elementary school, first on violin and later on guitar and dobro. Influenced by acoustic folk and bluegrass and a love for improvisation, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Composition at the Berklee College of Music and played various music styles in the Boston area for ten years. After moving to Saratoga County, NY he raised a family and made music at community, family, and school events. In 2020 Bruce returned to his love of acoustic music, teaching at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs where he is a fixture in the local bluegrass community.

“A kind, welcoming, encouraging teacher like Denise brings out the best in all her students. She ensures that the experience is fun and fulfilling!”
“Denise is wonderfully patient and encouraging. Her experience in jamming and performing make her an excellent teacher, guiding learners of varying abilities to new levels.”
“Bruce has a deep toolbox of learning and practice tracks; he’s extremely patient; he has a vast repertoire; and in general he’s just great vibes.”
“Denise is a great jam leader. She is patient and always thoughtful of newcomers and beginners. I have learned much from her.”
“Bruce has a natural gift for teaching. His calm demeanor and contagious laugh make everyone feel comfortable while learning. We leave each session so thankful.”
As someone relatively new to bluegrass, I find Bruce always makes me feel welcome. He is a wonderful musician and natural teacher, always positive and encouraging!
“Denise loves bluegrass and is dedicated to her craft. She is patient and kind while guiding you to your next level.”
private residence
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States

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Tuition: $190

$10 off if you register by January 1. $50 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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