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Bluegrass Jam Camp

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Taught by Scott Hopkins using the Wernick Method*

Oak Hill, NY just prior to the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival

Oak Hill Firehouse (near festival entrance), 1 Poultney Road, Oak Hill, NY 12460

July 10-12, 2023

Monday/Tuesday, 9am-5pm; Wednesday 1pm-9pm*

*Includes (optional) Wednesday night short performance at the Open Mic Tent

Tuition: $250

$10 off thru June 10, 2023. Unlimited $10 referral discounts; contact Scott if you recruit others to register. Discounts can be combined. $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.

  • Camping and evening jamming available at The Foxhole.
  • Camping and evening jamming available Monday and Tuesday nights at Fox Flat Liner Parking, 200 County Route 22, Oak Hill NY, 12460. Less than a quarter of mile from the festival gate. $25 for 1 night, $40 for 2 nights. Easy lineup Wednesday morning for the festival! No reservations; opens Monday July 10 at 9am.
  • Other nearby accommodations sent upon request.

Assisted by
Ellen Carlson

Scholarship: A scholarship is available that covers full tuition. Individuals under 25 and service veterans are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants should provide their age, instrument(s) played, experience and goals in bluegrass, and a short statement of their financial need. Applications should be sent directly to Scott Hopkins at scotthopkins74@gmail.com and must be received by May 1, 2023. All applicants will be notified by May 8, 2023.

Scott Hopkins grew up hearing bluegrass recordings in his home. At 15 he took up banjo and also joined the school band on tuba, fully immersing himself in the study of music. Scott received music education degrees from Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and the University of Connecticut, winning the Crane Concerto Competition on tuba.

Scott is a school band teacher and has continued to play banjo in bands in New York and Vermont. He currently performs with the Upstate Bluegrass Band and has released an acclaimed banjo recording, using his skills as composer, arranger, producer and engineer.

Scott’s students say:

“He was so sensitive, understanding and patient with a student who exhibited limited skills. He stayed with him, delicately pushed him, and truly helped this student believe in himself.”
“Scott’s teaching style was very relaxed and engaging. He ALWAYS took time to ensure that things were organized and directed toward an outcome. He has a natural ability to make you feel that you CAN accomplish the myraid of small challenges.”
“Scott kept things moving along at a comfortable pace.”
“Scott is an absolutely terrific musician, but he’s an even better instructor!”
“Scott blends just the right amount of silly with serious to create a learning experience that’s thorough AND fun!”
“I didn’t want the class to end!”

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