Wintergrass Intensives
Serious musical study for serious students

The Intensive Program at Wintergrass is a unique opportunity for the developing musician to gain musical insight from some of the industry’s most noted performers and experts in a half day or all day in-depth learning session. Our Wintergrass 2015 theme is “How Can I Keep From Singing?” Vocal and Instrumental Intensive participants should look forward to digging into the dog-eared pages of ‘The American Songbook’ with our hand-picked instructors as they lead participants in the discovery and learning of their most cherished songs.

The Wintergrass Intensive Program is geared for musicians who consider their skill level intermediate to advanced, unless it is noted that the session is specifically for beginners. It is assumed that most participants will be adults, though a youthful individual with the right mindset might also find benefit and enjoyment in the program.

Morning half-day sessions start at 9:00 am and end at 12:00pm; afternoon half-day sessions start at 1pm and end at 4pm; and all day sessions start at 9:00 am and end at 4:00pm, with a lunch break from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Lunch is not provided.

To register online please click go to the Wintergrass ticket site or register by mail by using this downloadable form.

2015 Wintergrass Intensives Classes & Instructors


Vocal Harmony with Aoife O’Donovan & Sarah Jarosz
Thursday, February 26, 2014    Cost: $100


A full day of vocal harmony instruction with Aoife O’Donovan & Sarah Jarosz.

Aoife O’Donovan
Upon graduation from the New England Conservatory of Music, Aoife (pronounced “ee-fuh”) hit the road as the lead singer and principal songwriter/song-finder of Crooked Still, which grew into one of the world’s most acclaimed progressive string groups over the ensuing decade. The stunning versatility and appeal of her voice brought her to the attention of some of the most eminent names in music and led to collaborations across a wide variety of genres with everyone from Alison Krauss to Dave Douglas, along with a role as vocalist on the Grammy-winning Goat Rodeo Sessions alongside Chris Thile, Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Stuart Duncan. –

Sarah Jarosz
Since signing to Sugar Hill Records at age 16, Sarah Jarosz has barely stopped to catch her breath, even as she leaves audiences and critics alike breathless. Rolling Stone has compared her to Gillian Welch; Mojo labeled her a “newgrass prodigy” for her skills on banjo, guitar and mandolin; and the normally reserved New York Times hailed her as “one of acoustic music’s finest talents,” with songwriting chops to match her instrumental prowess. In addition to being a remarkable songwriter, she is also an exceptional interpreter of songs. That giftedness is rooted in understanding the power of music and songs in particular. “I love that music can be a connector between people… The communal aspect of music was one of the first things that drew me to it when I was a little girl attending the jam for the first time.”


Creativity with Joe Craven
Thursday, February 26, 2014    Cost: $55


A half day session on Thursday Morning.

Joe Craven
“I define creativity as “The Pursuit of Possibility or “POP!”. I’m driven to help individuals take possession of what they already have and “demystify” art through self-expression as a daily ritual,” Joe Craven.

An award winning educator for nearly 20 years, Joe’s clients include numerous schools, universities, teacher in-services, detention centers, special needs facilities, music camps, American String Teacher’s Association and corporate clients such as Wells Fargo and Enloe Medical Center. He is the Director of RiverTunes Music Camp and is Co-Director for the Wintergrass Youth Academy. And no matter who Joe’s connecting with – a community workshop in Costa Rica, a university lecture and demonstration in Washington, or on stage in front of thousands of school kids in Scotland – Joe propels people from a mindset of “How will I survive?” to “How can I thrive?”


Mandolin for All with Don Julin
Thursday, February 26, 2014    Cost: $55


A half day session on Thursday Afternoon.

Don Julin
“In addition to being an extraordinary mandolin player, Don is one of the most gifted teachers I’ve ever seen.” – Patrice O’Neill at the Mandolin Symposium. When the “…For Dummies” series folks went looking for an author for their book about mandolin, they found Don. He spent a year writing this incredible guide to really learning how to play the instrument. He currently tours as a duo with Billy Strings. The band has most recently been seen opening for the Del & Dawg show touring the country in 2014. He’s a sought after teacher


Advanced Mandolin with Joe Walsh
Thursday, February 26, 2014    Cost: $55


A half day session on Thursday Afternoon.

Joe Walsh
Joe Walsh is a musician who legendary fiddler Darol Anger called “one of my favorite musicians on earth.” Recognized as one of the foremost contemporary mandolinists, Joe has also won acclaim and affection for his vocals and his talents on a number of other instruments, including guitar and octave mandolin. With two solo albums to his credit, he tours internationally with the award-winning bluegrass supergroup The Gibson Brothers, and was recently named Managing Director of the American Roots Music Program at the Berklee College of Music.


Guitar with Grant Gordy
Thursday, February 26, 2014    Cost: $55


A half day session on Thursday Afternoon.

Grant Gordy
Grant Gordy “belongs to the new elite of American acoustic practitioners who are pushing the ever-expanding envelope of a musical frontier,” so says David Grisman. Gordy has learned the language of bebop and the standards of jazz, soaked up the high lonesome sound of bluegrass music, investigated classical composers like Béla Bartók and Bach, learned the rhythms of distant Mali alongside West African musicians, and doubled lines on electric with the pedal steel guitarist in honky-tonk bands. This versatility has landed him the guitar spot in a number of prestigious bands, chief among them the David Grisman Quintet, and makes him a sought after session player.


Fiddle & Cello with Tashina & Tristan Clarridge
Thursday, February 26, 2014    Cost: $55


A half day session on Thursday Afternoon.

Tashina and Tristan Clarridge
We’ve long considered Tashina and Tristan part of the fabric of Wintergrass and are thrilled to present them as exceptional instructors. Grand National Fiddle Champion Tashina Clarridge has toured with Mark O’Connor, Tony Trischka and Laurie Lewis and has performed at Carnegie Hall as a part of MacArthur Fellow/Grammy-winning bassist Edgar Meyer’s Young Artists program. Multi-instrumentalist brother Tristan is a 5-time Grand National Fiddle Champion and a pioneering cellist, synthesizing traditional folk influences with rhythmic vocabulary from jazz, rock and pop music, and leading a revolution among adventurous young cellists throughout the country. He has toured the world with bluegrass/nu-folk sensation Crooked Still and Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings, as well as Mike Marshall, Bruce Molsky and Cape Breton fiddle phenomenon Natalie MacMaster.


Dobro with Phil Leadbetter
Thursday, February 26, 2014    Cost: $55


A half day session on Thursday Afternoon.

Phil Leadbetter
Named IBMA and SPBGMA Dobro Player of the Year many times, Phil Leadbetter’s career as a much loved and respected dobro player spans decades. Currently touring with Dale Ann Bradley, Phil has been a member of numerous bands including Grasstowne, The Whites, Wildfire, JD Crowe & The New South, and has toured successfully as a solo artist. In December 2012, the Bluegrass world heaved a collective sigh of relief when Phil returned to an active performing schedule after a two year battle with Hodgkins Lymphoma. "Phil is a wonderful dobro player, and a heck of a sweet guy!" - Bela Fleck, 13 time Grammy winning musician