Youth Educational Offerings

Youth Education Registration Form


Most Wintergrass Youth education programs take place at the Hyatt Regency (900 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue WA 98004) in the Evergreen Ballroom. Students and parents should plan to check-in thirty minutes before the start time each day. Parents are always welcome, but not required, to stay and observe the fun. Students should plan to pack a lunch. A substantial snack and drink will be provided to Youth Academy students on Friday at 4pm before their 5pm performance.

Wintergrass Pintgrass

For young students ages 4-6

Thursday/Friday, February 26-27, 2015
9am to noon Hyatt Evergreen Ballroom
Cost: $45

Pintgrass is for our youngest musicians. Your 4-6 year olds will learn easy tunes, begin developing a sense of rhythm, and have the opportunity to learn more Bluegrass and folk music in an encouraging environment. Your young students will love working with Ayrian Moore and her staff of caring instructors.

A weekend pass to Wintergrass is always free to kids under the age of twelve, so that pass is included with your registration to Pintgrass. Parents of registered students are eligible for a discounted Parent Weekend Pass to Wintergrass.

PintGrass is a half-day program. Registration begins 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning. Classes run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday. All PintGrass students and parents are encouraged to come and watch the Wintergrass Academy’s final performance Friday evening at 5:00 p.m.

You can Register Online or fill out the Youth Education Form and mail it in to:

Wintergrass
POB 2024
Milton, WA 98354

D'Addario Wintergrass Youth Academy

For students ages 7-13
Thursday/Friday, February 26-27, 2015
9am to 4pm Hyatt Evergreen Ballroom
8:30am registration on Thursday
Friday performance on the Evergreen Stage from 5-6:30pm

Cost: $117 (includes full weekend pass to Wintergrass)

The Wintergrass Youth Academy has long been the lynchpin the the Wintergrass youth education program. Beth Fortune and the irrepressible Joe Craven lead a stellar team of both adult and junior teachers who work to instill the seeds of a lifelong love of music in their young charges. Even if your child doesn’t yet play an instrument, the Youth Academy is a fantastically fun, affirming entry point into a musical life.

Registration includes a weekend pass to Wintergrass. Parents of registered students are encouraged to attend the closing performance on Friday night on the Evergreen stage from 5 to 6:30pm at no cost. A festival pass is required to attend other shows. Parents of registered students are eligible for a discounted Parent Weekend Pass.

Performers will learn about and practice:
  • Fine-tuning one’s stage presence
  • Reading the audience
  • Ensemble skills
  • Playing music with others
  • Building an interesting performance
  • Integrating the new skills acquired during the Kids Academy
  • “And everything else (except the kitchen sink)”
Small group and Individual attention!

All Youth Academy students participate in small group instruction on their own bluegrass instruments. (If you child needs an instrument, let us know!) Students also get a chance to try out other instruments and receive basic instruction on either guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, dobro, bass, or voice.

You can Register Online or fill out the Youth Education Form and mail it in to:

Wintergrass
POB 2024
Milton, WA 98354

Wintergrass Youth Orchestra

For middle and high school aged students

EMP rehearsals in January/February - Dates to Be Announced
Rehearsal with Bob Phillips (ASTA president)
February 28th 9am to 1:30pm - Hyatt Evergreen Ballroom
Sunday March 1, 2015 Hyatt Grand Ballroom - Performance!

Cost: $100

Designed to bridge the gap between classical and oral tradition music, The Youth Orchestra provides an opportunity for middle and high school students to learn improvisation, ear training, and the study of traditional songs and styles; it offers exposure to both classical and traditional bluegrass instruments and the transfer of skills from classical orchestra to folk ensembles, and vice versa. This year students will be working with Aoife O’Donovan & Sarah Jarosz; Matuto; Darol Anger’s Mr. Sun, and Mark O’Connor.

The bulk of the orchestra is made up of select students from 3 participating schools each year. However, ‘singleton students’, i.e., those students who are not members of the participating orchestras, are also invited to participate. A limited number of singleton students are accepted each year. Those students must have an ability to learn and work on their own and must learn all of the material to be performed. They are invited and encouraged, but not required, to attend one of the two pre-festival rehearsals at Seattle’s Experience Music Project (EMP) which occur in January and February. All students will be provided with written music. Singleton students will also be provided with mp3s of the music, when available.

Registration includes a Saturday/Sunday pass to Wintergrass. Parents of all orchestra students are eligible for a discounted Parent Sunday pass, which is good for all shows, all day Sunday.

Perhaps the most important discovery for these students is the difference between a fiddle and a violin, which, of course, is... attitude. The Wintergrass Youth Orchestra does not compete with traditional symphony training – rather it seeks to validate multiple approaches to string music. Something magical happens during these sessions and is reflected in the culminating performance, when all 200 students share the Grand Ballroom Stage with Wintergrass headliner bands on Sunday morning.

EMP
325 5th Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109
http://www.empmuseum.org

You can Register Online or fill out the Youth Education Form and mail it in to:

Wintergrass
POB 2024
Milton, WA 98354

Wintergrass Youth Academy/Orchestra Package

For students wishing to participate in both the Youth Academy and Orchestra programs.

Registration Cost: $190


Registration includes a weekend pass for the student. Parents of Youth Academy/Orchestra package students are eligible for a discounted Parent Weekend Pass.

You can Register Online or fill out the Youth Education Form and mail it in to:

Wintergrass
POB 2024
Milton, WA 98354

Wintergrass Youth Academy Teacher Training (YATT)

For students ages 14 to 21



Youth Academy Teacher Training is designed for young skilled musicians ages 14 to 21 to encourage growth in the areas of showmanship and band ensemble and prepare students for teaching possibilities.

More info coming soon.


Additional Information

A Parent Weekend Pass is $117. Parents or guardians of registered Pintgrass, Youth Academy or Youth Academy/Orchestra package students are eligible to purchase up to 2 such passes. The pre-festival price for a weekend pass is $137.

A Parent Sunday Pass is $17 - Parents or guardians of registered participants in the Youth Orchestra are eligible to purchase up to 6 such passes. The pre-festival price for a Sunday pass is $42.

For any other questions about any Wintergrass Youth Education program, please contact Beth Fortune directly.