CBA Music camps

CBA Music Camp

If you love playing bluegrass and old-time music and want to improve on your singing or your instrument, ramp up those jamming skills, or try something completely new, join us for the three and a half days leading up to the festival at the California Bluegrass Association Music Camp, also held at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Many of the incredible musicians playing at each year's festival act as featured instructors so you will always be learning from the best. This camp welcomes players of all ability and experience levels. Everything you need to know about camp can be found here.

CBA Youth Academy

The Academy is a four-day music camp for 8 to 16 year olds, held on the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, CA during the 44th Annual CBA Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival. The Seventh Annual Academy will be held Wednesday, June 12, 2019, (beginning at 1 p.m.), and Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 6/13-15 (beginning at 10 a.m.). The Academy is produced and directed by the California Bluegrass Association.

Beginning and Intermediate players welcome. 50 Children only. Parents/Guardians must attend the Festival and be present on the Festival Site.
Registration opens February 15 at $350 for non-CBA members, $300 for current CBA members. $100 scholarships available while funds last. The Academy sells out every year so early registration is recommended.
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Kids on Bluegrass

Kids on Bluegrass is a program designed for musicians ages 18 and younger who are interested in developing their musicianship. KOB does not teach participants to play their instruments, but instead teaches stage presence, musical arrangement, and how to play in a group. Rehearsals run from 10am-4pm, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, with hour long lunch breaks from 12-1pm. Camp meets inside Gate 4.  Performances are late Friday and Saturday afternoon on the festival's main stage. All participants are required to audition for the teaching staff on Thursday morning before rehearsals begin with a memorized song of their choosing; they must be able to play without any parental assistance. For more information, please contact Helen Foley at 650-906-2322. 

The California Bluegrass Association is well known and acknowledged for our Kids on Bluegrass programs. KOB has been emulated by festivals around the world including the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) annual event, the World of Bluegrass. To donate to this program, please click here.