CBA Youth Academy at Father's Day Bluegrass Festival - SOLD OUT

Grass Valley, CA


June 14, 2017 - June 17, 2017


Contact Information:

Paul Elwell

760.937.9121 - Paul

907.350.2562 - Kate


The 2017 Camp is SOLD OUT!!!

The California Bluegrass Association 5th Annual YOUTH ACADEMY will be held June 14-17, 2017 (Wednesday through Saturday) during the CBA 42nd Annual Father's Day Bluegrass Festival on the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, CA.

The CBA Academy enrolls 49 students, ages 8-16, and provides four days of instrumental and vocal instruction.  The camp is a one-of-a-kind experience, exposing your child to bluegrass, old-time and folk music.  We accept beginner to intermediate level students. (FAQS about the Academy can be found at

The  Barefoot Movement is the featured faculty band in 2017.  An end-of-camp performance is held at 3PM Saturday on the Pioneer Stage.  Registration is $300 for the four days:  registration opens February 15, 2017 on or at  $100 scholarships are available while funds last.  An adult guardian must purchase a four-day ticket to the Father's Day Festival and be present on the festival grounds during the Academy.

Questions can be directed to Paul Elwell at of (760)937-9121.  This event sells out every year, so early registration is recommended.


CBA Youth Academy offers young people an opportunity to explore a diverse range of traditional music styles and instruments in a supportive and encouraging environment. Throughout the week, students will engage in four classes during the day, one of which will be performing at the end of camp. We teach everything from individual instruments (beginning through intermediate guitar, bass, mandolin, fiddle, and banjo), to dance, singing, jamming, songwriting, and performing. This is a great event to foster new friendships and old, and bring the enjoyment of playing music into your life!

Ages 8-16. We request that campers have completed Second Grade or equivalent prior to registration for the camp. We will make exceptions for children under 8 if they have attended a music camp in previous years, or by request (i.e. have already taken music lessons, have a sibling in the camp, etc.) Please speak with your child about behavior expectations while at camp.

To register, please contact Paul Elwell, via phone (760.937.9121). Once paid, you may register for classes online here. Class sizes are limited and preferences are honored in order of registration. Your schedule, books, and other information will be given to you when you arrive at camp. Please be sure to arrive by 1:00pm am on June 14th with your parent or guardian. Spaces will be filled on a first-come basis.

Class choices are listed here.

Students will be taking a different instrument class during each Block for a total of three instrument classes, plus a band class. Although your student will only be taking three classes, please indicate your top five choices in order of importance on the Registration Form. We will make every effort to give each student his or her top three choices for the three Blocks. If you have questions about what classes to sign up for, please email us at

Please Note: Please spend a few moments on your Registration Form to tell us about your ability: How many years you have played, what your favorite song is, what song you are currently working on, other capabilities, and your goals for camp. If you are signing up online, you may fill this out in the “Additional Comments” section.

Class Choices
Please click here to view class choices.

Tuition for camp is $300. Parents must also purchase a 4- day festival pass for the Father's Day Festival, as well as be present on the Nevada County Fairgrounds during the Academy and Festival.

We feel that playing multiple instruments is a great asset to a child’s musical education, and that is why we encourage children to take multiple instrument classes. Understandably, many children may not have those instruments readily at hand. We do our best to provide instruments for each student, but due to our limited resources, we cannot guarantee instruments for each camper at every class. Although rare, students may be asked to share an instrument with one other student in class. If a student wishes to bring in their own instrument, they are welcome to do so. Students are welcome to share their instrument when they are not using it, or to reserve it for private use only. If you have an extra instrument that you would be willing to loan to the camp, please state that on your registration form.

Closed-Campus Policy
We have a closed campus policy, meaning students are to be signed out at the end of the day. On the Release Form, parents may choose to not sign their child out, which means the child may leave camp without a parent signature after the day ends. If a parent indicates that they would like to sign their child out, they must come to camp and sign the child out each day. 

Nevada County Fairgrounds
11228 McCourtney Rd.
Grass Valley, CA 

Students must bring their own sack lunch to camp each day. Snacks will be provided. Water bottles and recorded devices are welcome, but please leave electronic games at home. 

Daily Schedule

1:00pm - 2:00pm - Registration
2:00pm - 2:30pm - Sing-a-Long and Welcome
2:30pm - 3:00pm - Block 1
3:00pm - 3:15pm - Break
3:15pm - 3:45pm - Block 2
3:45pm - 3:50pm - Break
3:50pm - 4:20pm - Block 3
4:20pm - 4:30pm - Break
4:30pm - 5:00pm - Band

Thursday through Saturday:
10:00am - Morning Activity
10:30am - Block 1
11:15am - Snack
11:30am - Block 2
12:20pm - Lunch
1:00pm - Band
1:50pm - Break
2:00pm - Block 3
2:50pm - Break
3:00pm - Afternoon Activity
3:30pm - Done for the Day!

Camp Concert 
Campers will be performing on stage at the Father's Day Festival on Saturday, June 17th, 3pm on the Pioneer Stage.

The Barefoot Movement


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