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Trad Camp Weekend for Kids (and Their Adults)

JULY 28 - 30, 2023


Trad Camp Weekend is a music immersion family camp for kids 8-18 years old with the option for parents/caregivers to join in taking classes. Campers of all abilities are welcomeCamp begins Friday evening with a guided jam led by Joanne Garton and a concert featuring two of our instructors, Oliver Scanlon and Rose Jackson. Saturday and Sunday are full of classes in fiddle, ukulele, drumming, ensemble, and singing. The weekend days run from 9:00 - 4:30 pm. There's lots to learn at camp, but there is also plenty of time built in for breaks and hang-out time. See the class schedule below.

Camp will be held at the beautiful Orchard Valley Waldorf School campus, 2290 VT Rte. 14 in East Montpelier, VT. 

Tuition is $190 for kids, $60 for caregivers. The Summit School offers partial and full scholarships for camp, so if camp cost is a barrier, please inquire.

Questions? Please contact registrar Tracy Loysen at





Oliver Scanlon began his early training with a stint with the Vermont Youth Orchestra and years in the Young Tradition Vermont’s Fiddleheads. Fiddler, mandolinist and tunesmith Scanlon was introduced to his mentor Pete Sutherland and the parallel universe of fiddle music at the age of nine. In 2008, Oliver and a few talented middle school friends formed the group which became The Irregulars. In 2013 he co-founded Pete’s Posse and became the youngest member of Sutherland’s long running dance band The Clayfoot Strutters.  Oliver now teaches private fiddle and mandolin lessons, performs at concerts and contradances, provides live sound reinforcement in and around Vermont, and works at local violin shop Vermont Violins.


Rose Jackson discovered contra dance music in elementary school, and began Morris and step dancing soon after. As an aspiring dance musician, she was lucky enough to study with fiddler Becky Tracy, and later learned a thing or two about song and arrangement from Pete Sutherland as a youth leader with the Young Tradition Vermont Touring Group. She toured nationally with the contra dance band Polaris, taught at festivals such as the Dance Flurry, and lately has been playing gigs across New England with a rotating cast of musicians she admires. She knows the cool hip new tunes, but she most loves playing and sharing old gems from the archives.



Natalie began playing mandolin in her early 20s after going to some bluegrass shows that sparked her soon-to-be obsession with the genre. When she moved to Vermont, she joined like-minded musicians to form the band Two Cents in the Till and performed around the area from 2014 to 2021. She is active in the central/northern Vermont bluegrass scene, often found at open bluegrass jams (including those she hosted for several years at Sweet Melissa's in Montpelier and Stone Corral in Richmond), and occasionally making guest appearances with local bluegrass bands. She also teaches private mandolin lessons.

mark greenberg, jug band and guitar

jordan mensah, west african drumming
marianne perchlik, singing and ukulele



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