Sunshine State Acoustic Music Camp

General Event Information

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For the 23rd consecutive year teachers and students will assemble in Saint Petersburg this fall for the Sunshine State Acoustic Music Camp. The 2012 edition of this longtime Florida institution will be held Friday evening through Sunday, November 16-18, in beautiful natural surroundings at Boyd Hill Environmental Studies Area, 2900 31st Street South, Saint Petersburg.

A wide variety of classes are offered, from guitar playing, both for beginners and in various more advanced styles, to mandolin, harp, lap dulcimer, banjo, fiddle, bass, concertina, harmonica, Autoharp, Irish flute, ukulele, percussion, singing, harmonizing, songwriting, performance techniques, music theory, and more. Carroll Smith, who did not begin playing music until he was in his fifties and is now an award-winning musician, hosts a special class called "Never Too Late" for people wanting to begin making music later in life. Unlike many camps the instructors do not just teach classes. They are available throughout the camp to offer students one-on-one help.

The camp is open to the public. Pre-registration is strongly advised, although walk-ins are welcome.

The Sunshine State camp is designed for all ages. The youngest registered student in the camp's history has been of elementary school age and the oldest, Elsa Jennings, is 98 years old. Beginners are welcome and a special tutoring area is available where they can get one-on-one help.

In addition to classes, there are student shows at lunchtime each day and on Saturday evening a major concert featuring performances by the camp instructors and special guests. Concert is free to camp registrants and $15 for the general public.

Complete detailed information, schedule, pictures, directions, are available on the camp web site, at . Those with questions may call camp director Charley Groth at (727) 585-5678 before 10 PM daily.


Boyd Hill Environmental Studies Area (Nature Park)
2900 31st Street S,
Saint Petersburg, FL Unknown
United States
4202 East Fowler Avenue, TVB100, Tampa, FL 33620-6902 • © 2009 WUSF. All rights reserved.

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