Wintergrass jamz youth music Education programs


Feb 22 & 23, 2024
9am-noon (Cedar)
Feb 24 mini performance at noon

“Whispers of the North” theme at Wintergrass this year will be JAM PACKED with songs, folk-art  stories and singing games about our Northern Animals.

 We will make a crankie, shadow and finger puppets to accompany songs as well as  learning basic  percussion and uke.  We will invite you to a mini  interactive sharing  on the last day at the end of class.

Please bring: Water bottle; snack 

Optional: If you have a working uke or favorite percussion instrument, feel free to bring it. Sandy will tune before class. 


About the instructor:
Sandy Buchner has been a pre-school and elementary music teacher in Seattle since 1995, as well as a working musician and puppeteer.


Feb 22 & 23, 2024
9am-4 pm (Regency)

JAMz 2 is a two-day, high energy Wintergrass program for kids teaching bluegrass and folk music.  Everyone starts somewhere. We love beginners! Don’t have an instrument?  Don’t play anything yet?  We’ve got ya covered with guitars, mandolins, fiddles, banjos and even basses.  Or bring your ukulele, recorder, or bongo drums and, definitely bring your voice – whatever you have. 

Led by “Professor Tom” Petersen and a host of talented educators from the PNW, and headlined by multi-instrumentalist and creativity guru Joe Craven, kids will explore their inner and outer reachers of creating, responding, connecting and performance!  They will take part in a musical instrument petting zoo and maybe pick out their favorite things to try.  Students will work in age groups of 2nd to 4th graders and 5th to 7th graders.  All groups will learn a tune or two, learn a dance, form a band, and perform at a closing concert.  (Shy kids don’t have to perform if they don’t want to.)

This year JAMz students will get a taste of Canadian culture and music. All students are provided a video lesson by Mr. Joe (Craven) prior to JAMZ so they can practice a bit at home before they arrive. 

Kids of all skill levels are welcome and grouped with others with similar proficiency.  This ensures maximum success and minimal stress.


Saturday, Feb 24, 2024
9am to 5pm (Auditorium)

Come spend a day collaborating with other high school and college aged musicians!  Get inspired about how to design your adult musical life, through conversations with industry professionals and community leaders.  You’ll also build your improvisation skills, no matter how much or how little experience you already have improvising.  All acoustic instrumentalists and singers are welcome.

JAMz 3 is led by Kat Bula, and supported by a team of other excellent educators.  Kat is a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter who has recorded and toured with about a zillion different artists across a variety of folk and pop genres.  She has worked with hundreds of adult and teenage fiddle and guitar students across the U.S. and Canada via live workshops, online courses and private lessons.

The Wintergrass Youth orchestra gathering

Feb 24, 2024
9am-5pm Sat (Cedar)


This experience is geared for students who are experienced bowed string musicians in high school or college. Students will participate in a day-long orchestra rehearsal with Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer and Chao Tian: From China to Appalachia, Genticorum, and Väsen. Orchestra and JAMz3 students will interact with each other at lunchtime (provided) and at dinner. All students are strongly encouraged to attend as much of the festival as possible when not rehearsing or performing. The program culminates with a Sunday morning performance on the Hyatt Grand Ballroom stage.

Seattle Pacific University Dr. Christopher Hanson serves as the lead conductor for the orchestra. Dr. Hanson also directs the Rainbow City Orchestra, a community music ensemble serving and supporting the LGBTQIA+ community in greater Seattle.

PO BOX 2024, MILTON, WA 98354

(253) 428-8056

Wintergrass is a production of Acoustic Sound, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. EIN: 91-2103544
all photos copyright Maria Camillo