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Bluegrass and Beyond Camp

August 1 - August 6

Stephanie Mientka


Bluegrass and Beyond is an immersive musical experience that welcomes students of all skill levels ages 8–99 on violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, mandolin, banjo, and vocals. Students will learn to make music together in a variety of genres including bluegrass, folk, Americana, and Irish music. Daily activities at our camp will include improvisation, individual and group lessons, and composition. The students will have the opportunity to attend a faculty recital and participate in a final student performance for the Crested Butte Art Festival.

Families, friends, and new friends who haven’t met yet will all join one another in a lively camp setting to learn to make music together. Every student will leave with meaningful connections, wonderful memories, and the lifelong gift of music-making.

Come to Crested Butte Colorado for an amazing musical experience and enjoy life in one of the most beautiful places in all of Colorado.

*Bluegrass and Beyond Camp @ CBMF is a day camp running from August 1 – August 6 from 9:30am – 4:30pm daily. Housing is not provided for students or their families. For more information about lodging options in the Gunnison Valley, click HERE.

A sample schedule of the day:

9:30AM – large group jam

11:00AM – Masterclasses/private lessons

12:00PM – LUNCH (Not provided; bring your own lunch)

1:00PM – Enrichment (improv/composition/yoga)

2:00PM – Masterclass/private lessons

3:00PM – Large group jam

On one evening, there will be a faculty concert, free to all attendees.


Dylan Fixmer is a composer, musician and educator living in Greeley, Colorado.  Including his Irish/American fusion band “Traditionish,” Dylan has spent the last 15 years writing and performing music in the American folk, Irish Traditional, Jazz, Orchestral, Bluegrass, Art and Rock genres, has released five albums and has been featured on several more.  He holds music education degrees from CU Boulder and the IU Jacobs School of Music and has taught music in public schools, private lessons, summer camps, and in educational outreach programs.  Dylan grew up playing guitar and piano, but loves the mandolin and Irish flute as well these days.

Dr. Stephanie Mientka maintains an eclectic career in music which includes performing in orchestras, chamber music, teaching, and concert presenting. As an active orchestral musician, she is a member of the Boulder Philharmonic and Colorado Ballet Orchestra and is a regular substitute for Colorado Symphony. In addition to her performance career, Dr. Mientka is extremely passionate about music education and has been teaching violin and viola for more than 15 years and is trained in the world-renowned Suzuki Method. Additionally, she maintains a private violin and viola studio of 20+ students in Longmont, Colorado. She is thrilled to be the new Program Director for “Bluegrass and Beyond,” an inclusive summer music camp presented by Crested Butte Music Festival that will offer a week of immersive musical instruction for musicians of all ages and skill levels to expand their technique, knowledge, and musical repertoire in the folk, bluegrass, and Irish music genres.

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August 1
August 6
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