Americana Song Academy for Youth


March 2 – 4, 2018 – Music, Inspiration, Creativity… for Youth!

Students are invited to join us for three days of classes and mentoring, young people from three states and six communities shared songs and stories from their hearts and minds.

The Academy provides a non-competitive format for high school youth to learn the basics for songwriting, performing, and overall musicianship from professional musicians and one another.  The most important values shared are mutual respect, support and nurturing of one another and each person’s creative journey.

Many thanks to the teachers, volunteers, and supporting partners, The Belfry, The Roundhouse Foundation, and Cris Converse.


• The Song Academy for Youth (ASAY) brings high school students together in a non-competitive format to cultivate musicianship, songwriting and creativity.

• From songwriting to forming bands, to developing a community of like-minded individuals, young people get to share and explore their love for music.

• Over one weekend, students learn from local and regional touring artists what it takes to pursue music on a professional level.ASA4Y

  • Many instructors are alumni of the Sisters Americana Project, thus helping to model for young people a tangible pursuit when they get out of high school.
  • The program in Sisters acts as the hub in a wheel, and our students generously share their experience and the stage with students from throughout Central Oregon and Pagosa Springs, Colorado.
  • Our program has helped develop a replicable model through a partnership between Creative Educational Resources, LLC and Sisters Folk Festival, Inc.
  • The weekend will culminate with Celebration of Song at The Belfry on Sunday March 4th. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the concert starts at 7 pm. The concert is free to the public.  READ MORE

The Song Academy for Youth is made possible by these generous donations:

DOugSokol2A donation in the loving memory of our dear friend Doug Sokol

Doug was a founding member of the first Sisters Folk Festival house band and an advocate for the ASAY program; he believed in its purpose. Doug’s sister, Cris offers ASAY the use of “The Barn,” a beautiful 100-year-old former milking barn just south of town, for youth to perform for the Saturday night Open Mic each year. Each year that performance is dedicated in memory of Doug and his beloved music space, which inspires everyone involved to give back and be community-minded. We thank Doug’s sister, Cris and their mother, Dorro Sokol, for continued support of the Americana Song Academy for Youth.

rhThe Roundhouse Foundation

The Roundhouse Foundation funds collaborative, community projects that celebrate the arts and heighten community awareness and appreciation for the arts in its many aspects.

2017 Song Academy for Youth – Photo Credit – Ceili Cornelius

Song Academy for Youth Video


Video From 2016 Song Academy for Youth


Thank you to Chris Biggs of Zolo Media for this video that captures the true essence of the weekend.