A week-long camp for students (primarily age 11-18) that will take them from the classroom to the stage! With instruction in both a primary and secondary instrument, they learn improv, backup and how to play with a band from professional musicians and educators. The students learn to how to work with others in a band to choose music, arrange and perform on their won with a professional coach as a guide. Ask about the option for younger students start with Kodaly classes and games, as older students learn techniques & prepare for a final performance in their very own bluegrass band!
The camp is held Monday - Friday in Star Valley. The students will perform Friday evening. Classes and band rehearsals last from 8:30 am - 4 pm each day (bring your lunch). Housing is available for visiting students. Contact us for more details.
Blue Sky Full-Day Registration ( 8:30 am - 4 pm)
-by Apr 30, 2021............$249
-by May 31, 2021............$350
-after May 31, 2021........$375
Aaron Ashton (Violin, Viola, Electric Violin) is the sort of musician who lives in classical, fiddle and ethnic genres with equal ease. Aaron’s work can be heard on the soundtracks of Spartacus, The Seeker, Velveteen Rabbit, and Red Dragon (Silence of the Lambs). Aaron has performed with Peter Cetera, William Joseph, Smokey Robinson, Josh Groban, the Opening Ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, and the Country Music Awards. His accomplishments include “Outstanding Violinist” from The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival; the "Federation of Music Competition college division winner; and "Studio Musician of the Year" Pearl Award. Ashton currently works in Salt lake City as a freelance violinist/fiddler, directs Blue Sky Music Camps, and performs with “The Aaron Ashton Band.” He continues to record and his latest album, "Split the Difference" is available now at Amazon.com and iTunes.
Ryan Tilby is a multi-instrumentalist and audio engineer known for his broad palette of sounds and styles. Tilby is a Utah state champion on banjo, guitar and mandolin as well as a winner of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition. He has performed at Telluride, Merlefest, FanFest, RockyGrass, toured through Europe twice, and at hundreds of festivals across the United States. His music has been featured on Duck Dynasty, the Discover Channel and on Outdoor Photo Adventures. Most recently, his projects include a solo album called Sacred Guitar and live touring with Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand. Ryan is also an in-demand studio musician for clients around the world through Remote Sessions.
Ryan's arsenal of instruments include Banjo, Mandolin, Dobro, Lap Steel, Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Upright Bass, Electric Bass, and Bouzouki. With years under his belt as a professional touring musician signed to Capitol Records, Ryan has played venues around the world and recorded on hundreds of projects. He studied jazz guitar at Utah State University and has three solo albums distributed through Stone Angel Music.
Samuel Runolfson graduated from the University of Utah with a Masters in Cello Performance and Weber State University with a Bachelors in Music Education. He teaches Elementary Strings in the Prince William County School District in Virginia. Samuel has participated in a variety of performing ensembles including the New American Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra Ogden, Manassas Symphony Orchestra, and Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra. Samuel has performed chamber music in various settings including quartets, cello ensembles, piano trios, jazz and Celtic ensembles. He has performed, lectured and taught music to students from elementary to high school, and also performed and taught in Haiti during the summer of 2008. He has worked with several summer music camps including Blue Sky Music Camps and Summer Strings (a program through Weber State University). Samuel is an active recording artist for commercials, movies, TV spots, and local artists ranging in style from classica
Tara Johnson is currently teaching Drama, Theatre Production, Technical Theatre and Musical Theatre at Star Valley High School in Afton, WY. Tara grew up in Centerville, UT and was surrounded by the arts her whole life. She received the gift of piano lessons for her fourth birthday and began receiving awards for her original compositions at age five. Tara developed a love for performing country music while taking guitar as a young teen and began singing with her guitar teacher at local restaurants. Since then she has been hooked on performing for live audiences! She has performed with LDS artists Kenneth Cope and John Bytheway. She has composed several pieces for original LDS musicals, one of which was performed at the LDS conference center in Salt Lake City. Tara moved to Star Valley in 2004 and accompanied the choirs at Star Valley High School in Afton, WY from 2005-2011. She has also directed several SVHS musicals, including Joseph & the Technicolor Dream Coat, Bye Bye Birdie, My Fair Lady, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Sound of Music, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Mary Poppins. and The Addams Family to name a few. For the past 20 years Tara has taught voice and piano lessons. She has directed several church and community choirs including “Valley Voices”, a local children’s choir and The Salt River Symphony Chorus. Tara is also a professional cake decorator in her "not so spare" time. Tara is the proud mother of three children and one daughter-in-law and an exceptionally beautiful granddaughter, Henley.
As a free-lance musician James has played fiddle, classical violin, and viola across western Wyoming, including 3 years as a lead fiddle for the Bar T 5 in Jackson Hole,Wyoming. James has experience in the recording studio and live sound both personally and with his student groups, and has been involved with producing audio recordings. He has taught various youth bands including the Mountain Music Bluegrass band and the SVHS Bluegrass Band performing up to 30 times per year. As a conductor, James has professionally conducted the Salt River Symphony Chorus, the Evanston Community Orchestra and Choir, The Nebo Philharmonic, Lincoln Youth Ochestra, WSU String Project Youth Orchestra, WSU Summer Strings, the BYU Symphony Orchestra, the BYU University Orchestra, the BYU University Strings, a BYU orchestra for a new music grant, MAT Camp Symphony Orchestrra, and MAT Chamber Strings. He has Guest conducted with Murray Symphony Orchestra, Wyoming Strings Clinic, Utah Charter School Festival Orchestra, and the Jackson Hole Community Orchestra. James taught orchestra for seven years in the public schools 5-12 grades. His High School chamber Orchestra won the Calvacade of Music for the 3A division and perfect scores in district festivals for the HS Bluegrass band all three years. James enjoys teaching private lessons and writing music. Currently he and his wife Daphne own and operate Mountain Music in Afton and Evanston. He also serves the president of the Salt River Arts Society that has purchase the Ford Theatre in Afton, WY and is actively running it as live venue for the arts.
Brain Asthon taught high school and middle orchestra. He founded the SVHS Bluegrass Band (2009-2016), received superior ratings during his tenure and won awards at various competitions. He managed the BYUi outdoor facilities, Badger Creek, and is currently Principal of Teton Middle School. He was instruemtnal in starting an orchestra Teton Middle and was a founding influencer and organizer of the original Blue Sky Music Camp.
Luke Kratz teaches elementary music at Etna and Thayne Elementary. He gigs regularly in bands as lead vocalist, backup vocals and keys (piano) and bass in Wymoing and Idaho. He regularly puts together band type of arrangements for his elementary school concerts and knows how to foster creativity and improv for a functional band experience especially with the younger students and excels in teaching keyboard backup and fill on keys and bass lines on bass.