Welcome to SummerSongs Songwriting Retreats!

SummerSongs 2018

A creative retreat for songwriters and music-makers of all levels. Our 20th year of inspiring, exciting, motivating, even life-changing songwriting camps! 

Location: Stony Point Center, Stony Point, NY
July 22-28, 2018

base price: $998

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Join us July 22-28, 2018 for the 20th annual SummerSongs, and 20th Anniversary Celebration where we will again explore many aspects of songwriting, music, singing, and performance.

Founded by singer/songwriter/teacher/mentor Penny Nichols in 1999, SummerSongs offers a haven for creative inspiration and artistic growth. SummerSongs is a community, a retreat, and an experience for songwriters of ALL levels — whether you’ve written 100 songs, are looking to write your best song, or haven’t written one…yet! We continue to keep Penny’s vision of a “camp for grown-ups”  that allows each person’s artistry to shine.

Listen and learn from nationally-known touring artists; our teachers are handpicked for each camp, and they are among the very finest of songwriters and instructors. Workshops take place during the day, scheduled so that you have plenty of time to relax and play music, compose, or just listen to your new friends playing songs for each other.

In the evenings, we have concerts and song circles, coffeehouses, and jams that go late into the night. This is an exciting and inspiring opportunity to connect with your own creativity and with other folks like you from all corners of the globe and to study with some of the best songwriters in the world.

Our All-Star Anniversary Camp Teacher Line-Up:

Pete & Maura Kennedy (performance, songwriting)
Lucy Wainwright Roche (songwriting)
Sloan Wainwright (singing, creative process)
David Roth (songwriting, harmony singing)
Mark Dann (recording, bass)
Vito Pettroccitto Jr. (guitar)
Glen Roethel (guitar, harmony singing)
Sue Riley (songwriting)
Steven Prasinos (creative process)

Classes and coaching include songwriting, song arranging, performance/stagecraft, harmony singing, co-writing, guitar, keyboard, creative process and more. You’ll have many opportunities to share your music in song circles, coffeehouses, concerts, and feedback sessions. So come unleash your creativity and join the musical family at SummerSongs!

The price for the week-long SummerSongs is $998. [Price includes lodging in a semi-private (can be upgraded to single) dorm-style room with a shared bath; all meals, classes, one-on-one coaching, performances, and activities.]

SummerSongs camps take place in the spacious Stony Point Center in Stony Point, NY, just 30 miles north of New York City.

How to Get to Stony Point Center

Stony Point Center has detailed travel information and offers free pick-up from various locations. Click the blue button to the right to learn about those very helpful and convenient options.  How to Get to Stony Point Center

Carpooling Info

SummerSongs can sometimes help with carpooling. Contact us to ask. Contact SummerSongs

About Stony Point Center

The Stony Point Center is a spacious and well-appointed conference center with semi-private rooms, farm-to-table organic menus, a fire pit for song circles and socializing, meeting halls, performance spaces, classrooms and creative-writing hideaways – all you’ll need to release your creativity and have a really good time.


So join us!

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The art of songwriting is an important mirror of our culture.

Many divergent points of view and experiences – which may not find expression in any other way – can be expressed in a song. Songwriters give us valuable insights into the evolution of our values and our direction as a culture. Left only to the vagaries of the marketplace, there is no guarantee that we will hear the best of what our way of life has to offer in the world of songs and songwriting.