SummerSongs 2018

Celebrating 20 Years of Amazing Songwriting Camps!

Location: Stony Point Center in Stony Point, NY
  July 22–July 28, 2018  

Sign Up to Register

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

Listen and learn from nationally-known touring artists, attend workshops and concerts, network, perform, share songs, collaborate, jam, and relax at a beautiful summer camp at our home in Stony Point, New York.

Our All-Star Anniversary Camp Teacher Line-Up Will Inspire You:

Pete Kennedy
Maura Kennedy
Lucy Wainwright Roche
Sloan Wainwright
David Roth
Mark Dann
Vito Pettroccitto Jr.
Glen Roethel
Sue Riley
Steven Prasinos

Enjoy the best “camp food” you’ve ever had – organic farm-to-table! Classes will include songwriting, song arranging, performance/stagecraft, harmony singing, co-writing, guitar, keyboard, creative process and more – and you’ll have many opportunities to share your music in song circles, coffeehouses, concerts, and feedback sessions. Class descriptions and bios are being added here as we receive them. ALL levels are welcome! So come unleash your creativity and join the musical family at SummerSongs!

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

SummerSongs 2018 Teachers

(Teachers will be shown below as they are determined.)

David Roth

David Roth has taught at nearly every WinterSongs and SummerSongs since the camps began in 1999. He’s a singer, songwriter, recording artist, community builder, and masterfully inclusive instructor (he also won Kerrville’s New Folk Award in ...
Read More

Glen Roethel

Guitar, vocals, songwriting, performance and energy — for Folk music, Rock music and beyond! Glen Roethel brings a fresh energy to the camp experience. He is the founder of the recently popular (now reformed) folk-rock harmony trio ...
Read More
Lucy Wainwright Roche

Lucy Wainwright Roche

Lucy Wainwright Roche is an American singer-songwriter and the daughter of Grammy Award winner Loudon Wainwright III and Suzzy Roche (The Roches). She is the half-sister of singer-songwriters Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright (whose late mother Kate was ...
Read More
Mark Dann

Mark Dann

Mark Dann is a professional recording engineer and sideman/bass player extraordinaire. For more than 30 years, he has worked with hundreds of artists at his studios in New York City and Woodstock, including engineering and ...
Read More
Maura Kennedy

Maura Kennedy

Maura Kennedy, a veteran East Coast singer-songwriter known for her angelic voice and straight-to-the-heart melodies is one-half of the Americana duo, The Kennedys. She has released more than a dozen albums in the past twenty years. Artists including ...
Read More
Pete Kennedy. Photo: Stuart Berg

Pete Kennedy

Pete Kennedy is best known as the guitar-intensive half of folk-rock duo The Kennedys, but his experience spans a wide cross-section of American music. He toured the US and Europe extensively with Nanci Griffith, and he ...
Read More
Sloan Wainwright

Sloan Wainwright

Folk-pop artist Sloan Wainwright belongs to a musical dynasty of impossibly gifted singer-songwriters. Her family tree (brother and folk-music luminary Loudon Wainwright, sister-in-law Kate McGarrigle, nephew Rufus Wainwright, nieces Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche) ...
Read More
steven prasinos

Steven Prasinos

Steven is a clinical psychologist and singer/songwriter.  As a psychologist, Steven has developed various psychiatric programs and run a successful psychotherapy practice for more than thirty years.  He has published articles on humorous children, styles ...
Read More
Sue Riley

Sue Riley

“A life built around music” may be the best way to sum up Sue Riley. Sue believes in the power of music to touch hearts and heal lives, and she loves to share her passion for music ...
Read More
Vito Petroccitto Jr.

Vito Petroccitto Jr.

Vito Petroccitto Jr, another veteran of many Summer/Wintersongs and a guitar legend in New York's Hudson Valley, brings twenty-five years of teaching experience and his unique blend of expertise and fun to camp. For more ...
Read More
(MORE MAY BE ADDED, AND OFFERINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

SummerSongs 2018 Classes

(Classes will be listed below as they are determined.)
Pete Kennedy. Photo: Stuart Berg

5 Things That Will Improve Your Guitar Playing Now – Pete Kennedy

(Intermediate) The one simple exercise that will do the most to improve your playing. Triads: One bit of theory that will get you playing up and down the guitar neck. Modes: They're a lot simpler than you think, and they will open up your solo ideas. Harmonics: Your guitar has ...
Read More
Pete Kennedy. Photo: Stuart Berg

Guitar Arranging for Singer Songwriters – Pete Kennedy

Pete has a lifetime of experience backing singer-songwriters on the road and in the studio. His early travels with Mary-Chapin Carpenter led to a steady gig as a member of Nanci Griffith's Blue Moon Orchestra. He can be heard playing the opening guitar solo on Nanci's Grammy-winning CD,"Other Voices, Other ...
Read More

Harmony for Everyone – David Roth and Glen Roethel

No better time in this world than now for some harmony! Join David and Glen in an all-levels exploration of singing together. This will include some basics on harmonic principles, locating the “wheelhouse” of your range, finding and holding your part, and singing fearlessly and whole-heartedly. We’ll explore 3-4 parts ...
Read More
Maura Kennedy

Performance Class: Overcome Jitters and Connect with Listeners – Maura Kennedy

Maura has been singing for audiences since she began staging her own shows on the back steps at the age of five. She's been perfecting her stagecraft ever since, and her adult life has been spent traveling the US and Europe. She's always shunned tricks and gimmicks, focusing on making ...
Read More
Maura Kennedy

Rhythm Guitar Workshop – Maura Kennedy

Maura grew up with the guitar goal of being a great rhythm player. In her early bands, she kept the drummer right in tempo, and at a recent session in New York City, the bandleader told the bass player, "Stay in tempo! Follow Maura's right hand!" Besides keeping a perfect ...
Read More
steven prasinos

Shadow Songs – by Steven Prasinos

In psychology “shadow” is a Jungian term referring to unknown, unsaid or unwanted aspects of the self.  The shadow is the source of inspiration and healing. To explore the shadow requires courage.  Without this courage, we are in a rut or have writers' block.  With this courage, we find the seeds for songs that ...
Read More
Sloan Wainwright

Singing with Your Heart, Soul, & Body – Sloan Wainwright

Inside each of us lives and beautiful and unique instrument, so let’s sing together with joy and freedom! In this workshop we will move our bodies, soften our hearts, open our mouths and let our voices out to play. With an emphasis on vocal health and self care, we will ...
Read More

Songwriting in the First Person – David Roth

Perhaps the most powerful word in the songwriter’s toolbox is “I”. When I sing what I write in the first person, I make a statement that is at once personal AND universal. Come discover this voice through prompts, exercises, writing a chorus that soars, and spirited exploration of lyric, melody, ...
Read More
Vito Petroccitto Jr.

The Musician’s Palette. Music Theory ~ with Vito Petroccitto Jr.

"The Musician's Palette" is much like a painter's palette of colors, only our paint you can hear! The painter has colors to paint a picture we can see. They're beautiful colors, some straight, others blended together to create gorgeous tones for our eyes. The musician has the same thing, only ...
Read More
Sue Riley

Writing a Humorous Song ~ with Sue Riley

Having a humorous song in your set can go a long way towards endearing yourself to any given audience. Much humor will come from the delivery, but a songwriter can use tailored methods and tools to make a song funny. A humorous song is different than a parody and can ...
Read More
(MORE MAY BE ADDED, AND OFFERINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE)