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“the most creative week of my life”
“a perfect blend of encouragement, kindness, community, play, and creation”
“transforming and positively life-changing”
“food for the soul”
“a dream come true”
“a celebration of community in a week-long village of kindred spirits”
“an experience you’ll carry with you the rest of your life”

Welcome, 2023!

…and may this New Year bring meaning, creativity, joy, new awarenesses, and inspiration.

Save the dates:

Saturday, February 25th, 2023 ~ starting at 10 AM


Another full day of mid-winter online song circles! This will be an opportunity to reconnect, hang out together, share our creations (old or new), and it’s once more presented on a donation basis. Registration is requested (there’s no cost to do so) and we gladly accept your donations to keep Penny’s vision for SummerSongs alive and well.

Sunday July 23-Saturday July 29, 2023

The 25th Annual SummerSongs @ the Stony Point Center (NY)

We’ve come a long way since our first camp when founder Penny Nichols brought her dream to life and lit a candle that’s still burning brightly today. Every camp has been special in one way or another, and this one will give us a chance to remember and celebrate our journey, both as campers and as a community. We welcome newcomers!

Registration will open on February 1, 2023 at summersongs.com

Joining me on the faculty are:

Sloan Wainwright
~ Tom Prasada Rao
~ Susan Cattaneo
~ Jefferson Hamer
~ Taina Asili
~ Mark Dann
~ Sue Riley
~ Glen Roethel
~ Roger Tomhave
 (with our first-ever art class!)

Our songwriting camp began in 1999 as a dream realized by Penny. We’ve gathered every year since then in upstate New York to reconnect, collaborate, celebrate, and learn from and about one another and the world through the lenses of songwriting, creativity, and humanity.

We do this by presenting the finest songwriters we know who also happen to be great, generous, and humble communicators of this craft we hold so highly. We offer classes, coffeehouses, concerts, song circles, and community, and we’ve collectively discovered how meaningful and enriching our time together is.

We can’t wait to welcome you once more.

David Roth ~ Executive Director

Board of Directors
Chris Kunstadter ~ President
Sloan Wainwright ~ Vice President
Sue Riley ~ Treasurer
Mitch Katz
Steven Prasinos
Glen Roethel
Julie Snow