David Roth

David Roth has taught at nearly every WinterSongs and SummerSongs since the camps began in 1999, and now serves as the executive director. He’s a singer, songwriter, recording artist, community builder, and masterfully inclusive instructor (he also won Kerrville’s New Folk Award in 1986 and was the landslide top vote-getter at Falcon Ridge’s Emerging Artist Showcase in 1996).

David’s songs have found their way to Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, several Chicken Soup for the Soul books, the Kennedy Center, Peter, Paul, & Mary and Kingston Trio CDs, NASA’s Goddard Space Center (David’s “Rocket Science” went up on the Space Shuttle “Atlantis” in 2009), and 13 CDs on the Wind River and Stockfisch (Germany) labels. He also writes regularly for the Songs of Love Foundation (NY), creating free custom-made songs for sick children and their families.

Featured on many of Christine Lavin’s seminal Rounder Records compilations, the former artist-in-residence at New York’s Omega Institute directs the Cape Cod Songwriters Retreats, the Cape’s Full Moon Open Mic, and has taught singing, songwriting, and performance at the Augusta Heritage workshops (WV), Moab Folk Camp (UT), Common Ground on the Hill (MD), the Rowe Camp and Conference Center (MA), Pendle Hill (PA), Lamb’s Retreat (MI), Wisconsin Stringalongs, the Woods Music and Dance Camp (Ontario), the Swannanoa Gathering (NC), the National Wellness Institute (WI), and for many other songwriting groups and associations around the country. David also leads musical tours to Ireland and rafting trips on the Middle Fork of Idaho’s Salmon River.


Songs for Personal and Global Change – David Roth

In light of all that’s going on in the world right now there’s plenty to write about. We’ll redefine the connection between what is deeply personal and what paints with a broader brush in the realm of the human condition. Can a song make a difference? Let’s start with chorus’s that soar, spirited conversation, current events, and everything else you bring into our (en)lightening sessions. We’ll come away with the seeds for songs worth singing (if not the very songs themselves) to inspire, engage, stimulate, and reach out in the spirit of Guthrie, Seeger, Reynolds, and so many 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 on as many songs as time will allow, and through our practice will start to train our ears to find our “place in the choir”.