at OMEGA, Rhinebeck, NY
OCT 20-25, 2024

Please register on the OMEGA WEBSITE .

Spend five days at the Omega Institute writing songs and playing tunes with chart-topping artists, 
and nationally recognized teachers
Mike Mitchell. and Dawn Kenney. 
Enjoy picking, singing, songwriting,
jamming and performing! 

Bass, Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin,
Fiddle, Songwriting, Lead  & Harmony Singing 

Intermediate through advanced level players are welcome. Singing is not mandatory ~  all voices are welcome! 

The goal for this week is to write at least one new  song and one new instrumental tune. These will be performed at the closing evening concert, along with as many other bluegrass standards as we can prepare! 

We will apply the “6 Ts” of music  to the genre of Bluegrass 
  Tuning, Timing, Technique, Tone, Timbre, Taste 

Morning sessions will include a group song-write and a group arrangement session of a standard. 
 During the arrangement session we will explore the balance of power between rhythm and melody, fills and lead-breaks. 
 Everyone will learn what to play (or what not to play) at any given time during a song, depending on the instrumentation. 

Afternoon sessions will consist of break-out small groups organized by instrument,   where we will explore playing techniques and Mike will be available for one-on-one instruction.    The afternoon will end with a vocal session, lead and three-part harmony singing will be explored. 

Evenings will be spent in a relaxed song-circle jam, where everyone will be welcome to lead the group in a song. 
There will be a culminating concert one evening near the end of the workshop.

Dawn and Mike will teach a few sessions and lead jams together, but most workshop sessions will be taught separately to allow as much teacher-student interaction as possible. It is our goal to give each participant as much individual attention, coaching, and guidance as possible,


“…what especially makes "Small Town" a listener destination is Mike Mitchell’s distinctive songwriting on eight of the album’s 12 tracks.”   — Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine