BLUEGRASS WORKSHOP
with MIKE MITCHELL & DAWN KENNEY
at OMEGA, Rhinebeck, NY
OCT 20-25, 2024

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,

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“…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

THE FEE FOR THE WORKSHOP IS $650.00
PLUS YOUR LODGING PACKAGE
Please register on the OMEGA WEBSITE

We love to offer workshops at Omega because
#1, it is beautiful and they take such good care of us,
and #2 because you can build a package to suit your own preference and budget. You can drive in and out each day and enjoy workshop sessions + meals on campus, or you can stay in a private cabin,  or camp in a tent....lots of options!
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Our workshop schedule follows:
Sunday, OCT. 20, 2023 
Arrival to campus any time after 3:00PM 
Check-in to housing any time after 5:00PM 
Dinner in the Dining Hall 6:00pm-7:45pm  
8:00-9:30 PM
meet and greet & a short welcome concert/jam.

Monday through Thursday  OCT.21 + 22+ 23+ 24, 2023
7:00am - 8:00am Open Yoga, Tai Chi, or Meditation Class
or a nice walk, or sleep-in! 
7:00am - 9:00am Breakfast 
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Workshop 
12:00pm-2:00pm Lunch 
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM Workshop 
5:30pm-6:30pm Open Yoga, Tai Chi, or Meditation Class, 
or walk, or jam, or relax with friends 
6:00pm- 7:45pm Dinner 
8:00-9:30 jam

*note:
there will be:8:00pm Evening Performance Thursday 

Friday,  OCT. 25, 2023
7:00am - 8:00am Open Yoga, Tai Chi, or Meditation Class, or walk, or sleep-in
7:00am - 9:00am Breakfast 
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Workshop 
12:00pm-2:00pm Lunch 
Departure