Folk Music Summer School

The Folk Music Summer Camp at Northern Michigan University

Do you love to play folk music and sharing that music with other people? Do you love to go to the beach and hiking in pristine forests? Well, if you do, the Folk Music School at Northern Michigan University is where you need to be in the summer of 2017.

Four Days of Folk Fun!
To make this camp even more enticing, it is scheduled the same week as the Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival, so that families can take advantage of both the camp and the festival. Students in the camp will actually be given an opportunity to take part in performances and workshops at the festival.
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Scholorship Opportunity

The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center announces two scholarship opportunities for high school students to attend the Folk Music School at Northern Michigan University. This new camp on the campus of NMU will take place from July 16 - 19, just before the beginning of the annual Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival.

There are two scholarships available. The Charles T. Ganzert Scholarship, in honor of the former professor of communications at Northern Michigan University, who passed away in March 2016. The second scholarship is the Hiawatha Music Co-op scholarship, which in the past provided scholarships for students to attend the Augusta Heritage Center camps in Elkins, West Virginia.

Each scholarship will cover the tuition to the camp of $250 and an additional $25 towards room and board (the total cost of room and board is $200). Commuter students are also encouraged to apply.

To apply for the scholarship, fill out the scholarship application which can be found below and write a one page essay on why you would like to attend the camp. The deadline for applications is June 22, 2016. Applications and essays will need to be mailed to the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center, 1401 Presque Isle Ave., Marquette, MI 49855. Information requests should be directed to Daniel Truckey at 906-227-1219 or

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Students will arrive on the evening of Sunday, July 16th. They will leave at noon on Wednesday, July 19th.

Who is eligible?

Any student who will be attending grades 9 through 12 in the fall of 2016.


The camp will be held on the campus of Northern Michigan University. Students will stay in the residence halls of the university and classes will take place in the facilities of the Department of Music and other campus facilities.

What does it cost?

The camp has two pricing options. With Room and Board (3 nights - shared residence hall room, 3 meals a day): $400
Without Room and Board: $250
Meal passes can be purchased separately for $26.75 a day.

What kind of Social Activities?

The camp will take advantage of Marquette’s beautiful weather and surroundings by including a picnic at Presque Isle Park, hiking excursions and beach time. There will also be movies and jam sessions in the evening.


Folk Music Camp Tracks

Each student will select two things.
  1. Main instrument that they would like to focus on in their lessons. Instruments that can receive individual instruction include; guitar, bass, fiddle, accordion, flute, banjo and voice. If you play an instrument other than these and would still like to come, let us know and we’ll see if there is an instructor who can work with you during the camp.
  2. One of three learning tracks for the week. Below are descriptions of the three tracks.
    Instrumental Track
    This is for the serious instrumentalist who wants to master their instrument and practice their skills playing with other people. This will include instruction in:
    • Private Instrument lessons
    • Singer-Songwriter
    • Performance
    • Accompaniment
    • Ensemble
    Singer-Songwriter Track
    This is for the student who aspires to perform and record their own songs, along with the songs of others. This will include instruction in:
    • Private Instrument lessons
    • Songwriter Clinic
    • Recording Techniques
    • Performance
    • Folk Song History



Day 1
Sunday July, 16th
Day 2
Monday July, 17th
Day 3
Tuesday July,18th
Day 4
Wednesday July,19th
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Students arrive on campus and register at the Residence Hall. 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.: Breakfast
8 a.m. to 9 a.m.: Breakfast
8 a.m. to 9 a.m.: Breakfast
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Picnic on Presque Isle Park 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Instrument Lessons 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Instrument Lessons 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Concert
8 a.m. to 10 p.m.: Jam Sessions 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.: (Two Choices) Songwriting Class (Section 1) or Audio-Recording Class (Section 1) 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.: (Two Choices) Songwriting Class or Audio-Recording Class Noon: Students begin to leave
11 p.m.: Lights Out 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.: Lunch 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.: Lunch
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.: (Two Choices) Songwriting Class (Section 2) or Audio-Recording Class (Section 2) 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.: (Two Choices) Songwriting Class (Section 2) or Audio-Recording Class (Section 2)
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: (Three choices)Accompaniment Class or Folk Song History or Vocal Performance/Harmony (Part 1) 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: (Three choices)Accompaniment Class or Old Time Music or Vocal Performance/Harmony (Part 2)
3 p.m. to 4 p.m.: (Two Choices) Performance (Section 1) Ensemble (Section 1) 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.: (Two Choices) Performance (Section 1) Ensemble (Section 1)
4 p.m. to 5 p.m.: (Two Choices)Performance (Section 2) Ensemble (Section 2) 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.: (Two Choices)Performance (Section 2) Ensemble (Section 2)
5 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Free Time 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Free Time
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Dinner 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Dinner
7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.: Social Activity 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.: Social Activity
9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.: Jam Sessions 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.: Jam Sessions
11 p.m.: Lights out 11 p.m.: Lights out


Dave Bett

Dave Bett

Folk Guitar

A veteran of several musical groups in Marquette, most notably “The Feltliners,” Bett is one of the most respected guitar players in the region. He has led several workshops at the Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival on guitar playing and is also a singer/songwriter.

Phil Watts

Phil Watts

Professor, School of Health and Human Performance

Old Time Traditional Music

Phil Watts has been a performer of old time folk music for the past four decades, most notably with his group All Strings Considered, who are one of the most popular old time dance bands in the Upper Peninsula. Phil has served on the board of the Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival.

A native of North Carolina, Dr. Watts has served on the faculty of Northern Michigan University since 1978. He has served as the Coordinator of the graduate program in Exercise Science and also advises undergraduate students in Sports Science.

Barb Rhyneer

Barb Rhyneer

Associate Professor, Department of Music

Fiddle and Celtic Music

Barb Rhyneer has extensive experience as both a classical and folk musician. She currently performs in several folk music groups including Adam Sawfox and the Knockabouts. Barbara Rhyneer is the director of string performance and string pedagogy at Northern Michigan University. Her duties include directing the NMU Orchestra and string chamber music ensembles. She also teaches classes in conducting, Music in Society (a service course for liberal studies credit), and upper and lower string methods for instrumental educators, as well as individual string performance lessons.

Dan Truckey

Daniel Truckey

Director of the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center

Singer/Songwriter and American Folk Music

Daniel Truckey has an extensive background as a folk musician and singer-songwriter, having performed his own music and in folk groups since the late 1980s. He has released three solo records and one in his duo, The Truckey Boys. In addition, Truckey is a folklorist and an expert in the history of American folk music. He currently teaches a course in Upper Peninsula Folklife at Northern Michigan University, which includes a section on Upper Peninsula folk music.

Dave Zeigner

Dave Zeigner

Adjunct Instructor, Department of Music

Upright Bass

Dave Ziegner, an accomplished Bassist/Guitarist/Pianist and composer, spent many years playing Brazilian/Latin jazz in the San Francisco Bay area. In 2005 he was awarded with the City of Marquette’s Community Performing Arts honor. Dave has performed with such greats as Peter Erskine, Mike Stern, Bob Mintzer and others in a variety of styles and can usually be found on the electric or upright bass.

Tim Clancy

Tim Clancy

Accordionist and Flautist

Accordion and Celtic Music

Tim Clancy has been playing in folk ensembles in the Marquette area since the 1970s. He plays traditional Folk style accordion, featuring elements of the British Isles, Scandinavian, and American old-time traditions. He has also been playing a lot of American old-time (Appalachian-stlye) fiddle tunes on his accordion lately. He plays the flute in several Celtic groups and also in the duo, Clankey, with Dan Truckey. In addition, he has taught in workshops at the Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival.

Sue Demel

Sue Demel

Folk vocalist, percussionist, songwriter

Vocal and Singer/Songwriter

As a founding and current member of folk trio, Sons of the Never Wrong, Sue tours nationally, performing original, acoustic music. Her body of work as a songwriter achieves a rare peace between the boundaries of love and redemption. A seasoned back-up vocalist featured on over 60 CD’s, Sue is currently a recording artist on Waterbug records where her original songs, arrangements, & vocals are featured. In addition to 'Sons', Sue performs as a guest vocalist for Corky Siegel & Chamber Blues, and is in the gospel/jazz septet Come Sunday. She teaches courses in songwriting, vocal improvisation and singing at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago as well as many writing and vocal workshops around the country.

Mark Shevy

Dr. Mark Shevy

Associate Professor of Mass Communication and Media Production at Northern Michigan University.

Audio Production

His main areas of research include empirical studies of the psychological effects of media, particularly the influence of music in motion pictures and advertising. He also produces and writes for media, including video, audio, and the Web. One of his goals is to integrate scientific research with production to create new and effective types of mediated communication and experiences. Dr. Shevy also teaches university courses in mass communication effects, issues in new media technology, media literacy, music psychology, health communication, writing and announcing for broadcast, audio production, video production, and multimedia production. He is the faculty adviser for the NMU student organization "Marquette Ending Hunger" and is on the NMU Academic Senate executive committee. He is a fitness instructor on campus and at the YMCA, and he helps in the audio and music ministries at a local church.

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