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Blues Camp

A long-standing Rhapsody tradition.

Every summer, a group of Rhapsody students and instructors spend five days and five nights in Port Townsend, WA studying with an all-star cast of culture bearers from all over the United States. 

Blues Camp

Each day at Blues Camp provides students the opportunity to study a range of instruments in both informal and classroom settings and celebrate the living tradition of acoustic blues music with the brilliant and humble musicians who do it best.

Students ages 10 – 25 are invited to apply for one of our full-ride scholarships (valued at $2000 each) to travel and stay in the dormitories at Fort Worden State Park with fellow youth and chaperones. Applicants are also encouraged to begin attending weekly Songster gatherings in the Hillman City neighborhood to build a foundation of skills and information before attending Blues Camp.

Presented in partnership with The Centrum Foundation.

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  • Enjoy the nearby beach and hiking trails

  • Witness live concerts each evening presented by the faculty

  • Eat healthy food at the dining hall

Want to attend Blues Camp?

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Lady A standing in circle with young kids in the Northwest Blues program outside
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