While best known as a songwriters’ organization, Summersongs helped me beyond measure in performance skills, from introducing a song to microphone techniques, to making connection to the audience, to gracious acknowledgement of applause. I learned vocal exercises that I use without fail before performances or recording. I received advice that helped me fine-tune songs that were accepted on a major label as well as independent labels. I learned recording techniques that changed my whole approach to the process. Summersongs is the whole package, taught by some of my most admired and stunningly skilled professionals. It is also a loving, accepting music community, offering gentle guidance with positive reinforcement led by proven recording artists and performers. Summersongs is an unforgettable experience in every way.
SummerSongs has taught me so many things about music that it would be impossible to list them all. From performance skills, vocal training, songwriting by genre, guitar classes of all types, to recording skills, it has been invaluable to me.The abilities of the instructional staff have been consistentlyoutstanding. Most of all, it has repeatedly inspired me, re-ignited my creative flame, and made me feel a part of an extended musical family.
Summersongs was a profoundly life-changing experience for me, and continues to be an important source of community, support, learning and growth as a songwriter, teacher and musician. I will continue to recommend it to any and all songwriters or would-be songwriters that I meet as the single most important investment I ever made in myself as an artist. I showed up at camp recovering from cancer, shy and insecure. The support and encouragement I received there was so healing and inspiring. I have seen the most beautiful flowering of people's gifts again and again at camp, as we writers are given a safe and supportive environment to grow in. I cannot measure the camp's total impact on my life, but I sure wouldn't want to live without it.