My son, a middle school clarinetist, completed his second summer session at Cazadero Performing Arts Camp in July 2009, and he is still trying to prolong the magic by sleeping outside under the stars here at home. He loves Caz with a passion, and so do his parents. Here are some of the reasons why: â€¢ Camp accreditation, meaning all the safety and cleanliness features are in place â€¢ Super well-organized administrative office, with accurate and clear billings, a stable office staff, and excellent communications â€¢ Amazingly beautiful camp site nestled near the Russian River, under a canopy of giant redwoods. â€¢ The camp is well run, with an all-musician structure of deans, nurses, kitchen staff, utility crew, counselors, and music educators who make the two-week experience run smoothly and safely â€¢ A true summer-camp experience for the children, complete with camp songs, traditions, stories, and games that create affiliation and belongingness among campers â€¢ So much fun that when parents take their kids out for dinner in town after the mid-session concert, the kids’ main concern is getting back to camp in time for evening activities! â€¢ First-rate music instruction, one of the top music camps nationally â€¢ Guest conductors and others who have dedicated themselves to music education â€¢ A culture of fun that makes six hours of daily practice “cool” â€¢ Amazing results– campers seem to progress musically at the rate of one year per week of camp â€¢ Kids have some chores around their meals, cleaning and resetting tables (good reinforcement!) â€¢ The food is great – home-cooked, balanced, healthful and incredibly popular with the campers â€¢ The kitchen is super clean, well run and environmentally sensitive – no Styrofoam or plastic, only wash-and-re-use items and some biodegradable potato-ware. â€¢ Counselors and CITs who are great role models â€¢ Diversity of incomes and skin colors, united in music (where those differences don’t matter); no vibe of privilege or entitlement â€¢ Commitment to music education through a scholarship program â€¢ Bonding opportunities during the year between summers â€¢ A sense of family, through the founders, Mr. and Mrs. Lutt, as well as through the Mazzaferro family who provide a multitude of services and a guiding spirit to Caz I could certainly go on and on! Caz is a wonderful place. Our child and, by extension, our family, have been enriched by the Caz experience.