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Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Youth Free Range Music Program - Summer 2020

Free Range Music - Summer 2020 Youth Programkids playing music

Ages 12-18, for any instrument or voice

Camp Options (any 1, 2, or 3 weeks):

  • June 22-26

  • June 29-July 3

  • July 6-10

Don’t be chicken when it comes to being creative! Spend a week (or two or three) developing repertoire with a small ensemble in the styles you are inspired to learn more about, and gain confidence in being able to make your own music.

Genres that can be explored include Jazz, Pop, Folk, Classical, Blues, Swing, Experimental, Alternative, Latin, Mariachi, Soul, and more. All instruments and vocalists welcome. We’ll match you with other students near your age and experience level, coached by a professional who plays in the group.

Discover everything it takes to successfully collaborate, jam, compose, rehearse, record, and perform with others. Have a memorable experience playing a combination of originals and unique covers, building skills that last a

Instructors are renowned artists from CMC’s performing faculty with extensive experience a variety of musical styles. Groups perform their finished work for the public at CMC and may be invited to perform in PP&R’s Free for All programs.

At least two years playing your instrument/s, ability to play scales in a few keys, name notes, and play in time.

HOW TO APPLYkids playing music
To register for one, two or three weeks of camp, fill out our “Free Range Music” Summer intake form here, in the PP&R catalog, or at CMC. The intake form tells us about your past experience and current musical goals so we can best place you in a group. 

  • Camp 1: June 22-26
  • Camp 2: June 29-July 3
  • Camp 3: July 6-10

Join any 1, 2, or 3 weeks!


Monday - Friday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Required Concert Friday at 7:00 pm

  Camp 1: June 26

  Camp 2: July 3

  Camp 3: July 10


$295 (Portland residents)

$413 (non-residents of Portland)

Need-based scholarships are available.


• There will be no refund of fees except for students not placed in a group.

• 100% attendance required for full week, including final concert.