Wintergrass 2017 Sponsors-Ted Brown Music


Every year Ted Brown Music donates a ‘petting zoo’ of instruments to the Youth Academy. This makes it possible for any student to attend the Youth Academy regardless of whether or not they own an instrument. It also makes it possible for students to explore instruments they may not be familiar with. We’re very grateful for this extraordinary act of trust and generosity.

Ted Brown was passionate about helping people make music. When he opened the doors to his first music store in 1931, he worked with a small team of people who shared that passion. Today, Ted Brown Music has grown to become a leader in the Northwest music community, serving the diverse needs of six cities across Washington State. From instrument rentals and repairs to pro audio, music lessons, and live events, Ted Brown Music is Washington’s premier provider of all things music.

A lot has changed, but after all these years, we’re still passionate about helping others make music. Whether a couch-bound strummer or a first-chair virtuoso, Ted Brown Music gives musicians the tools they need to pursue their passion. Our educational services representatives work with local school districts to help support and grow their music programs, offering free instrument pickup and delivery from school and providing complimentary services at school music events. Our nonprofit, Ted Brown Music Outreach, helps ensure everyone gets to experience the joy of music by putting instruments in the hands of young musicians.

Come visit us in Tacoma, Seattle, Richland, Yakima, Silverdale or Puyallup. Our message is simple: Your music is our passion! outreach-logo500px-e1351872067392

Welcome to Ted Brown Music Outreach

We believe music enhances the quality of life by improving learning abilities, relieving stress, and providing a chance to change lives.

Our purpose is to put instruments in the hands of young musicians while supporting their musical activities and programs.

With all the proven benefits that music involvement has to offer, it’s amazing to still see school districts cutting out the arts from their schools.  We see this as only hurting our children.  This organization is taking on the task of raising awareness to these problems and implementing some programs to keep kids involved with making music.  We realize that there are a lot of programs going on in our community to give kids this opportunity.  We don’t want to replace these programs but assist them and continue to bring out more opportunities.  We ask that you please look through our website and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.


2017 Youth Educational Offerings

Wintergrass is passionate about music education. Thanks to Education Director, Beth Fortune and a team of incredible educators and mentors we’re pleased to offer programs specifically tailored for young children to young adults. Due to the generosity of the D’Addario Foundation and Acoustic Sound patrons, scholarships are available for every youth education program.

Most Wintergrass Youth education programs take place at the Hyatt Regency (900 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue WA 98004) in the Evergreen Ballroom. Students and parents should plan to check-in thirty minutes before the start time each day. Parents are always welcome, but not required, to stay and observe the fun. Students should plan to pack a lunch. A substantial snack and drink will be provided to Youth Academy students on Friday at 4pm before their 5pm performance.

Wintergrass Pintgrass

For young students ages 4-6

Thursday/Friday, February 23-24, 2017
8:30am to noon Hyatt Evergreen Ballroom

$25 to $45

Pintgrass takes place on Thursday, February 23rd and Friday, February 24th, from 8:30am until noon at the Evergreen Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency. Pintgrass is designed for very young students ages 4-6. Students do not need to have experience with instruments to participate. Registration includes the two days of instruction and a 4 day weekend pass to the festival for the student.

Please be sure to include your email address. Youth Education Director, Beth Fortune, will be happy to communicate with you prior to the event so that both you and your child are fully informed and ready to go!

Parents or guardians of Pintgrass students are eligible for the Parent Weekend pass.

Wintergrass Youth Academy

For students ages 7-13

Thursday/Friday, February 23-24, 2015
8:30am to 4pm Hyatt Evergreen Ballroom
8:30am registration on Thursday
Friday performance on the Evergreen Stage from 4:45-6pm

Cost: $65 to $125

This two-day program is designed for beginners and young players who are just getting acquainted with independence and competence with instruments and performance. A dedicated staff of teachers, led by master educators Beth Fortune, Joe Craven, and Alfreida Moore, provide inspiration and attention to every student.

The 2017 Wintergrass Youth Academy takes place on Thursday, February 23rd and Friday, February 24th, from 8:30am until 4pm. On Friday, students perform from 4:45 to 6pm on the Evergreen Stage. The Youth Academy program is designed for beginning to intermediate student ages 7-14. Students will learn and perform in small groups as well as enjoy large group singing and dance activities. Registration includes the two days of instruction and a 4 day weekend pass to the festival for the student.

Please be sure to include your email address. Youth Academy Director, Beth Fortune, will be happy to communicate with you prior to the event so that both you and your child are fully informed and ready to go!

All Youth Academy students participate in small group instruction on their own bluegrass instruments. (If you child needs an instrument, let us know!) Students also get a chance to try out other instruments and receive basic instruction on either guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, dobro, bass, or voice.

Wintergrass Youth Orchestra

For middle school aged students

Rehearsals in Jan. & Feb., 2017 in the Seattle area
Onsite Rehearsal February 25th, 2017 8:30am to 1:30pm – Hyatt Evergreen Ballroom
Sunday Feb 26, 2017 Hyatt Grand Ballroom – Performance!

Cost: $50 – $100

Comprised of middle school orchestra students, the 120 piece youth orchestra learns and rehearses one-of-a-kind arrangements provided by headline performers, who work and perform with the student. This program requires a months-long commitment and culminates with the closing performance on the Grand Ballroom stage on Sunday afternoon.

The Youth Orchestra is comprised of existing middle school youth orchestras and single students from the greater NW region. Participating students receive written music, mp3s of the arrangements when possible, and are encouraged to participate in two full orchestra rehearsals prior to the festival. These generally take place at the end of January and the beginning of February in the Seattle area.

Students convene at the festival on Saturday, Feb. 25th for a lengthy rehearsal with each other and with Darol Anger & Mr. Sun, The Turtle Island String Quartet, Mike Marshall & Caterina Lichtenberg and Tim O’Brien. This rehearsal and the performance on Sunday is conducted by Bob Phillips and Dr. Andy Carlson. They will participate in a morning sound check on Sunday and finally the closing performance at 3pm on the Grand Ballroom stage.

This option includes a full weekend pass for the student. Parents of students purchasing this option are eligible for a discounted parent weekend pass.

Wintergrass Youth Academy/Orchestra Package

Cost: $95 – $190

This package is designed for students who wish to participate in both the Youth Academy and Youth Orchestra. There are a very limited number of this registration type available. This package includes a weekend pass to the festival and registration for both the Youth Academy and Youth Orchestra.

Wintergrass Youth Academy Teacher Training (YATT)

Wednesday Feb. 22th 7pm
Thursday Feb. 23th – Friday Feb. 24th 8:30am-5pm

For students ages 14 to 21

Cost: $35 to $70

Youth Academy Teacher Training is designed for young skilled musicians ages 14 to 20 who are keenly interested in becoming teachers – particularly music teachers – this intense program thrusts students into learning, teaching and performing situations. Students work with fantastic educators, like Beth Fortune, Joe Craven, Tom Petersen and others to gain teaching skills. Mentoring sessions also include performance coaching and tips. Students are given real world experience working with Youth Academy students on Thursday and Friday.

What can you expect?

  1. Specialized coaching session on Wednesday night focussing on how to teach kids and performance tips. Trainers include Joe Craven, Beth Fortune, Tom Petersen and others.
  2. Opportunity to serve as Junior Instructors for the duration of the Youth Academy
  3. The YATT program provides 20+ hours of community service hours for participants
  4. YATT participants are also invited to participate with Rhapsody Songsters evening activities.

YATTs teach younger children how to begin or improve playing Bluegrass-family instruments and to sing. YATTs work with children in one-on-one, small-group, and large-group settings. YATTs are kind, gentle, and patient, while energetic, enthusiastic, and encouraging. YATTs agree to work one long evening and two long days and would likely miss school to do so. They are ambassadors of good will and good cheer throughout the Wintergrass Festival. YATTs enjoy performance access and hospitality privileges.

Rhapsody Songsters

For high school and college aged students

Thursday, Feb 23-Sunday Feb 26
meet at Evergreen Ballroom 1pm Th & Fri
various activities on Th & Fri afternoon
evening activities in the Rhapsody Songsters suite Th-Sat nights

Cost: $35 to $70
For youth who have already purchased a weekend pass, an upgrade option is available on our ticket site.

Led by award-winning cultural ambassadors, community builders, and folklorists Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons, the Rhapsody Songsters program is designed for students ages 15-20 who are interested in learning the many ways music can fit into a full and interesting life. Being a Rhapsody Songster means enriching yourself by learning to strengthen and diversify the musical community where you live. Each student of the Songster program should be prepared to have zany fun while cutting loose through playing your instrument, dancing with your friends, and cooking excellent food. Playing music is about more than just tunes and songs–it’s about the people and the stories that helped make those songs live! The goal of this program is to introduce young musicians/connoisseurs to the wider world of the music scene and be participants in its traditions and cultural legacy.

Songsters will participate in diverse activities throughout the festival, and have the opportunity to apprentice themselves to various members of the large team that makes Wintergrass go! Activities include:

  1. interviews and job shadowing with festival photographers, sound and light crews, luthiers, artists and more.
  2. afternoon training sessions with Ben & Joe
  3. evening jam sessions/student produced concerts

We fully expect graduates of the Rhapsody Songsters program at Wintergrass to lead the musical community for the next generation.

Registration includes a full weekend pass.

Register for all Youth Educational Offerings
online on our Education Registration Page.

Purchase a Parent Pass (for parents of students registered
for any education program) on our online Registration Page.

Oct 1 – Information on our Intensive Courses and on the 2017 Youth Education Program have been posted.

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