2018 Listings

Art Camp | August 27-31

Piano Camp |  July 9-13

Suzuki Camp |  July 9-13

MMTA Camp |  July 9-13

Fiddle Camp |  June 18-22

Musical Theater Camp | July 16-20

Nature Art Camp | June 7-9

Fairy Tale Village & Music Camp | June 11 - 14




Call: 218.444.5606

Stop by

519 Minnesota Ave NW

Bemidji, MN 56601

Or register online

Art Camp | August 27-31

9 – 3pm | Ages 9 – 16 | $125

Headwaters’ Art Camp is a week-long camp for ages 9-18. Participants will be divided into two groups based on age. The theme for this years camp is Dragons and Dragonflies. Participants will spend the week working with one or two artists each day, giving them a week filled with in-depth art experience. Students will get an opportunity to learn and build relationships with artist instructors and other participants. The program will conclude on Friday with a public art exhibition and 3pm reception.

Applications for partial scholarships available | Registration deadline: 5 pm Friday, August 15, 2018

This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.

Piano Camp | July 9 - 13

 9 am-noon | Ages 5-15 |$75
Headwaters instructors Jessica Westlund and Carolyn Towler will lead this class for ages 5-15 who have at least one year experience. Piano Camp is a great opportunity for young pianists to focus on their piano and musicianship skills while at the same time making new friends.  Headwaters piano instructors will teach private and small group lessons, and students will have the chance to play ensemble repertoire for more than one pianist at one piano. At the beginning of the week, students will be assigned ensemble partners depending on their grade and level of advancement and appropriate repertoire will be selected for them to learn. Campers will also enjoy specialty classes such as musicianship, jazz piano and ­improv.                                                              

Suzuki Camp | July 9 - 13

1-4pm | Ages 5-12 | Cost $75
Taught by Headwaters instructors Jessica Westlund and Amanda Kastner, this session gives young child an introduction to violin using the Suzuki method, and is for children with no prior music experience. “Suzuki's "Mother Tongue" approach to teaching music builds on the principles of language acquisition. Those principles include an early beginning, listening, loving encouragement, parental support, constant repetition, learning with other children and then learning to read (Laurie Niles, editor violinist.com).   Violin rental for children and adults is included in the program courtesy of Schmitt Music Company.                                                            


MMTA Camp scheduled for July 9-13 is cancelled. For information about the Minnesota Music Teachers Association exam process and opportunities, please contact us.                                         

Fiddle Camp | June 18 - 22


9 am-4 pm Monday, June 18 - Friday, June 22, 2018

Headwaters Music & Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji MN

$125 person | Partial Youth Scholarships Available | Register by 5 pm June 1

24 participant maximum, minimum one year playing experience

Headwaters Music & Arts is excited to hold its seventh fiddle camp, a week-long day camp with both private and group instruction, enrichment activities and games, and public performance opportunities. We typically have two performances during the week, concluding with a Friday afternoon performance.

The camp is open to youth age 7 and older as well as adult string players who want to experience an environment that both advances their abilities and offers a creative and collaborative experience. Our theme this year is the roots of American music. In addition to our focus on the music that led to bluegrass, this year’s program will explore where your family is from in the U.S. and include some music specific to your background, such as Native American, Scandinavian, French-Canadian, and Scotch-Irish traditions, all of which are reflected in the folk music of Minnesota.

🎻Ginna Watson serves as director of this year's camp. As Hamline University’s violin instructor and a member of the Rose Ensemble, this Minneapolis-based violinist specializes in historically-informed performance.

🎻Returning instructors Rose Vincent and John Vincent of Eau Claire, Wisconsin bring an enthusiasm of bluegrass and country music. As owners of a Offbeat Violins and Guitar, both Rose and John specialize in fine string instruments, music instruction, and repair/restoration of all bowed and fretted string instruments. They also perform as a duo throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin.

🎻Special guests include geographer and bluegrass performer Corey Campbell (banjo, guitar, fiddle) and Bemidji Contra Dance director Wendy Greenberg.


"Often, we don’t realize the wealth of ethnic traditions that are present in their own community. Communicating the music and culture of students’ ethnic traditions teaches community members that each tradition has its own rich background and reduces the likelihood of stereotyping or disparaging others based simply on being perceived as “different.” Focusing on an American theme also draws students together and helps audiences understand that we’re all part of a large, intertwined community.” ~ Ginna Watson

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Nature Art Camp June 7-9

Start your summer with your two favorite activities – the outdoors and art!  Visual artist and ecologist Susan “Sparky” Kedzie and clay potter and artist Tom Daly will lead indoor and outdoor art explorations including acrylic painting, a bug house and stepping stones, and making a clay vase with leaf imprints. Bring a sack meal each day; Saturday snacks and all program activities provided.

Time and dates: 4-7:30 Thursday, June 7, 4-7:30 Friday, June 8, and 10 am-3 pm Saturday, June 9

Ages: 7-12

Cost: $50 per participant

Registration deadline: 5 pm Friday, June 1.  Maximum attendance 15 participants.

Register by calling 218-444-5606, or register online.

Musical Theater Camp | July 16 - 20

9am - 3pm | Ages 7 - 18 | $125

Headwaters Music & Arts’ week-long Musical Theater Camp is for any young person who would like to gain the skills and confidence to take part in community theater, or simply get creative with friends. Directed by Kari Ekhoff and Assistant Director Renae Spangler this camp prepares participants to take part in community theater or school productions by exposing them to the entire process of musical theater, including character development, set construction, and working off-script for a final public performance. The camp runs from 9:00am – 3:00pm, each day with breaks built in for lunch, board games, art activities, and team building challenges.

This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.

Fairy Tale Village & Music Camp | June 11 - 14 FULL!

9:00 - 4:00 | Ages 4 1/2 - 8 | $145

Join us for imaginative mornings of storytelling fun from Goldilocks and the Three Bears to The Fairy Weaver, each story comes with real life activities to try out in our magical Fairy Tale Village, such as eating home cooked porridge to learning to weave. Mornings at Apple Blossom Village (Rail River Folk School) are followed by afternoons of hands-on music making and art fun at Headwaters Music & Arts. Bring fairy tales to life with musical instruments, songs and games.