Art Camp | Aug. 28 - Sep. 29

  Drumset Camp | Check back In 2018

  Fiddle Camp | June 12-16

  Music Improvisation Camp | Check back in 2018

  2017 Musical Theater Camp | June 26-30

  Nature Art Camp | June 8-10

Register for these camps by calling 218.444.5606
Or fill out our Summer Camp Registration Form and return it to us at
519 Minnesota Ave NW
Bemidji, MN 56601

Art Camp

Join us for 9:00-3:00pm for a Headwaters’ Art Camp. During this fast-paced program, participants will work with different skilled artists to advance their skills. Guest instructors Tom Daly, Al Bellleveau, Stacey Stang, Susan Kedzie, author and illustrator of A Thousand Purring Cats, and Joanna Dymond, author of Howling Yowling Growling with the Lost River Wolf Pack, will work with participants to create animal art in clay, pastels, murals, acrylics, drawing, and plasma welding.

Participants will develop an artist's statement and learn how to exhibit their work in Friday's public art exhibition at 3 pm. Participants will be divided into two groups based on age, and should plan to bring a bagged lunch each day.
Ages 9-18, the cost to attend is $125 per participant, applications for partial scholarships available. The registration deadline 5 pm August 15, 2017 (if deadline has passed, contact us about late registration options). For more information or to register, contact Headwaters Music and Arts at 218.444.5606  or download and print the Summer Camp Registration Form.


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


Drumset Camp

The 8th annual Lakes Area Drumset Camp took place August 8-12, 2016. The camp was open to all percussionists, from beginner to advanced, who want to improve their drumset skills in an environment that is exciting and inspiring.
Every participant  spent a majority of their camp experience behind their own kit, playing in the mass drumset ensemble and in smaller sectionals. Every participant  received the Drumset Camp method book, a resource CD, and the 2016 camp t-shirt.
The three full-time instructors were Eric Sundeen, Ben Anderson, and Tom Buckley.  Please check back for details about 2017.  Or better yet, contact us to get on our mailing list for upcoming camps!

Drum Camp 2012 performing with local band Party Spark


Drum Camp 2012 performing with local band Party Spark

Fiddle Camp

9 am -4 pm June 12-16, 2017

519 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji MN 56601

Youth through adult with a minimum of one year private lesson or performance experience.  All levels of experience welcome!

Registration opens April 1, 2017.  To be added to our contact list, please contact us at 218-444-5606 or

The Headwaters School of Music & the Arts is excited to hold its sixth annual summer fiddle camp.  Held at the Headwaters building in downtown Bemidji, the week-long day camp provides both private and group instruction to all participants led by an experienced trio of instructors. The camp is open to string players of all ages and abilities who want to experience an environment that both advances their abilities and offers a creative and collaborative environment.

Ginna Watson serves as director of this year's camp. As a Minneapolis-based violinist who specializes in historically-informed performance, we are pleased to have her expertise and vibrant presence.   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.  Our focus this year is Contra Dance, a folk dance with origins in New England and popular throughout the country with guest presenters Wendy Greenberg and members of the Celtic performance group Caleigh

Tentative Daily Schedule
9:00-10:00 am: Large group work and team building activities.
10:00-11:00 am: Private and Small Group Lessons
11:00-11:15 am Break
11:15-12:15 pm - Private and Small Group Lessons.
12:15-1:00 pm: Lunch Break
1:00-1:40  pm: Contra Dance Workshop
1:40-2:40 pm: Small Group Skills Building class.
2:40-3:00 pm Break
3:00-4:00 pm: Large Group work that uses skills learned during the day.
Friday concludes with 4:00 pm concert followed by reception

Music Improvisation Camp

Check back for future music improv classes and performances.  or ask to be added to our mailing list.  Lets stay in touch!



Nature Art Camp

What a great way to start your summer! Area artist and potter Tom Daly and artist, author and ecologist Susan Kedzie (Sparky) head up our Nature Art Camp for kids ages 7-12. Activities include an arts learning session at Bemidji Public Library sponsored by Mississippi Headwaters Audubon Society and creating art that is based on plants and animals native to Minnesota.

4-7:30 pm Thursday, June 8 and Friday, June 9, 10 am -3 pm Saturday, June 10 | Cost is $50 per child | Max attendance 15 | Register by June 2 by calling 218-444-5606, or print out and send in our Summer Camp Registration Form If it is past this registration date, please contact us to see if we are able to accept late application


2017 Musical Theater Camp

June 26-30

519 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji Mn

The Headwaters Musical Theater Camp gives students a positive theater experience through team building, communication, and performance. Students are cast in a short musical and learn the basics of stage acting, character development, improvisation, chorus singing with simple choreography, as well as the thrill of final performance.

For more information, contact us at 218-444-5606 or download and print our 2017 Summer Camps Registration form.