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Cassiopeia academy for music performance and songwriting


CAMPS began in a basement in Washington DC with 8 high school students who wanted to spend their first days of summer vacation writing, arranging, and performing original songs. 5 days, 20 songs, and many pick up basketball games later, we filled a house concert with first time performances of original music!

Founders, Jenner Fox and Cuchulain Kelly collaborated with musicians and educators to create a unique curriculum that empowers young people to write songs, form ensembles, and become listening musicians. It’s about the joy of music, it’s about outrunning our inner critics, it’s about expanding our listening horizons, it’s about the song, it’s about communities of young people with enough vulnerability to fill the blank page with something from the heart.

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Highlights from our Summer 2019 session

“Home” an original song performed by Owen Doherty and Ronan Welch.

jenner performs “Dams are for beavers” with the C.a.m.p.s. class of 2018


Cassiopeia– because for all of history people have gazed up at shiny dots in a dark sky, connected the dots, named the clusters, called them gods, built worlds around those gods, and wrote them into songs.

Academy- a group of humans using the power of love, respect, and knowledge to achieve the uncanny math of 1 + 1 = 3

Music– the best thing in the world.

Performance– sharing the best thing in the world. Joy and generosity.

Songwriting– communicating in three dimensions.