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Great Lakes Mandolin Camp II – September 13 – 15, 2018

Great Lakes Mandolin Camp

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The 2nd annual Great Lakes Mandolin Camp on September 13 – 15, 2018 will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The instructors are Camp founder Brian Oberlin (swing, bluegrass and classical), Don Stiernberg (swing and jazz) and Emory Lester (bluegrass).  During the three days of mandolin immersion, each Camper will experience six workshops from all three teachers, ensemble rehearsals, mass mandolin orchestra rehearsals, Q & A sessions with all teachers, a special workshop learning the teacher’s favorite “licks and tricks”, structured and non-structured jams, and perform with the mass orchestra and ensemble of their choice at the student and faculty concert.  The maximum student capacity is 45, which makes for smaller classes from some of the best mandolin players and teachers in the world. The cost is an affordable $400.

Great Lakes Mandoberlin Camp
Brian Oberlin, Don Stiernberg and the students of the 2017 Great Lakes Mandolin Camp.

Testimonial on Brian Oberlin’s teaching style

Brian met, and vastly exceeded my musical expectations. I really like him, and his casual teaching style that does not single out the confused players, although he teaches to them. Further, he encourages the good players, with ideas for them to arrange and grow musically . . . all the while being a spot-on musician as a role model for us all. I have consumed a lot of classes over the past few years, and there is a lighter attitude in this adult education field, that some really great musicians haven't cultivated yet. They put in their 10,000 hours on that instrument to get on the first rung of the fame ladder, and you should put in that work, too, before they will waste any time with you. A good teacher realizes that you are here because you want more, and haven't gotten there yet . . . maybe need someone to encourage you along a few of those hours, and say what you could do to make it easier, or more fun. Brian Oberlin has both the compassion and expertise to make it work.”
Karen Leis, Anchorage, Alaska
November 2014