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2013 Jim Richter Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us

By Mandolin Cafe
January 30, 2013 - 8:15 am

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Grant Street Inn, Bloomington, IL - home of the 2013 Jim Richter Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us

Grant Street Inn, Bloomington, IL - home of the 2013 Jim Richter Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us

Bloomington, Ind. — Jim Richter, Kimble Mandolins, The Mandolin Cafe and Grant Street Inn present the 2013 Jim Richter Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us, July 25-27, 2013 at the historic Grant Street Inn.

The Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us camp — now in its third year — focuses on rock and blues styles as well a unique educational approach with this year's special guest instructor, acclaimed performer, educator, and composer for mandolin, Don Julin. Don offers good humor, an engaging teaching style, formidable musical knowledge, and incomparable technique which will provide a wonderful new layer to this camp experience.

Besides rock and blues mandolin styles, this camp focuses on deconstructing the barriers that keep each of us from being the most creative and productive on our mandolins.

The camp does not subscribe to beginner-intermediate-expert labeling — especially self-labeling, as its felt it undervalues or devalues the mandolinist. Creativity and ability are both spectrum-based, free of artificial levels and competition.

Continuing from last year will be concurrently held special topic classes on blues, jazz standards, and others determined by suggestions from a survey of registered attendees. Twenty minutes of individual instruction is now a standard part of the camp.

A faculty concert will be held the evening of July 27.

Cost: Tuition for the workshop is $175. This covers camp instruction, printed materials, individual instruction, and the faculty concert. It does not include dining or lodging.

Housing: The Grant Street Inn is the center of activities. The Inn is offering the discounted rate of $109 plus tax per night. Please do not contact the Inn except for housing arrangements.

Additional information:
Grant Street Inn - (812) 334-2353
Camp on Facebook

Click red map pin below for driving directions to the Grant Street Inn, 310 North Grant Street, Bloomington, Indiana 47408.


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Ron McMillan
April 11, 2012 09:32 AM
Oh, I wish I could be there....
Ed Goist
April 11, 2012 10:47 AM
Really looking forward to it!
April 11, 2012 12:49 PM
Crud - this would have been a great camp to attend. I'm in Atlanta but my brother lives in Bloomington, so I'd have a free bed to crash in. But jsut started a enw job and have no vacation time accrued yet. (sigh)
April 11, 2012 02:01 PM
Oh, I would love to go to this. I live in Bloomington, so definitely doable!
Rosemary Philips
April 11, 2012 05:23 PM
Dang--I'm supposed to be someplace else at that time! I would love to be there!
Eddie Sheehy
April 17, 2012 05:39 PM
What's the nearest big airport to Bloomington?
Don Grieser
April 18, 2012 07:15 AM
Eddie, Indianapolis is the closest, 45 min to an hour from Bloomington.
Eddie Sheehy
April 18, 2012 09:32 AM
And Indianapolis to Bloomington? - Train/bus/Rental Car?
Ed Goist
April 18, 2012 09:58 AM
The University of Indiana in is Bloomington, and the B&B where the Camp is held is pretty much right on campus.
April 18, 2012 12:29 PM
There's a very cost effective shuttle bus service from the airport to the Indiana University Memorial Union -- ~$15 each way. This is about a 10 minute walk to the B&B.
Eddie Sheehy
April 18, 2012 02:53 PM
I got that from Ed's link. My Frequent Flyer mileage will cover the Flight - now all I need is hall-pass...
Rick Jones
April 21, 2012 09:23 AM
Oh, man, what a find - and at the perfect time. Looking forward to this!
April 22, 2012 06:44 AM
Thanks to all those who've shown an interest. If my math is correct, I have one spot left. 19 out of 20 seats have been filled by eager mandolinists--I know by Don and I are anticipating a great weekend.

If you've been on the fence about signing up, you can ask me to hold the spot while you do the logistics.

Thanks again to Scott Tichenor/MandolinCafe, Will Kimble, and the Grant Street Inn for joining me as sponsors this year!

Darren Bailey
April 22, 2012 08:41 AM
I know how geeky this is going to sound - but there you go!
Jim - I have a number of your Youtube videos downloaded and I watch them all the time. A few years back when I was just starting out you sent a message of encouragement to me for one of my videos playing one one of your arrangements - and it meant a lot to me.
So, all I can say is I'm very envious of you chaps who are making it to Jim's sessions - I'm sure you'll learn a lot and have a great time. Hope it al goes well.
Eddie Sheehy
April 22, 2012 05:10 PM
I got my hall-pass, just awaiting confirmation of the 20th place...
Eddie Sheehy
April 22, 2012 06:29 PM
Rodney Riley
April 22, 2012 06:38 PM
Happy for ya Eddie. What a hall pass...
April 23, 2012 12:53 PM
The camp is now full. In fact, Eddie makes 21 smile If there's anyone who wants to be on a wait list in the event of cancellation, shoot me a PM.

May 15, 2012 10:06 AM
I am really looking forward to this! My birthday is July 27, so this is kind of a present to myself smile

Ed Goist
May 15, 2012 12:42 PM
I look forward to meeting and jamming with you Carrie, and wishing you a Happy Birthday in person! smile
May 16, 2012 11:27 AM
I think it'll be a lot of fun! I've only been playing since February. I'm hoping this camp will help me get a bit more comfortable with improvising.
Ed Goist
August 01, 2012 09:35 AM
This year Richter Mandolin Camp was a huge success!
Thanks to Jim Richter and Don Julin for the exceptional instruction.
Thanks also to this year's Camp Sponsors (The Grant Street Inn, Kimble Mandolins, and the Mandolin Cafe) for helping to make the Camp possible.
For photos and more from this year's Camp, be sure to visit the Camp's Facebook page.
Hope to see you at next year's Camp!
January 30, 2013 08:20 AM
The Mandolin Cafe has posted the following news release:
2013 Jim Richter Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us

Jim Richter, Kimble Mandolins, The Mandolin Cafe and Grant Street Inn present the 2013 Jim Richter Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us, July 25-27, 2013 at the historic Grant Street Inn in Bloomington Indiana.


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Scott Tichenor
January 30, 2013 08:23 AM
NOTE: I've not done this before for annual events but it seemed that a small specialized camp like this might benefit from everyone seeing the comments from the previous year so I've combined the comments/thread from 2012 into this 2013 announcement. Sign-up soon. Sold out last year. Tons of bluegrass and classical workshops, but this is one of the few focusing solely on other styles.

Mandolin Cafe is a sponsor of the event along with Kimble Mandolin and The Grant Street Inn.
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