• July 28, 2024
    4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  • July 29, 2024
    9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • July 30, 2024
    9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • July 31, 2024
    9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • August 1, 2024
    9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • August 2, 2024
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Join MUSIC FOR PEOPLE in our ANNUAL DEEP DIVE into musical renewal, mindfulness, and creativity. For musicians and vocalists experienced in any musical tradition – classical, jazz, theater, rock, ethnic, avant-garde, et al. In an energetic, humorous and open-minded environment, discover how to move beyond the limits of musical training while playing at the peak of your technical and expressive ability. All instruments welcome – acoustic, electric, winds, strings, hand drums, percussion and home-made innovations. For beginners and professionals alike. Prior experience in improvisation is not necessary.

Led by Mary Knysh, Irene Feher, Alina Plourde and David Rudge – with help from members and graduates of Music for People’s Musicianship and Leadership Program, you can:

  • Discover skill and confidence. Release your musical inhibitions.
  • Jam with other creative participants in large and small groups in unique combinations.
  • Experience why listening and imitation are the most fundamental musical skills. In this approach, there are “no wrong notes.”
  • Create music “in the moment” by playing through your heart.
  • Record with other workshop participants.
  • Choose from sessions on:
    • Developing and practicing group facilitation skills.
    • Exploring vocal expression.
    • Deepening your musicianship with improvisation.


The workshop will be held at Hamilton’s College School of Music in Clinton, New York.

The nearest airport is in Syracuse, New York. The nearest Amtrak/Bus station is in Utica, a 20 minute drive to the campus. We are working on providing shuttle rides from the Syracuse Airport and Union Station in Utica.


There are rooms available in two dorms:

  • Skenandoa (air conditioned): single or double rooms with bathroom for each room. No kitchens. 15-minute walk to music building. Elevators for upper floors.
  • Morris (not air conditioned): six-person suites with kitchen, bathroom, 2 doubles and two singles. 10-minute walk to music building. Upper floors accessible only by stairs.

(There is parking right by the music building for people who want to drive back and forth between the dorm and music building.)

More Information

View the Art of Improvisation 2024 page for detailed information about the workshop and the dorms.


  • Continue to register on this page if you are getting meals in the cafeteria.
  • Click on this link to register without a meal plan.

To Register on This Page:

  • You must choose 1 tuition option.
  • If you are staying at Hamilton College, choose one dorm option.
  • Additional registration options:

  • If you are staying off campus, you can purchase a meal plan for the week or per day.
  • If you are financially able, please consider making a donation to Music for People’s Scholarship Fund.
  • Limited scholarships are available for those interested in using this training in their professional work. Contact the Music for People office at mfp@musicforpeople.org.

NOTE: Registration information on Youth Day on Tuesday, July 30th is now available!

Details Price Qty
TUITION: Early Birdshow details + $490.00 (USD)  
Tuition: Regularshow details + $595.00 (USD)   Goes On Sale
July 1, 2024
Tuition: Early Bird Day Rate per Dayshow details + $100.00 (USD)  
Tuition: Regular Day Rate per Dayshow details + $125.00 (USD)   Goes On Sale
July 1, 2024
Tuition: Hamilton College Student/Facultyshow details + $0.00 (USD)  
Tuition: Youth Day - Tuesday, July 30thshow details + $85.00 (USD)  
HOUSING: Skenandoa Single w/mealsshow details + $525.00 (USD)  
Housing: Skenandoa Double w/mealsshow details + $355.00 (USD)  
Housing: Morris Single w/mealsshow details + $440.00 (USD)  
Housing: Morris Double w/mealsshow details + $315.00 (USD)  
Housing: Extra Saturday Night July 27thshow details + $68.00 (USD)  
MEALS ONLY: Full Weekshow details + $187.00 (USD)  
Meals Only: Per Dayshow details + $38.00 (USD)  
DONATION: Scholarship Fundshow details + $25.00 (USD)  


Venue Website:

198 College Hill Road, Clinton, New York, 13323, United States


Hamilton’s 1,350-acre campus is situated on a hilltop overlooking the Village of Clinton, New York. The college is eight miles southwest of Utica, 45 minutes east of Syracuse, one hour from the Adirondack Park to the northeast and 90 minutes west of Albany.