When and Where
The 14th Annual Targhee Music Camp is a 3½ day educational event, August 5-8, 2019 at Grand Targhee Ski Resort in Alta, Wyoming (the week prior to the 32nd Annual Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival). Classes begin on Monday morning and end Thursday afternoon. There is an instructor concert Thursday night that is open to the public. The festival begins on Friday.
For more information about the Grand Targhee Resort, please visit their website www.grandtarghee.com for a list of all the cool stuff they have to offer. You will also make your hotel room reservations through Grand Targhee Resort if you are planning on booking a room at the resort for the week of camp.
The tuition for camp is yet to be determined. Please see our Registration Page for more information.
Accommodations at Grand Targhee Resort
Grand Targhee Resort is offering special rates for Targhee Music Camp participants for the nights of August 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th, 2019. To book rooms contact Grand Targhee Resort at 1-800-827-4433. You must be registered and paid in full for Targhee Music Camp to secure these dates and rates. Book your rooms early. Grand Targhee is responsible for booking resort rooms and resort policies must be followed. The 2018 rates were approximately $96/night for a room in the Targhee Lodge and approximately $128/night in the Teewinot Lodge (including tax), $140 for the Sioux Lodge, $176 for Sioux Lodge Loft, and $272 for Sioux Lodge 2 bedroom. For more information on rooms and current pricing contact Grand Targhee Resort at 1-800-827-4433.
When making your reservation identify your group affiliation with “Targhee Music Camp” for the best rates. Discounted rooms must be booked by July 1, 2019.
RV/Tent Camping at Grand Targhee Resort
The price for tent camping or RV camping for August 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th costs to be determined. Each person camping in a tent or an RV needs to purchase a per night camping pass. Each person in an RV needs a pass. There are no electric or water hook ups for the RV’s. You will be “dry camping”. The resort can no longer guarantee showers. They are working on a plan to bring in a shower station and would be selling a shower ticket for a certain price, but as of this time their plan is not finalized.
*Your campsite ends the morning of August 8th, unless you have purchased camping for the festival from Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival.
*The resort can no longer guarantee that the campsite that you have for music camp will be the same one for the festival. Because you will be on site before so many of the festival attendees, you will get a great camp site and most likely it will be the same, but the resort wants to announce that this is not guaranteed.
We offer a meal plan that includes 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners starting with lunch on Monday, August 5th, 2019 for a cost to be determined. The food is homemade by Grand Targhee Resort and quite tasty and nutritious. Vegetarian and special dietary meals are available with prior notice. The resort cannot guarantee vegan meals, but many vegans have used the meal plan. Parents and spouses of Targhee Music Camp participants may purchase a meal plan.
* We are not able to sell individual meals. On August 5th, 2019, breakfast will be available for purchase in the resort restaurant. There is one restaurant and a small general store at Grand Targhee.
The 32nd Annual Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival takes place August 9th, 10th and 11th, 2019. This is a world-class festival, offering music in a beautiful setting. The festival is separate from Targhee Music Camp. Make your arrangements early. To get information about tickets, schedules, lodging, etc. go to the festival website:
If you are participating in Targhee Music Camp, we can offer you a discounted 3-day festival pass to the 32nd Annual Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival August 9-11, 2019 at the early bird price. Each Targhee Music Camp participant may order a 3-day festival pass (one per person). We will contact you when the early bird price is set.
Targhee Music Camp Main Stage Performances
Grand Targhee is located just outside of Driggs, Idaho. The closest airports are Jackson Hole, Wyoming (45 miles) and Idaho Falls, Idaho (84 miles). Both airports are about an hour and a half drive to Grand Targhee and served by many airlines. Targhee Music Camp participants have also used the Salt Lake City, Utah airport (about 300 miles) and the Bozeman, Montana airport (about 200 miles). It takes a bit of patience to get to Grand Targhee AND it is worth all your effort to get here.
Driving up the hill from Driggs, Idaho
From Driggs, follow Ski Hill Rd./Little Ave. east for about 6 blocks. You will reach a fork. Bear left and the road becomes Ski Hill Road. Remain on Ski Hill Road through Alta, Wyoming and on up the hill. Ski Hill Road ends at Grand Targhee Resort, about 13 miles from Driggs. For more info visit: www.grandtarghee.com or call 1-800-TARGHEE.
Nearby airports to Grand Targhee
The Jackson, WY airport and the Idaho Falls, ID airport are both about and hour and a half drive to Grand Targhee. There is not a free shuttle from these airports to Grand Targhee. Taxis can be arranged. Participants have also organized sharing rental cars on the Targhee Music Camp Facebook page. Having your own car in the Tetons gives you freedom to explore.
Costs for Targhee Music Camp 2019
- Tuition-$TBD (includes camp t-shirt)
- Meal Plan-$TBD
- RV-$TBD per night
- Tent-$TBD per night
Rooms at Grand Targhee (about $96-272/night) August 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th, 2019. Reservations made through Grand Targhee 1-800-827-4433.
3-Day Festival Pass-Price TBA
Targhee Music Camp sells (checks to Targhee Music Foundation or credit card).
- Meal Plans
- 3-Day Festival Pass (one per person) after May 15
- RV/tent camping
Grand Targhee Ski Resort sells (by telephone 1-800-827-4433)
- Hotel Rooms
Here is an example of what a daily schedule at Targhee Music Camp can look like.
7:30 – 9:00am Breakfast
9:00am All Camp Meeting
9:30 – 11:30pm Primary Classes (your main class—mandolin, guitar, banjo, fiddle, bass, songwriting, singing etc.)
12:00 – 1:00pm Lunch
1:15 – 2:15pm Elective Workshops or Special Offerings
2:30 – 3:30pm Elective Workshops or Special Offerings
3:45 – 4:45pm Primary Classes (your main class)
4:45 – 6:30pm Free time, occasionally a workshop
6:30 – 7:30pm Dinner
8:00 – 9:00pm Jam Sessions of Different Levels
9:00 – 10:45pm Live Music in the Trap Bar with Instructors, etc…
Each summer Targhee Music Camp has musicians and music fans of many different abilities from just past beginning to some of the best musicians in the world. When potential camp participants ask if they are good enough to come to camp, our response is usually: “Do you know 3 chords? Can you lead one song? Do you know one fiddle tune?” And if they answer yes to any of these they probably can get a lot out of their time at Targhee Music Camp. Absolute beginners might find lots of interesting ideas but will only get so much beyond a great time. Classes are generally geared toward intermediate players.
For guitar and mandolin players, below are the various levels of instruction based on experience:
- Beginners – Strum chords
- Advanced Beginners – Play a handful of melodies, understand basic chords
- Intermediates – Play fiddle tunes, and leads
- Advanced – Play leads well and improvise in a variety of keys
High On the Mountain Top Jam
Each year at Targhee Music Camp there is a jam session at the top of the mountain. We will ride the chairlift and play tunes on the platform again. It is an amazing view. The jam takes place at just under 10,000 feet elevation with the Grand Teton in the background. Each Targhee Music Camp participant will receive a FREE lift ticket to ride the chairlift to the top of the mountain.
Packing List Ideas
Grand Targhee majestically sits at 8000’ feet so expect mountain weather – anything from 80’s during the day to 30’s at night. You may want to have warm clothes and rain gear to take advantage of your surroundings. Don’t forget shorts, a swimming suit, sunscreen, hiking boots, or a mountain bike. Also bring picks, rosin, extra strings, tuner, watch, recording device, notebook and extra batteries. Driggs, Idaho is the closest town (13 miles). Here you will find a post office, a health food store, grocery, a pharmacy, a few restaurants, bakery, drive thru coffee, several gas stations, banks, etc.
Participants 17 years and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Please contact Grand Targhee Resort concerning their dog policy.
$150 of your paid tuition is non-refundable. If you have paid your tuition and are not able to attend camp your non-refundable $150 will be put into the scholarship fund. After July 15th, 2019 we do not offer refunds.
All lodging cancellations are subject to Grand Targhee Resort’s refund policy. Please note these policies when you book your lodging.