Cazadero Music Camp

Cazadero Music Camp

Cazadero Music Camp brings the love of music and learning to youth. We provide a nurturing, inspirational environment for young musicians ages 10-18. For more than 60 years, Cazadero has offered a dynamic music education program that strikes a thoughtful balance between in-depth music education and carefree summer camp fun.

Caz is set on 33 acres near the Russian River in Sonoma County where young musicians learn together under a canopy of spectacular redwood trees. Our vision is to bring the transformative Caz experience to as many youth as possible. Combining music and nature in a truly unique setting, young musicians develop a love of music which lasts a lifetime. Our impact is evident in the inspired performances that close each session and the heartfelt evaluations of the young musicians themselves. You can read these evaluations on our Caz Testimonials page here.


  PO Box 140



JumpStart in Music

Program description

Launched in 2003 to support music education in public schools—JumpStart in Music is a low-cost, high-impact version of our Summer Music Camp. JumpStart brings together Bay Area public middle school students and their music instructors—along with high school mentors and parent chaperones—for an action-packed three day music immersion program at our camp during the school year.

During their stay, JumpStart students participate in an intensive schedule of practice, rehearsal, and performance. This is a rare opportunity for music students who usually meet just a few hours per week to immerse themselves in an exciting and challenging musical repertoire. They make rapid progress both individually and as an ensemble. We also provide plenty of time for rest and play, offering activities including sports, games, environmental education and arts and crafts.

At night, students sleep outside on tent decks beneath the majestic redwood trees and star filled sky. We provide three delicious, healthy meals per day cooked from scratch. Each day closes with a different evening program and the weekend culminates in a formal student concert attended by proud family and friends. JumpStart is truly a unique school music retreat!

In order to qualify for the program students must attend one of our partner public schools and be an active member of their school music program. Our JumpStart in Music program serves over 700 youth during a typical year from the Berkeley and Oakland Unified School Districts, West Contra Costa County and schools throughout Sonoma County.

Our JumpStart In Music Retreats Include
  • Four to five hours of practice and rehearsals on both Friday and Saturday.
  • Extra help and coaching from high school music mentors.
  • Time for rest, recreation and enjoying the beauty of the redwood forest.
  • Group activities including campfires, skits and a special staff and mentor concert performed just for the campers.
  • A student concert held Sunday afternoon in our beautiful amphitheater.

Booking / scheduling contact

Emily Wainacht


Program detail
Artistic discipline: Music
Cultural Origin:
Program type: Field Trip
Population served: Grade 06, Grade 07, Grade 08, Grade 09, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Subject: Performing Arts
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

The Sonoma County 2022 JumpStart in Music program will be held September 30 - October 2.

Length of program: 3 days, 2 nights

Cazadero Music Camp

5385 Cazadero Hwy, Cazadero, CA 95421

Fees / Ticketing:

Parents, please contact your school music teacher to find out if your school is participating.

Teachers can reach out to to find out how they and their students can participate.

Cost for middle school campers: $145

Cost for high school mentors: $25



Two or more years of educational programming experience: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes