Join us in a gathering of some of the most creative, illustrious acoustic musicians in America.

Each of these players is a legend in their own right, and together they are a formidable teaching team. All are deeply rooted in Americana traditions, and each has made significant strides in expanding the borders of these traditions.

Some of the classes you can expect:

  • What Makes a Great Fiddle tune?
  • Iconic Bluegrass Fiddle solos
  • The Art of Backup - ins and outs of playing behind a singer or other soloist. Not limited to Bluegrass.
  • Rhythm boot camp, transform your time!
  • Expanding vocabulary in the traditional acoustic realm- jazz, blues, other traditions
  • How to make your ensemble playing righteous- how to groove, swing
  • African roots of country music
  • Free Country (Special class taught by producer Joel Harrison)
  • New composing ideas
  • Tune Writing
  • Chord Tones & Extensions and How to Apply Them
  • Building Blocks of Soloing

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As a member of Punch Brothers since the band's inception, guitarist Chris Eldridge has been at the vanguard of acoustic music for much of the past decade.  Although initially drawn to the electric guitar, by his mid-teens Chris Eldridge had developed a deep love for acoustic music, thanks in part to his father, a banjo player and founding member of the seminal bluegrass group The Seldom Scene. Eldridge later gained in-depth exposure to a variety of different musical styles while studying at Oberlin Conservatory, where he earned a degree in music performance in 2004. During his time at Oberlin, Eldridge studied with legendary guitarist Tony Rice. After graduating he joined the Seldom Scene with whom he received a Grammy nomination in 2007. In 2005 he founded the critically acclaimed bluegrass band The Infamous Stringdusters. At the 2007 International Bluegrass Music Association awards Eldridge and his Stringdusters bandmates won Emerging artist of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year for their debut album, Fork in the Road. Meanwhile, in 2005 he had caught the attention of mandolinist Chris Thile, who enlisted him, along with banjoist Noam Pikelny, violinist Gabe Witcher, and bassist Greg Garrison to start working on an ambitious side project. Soon after they decided to focus all of their collective energies into band and Punch Brothers was born.  The band has since released 4 critically acclaimed albums, received 5 Grammy nominations and toured around the world.  Eldridge also plays in a duo with guitarist Julian Lage.

Chris Eldridge has worked with a diverse cast of musical luminaries including Paul Simon, Renée Fleming, John Paul Jones, Julian Lage, Marcus Mumford, Justin Timberlake, T-Bone Burnett, Jon Brion, Fiona Apple, Elvis Costello, Jerry Douglas, Sara Watkins, Del McCoury and others.



One of the most influential fiddlers alive, Darol Anger is an innovative and popular clinician who works with teachers and students of all ages in school, university, camp and festival settings across the United States, helping grow interest in contemporary improvising and vernacular strings. 

He helped drive the evolution of the contemporary string band through his involvement with numerous pathbreaking ensembles such as his Republic Of Strings, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the David Grisman Quintet, Montreux, the Duo and other ensembles. Today Darol can be heard on the Sim City soundtracks and on NPR's "Car Talk" theme every week, along with Earl Scruggs, David Grisman and Tony Rice.  In addition to performing all over the world since 1977, he has recorded and produced scores of important recordings, is a MacDowell and UCross Fellow, and has received numerous composers’ residencies and grants. He has been a featured soloist on dozens of recordings and motion picture soundtracks. 

As an Associate Professor at Berklee College Of Music, through his online Fiddle School at, the Turtle Island String Quartet, in the American String Teachers Association, and his performing groups The Republic of Strings and The Furies, he brings over 30 years of experience to teaching and residencies in jazz, blues, fiddle, chamber and orchestra settings.
Darol Anger has a passion for intergenerational education and performance as a way to bridge imaginary borders of age and culture. He envisions a great nation of string players, embodied by The Republic of Strings: a floating intergenerational orchestra that plays music scooped from backyards, garages and kitchens in every continent.

Through Berklee College, his online Fiddle School at, music camps and clinics, and concerts and residencies, Darol is committed to promoting appreciation of musical diversity and the evolution of personal musical styles based on strong cultural roots, throughout the world.

Grammy-nominated mandolinist Matt Flinner has made a career out of playing acoustic music in new ways. Whether it's with his own Matt Flinner Trio or with Phillips, Grier and Flinner, the Frank Vignola Quartet, Darrell Scott, Steve Martin, the Ying Quartet, Tim O'Brien, Leftover Salmon or the Modern Mandolin Quartet, Flinner's style and compositional ability have established him as one of the most accomplished and musically diverse mandolinists in the world.

Starting out as a banjo prodigy who was playing bluegrass festivals before he entered his teens, Flinner later took up the mandolin, won the National Banjo Competition in Winfield, KS in 1990, and won the mandolin award there the following year. Matt now tours regularly with the Matt Flinner Trio, which is known for its off-the-cuff compositional daring, writing music the same day it’s performed on most of their shows. He also tours regularly with the Modern Mandolin Quartet, which was nominated for three Grammy awards for their CD “Americana” in 2013. Over the last several years, Flinner has become known as one of the leading writers of instrumental music in the acoustic world, and his background in classical composition has led him into new avenues in both classical and string band music. Some of Flinner’s longer-form compositions have been performed by the Ying Quartet, the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Chatterbird, the Expedition Quintet and the Modern Mandolin Quartet. Flinner currently lives in Ripton, VT.





Tony Trischka is perhaps the most influential banjo player in the roots music world. For more than 45 years, his stylings have inspired a whole generation of bluegrass and acoustic musicians with the many voices he has brought to the instrument.

Important releases include Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular, featuring appearances by Steve MartinEarl ScruggsBéla FleckTony Rice and many other luminaries. For this recording he went back to bluegrass and reinvigorated the double banjo tradition. In October 2007, Tony was given an IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) award for Banjo Player of the Year 2007. Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular received IBMA awards for Recorded Event of the Year, Instrumental Album of the Year and a Grammy Nomination.

With his fearless musical curiosity as the guiding force, Tony Trischka's critically acclaimed release Territory roams widely through the banjo's creative terrain. Nine selections partner Tony with fellow banjoists Pete SeegerMike Seeger, Bill Evans, Bill Keith and Bruce Molsky. Twelve all-Trischka solo tracks explore a panorama of tunings, banjo sounds, and traditions, tapping the creative potential of America's signature musical instrument.

Tony is not only considered amongst the most innovative of banjo players, he is one of its most respected and sought after instructors, creating fifteen instructional books as well as a series of DVDs. In July 2009 he launched the groundbreaking Online Banjo School with Tony Trischka, an interactive, online learning school that teaches students from around the world how to play banjo.

photo: Georgia Sheron

photo: Georgia Sheron



Stacy Phillips is an internationally acclaimed resonator guitarist (dobro) and violin player. He has performed with top acoustic musicians over the world.  With fellow Masters Summit  instructor, Tony Trischka, Stacy helped create what has become known as new acoustic music with the legendary group Breakfast Special . He has three solo albums and is featured artist on the Grammy award-winning album The Great Dobro Sessions.

Stacy’'s playing ranges from the traditional country sounds of slide guitar and Hawaiian hulas to swing/jazz stylings and his trail blazing slant/string-pull compositions.  He is the author of over 15 books and dvd’s on dobro technique and repertoire.  

Stacy  currently plays with: Stacy Phillips and His Bluegrass Characters, a five piece band specializing in traditional bluegrass music. The AfroSemitic Experience, a seven piece group performing jazz approaches to the sacred music of the African and Jewish diasporas. Stacy Phillips and Paul Howard, an acoustic duet playing Americana and original music.

For more information visit his website at

Some quotes about Stacy Phillips

“Stacy Phillips’ playing is compelling and moving.“  - - - Acoustic Guitar magazine

“Outrageously delightful Dobro playing. Exquisite playing.“ - - -Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine

"The best jazz dobro player you've ever heard."  - - - All About Jazz on line magazineat    

“Resophonic guitar virtuoso. . .stretching the stylistic limits of his instrument.”  - - -Dirty Linen magazine


A Magical Blend of Lodging, Music and Nature

Full Moon Resort, located one half hour west of Woodstock, New York is a year-round mountain resort located in the heart of the "Forever Wild" Catskill Forest Preserve. Dedicated to the celebration of nature, music and the arts, this one hundred-acre wonderland of mountains, fields, and streams is a world of its own. "Music and art in nature" is a central theme at Full Moon Resort. Music is always in the air with the Music Masters Camps offering special interactive experiences with world renowned artists.



Lovingly prepared, fresh, healthy cuisine served by a friendly, professional staff is the trademark of Full Moon CateringThe menus offer a full range of possibilities – hot buffet breakfasts and lunches, down-home country barbecues and formal gourmet dinners. Fresh, natural ingredients (often organic) are the common thread throughout.



Accommodations are charming in their simplicity, with guest rooms available in a variety of lodges – some in a simple B&B style with shared hallway baths and others with a more traditional country inn style with private bath.

Wi-Fi, cable television and complimentary phone service are all available at the Inn (please bring a phone card for international calls). Please Note: Cell phone reception is not reliable at Full Moon Resort or in Big Indian.

Northern Lights Lodge

Northern Lights Lodge




Packages include all workshops, seminars, gourmet meals, performances, use of the grounds and your choice of accommodations. All activities will be held at Full Moon Resort which features an eclectic array of comfortable, rustic country-inn style accommodations including simple B&B style guest rooms with shared hallway baths as well as private guest rooms with private baths. All accommodations are just steps away from the daily activities. The grounds offer a spring-fed swimming pool and one hundred acres of meadows, forests and streams. In addition, guests are welcome to explore the splendors of the Catskills on the nearby network of hiking trails.

Cable television and complimentary phone service are available at the Inn (please bring a phone card for international calls) and complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the facility. Please Note: There is no cell phone reception in this area of the forest preserve and guest rooms do not have telephones, televisions, air conditioning or daily housekeeping services. Your decision to register constitutes your acknowledgement of and consent to all of the registration, payment and cancellation terms and conditions listed below:


  • All rates are per-person
  • Shared Room Packages require you to share your room with a roommate
  • You may request a roommate on your registration form (roommates must purchase the same package type)
  • All rates are subject to applicable Taxes and Service & Processing Fee


  • All registrations and payments are non-refundable

Due to the nature of our events and strict cancellation policies, Creative Environments, LLC DBA Full Moon Resort strongly suggests purchasing travel insurance.


By registering, you hereby release Full Moon Resort, its employees, and all associated entities, from all claims, liabilities, loss to property, damages, injuries, etc. arising out of or in connection with your participation in any aspect Rhythm, Sound and Magic at Full Moon Resort.


Full Moon Resort and Music Masters Camps reserves the right to take photos and/or video during.Rhythm, Sound and Magic and to use such photos and/or video for advertising and marketing purposes. By registering for Rhythm, Sound and Magic, you agree to release your photograph to Full Moon Resort. Music Masters Camps without compensation and understand that Full Moon Resort Music Masters Camps reserves all rights in regard to reproduction of said photograph.


Music Masters Camps are designed for Adults and the majority of participants are adults. 
16 and 17 year olds are permitted with consent forms. Participants under 16 are permitted if accompanied by legal guardian/chaperone.



Full Moon Resort
1 Valley View Road
Big Indian, NY 12410

(845) 254-8009
Mon-Fri: 10am-4pm EST


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