Board of Directors

Thanks to all the volunteers for all their hard work to make the camps successful.

If you would like to volunteer for the camps please contact one of the directors.

Who We Are

The Foothills Acoustic Music Institute is a registered non-profit organization established in 1997 to promote and encourage the learning and playing of acoustic music. FAMI’s mandate is to provide a learning environment for a community of musically oriented people. Our goal is to appeal to a wide variety of skill levels and instrument types. Musical styles include folk, swing, blues, celtic, bluegrass, country, old timey, roots and traditional. As an acoustic music organization, FAMI does not allow instrument amplifiers at our camps. FAMI's offerings are aimed at youth and adults ages 12 and up.

Each year FAMI hosts instructional camps in May and August as well as a jam camp at the end of September or early October. The camps are geared to beginning to intermediate players while also providing more advanced players an opportunity to play in a group environment, facilitate jam sessions and share their talents with others through mini workshops.

Each instructional camp is designed to provide five key elements:

  1. Instrument-specific classes for the “core” acoustic instruments..
  2. Ensemble classes for specific genres allowing musical collaboration with a variety of instrumentation.
  3. Workshops (by instructors or volunteers) that provide “sampler” length instruction on a wide variety of topics and instruments.
  4. Facilitated and non-facilitated jams, ranging in skill level from beginner to advanced, to gain experience playing with others and just to have fun.
  5. A friendly and supportive atmosphere in which to relax, learn and enjoy.

FAMI also occasionally offers one-day workshops for various musical endeavours.

FAMI is run by a volunteer board of directors who are assisted by a large group of dedicated volunteers and instructors who help make sure our camps run smoothly.

Policy On Amplifiers

FAMI is committed to remaining an acoustic experience. For information on our newly revised policy concerning instrument amplifiers, click here.