Rock Camp 2022

Rock Camp is the jump start for future rock stars!  This program provides an environment for aspiring musicians to strengthen their skills, develop new techniques, and build confidence in performing. With practical instruction from professionals, students are exposed to the elements of performing, arranging original music, forming a band, and much more. Plus, a gig in the Great Hall of Universal Preservation Hall (UPH) to showcase their talents! 

Program Details:

Dates: July 11-22 | M-F
Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Performance: 4 p.m. Friday, July 22
Location: Great Hall at Universal Preservation Hall – (UPH)
Ages: 12-16
Tuition: $600 Tuition Assistance available
Experience: Intermediate

ROCK CAMP is held at the newly renovated state-of-the-art Universal Preservation Hall – Saratoga’s hottest new music venue. This is a two week, full-day program where young musicians hone their skills, meet other young musicians, and learn from professional instructors

We are currently accepting audition videos for the 2022 Summer. Decisions will be made June 7.

Preparing for Your Audition

Available parts:

  • Guitar 
  • Bass 
  • Drums 
  • Keyboard 
  • Voice  

Q: What do I prepare for the video audition? 
A: Students should prepare two separate excerpts from the rock/pop genre of at least 16 bars. The two excerpts should be examples of contrasting styles and tempos within the history of rock and pop music.   

Please submit your video as an MP4 file format, YouTube, or Vimeo link. Any simple recording device, such as an iPhone is acceptable. We just want to be able to see and hear you clearly. You may play along with tracks, but we must be able to distinguish you performing live from the prerecorded tracks. 

Q: What if I want to audition with more than one instrument? 
A: Awesome! Feel free to perform 16-32-bar excerpts for each instrument you want to audition with. 

Q: If accepted, what kind of music am I expected to learn for the concert? 
A: Music will be chosen from a wide variety of rock music from the 1960’s to current day and determined depending on the groups interest and technical abilities. 

Q: I’m not sure what to perform. Should it be memorized? 
A: Your audition does not need to be memorized however we find that memorizing often adds to a level of comfort and confidence for you in the audition. Choose something you are familiar with and feel confident playing. 


What is included in the cost of Rock Camp? The camp fee covers 10 days of professional instruction and break-out sessions with professional musicians. 

Where is Rock Camp held? Rock Camp is held at Universal Preservation Hall, 25 Washington Street Saratoga Springs, NY. We have large-sized sectional rooms, as well as a state-of-the-art Performance Hall. Take a walk through UPH in advance! 

Does my child need to read music to attend Rock Camp? While it is not required that your child read sheet music, campers should be able to follow a chord chart. We work with all levels of musicianship and will be sure to accommodate each camper. 


What should campers bring to Rock Camp? 

Drummers – Bring your sticks (and extras). One drum set will be provided. Drummers that wish to bring their own are encouraged. 

Keyboard Players – A keyboard will be provided. Players who wish to bring their own are encouraged. 

Guitar and Bass Players – Bring your instrument, strap, and guitar tuner. 

Singers – Rock Camp will provide microphones and stands 


Does my child need to bring lunch? Yes. Students should bring lunch each day, there will be a lunch break and opportunity for socially distanced lunch with friends. 

Where do I drop off my child? Campers should enter the main Universal Preservation Hall entrance at 25 Washington St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Members of the Proctors Collaborative and Rock Camp faculty will be there to greet campers and guide them into the building.

Who makes up the Rock Camp staff? Rock Camp is run by the Collaborative School of the Arts staff and professional instructors. Our instructors are top-level local musicians and educators, each with many years of experience performing and teaching. 

In the event of an emergency, who do we contact? Prior to Rock Camp, you will receive a handbook with helpful information as well as a contact information sheet for site supervisors and Rock Camp faculty. 

COVID Safety Procedures

Covid Protocols will be posted later this spring.  

The Collaborative School of the Arts is looking forward to welcoming students to summer camps. Please know that we will be using the utmost caution when it comes to protocols that ensure the safety of students and staff. 

Tuition Assistance

Financial assistance is here for those that qualify! Please complete a tuition assistance form. 

Attendance Policy

Due to the design of this camp, full attendance is required throughout each week. In the event that you are no longer able to participate, please submit a notice of your cancellation to Shai Davenport. Written notice of cancellation must be received two weeks prior to the first date of your camp or class for a refund to be issued. A 20% processing fee will be deducted from refunds. If a cancellation is submitted less than two weeks prior to the camp or class start date, a refund will be issued if we are able to move a waitlisted student into the vacated spot. Otherwise, a credit will be issued, which can be applied to future programs. 


Composer / Guitarist, Crispin Catricala received a B.A. in Music Composition from SUNY at New Paltz (82) and a M.S. in Music Education from the College of Saint Rose (93). He began studying guitar at age 13 and performing at age 17 with numerous groups. Crispin co-founded the regional celebrated World Beat ensemble Pangaea (92-07). The 15-year-old ensemble, known for mixing equal parts Caribbean Funk, Afro/Cuban and Jazz Rock into a high- energy performance has shared the stage with such musical artists such as Hugh Masakela and Richie Havens. The band released a self -titled recording in 1998, which contains many of Crispin’s originally composed songs. Crispin also released a duet recording of mostly original compositions with mallet vibraphonist Dave Casner entitled “Geo Beat Duo” (2012). In addition Crispin taught at Ballston Spa Middle School as music instructor and jazz band director for over 25 years, where he often mentored and encouraged his students to form bands of their own. Crispin continues to teach privately in his home studio. He is currently performing solo as well with several projects including Geo Beat, The Stone House Trio and The Swing Docs.


Dustin DeLuke is a studio and touring keyboardist as well as a producer, composer and recording engineer. He has toured internationally with the band Wild Adriatic playing venues such as Proctors Theatre, The Palace Theatre, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, The BB&T Pavillion, The Gramercy Theatre, The Egg, the State Theatre in Portland, ME and Daryl’s House (owned by Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates). Some bands Dustin has shared the stage with are Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hank Williams Jr., The Marcus King Band, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Barenaked Ladies, Sister Hazel, Rustic Overtones, Twiddle, Andy Franso & The UN and SmashMouth. Dustin has also performed with, recorded with or is a contributing member of regional acts MOTORBIKE, Sly Fox and The Hustlers, The Sea The Sea, Freddi Shehadi, Beard and Glasses, JB!, Moriah Formica and Let’s Be Leonard. When Dustin is not touring or in the studio he can be found playng local jazz gigs or teaching private piano, theory and music production lessons. Dustin holds degrees from Berklee College of Music (magna cum laude BS, Music Production & Engineering) and Plymouth State University (BA, Fine Arts Technology).


Drummer/Percussionist, Andrew Hearn grew up playing in bands with friends around central New York. He began playing out professionally while in college at the Crane School of Music. After graduating, he played shows for Music Theater North (summer stock theater in Potsdam) which led to two 3 month tours of Europe. After returning home, Andrew started his teaching career at South Colonie Central Schools and has been an active member of the capital region music scene performing and/or recording with various rock, pop, jazz, theater and blues groups. He has played local concerts such as Albany’s Alive at Five, Concerts at the Plaza Series, Jazz on Jay St, Lark Fest, Captain JP Blues Cruise and more. Andrew’s drumming has been aired on local radio stations: 102.7 WEQX, 103.9, 106.5 WPYX, as well as XM Sirius Satellite Radio and local TV (Time Warner’s The Sounding Board). Recent recording credits include the Joe Finn Trio Plus One “Generational Dynamics” and Tas Cru’s “Memphis Song” and “Drive On”. Tas Cru’s three most recent recordings (with Andrew on drums) all have won a Syracuse Area Music Award for best blues recording. Mr. Hearn has an enthusiasm for the evolution of drum-set playing in all styles of music and he’s looking forward to rocking with you!


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