Star Valley Jr. Music Festival

June 1-4, 2018

Blue Sky Music Camp - June 25-29, 2018

This summer, we encourage string players to take advantage of a week-long music camp coming to Thayne, WY! A week-long camp for students of all ages that will take them from the classroom to the stage! With instruction in both a primary and a secondary instrument, they learn improv, backup, and how to play with a band from professional educators & musicians, featuring Aaron Ashton, who has performed with Peter Cetera, William Joseph, Smokey Robinson, Josh Groban, the Opening Ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, and the Country Music Awards. Younger students can start their musical journey through Kodaly classes and games, while older students will have fun learning techniques and preparing for a final performance in their very own bluegrass band!

What We Offer

Performance Opportunities

The Jr. Music Festival is an opportunity for piano, voice, band and string students K-12 to perform a prepared piece for an adjudicator.  Students receive critical feedback and hands-on instruction from qualified, university level instructors.  Top performing students in each level are awarded an opportunity to play at the Honors Concerts and receive cash prizes or scholarships to university summer music programs!

Workshops with Outstanding Clinicians

The festival is a unique opportunity in our rural neck of the woods to host guest clinicians from all over the United States.  Experts in their musical arena have come from North Carolina, Missouri, Minnesota, San Francisco, Idaho and Utah excited to share techniques with students. We offer workshops in piano, voice, strings, band, and organ, as well as private lessons with our guest clinicians.

Musical Theater & Youth Opera

In its 5th year now, the Youth Opera (musical theater) experience continues to be a popular part of the festival and an audience favorite. Former Yale voice instructor and Idaho State University professor Kathleen Lane takes students age 8-18 on a fun, 3-day adventure culminating in a fantastic student performance of classic operetta pieces.  Please note due to a cutback in the schedule for 2018, this program will not be offered in 2018. Please look for it again in 2019!

Festival Sponsors

Rotary of Star Valley

Rotary of Star Valley presents a festival scholarship to an outstanding student each year at the final concert!

Silver Star Communications

The Silver Star Communications  scholarship will not be presented this year (2018) due to an overabundance of requests to the company this year.  We are grateful for their generous support in the past several years!

Hillam Orthodontics

Our newest sponsor for 2018 - lots of great looking smiles thank you for your donation to arts education in our community!


Simplot has generously donated to ensure the continuity of the festival in 2017!

Shopko Foundation

In 2016, Shopko Foundation and the local Afton Hometown Shopko made generous donations to support our festival.

Town of Thayne, Wyoming

The Town of Thayne, Wyoming generously provides a continuous music/arts instruction room at the Thayne Community Center, as well as making the building available each year for the Jr. Music Festival!

Hunter's/Mark & Linda Hunter

Hunter's Furniture, Appliance & Mattress is a locally owned store run by the Hunter family in Star Valley.  They have a serious track record for supporting the arts, and we appreciate them greatly!!!

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You can be featured on our page here, and have all the feel-goods that come from donating to a quality program that supports arts education in our rural community!

100% of your Donation

Did you know?  100% of your donation to this music festival program goes to directly support the arts education of our students and teachers during our 3-day festival...because 100% of the administrative staff is volunteer!

Dockstader Family/SVI Media

The Dockstader Family through KRSV 1210 AM Black Mountain Country, KRSV FM 98.7 The Swift, and the Star Valley Independent, have generously donated marketing services to help promote the music festival each year!

Lower Valley Energy

Lower Valley Energy continues to give back to the community with generous support of worthwhile community programs, like ours!

Mountain Music

Mountain Music, located on Main Street in downtown Afton, continues to generously support the music festival through gift certificate prizes, organizational support, donating pianos for use at the festival, and making music & supplies available to students and teachers!

Wyoming Arts Council

This event was made possible in 2017 by an Arts Education grant from the Wyoming Arts Council, through funds from the Wyoming Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Star Valley Arts Council

The Star Valley Arts Council continues to support the festival as fiscal sponsor, controlling funds, and providing financial support as local funds allow each year.

Stormy Days Studio

Stormy Days Studio is a small music studio offering audio & digital design in Star Valley, who has donated the design of all marketing materials and offered organizational support for the festival since its inception in 2011!