Star Valley Jr. Music Festival

June 9-10, 2020


 This summer (June 22-26, 2020) we encourage string and voice students to take advantage of a week-long music camp in 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, guitar 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.  Musical experts have come from New York, 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. NEW in 2019, we will offer guitar for both clinic work and judged performance opportunity!


Musical Theater & Youth Opera

In 2019, a shorter version of Youth Opera will be available to students K-12 directed by Janet Erickson. "Broadway Voices" will be a 6-hour, 2-day rehearsal group with a performance at the Wednesday evening concert. No prior experience is necessary to participate, just a desire to sing and have fun!

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 be presented in 2019 to an outstanding musician during the final Honors Concert.  We are grateful for their generous support since 2013!

Hillam Orthodontics


Our newest sponsor in 2018 joined us again in 2019 with a very generous donation to help bring university-level instructors to Star Valley!  Lots of great-looking smiles thank you for your donation to arts education in our community!

Senator Dan Dockstader


When the festival began in 2012, Senator Dan Dockstader saw a worthwhile event for our youth! He has been a major supporter of the festival each year - thank you from all of us!

Afton Fairfield Inn & Suites


In 2018, the Afton Wyoming Marriot Fairfield Inn & Suites generously donated rooms for guest clinicians to support our festival. Thank you!

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!

SVI Media


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!