UkeFest 2019

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 10am

The Mansion



11th Annual UkeFest 

Sat–Wed, Aug 17–21, 2019

It’s not too early to plan a strummer of a summer learning (or perfecting) your ukulele skills! Celebrating a decade dedicated to this small but mighty music maker, UkeFest Artistic Directors Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer return along with Daniel Ho, Peter Luongo, and more extraordinary instructors for five days of skill-based instruction. For those looking for more intensive skill development, Strathmore’s UkeFest is the only program of its kind that offers an advanced track. If you’re a teacher, don’t miss the new Ukulele Teacher Training the day before UkeFest.

2019 Instructors

Cathy FinkArtistic Director
Marcy MarxerArtistic Director
Maureen Andary 
Peter Luongo 
Daniel Ho
Frank Youngman
Devin Walker
And other guests


Included in Tuition

  • 8 hours of skill-based classes
  • 5 hours of Choose Your Own class sessions
  • Jam sessions and ensemble work
  • Admission to the student and instructor showcases
  • Grand finale Live from the Lawn performance

Skill Levels

  • Novice: You've never picked up a uke. Note that we no longer offer a Novice class at UkeFest. But you can practice on your own and sign up for our Beginner classes! You may also sign up for a FREE month of beginner lessons from Marcy at using the code Marcy16.
  • Beginner: You know C-F-G and G-C-D chords, but are not confident enough to change chords while keeping a steady beat.
  • Intermediate: You are comfortable playing 3-4 chords in 3-4 keys (C,G,F,A). You play a variety of basic chords (for example: A, Am, B7, C, C7, D, Dm, E7, Em, G, and G7) and understand simple chord progressions (such as I, IV, V chords). You can sing and strum at the same time, and learns chords to simple tunes fairly quickly. You’re ready for some jazz chords, ready for some snazzier right hand techniques, ready to explore a variety of repertoires on the uke.
  • Upper Intermediate: You are confident at the Intermediate skills, but not quite proficient enough to be in the advance class. You can play without written music in front of you
  • Advanced: You’ve mastered some chord inversions, play both rhythm and lead, aren’t afraid of bar chords or playing past the 5th fret and can play both lead and rhythm easily. If you believe you are advanced, please send a short video showing your skills to so our Directors can confirm your placement.

Class Schedule

Download the schedule (pdf).

Please Note

The program is geared for adults; please email before purchasing a registration for a student under the age of 18.

Strathmore aims to make music education experiences like UkeFest as financially accessible as possible, and we are able to offer a limited number of partial tuition scholarships. Please note that because our goal is to provide partial assistance to as many people as possible, we are not likely to offer full scholarships. To apply, please send an email explaining your need, your interest in the program, and your requested support amount to

Cancellation Policy

By May 1: Full tuition refund minus $25 cancellation fee 
May 2–June 1: 50% tuition refund
June 2–July 20: 25% tuition refund
July 21–Aug 17: no tuition refund

New! Ukulele Teacher Training

Presented in conjunction with the 11th Annual UkeFest, this full day of instruction is designed to help ukulele teachers of all levels expand their teaching horizons. Available as an add-on to UkeFest. Register now!

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