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SCHEDULE: Song Camp Italy 2020

7:30pm - Welcome Dinner
9:00pm - Opening Night Song Circle

9:30am - Community Sing with Ysaÿe M. Barnwell
10:00am - 12:30pm - Song Camp class session: Paul Reisler - Directed Writing 1
1:00pm - Lunch break
2:15pm - 4:15pm - Afternoon Songwriting and Performance classes
4:30pm - 6:00pm - Electives: Instrument instruction, Performance, Music Business topics

9:30am - Community Sing with Ysaÿe M. Barnwell
10:00am - 12:30pm - Song Camp class session: Paul Reisler - Directed Writing 2
1:00pm - Lunch break
2:15pm - 4:15pm - Afternoon Songwriting and Performance classes
4:30pm - 6:00pm - Electives: Instrument instruction, Performance, Music Business topics

9:30am - Noon - Song Camp class session: Paul Reisler - Directed Writing 3
12:30pm - Lunch break
2:00pm - 4:15pm - Listening Sessions & Critiques with Faculty
4:30pm - 5:30pm - Closing Community Sing with Ysaÿe M. Barnwell
8:00pm - Closing Concert
featuring Ysaÿe M. Barnwell of Sweet Honey In The Rock, Paul Reisler, "Chicago" Mike Beck and special guests.

10:00am - Farewell "Arrivederci" Breakfast
1:00pm - Shuttles to Verona Airport & Train Stations

Times, details and instructors are subject to change. The information posted reflects the most up-to-date information currently available.

Our Approach

The Song Camp Italy Experience

Ever wish you could write a song that could change someone’s life, or bring them to tears, or perhaps even change the world?

Songs can do all that. Come to Song Camp Italy to learn and get inspired by some extraordinary teachers and masters of their craft -- Songwriting legend Tom Paxton, celebrated Italian songwriter Gian Piero Alloisio, Dr. Ysaÿe M. Barnwell, formerly of Sweet Honey in the Rock; Paul Reisler, the founder of Trapezoid and Kid Pan Alley; international touring singer-songwriter Chicago Mike Beck.

We’ve selected the San Felice Resort in Illasi as the setting for the inaugural Song Camp Italy for its natural beauty, tranquil harmonious atmosphere and world-class facilities, including a modern fully-equipped conference center, superb restaurants and comfortable affordable lodging options.

San Felice Resort is family-friendly, offering swimming pools, spa services such as massage, jacuzzi and steam room, equestrian stables, horse-drawn carriage rides through the Italian countryside, world-class dining, spectacular hiking and vistas, and a large variety of nearby Italian delights. Learn more about San Felice and the region nearby on our Italy & The Region Nearby page.

Our Story

Our Mission

The mission of Song Camp Italy is to inspire the creative spark that lies inside each of us and provide you with an unforgettable life experience which includes world-class songwriting instruction with a unique international perspective, performance classes and nuts-and-bolts how-to information to help share your music with the world, all taking place in the beautiful Italian countryside in the vineyard-covered hills just outside of Verona.

Each day, Dr. Barnwell will lead a community sing that will bring us together in a spirit of open-heartedness and courage that will inspire you to discover your most creative self.

While teaching the art of songwriting has not been part of the tradition in Europe, over the past 30 years, that tradition has been fully developed in the USA, ranging from workshops to college curricula. Our teachers are among the leaders of that movement.

The songwriting traditions in the USA are quite different than those found in Italy, and one of the goals of Song Camp Italy is to illuminate the differences as well as shared characteristics of these diverse approaches to the art of song.

Song Camp Italy closes with a starlit concert featuring our faculty and special guests.

Song Camp Italy will galvanize your songwriting, renew your spirit and leave you with an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime creative international experience you will cherish forever.

Meet the Song Camp Italy Faculty

Songwriting, Performance & Music Career Faculty confirmed for Song Camp Italy 2022 includes:


Matt Backer

The words “Rock Star” get tossed around frequently these days, but Matt Backer is someone who has unequivocally earned the moniker.

Spanning a 35 year career, he has recorded, performed and co-written songs with a diverse range of artists including Julian Lennon, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, The Bombay Dub Orchestra, Shirley Bassey, Sinead O’Connor, Joe Cocker, Swing Out Sister, Aimee Mann, Marcella Detroit, Elton John, Alice Cooper, Bananarama, Rumer, Cher, John Grant, Laura Mvula, Bob Geldof, Steve Coogan, Belinda Carlisle and Kermit The Frog. He has been the guitarist with multi-platinum ’80s superstars ABC for over 20 years.



Susan Cattaneo

In her 20 years teaching Songwriting at Berklee College of Music, Susan Cattaneo has helped students work on over 15,000 songs in all musical genres and styles and mentored over 2,000 artists. She’s taught master clinics at the International Folk Conference and at regional music conferences throughout North America.


Paul Reisler

Paul Reisler

Songwriting & Guitar
Paul Reisler has written more songs than the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Stephen Foster combined—somewhere north of 3,500 compositions. Ok, he has had some serious help from some of his co-writers including a handful of Grammy winning songwriters as well as the over 65,000 children he’s written with in his Kid Pan Alley program.


Chicago Mike Beck

"Chicago" Mike Beck

Performance & Music Career
“Chicago” Mike Beck is an ASCAP award-winning songwriter and recording artist who has been touring full-time in the USA and Europe since 2001 as a solo performer and with his band Chicago Mike’s InterGalactic Brother & Sisterhood of Big Eyed Beans.


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