Each day is structured in three parts: 1) morning classes are progressive and focus on an instrument/dance/craft major and are available to students who register for the week or by the day; 2) afternoon workshops are self-contained instructional units where students get to work on technique, in ensembles, try out other instruments, learn songs and tunes, and dance; and 3) evening concerts, sessions, and dance programs. There are a number of ways to attend as a student.
- Full-time: The best option for people who are serious about trad music, dance, and learning. As a full-time registered student you have access to all the classes and workshops, as well as the After Hours Club (social and evening jam sessions). Full-time students receive complimentary access to all concerts for themselves (limited seating available in designated areas, first-come-first served).
- Part-time: A one-day pass gets you into all classes and workshops for that day, as well as the After Hours club that night. Morning classes are progressive and day students may feel a bit behind, especially later in the week. Sorry, day students do not receive complimentary access to concerts.
- Walk-in: Afternoon workshops, sessions and After Hours sessions are open to walk-in students who pay by the class. Workshops are self-contained instructional units, and are not progressive from the previous day’s instruction. No pre-registration is required. Please note: morning classes are for registered students only.
2020 Tuition Fees
Beginner levels – $400.00 for the week; $90 daily rate
Intermediate / Advanced / Master levels – $580.00 for the week; $135 daily rate
You may register at any time. Registrations prior to April 15 must pay at least a non-refundable 25% deposit to hold your place.
Full payment for tuition is due by April 15. After April 15, registrations should be accompanied by payment in full.
All full-time registrations include complimentary entry to concerts! Seating limited to balcony and standing room, first-come-first served. Full price tickets will be available for purchase on April 1, 2020.
2020 On-campus Food & Lodging (optional)
Rooms and meal plans must be purchased separately during the registration process. A non-refundable 25% deposit is required to hold your place.
Full payment for room and board is due by April 15. After April 15, registrations should be accompanied by payment in full.
Please select your preference on the registration form. There are many other lodging options very near campus, including hotels, motels, B&Bs, campgrounds, etc. Sorry, due to city ordinance there is no car camping allowed on the COA campus.
Private Dormitory Room – $400.00 for the week (Private rooms are spoken for and there is a WAITING LIST as of March 3, 2020).
Shared Dormitory Room – $300.00 per person for the week
Shared Dormitory Room (top floor, compositing toilet*) – $200 per person for the week
Full Meal Plan with Housing – $180.00 for the week
Full Meal Plan without Housing – $240.00 for the week
Lunch Only Meal Plan – $80.00 for the week
* A limited number of shared rooms are available on the top floors of the dormitory that has composting toilets. Depending on the weather, these rooms can sometimes have some odor. The discounted rate takes this into account.