ABOUT New Songs Fest

Songwriters are at the heart of our arts community and this is where we begin to grow the next season of songwriters. New Songs is a songwriting festival featuring four days of workshops, three evening concerts, multiple breakout and coaching sessions, practice space, and a professional production on stage in front of a public audience.
April 25 - 28th, 2024

Be one of our 25 artists in residence for the weekend!

ABOUT New Songs Fest

2024 WORKSHOP LEADS, & COACHES

Rita Hosking

Host & Workshop Instructor

Ayla Nereo

Workshop Instructor

Royal Wood

Workshop Instructor

Conrad Sisk

Workshop Instructor

Brian Rivers

Workshop Instructor

Bryan Dyer

Workshop Instructor

New Songs Fest 2023 was hosted by Rita Hosking, with workshops by Keith Greeninger, Laurie Lewis, Ruthie Foster, Royal Wood, and more!

Workshop attendees get:

  • Four days of workshops with topics including songwriting, technical production, instrumental, and vocal/rhythm
  • One ticket to three concerts during the festival
  • Two coaching/feedback sessions
  • Lunch provided during the festival
  • Access to various practice rooms
  • A public performance on a professionally produced stage*


*Participants are encouraged but not required to perform a piece of work at the festival.

Limited spots are available - don't miss your chance to attend this year.

2024 FULL SCHEDULE

Thursday 4/25/24
What
Location
12 pm – 2 pm
Check In
Lobby
12:30 pm – 2 pm
Participant Meet & Greet / Tour
Lobby/ Gallery
2 pm – 3 pm
Break
3 pm – 4:30 pm
Workshop with Rita Hosking
Off Center Stage
4:30 pm – 7 pm
Practice/ Free Time
Studios
5:30 pm – 6:15 pm
Q&A w/ Brett Dennen
Off Center Stage
7 pm – 8 pm
Doors open to the public
Lobby/ Gallery
8 pm – 10 pm
Concert: Brett Dennen, Opener TBD
Main Stage
Friday 4/26/24
What
What
9 am – 7 pm
Practice Rooms Open
Studios
10 am – 11:30 am
Workshop w/ Rita Hosking
Off Center Stage
12 pm – 1 pm
Lunch
Lobby/ Gallery
1 pm – 2:30 pm
Workshop with Brian Rivers (Instrumental)
Studios
2:30 pm – 3 pm
Movement Break
Studios, OCS
3 pm – 4:30 pm
Workshop with Royal Wood
Studios
4:30 pm – 7 pm
Practice/ Free Time
Studios
5:30 pm – 6:15 pm
Q&A w/ Rufus Wainwright
Off Center Stage
7 pm – 8 pm
Doors open to public
8 pm – 10 pm
Concert: Rufus Wainwright w/ Royal Wood opening
Main Stage
Saturday 4/27/24
What
Location
9 am – 7 pm
Practice Rooms Open
Studios
10 am – 12 pm
Coaching Sessions
All Rooms
12 pm – 1 pm
Lunch
Lobby/ Gallery
1 pm – 2:30 pm
Workshop w/ Bryan Dyer (vocal/rhythm)
Studios
2:30 pm – 3 pm
Movement Break
3 pm – 4:30 pm
Workshop w/ Ayla Nereo
Off Center Stage
4:30 pm – 7 pm
Practice/ Free Time
Studios
7 pm – 8 pm
Doors open to public
Lobby / Gallery
8 pm – 10 pm
Concert: Ayla Nereo w/ HoneyWild
Main Stage
Sunday 4/28/24
What
Location
9 am – 5 pm
Practice Rooms Open
Studios
10 am – 12 pm
Coaching Sessions
All Rooms
12 pm – 1 pm
Lunch
Lobby/ Gallery
1 pm – 2 pm
Technical Production Workshop w/ Conrad Sisk
Main Stage
3 pm – 5 pm
Practice/ Free Time
All Rooms
5:30 pm – 8 pm
Songwriters Stage Time
Main Stage

2024 WORKSHOP LEADS, & COACHES

Rita Hosking • Host & Workshop Instructor

WORKSHOP: Info coming soon

Rita’s style of country-folk has been lauded for story and sense of place, and her performances praised with capturing the audience. Honors include winner of the 2008 Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest at the Sisters Folk Festival, finalist in the 2009 Telluride Music Festival Troubadour Contest, and honors in the International Songwriting Contest and West Coast Songwriters’ Association. “This California girl comes by her mountain music sensibility with true authenticity, with original songs deeply rooted in her family’s frontier experience,” (Dan Ruby, FestivalPreview.com) and Rita’s fans call her “the real deal.” A descendant of Cornish miners who sang in the mines, Rita grew up with deep regard for folk music and the power of the voice. 

Ayla Nereo • Workshop Instructor

WORKSHOP: Receiving Song

A special in-person workshop with international artist Ayla Nereo, who will share her vast array of tools and practices for expanding the creative channel, sparking inspiration, getting into receptivity, and co-creating songs in the moment. Includes a very special demo from Ayla, sharing a unique behind the scenes look into her process of songwriting in real time, and collaboratively creating a song together live.

Conrad Sisk • Workshop Instructor

WORKSHOP: Intro Technical Production

Info coming soon.

Royal Wood • Workshop Instructor

WORKSHOP: Info coming soon

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Royal Wood has established himself as a true musical talent. Since being proclaimed “Songwriter of the Year” by iTunes, Wood has continued to evolve and hone his musical craft while maintaining a unique identity. His eighth full-length studio album, 2022’s What Tomorrow Brings, was recently up “For Your Consideration” for BEST FOLK ALBUM at the 2024 Grammys

Brian Rivers • Workshop Instructor

WORKSHOP:

Guitar Grooves and Chordal Moves: Guitar hacks to expand your Songwriting

Are you ready to discover your innate musical knowledge lying untapped until now? Be ready to develop and apply new rhythmic and finger-picking techniques and to learn the simple “guitar hacks” to expand chord progressions and voicings. Every evolving songwriter will take away something they can implement today!

BIO:

As a founding member of Mumbo Gumbo, Brian has appeared at numerous music festivals throughout the United States. Brian is one of only small a handful of musicians who can say they appeared at the Kerrville Folk Festival three different years! Brian is also an award-winning performer, educator, and author. For this workshop Brian has one question: Are you ready to discover your innate musical knowledge lying untapped until now? Be ready to develop and apply new rhythmic and finger-picking techniques and to learn the simple “guitar hacks” to expand chord progressions and voicings. Every evolving songwriter will take away something they can implement today! 

Bryan Dyer • Workshop Instructor

WORKSHOP: Info coming soon

Bryan S. Dyer is a multi-talented musician who not only sings but plays several instruments including bass guitar, percussion and piano; writes and arranges music, conducts choirs and groups, and works in television, radio and film. A veteran of some of the Bay Area’s top vocal groups including Street Sounds, SoVoSo, Slammin All Body Band, Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir and Chelle and Friends he also performs with Zadell, Rankin Scroo and Ginger, and R&B group, D.A.P. His musical experiences have him taken around the globe including several trips throughout Europe, Japan, South Korea and Jamaica. Bryan’s talents have landed him alongside such artist as Al Green, Bobby McFerrin, Michael McDonald of the Doobie Brothers, Huey Lewis & The News and Ladysmith Black Mambazo to name a few.

PANELISTS

  • Jim Bruno

  • Peter Wilson

  • Hannah Jane Kile

  • Velvy Appleton

  • Paul Kamm

  • Royal Wood

COACHES

  • Jim Bruno
  • Paul Kamm
  • Hannah Jane Kile
  • Velvy Appleton
  • Peter Wilson
  • Mark Vieaux
  • Rita Hosking
  • Jamal Walker
  • Juliet Gobert
  • Jorell Bahena

Festival Cancellation / Refund Policy

Due to limited attendance and availability, we cannot guarantee refunds for attendee cancellation requests.  Under no circumstances will we be responsible for refunds for airline, hotel, or car reservations. We reserve the right to change or cancel any speaker, instructor, performer or session without notice.