Shakuhachi Summer Camp of the Rockies

About Us

The Experience:

Born out the the energy of World Shakuhachi Festival 1998 in Boulder, the biggest event in the modern history of the shakuhachi, and presenting its 21st camp in as many years, the Shakuhachi Summer Camp of the Rockies is the longest running international shakuhachi intensive in the world. Campers benefit from the two decades of experience the organizers have accumulated facilitating the Rockies Camp, not only in Colorado, but in Sydney (2008) and Kyoto (2012) as well. Typically held from Thursday afternoon until Monday midday, it is also one of the longest camps in terms of days and actual hours spent playing the shakuhachi. Likewise, the combined performing and teaching experience of the faculty is unparalleled.

Rockies Camp has an emphasis on total immersion in playing, learning and experiencing the profound world of the shakuhachi, with Honkyoku (solo Zen music), Sankyoku (ensemble pieces), Folk, Modern Improvisation and more.  There are also special concerts by the faculty and students and other engaging programs every night during Camp.

The Community:

Of course, you won’t be spending 24 hours a day doing shakuhachi in workshops, individual lessons, concerts, etc. Meeting and interacting with the other participants is often one’s most lasting memory. Becoming part of and engaging with a community of shakuhachi kindred spirits benefits even players of as introspective a musical instrument as the shakuhachi. Seeing the ‘painful’ struggle of others can be both reassuring and motivating. The Rockies Camp community continues to provide support, friendship, and opportunities to play together throughout the year to those who want a break from the solitude experienced by most shakuhachi enthusiasts.

Previous campers want to share the special experiences and community of shared study, practice and living that this camp creates with new participants from Japan, Europe, Australia, China and around the world. Our venue, Sunrise Ranch, is the ideal place for this. Located in a beautiful mountain valley just west of Loveland, Colorado, it enables all participants to study, dine and live together for the duration of the Camp. 


Shakuhachi Camp participation will directly enhance any shakuhachi player's musical life. Participants at camp will study with some of the world’s finest masters of the shakuhachi, learning and practicing a wide repertoire of pieces—some in preparation for the camp’s Student Concert and Duet Night—and attending lectures and workshops regarding all aspects of shakuhachi theory, history and practice. You are welcome to join in a variety of extracurricular activities, including Sunrise Ro-buki, Morning Yoga and Meditation and evening socializing, in a full-time celebration of this instrument, its music and its community.

Beginners Welcome!  Beginner students will be provided with their own core curriculum, and all levels, from absolute beginner (even if you’ve never before picked up a shakuhachi!) to advanced, will have the opportunity to study a select number of pieces with a thoroughness and depth not possible in other festivals or workshops. 

Bi-lingual:  All lectures and classes will be conducted bi-lingually in English and Japanese.


Scholarships and Absolute Beginner Rates

For the first time in our history, we are offering partial and full scholarships to those who may not otherwise be able to attend camp, but are striving to improve to teacher level. You can request a scholarship on the registration form. Or you can support an upcoming player by donating to the scholarship fund via the registration form. 

One Piece, One Story

As a special 21st Shakuhachi Camp event, each faculty member will perform one piece and tell the story behind its significance, including personal, musical and/or historical contexts.

Sunrise Ro-buki

Long tone blowing of RO () to greet the rising sun at Moon Rock above Sunrise Ranch

Duet Night

All students and faculty gather to play multi-part arrangements of pieces, mostly not traditional Japanese, but also including some Honkyoku duets, etc.

Student Concert

All students participate in this concert, playing the piece of their choice, either solo or ensemble (which includes some group pieces for absolute beginners and beginners).

After-hours Bamboo Salon

Get to know the faculty better and meet your new camper friends at the after-hours social hosted by faculty (honor system cash bar). 

Classes and Individual Lessons

Audio/Video Recording

All classes and your own individual lessons may be recorded, as long as it does not interfere with the class or lesson.

Observing Classes Regardless of Level

All students may observe any breakout class they like. However, they may not participate unless capable at the class level (e.g. an advanced class instructor will not make time for additional explanation or instruction for beginners who choose to attend). 

Observing Individual Lessons

Individual lessons may be observed, but joining in, interjecting questions, etc. is not permitted.

Individual Lesson Choices

In order to ensure you get the most out of your Shakuhachi Camp experience, please indicate your choices for individual lesson pieces in advance on the Camp Registration Form. Making changes later is acceptable. Be sure to bring sheet music for your individual lesson pieces.

Camp Address

Sunrise Ranch

100 Sunrise Ranch Road, Loveland, Colorado 80538, United States