July 10-13, 2019
Please join us in celebrating 50 years of
Free Hands and 10 years with the
Interlochen College of Creative Arts
as we bring you the
2019 Chapman Stick® Workshop
Interlochen Center for the Arts
Founded in 1928 and nestled in the woods of Northern Michigan, the
Interlochen Center for
is one of the most prestigious arts schools in the country
- a 2500-student summer arts camp
- a 500-student visual and performing arts high school
- two 24-hour listener-support public radio stations
- an evolving series of adult arts programs
- 600 arts presentations annually by students faculty and world-renowned guest artists
- Almost 100 years worth of alumni worldwide
2019 Chapman Stick Workshop
In 1969 while experimenting with several custom made guitars, Emmett Chapman came up with idea
of turning his guitar upright and approaching two-handed tapping with his hands parallel to the
frets. This positional change was the foundation of the "Free Hands"
and would lead to the creation of the Chapman Stick. An instrument dedicated to this technique.
In 2009, we celebrated 40 years of "Free Hands"
with the first Interlochen Stick
Workshop hosted in partnership with the Interlochen College of Creative Arts. That first workshop
featured instruction from Emmett Chapman himself along with long time player and teacher Greg
Howard. In the years since, we have hosted five of these workshops featuring instruction from
several of the worlds best players.
In 2019, Steve Adelson, Greg Howard, and Bob Culbertson all help us celebrate 50 years of
and 10 years at Interlochen with four days of workshops and performances.