What's Unique to Richter Camp

The Richter Camp for the Rest of Us prides itself on unique mandolin instruction:

Adult Learning
Adult Learning

Camp approach takes adult learners of the mandolin specifically into consideration.

Unified Cohort
Unified Cohort

Unlike other camps, all students stay together as they move through the camp curriculum.

Co-Lead Teaching
Co-Lead Teaching

Though an instructor will lead a class, all other instructors attend classes, provoking dialogue and discussion, as well as providing additional assistance to work individually with students

This Year's Instructors

Jim Richter
Jim Richter

Jim Richter

Don Julin
Don Julin

Don Julin

Mike Compton
Mike Compton

Mike Compton

Recent Updates

Our latest news

January is done–little over 5 months until the 10th Richter Mandolin Camp

We are getting closer and closer to the summer, which means the 10th Annual Richter Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us with mandolinists extraordinaire Don Julin and Mike Compton. Both of these guys mean a lot to me as musicians, mentors, and friends. More than a camp, this is a reconvening of friends and I always strive to ensure that the camp is imbued with that spirit.

Fun things for the 10th camp:

  • A third instructor: the master, Mike Compton!
  • A community-based concert that will be opened to select additional attendees. Confirmed musicians:
    • Banister Bluegrass Band
    • Don Julin
    • Mike Compton
    • Jim Richter and Gordon Bonham (blues)
    • and more to come!
  • Swag from GHS Strings
  • Individual and classroom instruction
  • Wednesday meet and greet, camp orientation
  • Late night jamming every night of camp
  • AND, our requisite bourbon and whiskey tasting of fine spirits

This camp is always one of the highlights of my year. And, given the 10th anniversary and seemingly out of the pandemic, attendance is already very high with less than a handful of spots left. If interested in attending, please email Jim Richter at [email protected]

Excited to add GHS Strings as a sponsor!

GHS Strings will be a sponsor of the Richter Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us in 2023. Jim has used GHS Strings his entire 40 year career and has exclusively used GHS Silk and Steel Strings on his mandolins since 2022. It’s very exciting for GHS to support the 10th year of camp/1

What an incredible camp the 2022 Camp was!

The 2022 Richter Mandolin Camp is over and boy was it fun. From great classes on blues, arranging rock tunes, pentatonic scales, and other assorted mischief, we had a wonderful visit from master luthier Will Kimble and the roots-deep blues guitar of Gordon Bonham.

2023 will be the 10th Richter Mandolin Camp (though started in 2011, took a break for a couple years to work on PhD quals). The dates will be announced soon. Looking to make the 10th year extra special!