A Blues Moment: Michael Jerome Browne

Centrum is excited to welcome back Michael Jerome Browne to the faculty of the 2015 Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival. A multi-instrumentalist, equally comfortable on guitars, banjos, fiddle, mandolin and harmonica, Browne gave the late Long John Baldry “that kind of tingle like when I first heard Lead Belly and Big Bill Broonzy.” Browne’s taste for

Fiddle Tunes

2015 Fiddle Tunes Showcase: July 3 Performances

The 2015 incarnation of the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes brings together more than 30 faculty members from four different countries, along with hundreds of particpants – all of whom share the rich history and diverse styles of fiddle music together here at Fort Worden. This is a grand American gathering, and the week culminates in two


The Faculty perform for Jazz Workshop participants in Wheeler Theater at the Sunday evening Welcome and Orientation session.
Terell Stafford, trumpet

Jazz in the Clubs Line-Up Posted!

Be the first to see Centrum’s great Jazz in the Clubs line-up here!  Order your wristbands early; they are selling fast this year.  Details are here.



Begin Your Novel this Summer at Centrum

This July, begin that novel you’ve been thinking about, planning, dreaming of. During the week of the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference, July 9-19, novelist Skip Horack will be in-residence, leading a small, intimate workshop to help you being your novel–and get it on a permanent track. This course is for those who have an existing “idea”

Voice Works


Voice Works Polka Dot Dinner & Dance: Sat. 5:30 pm!

Voice Works is Centrum’s week long celebration of singing.  As you’d expect, we invite anyone to spend a week here at Fort Worden living and learning with some of the finest singers, songwriters, and musicians you’ll find anywhere. The Voice Works Honky Tonk Polka Dot Dance is a longstanding and beloved tradition, and the intimate faculty

Young Artists


Faculty News: DANCE This

Some quick updates from our amazing dance faculty for 2015 DANCE This summer workshop for high school dancers. Ellie Sandstrom (pictured) has been steadily running the Dance Department at The Northwest School, and recently competed two new choreographic commissions. One of the commissions was for Creative Dance Center’s Kaleidoscope Dance Company for youth. The piece, set