loader image

Ukes In Space 2021

Friday, May 28th – Sunday, May 30th

Friday night concert, classes and jamming on Saturday & Sunday in zoom, and plenty of opportunity to ask questions as you learn new tunes & techniques! All registrants have 1 year access to archived videos and resources.

Tune up and tune in! An opportunity for interplanetary uke strummers to unite. Join the world-renowned staff for workshops galore, all from your very own mothership. When you register you’re also entered to win a lovely Ohana ukulele!!
Flexible pricing: $35-$100 Please self-select based on your ability to pay. All registrants will receive zoom links and 1 year access to archived video of the event. For registration assistance call 845-657-8333 x-25
No posts found.


Ben Hassenger is known as the “Ukulele Ambassador of Michigan” for good reason. After a 2009 visit to Hawaii, he was hooked on the ukulele and over the years since has founded the Lansing Area Ukulele Group, the Mighty Uke Day festival, Midwest Uke & Harmonica Camp, Uketoberfest at Interlochen, and Hiawatha Music’s Yooper Uke Week. Now, after assisting Gerald Ross at the Ashokan Uke Fest in New York, he is now the artistic director of the festival.

Ukulele education is a priority for Ben; and in 2014, he established Music is the Foundation, a non-profit that supports ukulele music programs in Michigan classrooms and communities. He performs and teaches at a variety of uke events across North America, spreading the joy and camaraderie of the “jumping flea”. A songwriter and baseball fan, he has two songs about the Detroit Tigers enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.


Katie DeNure is a certified Bilingual Literacy teacher and a classically trained vocalist who teaches guitar, ukulele, and voice in a wide range of styles.  She is also a singer/songwriter. Since 2002, Katie has had the privilege to lead hundreds of youth conferences, women’s retreats, church services, and special events.  Katie has been teaching private music lessons since 2008 and has also worked with the Renaissance School for the Arts and other music programs all over the United States and abroad.  She has a thriving YouTube channel of over 300,000 subscribers that provides a free resource for musicians of all levels and has worked with companies such as Enya and Córdoba developing educational resources.  


Eduardo Garcia is a multi-instrumentalist from Mexico who moved in Vancouver in 2017. On his journey, he studied and played music in a large variety of environments, worlds, and languages. Being both classically and traditionally trained, he was active in music projects in Mexico; teaching, performing, and writing. He plays a variety of traditional Mexican stringed instruments, cello, and ukulele. 

Eduardo founded the Academia de Ukuleles de la Ribera (Lakeside Ukulele Academy), a music school that provides instruments and free music lessons to all children in his community. After moving to Vancouver, he he became a teacher at Ruby’s Ukes and conducts Ruby’s Ukulele Orchestra. He has participated in the Vancouver Ukulele Festival, the Ajijic Ukulele Retreat (Mexico), Coquitlam Ukulele Mini Festival (Canada) in Beyond Trad Music Camp (Canada), and the Seoul International Aloha Ukulele Festival (South Korea).


Liz Brinker, from poetically-named Rockville, MD, and, originally, Oklahoma, has been musically involved since day one. Dance came first, closely followed by choirs of all manner and music theater through young adulthood. While single and lonely, she bought her first guitar at The House Of Musical Traditions in Takoma Park, MD and immediately embarked on a decades-long love affair…until she met the ukulele. “Where have you been all my life?”, she asked. The instrument answered, “My dog has fleas.” They are living happily ever after. After a 16-year stint teaching early-childhood music classes for Music Together, Liz teaches guitar, mandolin and, primarily, ukulele from home, when she is not making Acapella videos like a madwoman.



Christopher Davis-Shannon’s music is the essence of honest simplicity. Bringing together influence ranging from Fats Waller to Chet Baker, he creates an atmosphere that will instantly transport you back to jazz clubs and speakeasies of the early 20th century. Not content being labelled a traditionalist, he forges ahead breathing new life into old classics, weaving together a sound that is enjoyed by both young and old.

As a multi-Instrumentalist, songwriter, and educator based in Philadelphia, Davis-Shannon maintains a steady tour schedule with his own music as well as a sideman for various acts. He brings to the stage not just the pure joy of music, but a vast knowledge of the history behind the songs that he holds close to his heart. His intricate instrumental work and plaintive vocals are infused with soulfulness which cannot be faked, and a respect for his predecessors which is rarely equaled.


The Ashokan Center builds community through shared experiences in nature, history, music and art. For 40 years we have hosted traditional Music & Dance Camps at our 385 nature preserve. In 2020 we learned how to host them online!

“Joyous and talented teachers. Feeling not only warmly welcomed, but also individually included interactively” – Amy

“The teachers were so reachable and personable. I really enjoyed the whole camp and it was so well run. I hope they will continue to have virtual camps in the future since we live so far away.” – Timothy

“Wonderfull and inspiring teachers. I appreciate that every single teacher I had came fully prepared and then some. Especially given the challenges of technology, this was extraordinary. Huge kudos to the behind -the- scenes worker bees. Thank you Ashokan folks, you will definitely see me and mine again some day.” – Donna

Come join the Ashokan family to celebrate, learn, connect, deepen your music, make new friends, and brighten your day. Our events are open to all folks, all ages and all orientations. 

Join our email list to learn about more upcoming online offerings.

Connect on Facebook with your fellow campers before, during, and after!



EMAIL events@ashokancenter.org 
CALL 845-657-8333 x25

Close Menu


BEGINNER: This level has been playing for up to 6 months and has learned 3 – 4 chords but hesitates in between chord changes to move the fingers to the next location.

CONFIDENT BEGINNER: This player knows a handful of chords and can move from one chord to another without pausing. Has trouble with barre chords, and has developed a strum or two or a basic finger pattern for picking.

INTERMEDIATE: This player can hold a steady rhythm, and is competent with a variety of basic chords (for example: A, Am, Bb, B7, C, C7, D, Dm, E7, Em, G, and G7. Understands simple chord progressions (such as I, IV, V chords), can sing and strum at the same time, and learns chords to simple tunes fairly quickly.

ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE: This player can hear I, IV, and V chords, has mastered some chord inversions, knows there is life above the fifth


Our friends at Ohana Ukuleles have generously donated this svelte ukulele for us to give away to one lucky "Ukes in Space" registrant.

The Ohana Slim-Line CKS-22E acoustic-electric ukulele is svelte and easy to travel with. A solid spruce top provides maximum projection, the mahogany back and sides give you a rich sound, and the passive pickup allows you to plug in and be heard over the crowd. Gig bag included.