Registration opens Friday, December 7th at 9:00am Eastern!

Participants of all ages, levels, interests, and tastes welcome!

Vai Academy 5.0 is an event for players and music-lovers of all ages, levels, interests, and taste! Whether you are a master player, a beginner, or just an enthusiastic fan, our four day programs offer activities and workshops for you. Our environments are non-competitive and are strictly about immersing oneself in the joys of music and our lovely surroundings!

4 days and nights of non-stop guitar

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AN INVITATION FROM STEVE VAI

It’s that time again! I’m very excited to invite you all to join me at Vai Academy 5.0, taking place July 29 – August 2, 2019 at The Mansion at Glen Cove on Long Island in Glen Cove, NY not far from where I grew up in Carle Place. I was a teenager on Long Island in the 70’s and it was an amazing place to grow up. New York City wasn’t far, nor was The Hamptons. Living in California is nice, but I’m one of those guys that pines after the seasons so growing up on Long Island was pretty magical. Summertime is especially beautiful so I’m already looking forward to it.

Vai Academy 5.0 will include all of the things we usually offer – a myriad of classes with outstanding teachers, study and discussions on technique and theory, and of course, my own metaphysical meanderings that I believe are at the core of the transformation you are capable of with your instrument. But this year, the theme of the camp is “Sound Sculpting,” and we will be diving deep into the quality of the tone that comes out of your amp, focusing heavily on signal path and the use of FX. Signal path is integral to the quality of your tone. The way the signal comes out of your guitar, and goes into various stomp boxes, and then into your amp, alters tremendously based on the FX you use and the order in which they are plugged in. There will be discussions on the most effective signal path, when to use a digital or analog FX, how the FX loop actually works, how various FX work and the terminologies of FX perimeters when programming. It’s a vast field that many guitarists don’t quite understand, even though it’s integral to their sound.

At my last camp, I personally taught more classes than ever before. I really enjoy speaking to the campers so that will continue at Vai Academy 5.0. We will also have a number of other extremely competent artists around to offer their wisdom and tips. The other teachers I’ve invited are all accomplished in their field, although that does not necessarily mean they need to be famous to be effective teachers. Of the utmost importance is that they are able to teach in a way that encourages and inspires the students to expand their own tools for the discovery and manifestation of their own uniquely creative visions. Having said that, we certainly do have some “famous” artists joining us.

One thing that I think makes Vai Academy so special is that I jam with each and every attendee. This might be my favorite aspect of the camp. Connecting with another person on a musical level is an intimate space I love embracing. We musicians are always learning something on some level, and I believe I learn something every time I jam with a student, no matter what level they are at. I can make music with someone even if they show up with a dime and a rubber band.

This is our fifth Vai Academy, and I’m so appreciative of how it has grown and evolved over the past five years. At the end of every camp we send out a questionnaire to those that attended, with very specific questions regarding what they liked, didn’t like, what they would like to see more of, etc. We really listen to what they tell us so hopefully this next camp will be our best yet. There’s a diverse group of people that attend, all at different levels of proficiency, with different understandings of music and the music business. We try to keep things at a level that is helpful for all, and the way we go about doing that is continuing to evolve at every camp.

I know I’m personally looking forward to Vai Academy 5.0. Hope to see you all there!

Steve Vai

Guest Artists

Andy Timmons

Devin Townsend

Larry Mitchell

Plini

Dave Weiner

Jeremy Colson

Phillip Bynoe

Doug Doppler

Stig Mathisen

Sample Schedule

*All Classes, Concerts, and Activities are Subject to Change

Wednesday January 03

  • 3:00 PM

    Check-In

  • 5:00 PM

    Welcoming Comments from Steve and Company

  • 7:00 PM

    Dinner

  • 8:00 PM

    Show and Jam with Steve -or- Late Night Jam with Doug, Stig, and others

Thursday January 04

  • 9:00 AM

    Thomas Nordegg: Tech and Guitar Maintenance Session

  • 10:00 AM

    Steve Vai Master Class

  • 12:00 PM

    Choice of Class:

    • Doug Doppler – Beginner
    • Stig Mathiesen – Intermediate
    • Dave Weiner – Advanced
  • 1:00 PM

    Lunch

  • 2:00 PM

    Yngwie Malmsteen Master Class -or- Play with Steve’s Band

  • 4:00 PM

    Steve Vai Master Class featuring Yngwie Malmsteen

  • 6:00 PM

    Sterling Ball

  • 7:00 PM

    Dinner

  • 8:00 PM

    Show and Jam with Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen

  • 9:00 PM

    Yngwie Malmsteen Master Class -or- Late Night Jam with Doug, Stig and others.

Friday January 05

  • 9:00 AM

    Andy Alt Social Media Session

  • 10:00 AM

    Steve Vai Master Class

  • 12:00 PM

    Choice of Class:

    • Doug Doppler – Beginner
    • Stig Mathiesen – Intermediate
    • Dave Weiner – Advanced
  • 1:00 PM

    Lunch

  • 2:00 PM

    Steve Morse Master Class -or- Play with Steve’s Band

  • 3:00 PM

    Photos and Signing Session with the Instructors

  • 5:00 PM

    Steve Vai Master Class featuring Steve Morse

  • 7:00 PM

    Dinner

  • 8:00 PM

    Show and Jam with Steve Vai and Steve Morse

  • 9:00 PM

    Steve Morse Master Class -or- Late Night Jam with Doug, Stig, etc.

Saturday January 06

  • 9:00 AM

    Thomas Nordegg and Roland Boss Tech Session

  • 10:00 AM

    Steve Vai Master Class

  • 12:00 PM

    Choice of Class:

    • Doug Doppler – Beginner
    • Stig Mathiesen – Intermediate
    • Dave Weiner – Advanced
  • 1:00 PM

    Lunch

  • 2:00 PM

    St. Vincent Master Class -or- Play with Steve’s Band

  • 4:00 PM

    Steve Vai Master Class featuring St. Vincent

  • 6:00 PM

    Miles Copeland

  • 7:00 PM

    Dinner

  • 8:00 PM

    Show and Jam with Steve and St. Vincent

  • 9:00 PM

    St. Vincent Master Class -or- Late Night Jam with Doug, Stig and others.

Sunday January 07

  • 10:00 AM

    Wrap-up Session with Steve Vai

  • 11:00 AM

    Check out

Monday January 02

  • 1:00PM-4:30PM

    Arrival and Check In (3:00 Hotel Check In.  Rooms may be available earlier)

  • 4:30PM-6:00PM

    Steve Vai Welcoming Remarks and Q&A

  • 6:00PM-7:00PM

    Dinner

  • 7:30PM-8:30PM

    Opening Night Concert followed by Camper Jamming with Steve

  • 9:00PM

    Camper Jamming with Doug Doppler, Stig Mathisen, Stewart Jean, Maurice Verloop, Federico Miranda, and Chris Cisneros

Tuesday January 03

  • 7:30AM-9:00AM

    Breakfast

  • 9:00AM-10:30AM

    Steve Vai Master Class

  • 10:45AM-12:00PM

    Carlos Alomar Session

  • 12:00PM-1:00PM

    Lunch

  • 12:30PM-1:00PM

    Pigtronix Clinic

  • 1:30PM-2:45PM

    Steve Vai and Carlos Alomar Joint Session- Lead and Rhythm 

  • 3:00PM-6:00PM

    Jamming with Stewart and Maurice

  • 3:00PM-4:15PM

    Al DiMeola Master Class

  • 4:30PM-5:45PM

    Breakout Sessions- Play with Steve’s Band (see song list below), Carlos Alomar Informal Session, or Gear Company Presentation (Aaron Marino and Jeff Slingluff)

  • 6:00PM-7:00PM

    Dinner

  • 7:30PM-8:30PM

    Concert followed by Camper Jamming with Steve

  • 8:30PM

    Camper Jamming with Doug Doppler, Stig Mathisen, Stewart Jean, Maurice Verloop, Federico Miranda, and Chris Cisneros

Wednesday January 04

  • 7:00AM-9:00AM

    Breakfast

  • 9:00AM-10:15AM

    Steve Vai Master Class

  • 10:30AM-12:00PM

    Breakout Sessions with Al DiMeola and Carlos Alomar

  • 12:00PM-1:00PM

    Lunch

  • 12:30PM-1:30PM

    Pigtronix Clinic

  • 1:30PM-3:00PM

    Group Photo followed by individual shots with instructors and artists

  • 3:00PM-4:00PM

    Zakk Wylde Master Class

  • 4:00PM-5:15PM

    Steve Vai and Al DiMeola Joint Session

  • 5:30PM-7:00PM

    Signing and Merch Session

  • 7:00PM-8:00PM

    Dinner

  • 8:30PM

    Concert followed by Camper Jamming with Steve

  • 9:00PM

    Camper Jamming with Doug Doppler, Stig Mathisen, Stewart Jean, Maurice Verloop, Federico Miranda, and Chris Cisneros

Thursday January 05

  • 7:30AM-9:00AM

    Breakfast

  • 9:00AM-10:30AM

    Steve Vai Master Class

  • 10:45AM-12:00PM

    Breakout Sessions with Zakk Wylde and Carlos Alomar

  • 12:00PM-1:00PM

    Lunch

  • 1:00PM-2:00PM

    T.C. Electronics Presentation

  • 2:00PM-4:00PM

    Jam with the Band! (Maurice and Stewart will be jamming with campers from 2:00-6:00)

  • 2:00PM-3:00PM

    Pigtronix

  • 3:00PM-4:15PM

    Steve Vai and Zakk Wylde Joint Session

  • 4:30PM-5:45PM

    Breakout Sessions- Play with Steve’s Band! (See song list below), Carlos Alomar Informal Session, Stig Mathisen Session, or Gear Company Presentation (Line 6 with Doug Doppler and Thomas Nordegg)

  • 6:00PM-7:00PM

    Dinner

  • 7:30PM-8:30PM

    Concert followed by Camper Jamming with Steve

  • 8:30PM

    Camper Jamming with Doug Doppler, Stig Mathisen, Stewart Jean, Maurice Verloop, Federico Miranda, and Chris Cisneros

Friday January 06

  • 7:30AM-9:00AM

    Breakfast

  • 9:00AM-10:30AM

    Thomas Nordegg Guitar Tech Clinic

  • 11:00AM

    Check Out

Glen Cove Mansion
Glen Cove Long Island, New York

Glen Cove Mansion

Setting & Accommodations

The property features beautiful guestrooms & suites situated in contemporary guest wings extending from the mansion. We’ll share our meals in the Garden Room Restaurant which has magnificent views of the property and spend time together after hours in the game filled upstairs party spot – Pub 1910. If you find yourself needing a break from the noise there are several sprawling outdoor areas overlooking the mansion’s gardens.

Glen Cove Pool

AREA ATTRACTIONS

Glen Cove has something for everyone. Amazing beaches, a scenic golf course, and lovely, tree-filled parks provide a summer vacation paradise that’s just a quick train ride from New York City. If recreational boating is your thing you can take advantage of the areas full-service marinas, a city yacht club, and a fully renovated launch ramp offering easy access to North Shore waterways.

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Travel Directions

The Mansion at Glen Cove

Address
200 Dosoris Ln
Glen Cove, NY 11542

Website
Glen Cove Mansion

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Instrument Travel

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Upgrades

We will be offering Vai Academy 5.0 upgrade packages with 3 Steve Vai Ibanez Signature Series guitars!

You will receive your guitar and case when you arrive at camp.

+8.9% sales tax applied when purchased

JEM7V WH: MSRP $3,999.99, our price $2,900

  • DiMarzio Pickups
  • Rosewood fretboard w/Tree of Life inlay
  • W/6105 frets w/Prestige fret edge treatment
  • JEM 5pc Maple/Walnut neck
  • Edge tremolo bridge
  • Alder body
Steve Vai Ibanez Signature Guitar

JEM77P BFP: MSRP $2,133.32, our price $1,550

  • DiMarzio Pickups
  • Maple fretboard w/Tree of Life inlay
  • Jumbo frets
  • Wizard 5pc Maple/Walnut neck w/KTS™ TITANIUM rods
  • Edge-Zero II tremolo bridge
  • American Basswood body
Steve Vai Ibanez Signature Guitar

JEMJR WH: MSRP $666.65, our price $450

  • Jatoba fretboard w/Tree of Life inlay
  • Jumbo frets
  • Wizard III Maple neck
  • Double Locking tremolo bridge
  • Mahogany Body
Steve Vai Ibanez Signature Guitar

Pricing and Registration

Room Types and Pricing

  • Shared Room with Two Beds
    1,899

    Standard Room with two beds and a roommate. You may either name your own roommate or one will be assigned by Dreamcatcher Events. Roommate matches are based on age and gender. If signing up with a roommate in mind, please enter their name in the “Roommate” field as you continue registration.

    *Please note, pricing is per person and all registrants must stay at the Glen Cove Mansion and all payments and deposits are non-refundable.

  • Single with One Bed
    2,899

    Standard room with one king bed for one participant.

    *Please note, pricing is per person and all registrants must stay at the Glen Cove Mansion and all payments and deposits are non-refundable.

  • Bring Your Loved One with One Bed
    3,499

    If you would like to have your loved one join you at the Glen Cove Mansion but not participate in workshops, we recommend this price point. You both share the accommodations, dine together with the group for all meals, and attend all evening concerts together. During the days, while one of you is participating in workshops and living out your guitar virtuoso dreams, your loved one can enjoy the wonderful accommodations and interesting things to do in the Glen Cove area. The room includes one king bed. Pricing is for one participant and one non-participant.

    *Please note, all registrants must stay at the Glen Cove Mansion and all payments and deposits are non-refundable.

  • Bring Your Loved One with Two Beds
    3,499

    If you would like to have your loved one join you at the Glen Cove Mansion but not participate in workshops, we recommend this price point. You both share the accommodations, dine together with the group for all meals, and attend all evening concerts together. During the days, while one of you is participating in workshops and living out your guitar virtuoso dreams, your loved one can enjoy the wonderful accommodations and interesting things to do in the Glen Cove area. The room has two queen beds. Pricing is for one participant and one non-participant

    *Please note, all registrants must stay at the Glen Cove Mansion and all payments and deposits are non-refundable.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • 3 amazing meals a day
  • All workshops, activities and entertainment for 4 days and nights
  • Multiple jam rooms loaded with gear for you to play!
  • Parking
  • Wi-Fi

What's Not Included

  • Transportation
  • Alcohol and snacks
  • Sightseeing excursions in the area
  • Personal musical gear – please bring your own instruments if you are not signing up for our premium upgrade

Pricing and Registration Policy

  • Registration & Payments
    • All rates are per-person, unless stated otherwise.
    • All prices subject to change. Prior sales excluded. Dreamcatcher Events reserves the right to change any price, package or offering at any time without prior notice.
    • All rates are subject to 8.9% surcharge, which includes all local, state, and occupancy taxes.
  • Installment Payment Plans
    • Upon registration, a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total purchase amount is charged to your credit card.
    • 100% of the remaining balance due on installment sales is automatically charged to the credit card on file on May 1, 2019.
    • Any registrations received after May 1, 2019 must be paid in full at the time of registration.
  • Cancellations
    • All payments and deposits are final and non-refundable.

Customer Service – Please call 800-852-9277 if you have any questions

For complete details please see our Registration and Payment Policy