About Girls Rock Bloomington
A Rock 'N Roll Camp for Girls, Trans, and Non-Binary Youth
The mission of Girls Rock Bloomington is to provide a summer day camp for girls, trans, and non-binary youth (ages 8-16) that teaches positive self-esteem and self-expression through music education and mentoring.
Open to girls, trans, and non-binary youth ages 8-16 and all experience levels.
For the in-person camp, scholarships are offered to five residents in need of financial assistance.
All instruments, amplification, and basic gear will be provided to campers.
Campers will get the opportunity to take music lessons, learn from experienced musicians and professionals, attend workshops, write their own original music with a band, and perform in a final concert.
Girls Rock Bloomington presents
Founder & Camp Director
Meet Amy Oelsner (she/they).
Amy Oelsner is the Founder and Director of Girls Rock Bloomington. Amy is also a musician and songwriter who tours nationally with her band Amy O. She was the Assistant Director, Visual Art and Zine Making Program Director at Rhino's Youth Center from 2013-2018 and After-Care Teacher at Bloomington Montessori School from 2018-2020. Before moving to Bloomington, Amy ran the After-School Program at the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls in Brooklyn, NY and volunteered with the New York camp as a guitar instructor and band coach. These opportunities gave her a passion for empowering girls, trans and non-binary youth through music, and she is thrilled to be bringing her experience to Girls Rock Bloomington. Amy is honored to be the recipient of the 2020 Indiana Governor's Arts Emerging Artist Award.
SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR
Meet Natalia Almanza (she/her).
Natalia Almanza is a senior at Indiana University majoring in Arts Management and minoring in Music. Her passion for music started in middle school when she began playing the guitar and trombone. While she still loves performing, her focus has shifted to instilling an appreciation of the arts in others through programming. She is the co-owner of Paramind Records, an equitable, sustainable and community-based record label out of Bloomington, IN. Natalia is also the creator and executive producer of Tiny Dorm Concerts, a student-run concert series filmed at Indiana University featuring local and student musicians. Natalia volunteered as a band coach and vocal instructor for Girls Rock Bloomington in 2019 and is eager to be returning as the Volunteer/Social Media Coordinator.
TEEN AND YOUNG ADULT ADVISORY BOARD LEADER
Meet Jae Gasana (they/them).
From singing since they were born to writing songs when they were 12, music has been a huge part of Jae Gasana’s life. Jae is a non-binary black musician based in Bloomington, Indiana. They are mostly known for their performing acts Punk Rock Cuties (PRC), Deity Complex, and The Roosevelts. Jae first discovered Midway through Rising Star, having performed at their first competition with PRC in 2017. Now working as GRB’s Teen and Young Adult Advisory Board’s Youth Leader, Jae is excited about uplifting young BIPOC voices in the community, raising awareness for mental health through music, and reaching the lower income parts of Bloomington.