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Tilt Think

Musical Improv Camp

April 8th to April 10th, 2022

A weekend focused on the art of long-form musical improv with Amber Linde,

on the shores of Glen Lake in Northern Michigan.


Making stories, friends, and music at Camp Haven

Friday April 8th 5:30pm to Sunday April 10th 3:30pm

Camp Haven in Empire, MI

$335 (early bird up to March 1) or $375 (after March 2)

(Optional 2 night accommodation at Camp Haven for $100 ($50/night)

Three days of long-form musical improv instruction with Amber Linde (Baby Wants Candy, The Second City).

Learning will focus on:

-getting comfortable going from scene to song 

-learning various song structures and rhyme techniques 

-creating group songs and movement pieces 

-exploring 2 - 3 long form music improv formats

-Student showcase on Sunday afternoon


Friday 4/8 at 5:30pm - Welcome!

Dinner, settling-in, getting-to-know-ya,  learning Song Circle and introductory musical improv theory

Saturday 4/9 -  Instruction with Amber

-3-hour session in the morning

Scene work and scene to song


-3-hour session in the afternoon

Lessons on form

-Delicious dinner and fun in the evening 

Sunday 4/10 - Instruction and show

-3-hour sessions in the morning

Preparation of form

-Afternoon showcase at venue in town


-Discussion of professional opportunities

-How to use musical improv in auditions

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Who, what, and where

Who can join?

If you feel confident holding your own in a 2 person improv scene and are ready to add the magic of music, then this is for you! You don't need to be a singer, you just need to love and enjoy the idea of musicality as an enhancement to improv.

Who's coming? 

We have tapped our improv network in Michigan and Illinois to come together for a weekend of play. 

The budding improv scene in northern lower Michigan has experienced improvisers imported from major markets and also have improvisers who have  'come up' through the mitten ranks.

How to sign up?

Just hit the "Register here" button which will bring you to a form where you will fill out your name and email. From there we will contact you about payment. Preferred payment through Paypal, and we also accept Venmo.

Where in the world?

The retreat takes place at Camp Haven on the shores of Glen Lake, just a stones throw away from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. See here for details.

Address: 7627 S Dune Hwy, Empire 49630

Making a vacation of it?

Camp Haven is less than one mile from the foot of the famous Sleeping Bear Dune Climb and at the backdoor of the Sleeping Bear National Park entrance where beautiful bluffs, vistas, and trails await you. World class wineries, breweries, and culinary delights abound in the region. If you haven't been to the region before, consider squeezing in at least one extra day to really enjoy the bountiful serenity of the area!​

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Cost, Covid, and Cancellation

What's the cost and what does it include?

$335 for early bird (before March 1st)

$375 for Regular pricing (March 1st and after)

This includes:

-10 hours instruction with Amber Linde

-Comfortable retreat facility at Camp Haven on pristine Glen Lake

-6 delicious meals for the weekend

-Sunday performance at a venue in town

-Covid testing and protocols

Would you like to stay the two nights at Camp Haven? Most of us is just $100 additional for the two nights of Friday and Saturday ($50/night). 

What about this damn Covid thing?

Yes, it sucks to have to plan around this! All participants must be vaxed and boosted. We will have rapid Covid tests available to everyone upon arrival. It's suggested you test yourself before coming, especially if coming a long distance. We are waiting to see the status of Covid before we determine mask requirements.

What's the cancellation policy?

Cancellation policy:
-100% refund if cancel 3 weeks prior (on or before March 18)
-50% refund if cancel 3 - 1 week prior (March 19 to April 1)
-No refund if cancel 1 week prior to retreat (on or after April 2)
If student cancels due to testing positive for Covid at the start of the workshop (or 5 days prior and/or Covid symptomatic) then 50% refund.

What if Tilt Think cancels?

We need 10 participants to run the retreat. In the case that we do not have enough sign-ups, or that the instructor tests positive for Covid-19 within the quarantine period (5 days prior to the course), then all payments will be refunded.

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About Us

Tilt Think Improv - offering classes and shows, based in Traverse City, MI

Hi, We're Lisa and Chad and we love improv, we love music, and we love playing improv together! So, what could be better than doing musical improv together, and inviting lots of old and new friends along for the ride? (Note, this picture is not of Chad and Lisa, but of Chad and Pete. We like Pete too. Buddy Photo of Chad and Lisa pending).

Lisa started Tilt Think Improv in Traverse City, MI, three years ago, when she moved here after living 15 years in Belgium. It was Brussels, Belgium, where Lisa first fell in love with improvisation, after many years doing scripted musical theater. She was a member of the international improv touring group 'The Ghost Sheep' where they dabbled in musical improv...but Lisa wants more!

Chad comes from a family of musicians and plays multiple stringed instruments. He loves making up songs and musical ditties and finds ultimate joy in matching stories, words, and singing. He's also a joyful improviser who puts a goofy spin on every scene.

*Photo: Pete checking out Chad when Pete had short hair.

PayPal username: @tiltthink
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Delicious meals and gorgeous vistas will be served.

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