About Y'all Rock Carbondale

about our organization

Y'all Rock Carbondale was started in 2014 as a way to offer young girls a way to express themselves through songwriting, musicianship, and camaraderie with other women and folks experiencing gender marginalization. Now in our sixth year we offer a one-week summer camp, an afterschool program, and a hybrid program/fundraiser Rock Roulette for adult women, trans, and gnc folks.


In 2021, our summer camp is three days long, with full day camp programming W-F and a public showcase Saturday (all programming/schedule is subject to change annually). Our summer camp is volunteer staffed by musicians, academics, and artists from the community. Campers experience small group instrument instruction, band practice sessions, workshops in arts, community empowerment, and self esteem, and locally-sourced, homegrown breakfast and lunch. Campers need zero musical experience. We provide instruments, instruction, and fun.


YRC is funded through community monetary and equipment donations and, importantly, tuition fees. Although full tuition is $250 per camper, we offer a sliding scale payment option ranging from $0.00 to $250. We ask that families consider what they can afford and contribute that amount. YRC will not turn any camper away for lack of funds, but we must receive a certain percentage of full tuition payments to cover camp expenses.

Board of Directors


Heather Smith

Bianca Cashman

Bianca Cashman (she/her) has called Southern Illinois home for over 10 years, and became involved with Y’all Rock Carbondale  four years ago. She loves counseling youth,  finding friends within her campers, and building long-lasting friendships even after camp is over. When she’s not doing Y’all Rock stuff, you’d be likely to find her cuddling one of her four cats, and reading her favorite books for the 1,000th time.

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Ellen Esling

Ellen has been involved with Y'all Rock Carbondale since 2017, where she joined a Rock Roulette band and played drums for the first time. 

The opportunity was so magical, she has been involved ever since. She is passionate about building a world more inclusive and empowering for youth

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Angie Fisher

Angie Fisher is a singer/songwriter and theater artist from Southern Illinois. She received her BFA in Musical Theater from Southern Illinois University and has since performed all over the country. Her nearest and dearest to her heart theatrical experience was touring with The Barter Players, doing plays and workshops at schools throughout the SouthEastern region of the United States. Now she’s back home in Southern Illinois, where she writes music, plays guitar, bangs on the drums, dances a bunch, goes fishin, plays with her kittens, and enjoys this beautiful land we call home here.

Carson Cates

Carson Cates (they/she) is local artist/organizer who stumbled into building Y’all Rock Carbondale almost 6 years ago. They call Southern Illinois home and have been building community in Carbondale for over a decade through DIY events and projects. They love working with both youth and adults and creating spaces. Their hobbies include loving and supporting their friends.


Lauren Stoelzle

Hi! My name is Lauren. I currently work at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Illinois as the Teen Coordinator. I am beyond excited to join and be a part of the great group of people and the vision of Y’all Rock! 


I got my Masters at SIU in Mass Communications and am a Celia Howard Fellow. I have a passion for empowering both young and old to realize that their lives and stories are important. I believe Y’all Rock is exactly the place I need to be to help expand their vision and goals further within our community and I look forward to the growth of the group as well as the growth within me!


Johanna Tesfaye

Johanna Tesfaye (She/Her/Hers) is a Chicago-based art therapist, creative practitioner, and amateur archivist, with an obsession for sound, performance, and moving image. She is committed to working towards the health and social-wellbeing of BIPOC. Tesfaye’s artistic, professional work, and research focuses on ‘return’, collective memory, and memory performance as care. Tesfaye is the recipient of the 2018 SAIC Belonging & Compassion Grant and was named a 2019 Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education Social Justice Scholar. Tesfaye’s recent publications include “because if” featured in @platesjournal Issue 1: School’s Out, and the forthcoming “Merging Experience, Theory, and Praxis Out of Abstraction: Investigation Through Collaborative Self-Reflexive Arts Based Research” co-authored by Leah Amaral for Voices: A World Music Therapy Forum. Tesfaye is currently pursuing her Masters in Art Therapy and Counseling at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Tesfaye works as a Youth Leaders Training Cohort program co-lead and anti-oppression trainings curriculum builder & facilitator at the

Chicago Freedom School. She is also serving as a board member on Ya’ll Rock Carbondale as part of the Girls Rock Camp Alliance, an international membership network of youth-centered arts and social justice organizations.