U.S. Fiddle Camps & Workshops, A-L
(To be listed, please email your camp info to email@example.com)
2018 updates coming soon! Meanwhile, the dates generally only vary a day or two year to year. Please check the camps' websites for details on current and upcoming programs.
Acadia Trad Festival, Bar Harbor, Maine. June 24 - June 29, 2018. A camp for all ages and all levels. Held at the College of the Atlantic Campus on Frenchman's Bay in Bar Harbor, Maine, the Acadia Trad Festival brings world class faculty to teach numerous instruments and courses in fiddle, guitar, bouzouki, accordion, harp, flute, pipes, whistle, banjo, dance, fiddle making and many more. Major focus is on Irish, Scottish, Old-Time, Cape Breton, Acadian, and Cajun styles. The week includes classes, workshops, concerts, and sessions. For more information visit: www.acadiatradschool.org
Acoustic Music Camp, Dallas, Texas, August 6-8, 2015. Fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, vocals. Fiddle instructors: Jim "Texas Shorty" Chancellor, Nate Lee... Info: (214) 236-0783; http://AcousticMusicCamp.com
Alasdair Fraser’s Sierra Fiddle Camp, June 20-28, 2015, Nevada City, CA. Fiddle instructors include Alasdair Fraser, Jeremy Kittle, Hanneke Cassel… Info: www.alasdairfraser.com/
Allegheny Echoes Workshops, Pocahontas County, West Virginia, June 21-26, 2015. Fiddle (T.J. Lundy, Danny Arthur…), mandolin, bass, dulcimer, guitar flatpicking, voice, creative writing, etc. Info: www.alleghenyechoes.com
Appalachian String Band Music Festival, Clifftop, West Virginia, June 29-Aug. 2, 2015. Info: West Virginia Division of Culture & History; (304) 558-0220, ext. 123; www.wvculture.org/stringband/
Ashokan Fiddle & Dance, Catskill Mountains, New York. Scottish Fiddle & Cello, Apr. 29-May 1, 2016; Western & Swing Week, June 26-July 2, 2016; Northern Week, July 17-23, 2016; Southern Week, August 14-20, 2016. Learn various styles of traditional music, dance, or both.
(800) 292-0905; firstname.lastname@example.org or http://ashokan.org/
Augusta Heritage Center, Elkins, West Virginia. Cajun/Creole Week, July 10-15, 2016; Irish/Celtic Week, July 24-29, 2016; Bluegrass Week, July 31-Aug. 5, 2016; Old Time Week, August 7-12, 2016; Augusta Festival, Aug. 10-12, 2016; October Old Time Week & Fiddlers Reunion, Date TBA. Info: Augusta Heritage Ctr., Davis & Elkins College, Elkins, WV 26241, (800) 624-3157, ext. 1209; http://augustaheritagecenter.org/
Banjo-Fiddle Frolic old-time music retreat, Bryson City, NC, March 31-April 2, 2017. Workshops in fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, and more. Workshop hosts are the South Carolina Broadcasters, The Freight Hoppers, and Michael Ismerio. Registration ends March 16.
Berklee College of Music Summer String Program, Boston, Mass. Global String Intensive: June 22-26, 2015. Roots Weekend: June 26-28, 2015. Instructors include Bruce Molsky, Darol Anger, Jason Anick, Matt Glaser, many more. Many other summer programs available. Info: https://www.berklee.edu/summer/programs
Berkshire Summer Strings, July 13-17, 2015, French Park, North Egremont, Massachusetts.
Director: Erika Ludwig. Instructors: Mia Friedman (fiddle, banjo), Ariel Friedman (cello, viola), Aldo Lavaggi (fiddle), Jordan Tice (guitar), Jeffrey Lewis (mandolin). Programs: Youth Program during the day and Adult Program in the evenings. More information, contact info and registration: www.berkshiresummerstrings.com
Bethel Youth Fiddle Camp, June 13-17, 2016, Bethel, Missouri. Open to everyone this year, ages 7 to 97. One-on-one instruction for 8 hours every day with 10 Masters and dancing every night. No other place near NE Missouri can you experience this much fun, delicious home-cooked food, peaceful atmosphere, and artistic quality, set in an environment that speaks of your cultural heritage. Participants are housed in restored 1844 Colony homes. Two restaurants and a bakery serve home-cooked meals from 6am to midnight. Information: 573-633-2640 (W) or email@example.com
Bluegrass Jam Camps, June 22-26, 2015, Lake George, NY. (Many workshops & locations – check website for lots more!) Info: Pete Wernick, www.DrBanjo.com
Blue Ridge Old-Time Music Week, Mars Hill, North Carolina, June 7-13, 2015. Fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass, dulcimer, storytelling. Info/registration: Mars Hill College Conferences Office, P.O. Box 6785, Mars Hill, NC 28754, (828) 689-1167; http://www.mhu.edu/oldtimemusic
Bluff Country Gathering, Lanesboro, Minnesota, May 14-17, 2015. Instructors include Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones, Roger Cooper, L. Scott Miller, Dwight Lamb, Joseph Decosimo, Pop Wagner... Workshops in fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, old time singing, clogging, plus concerts and barn dance. For info: Gail Heil at 507-498-5452, http://www.boveeheil.com/bluff-country-gathering.htm
Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School, Thompson Island, Boston, Mass. August 9-15, 2015. A residential camp for all ages, all instruments, and all levels, with emphasis on traditional Scottish/Cape Breton tunes for fiddle. Fees include 6 nights in comfortable dorm rooms, all meals, music instruction, parties, concerts, ferry service to Thompson Island, and limitless Scottish musical enjoyment. In addition to fiddle classes on six levels, piano, accordion and guitar, we offer electives, parties, jam sessions, dancing for all with sit-in bands, and Visitors’ Day. Teachers for 2015 include Alasdair White (Battlefield Band - Scottish Fiddle), Katie McNally (Contemporary Scottish Fiddle), Cynthia MacCleod (PEI fiddle), Sandy Brechin (Scottish Accordion). Info: http://scottishfiddleschool.org/
Brian Wicklund's Fiddle Pal Fiddle Camp: Come enjoy and be inspired during 4 days of instruction by some of the country's top teachers. Learn fiddle, mandolin, bass or guitar. Evening activities include a barn dance, jamming at local restaurants, a student recital and an instructors' concert on the last night. June 16-19, 2015 in Stillwater, MN; or June 23-26 in Madison, Wisconsin; Aug. 18-21 in Newton, Mass. See www.fiddlepal.com for registration and information.
California Bluegrass Association Music Camp, Grass Valley, California, June 14-17, 2015. Intensive instrumental classes, jam group classes, and many electives. Followed by Father's Day Bluegrass Festival. Info: 707-878-2415; www.cbamusiccamp.org/ California Coast Bluegrass Camp, Placer County, California, July 5-11 and July 12-18, 2015. Workshops for many instruments/styles. Info: 650-306-0399; www.musiccamp.org
Camp Bluegrass July 17-22, 2016 at South Plains College, Levelland, Texas. Featuring Jim & Jesse and the Virginia Boys. Instructors: Alan Munde, Raymond McLain, Bill Evans, Ned Luberecki, Dede Wyland, Steve Smith, Anne Luna, Roland White, Diane Bouska, Elliott Rogers, Nate Lee, Tim May, Ivan Rosenberg, Chris Sanders, Gerald Jones. Info: http//campbluegrass.com
John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, North Carolina. Weeklong and weekend classes taught by nationally-known instructors. Fiddle, banjo, mountain & hammered dulcimer, guitar, folk harp, harmnica, dance. Info: 800-FOLK-SCH; www.folkschool.org
Cascadia Irish Music Week, Whidbey Island, Washington, July 17-23, 2016. Instructors include James Kelly, Randal Bays... Info: http://www.cascadiairish.org/
Catskills Irish Arts Week, East Durham, New York. July 13-18, 2015. Fiddle, flute, tin whistle, uilleann pipes, harp, Irish folk songs, guitar, button accordion, bodhran, concertina, tenor banjo, mandolin, piano accompaniment, set dancing, ceili dancing, Gaelic language, Irish music history. Info: P.O. Box 320, Rt. 145, East Durham, NY 12423 ; (800) 434-FEST; firstname.lastname@example.org. catskillsirishartsweek.org
13th annual Creative Strings Workshop - Columbus, OH, June 28-July 4, 2015. The Creative Strings Workshop provides string players age 14 and up a week of immersion in study and performance of improvisational music including jazz, rock, world music, and fiddle styles. The Creative Strings Workshop offers you the opportunity to hone your skills and perform live in small groups alongside world-class artists. Our faculty includes world-class string players such as Billy Contreras, Jason Anick, Alex Hargreaves, Robert Anderson, Christian Howes, and many more. For all the details, go to http://christianhowes.com. Otterbein University, Westerville, OH 43081. Christian Howes: 614.332.8689; email@example.com.
Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, O'Neill-Malcom Branch, Washington, DC, MAD Week: July 6-10, 2015. Instrumental, singing, and dance classes for all ages and levels. http://www.ccepotomac.org/
Colorado Roots Music Camp. May 31-June 6 and Aug. 9-15, 2015. Come join us for a week of bluegrass, folk, blues, swing, jazz, Irish, old-time, flatpicked and fingerstyle guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, bass, singing, learning and fun! Instructors include Rose Flanagan, Gretchen Priest... Class sizes are small, with an average of 10:1 student teacher ratio, so you’ll be sure to get plenty of individual attention. For more information please go to www.coloradorootsmusic.com or call (719) 632-7872.
Common Ground on the Hill, Traditions Weeks: June 28-July 3; July 5-10; Festival: July 11-12, 2015, McDaniel College, Westminster, Maryland. http://www.commongroundonthehill.org/index.html
Country Dance and Song Society, American Dance & Music week, Aug. 8-15, 2015, Pinewoods Camp, near Plymouth, Mass. Info: www.cdss.org
Cowan Creek Mountain Music School, June 19-23,2017, Whitesburg, Kentucky. A week of learning and fun for students of all levels and ages. Classes in old time fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, string band, singing/songwriting and storytelling. Music and arts for kids ages 5 and up. Fiddle faculty include Erynn Marshall, John Harrod, Don Rogers and Jamie Wells. In-class visits and performances by masters Bruce Greene, Lee Sexton and Betty Vornbrock. Afternoon jam sessions for all levels, evening square dances and concerts. Info: (606) 633-3187; Cowancreekmusic16@gmail.com; cowancreekmusic.org
Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week, April 9-14, 2016, Chicot State Park, near Ville Platte, Louisiana. Intensive instruction and workshops on Cajun and Creole fiddle, accordion, and more. Information/registration: (337) 234-8360; www.lafolkroots.org
Django in June, June 16-21, 2015, Smith College, Northampton, MA. Musicians have the option of going the full-immersion route by attending Django Camp Tuesday through Sunday, or of dropping in for a weekend of study and jamming. Info: (413) 268-0068; www.DjangoInJune.com
9th Annual Earful of Fiddle Music & Dance Camp, June 25-30, 2017. School Section Lake County Park, 9003 90th Ave, Mecosta, MI 49332. Instruction Mon.-Thur. All Ages.
Randy Elmore Fiddle Workshop, July 6-9, 2015, Cisco, Texas. 2015 instructors will include Randy Elmore, Marty Elmore, Valerie Ryals, Reggie Rueffer. Info: 817-558-9497; http://elmorefiddlecamp.com/
Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA, July 2-9, 2017. Performers/instructors include Doug Kershaw, Steve Riley, Calvin Vollrath, Billy Hurt, Jr., Howard Rains & Tricia Spencer, John Carty, and many more. www.centrum.org
18th Annual Fiddleheads Acoustic JamCamp, Contoocook, New Hampshire, September 11-13, 2015. A weekend of learning and fun with jamming, workshops and concerts. All acoustic instruments are welcome. Learn more at www.FiddleheadsCamp.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fiddle Hell Massachusetts, Westford, MA, Nov. 3-5, 2017. Fiddle styles: Bluegrass, Cajun, Cape Breton, French Canadian, Jazz, Irish, Klezmer, New England, Oldtime Southern, Scottish, Swedish, Swing, Texas, Western Swing. Instruments: Fiddle (of course), mandolin, cello, guitar, banjo,singing. Levels: Beginner through Advanced. Thirteenth annual gathering, inexpensive weekend and day rates, adults and children. 75 instructors lead 330 workshops and guided jams throughout the weekend in picturesque New England Inn. Free parking all weekend. Info: (781) 863-0140; http://www.fiddlehell.org <http://www.fiddlehell.org/> and Fiddle Hell Massachusetts Facebook group.
Fiddlekids, June 22-26, 2015. El Cerrito, California. Day camp, 9:00 am-3:30 pm. Final concert last day of camp. Fiddle music for children ages 7-13. Beginning through advanced students welcome, but request one year of violin study prior to camp. One-week intensive study of traditional fiddle tunes, with dance and art to complement program. Styles include bluegrass, jazz, Celtic, Appalachian, klezmer… www.freightandsalvage.org/fiddlekids
Megan B. Lynch’s FiddleStar Adult Beginner Fiddle Camp, Sept. 9-11, 2016, Ridgetop, Tennessee. A long weekend retreat with great fiddling and lots of fun. Every day we will work on fiddle tunes, learn how to rehair bows and do basic fiddle repair, learn to dance to fiddle music, and lots more. Info: 615-428-1681; www.fiddlestar.com; http://www.nashvilleacousticcamps.com/
Megan B. Lynch’s FiddleStar Youth Fiddle Camp, May 6-8, 2016 (sold out -- email for waiting list), Ridgetop, Tennessee. Come join us for a week of great fiddling and lots of fun. Every day from 9-3:30 we will work on fiddle tunes, learn how to rehair bows and do basic fiddle repair, take hikes, learn to dance to fiddle music, and lots more. We’ll even get a chance to record in a real recording studio and the students will get a CD of their hard work! http://www.nashvilleacousticcamps.com/ Email for updates: email@example.com or call 615-428-1681
Fiddlin' on the Hill at Powers Music School, Belmont, Massachusetts, July 24-28, 2017. Fiddlin' on the Hill is a full day, one week strings camp for violin, viola, and cello students ages 9-15. Students will explore the challenging fun of fiddle and “new string” styles, learning music by ear, improvising, arranging, and composing their own music. Mornings will be spent learning repertoire and styles on your instrument, including Scottish, Old Time, and Irish. After a break for lunch, the afternoon will be spent learning singing, dancing, and playing with harmonies, and learning to arrange the tunes in the context of small and large ensembles. http://www.powersmusic.org/fiddle
Folk College with Simple Gifts, May 22-24, 2015, Huntington, Pennsylvania. A fun, hands-on weekend of workshops, concerts, jams, dancing, and friendship for all ages, instruments, and levels. Workshops ranging from old-time to celtic to international. Friday night contradance. Performers/faculty include Laurie Hart, Simple Gifts (weekend hosts) and several more. www.folkcollege.com
Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering, Sept. 11-13, 2015, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. A weekend of playing for fiddle, guitar, mandolin, hammered dulcimer, dulcimer, and other folk instruments includes workshops, jamming, concerts, and a contradance. No age limit. Evening concerts, contradance, and Sunday morning hymn sing. www.folkgathering.com
Grey Fox Bluegrass Kids Academy, July 16-19, 2015, Oak Hill, New York. Instructors include Ellen Carlson, Cathy Goode, Lew Gelfond, and Amanda Kerr. Info: www.greyfoxbluegrass.com
The Hardanger Fiddle Association of America presents Annual Workshops in Hardingfele, Norwegian Folk Dance, and Hardingfele Construction, Folklore Village, Dodgeville, Wisconsin. July 16-19, 2015, Dodgeville, Wisconsin. 2015 workshop will feature the music and dance of Telemark. Instructors include Torunn Raftevold Rue, Sarah Nagell, Loretta Kelley and Jennifer Elton Turbes. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.hfaa.org
Harald Haugaard's West Denmark Fiddle School, June 11-15, 2017, West Denmark, Wisconsin. Modeled after Harald's extremely popular fiddle school in Breklum, Germany, it is an intensive study for people of all ages who share an interest in music based on Scandinavian and Anglo/Celtic traditions. Harald will be joined by fiddle instructors Hanneke Cassel from Boston, MA, Antti Jarvela from Finland, and Kevin Henderson from the Shetland Islands. We welcome the addition of Helene Blum's vocal class. www.westdenmark.net/
Headwaters Fiddle Camp, June 13-17, 2016, Bemidji, Minnesota. Instructors lead this fun week of Celtic, Scandinavian, Old-time, and folk music in private lessons, small and large ensembles, and improvisation workshops, ending with a final performance. http://hwschool.org/summer-string-camp/
International Music Camp, July 19-25, 2015, International Peace Garden, North Dakota. Info: www.internationalmusiccamp.com/program/music/fiddle-school/
Jink & Diddle School of Scottish Fiddling, Valle Crucis, North Carolina. Week One: July 24-31; Weekend: July 29-31 (can be combined with Week 2 for an alternative week-long camp); Week Two: July 31-Aug 5, 2016. Seven full days of classes with instruction by Dr. John Turner, 10-time National Scottish Fiddling Champion; internationally acclaimed concert violinist, Rachel Barton Pine; Calum Pasqua and Mari Black, both winners of the Glenfiddich Championship (Scotland) and National Scottish Fiddling Champions. Info: 11302 Avocet Drive, Chesterfield, VA 23838-8945, (804) 647-2164. www.jinkdiddle.com/; email@example.com.
John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, North Carolina. Weeklong and weekend classes taught by nationally-known instructors. Classes for all skill levels in fiddle, banjo, guitar, folk harp, harmonica, dulcimer, dance, and more. Info: www.folkschool.org; 800-FOLK-SCH
7th annual Julian Family Fiddle Camp, April 11-15, 2018, near the historic town of Julian, California. JFFC is for "kids" from 6 to 86, individuals and/or families, and boasts a team of instructors who are some of the best acoustic roots/Americana musicians around. Genres covered in 2018 include Appalachian old-time, Celtic, Texas swing and bluegrass, with instruction in upright bass, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, cello and banjo. The host facility, Camp Cedar Glen, offers an array of outdoor activities, including hiking, archery, rock climbing, and swimming. In addition to instruction and activities, the camp experience includes two concerts with headliners Tyler Grant and Jordan Ramsey the evening of Friday, 4/13, and the Bee Eaters the evening of Saturday, 4/14. For more information, visit www.familyfiddlecamp.com
Kids Mini-Music Camp, Independence, Virginia, June 14-16, 2016. In the heart of the Appalachian mountains on “The Crooked Road." Featuring Eddie Bond, Brandon Davis, and Grayson Tuttle. An intense and inspiring 3-day camp. Lessons and workshops centered around improving young musicians' skills. Creative and fun agendas are in the works. Full 3 day tuition: $150.00. Can assist with lodging at the Grayson Inn. Info: http://shutterlife1944.wix.com/music-camp Norma McLeod firstname.lastname@example.org
Lark Camp, Celebration of World Music, Song & Dance, July 29-Aug. 6, 2016, Mendocino Woodlands, California. Workshops, sessions, dances, cabins, great food… Fiddle-oriented workshops include Cajun & Zydeco; Bulgarian; French-Canadian; old time; contra dance band lab; swing; Irish; blues; French; many more. Info: (707) 964-4826; email@example.com; www.larkcamp.com
3rd annual Live Oak Fiddle Camp in Hallettsville, Texas from May 24-28, 2015. An advanced level camp where musicians have an opportunity to learn, play, and share techniques & tunes in a fun and relaxed environment. Limited space available; advanced players only. Info: www.liveoakfiddlecamp.com