U.S. Camps & Workshops, M-Z
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Note: Many of these listings need to be updated, but 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.
Maine Fiddle Camp, Montville, Maine. 2015 camps: June 12-14, June 14-19, June 19-21, Aug. 9-14, Aug. 16-21. A lakeside weekend music camp for all ages and levels. Families welcome. Dance music in Scots-Irish, French & Scandinavian traditions as they've evolved in Maine. Staff of twelve traditional musicians giving fiddle, piano, guitar, banjo, bones, and accordion classes and workshops with performances, jams, dancing, swimming... Info: www.mainefiddle.org/
Midwest Banjo Camp, June 1-4, 2017, Olivet, Michigan. Fiddle instructors: Bobby Taylor with Peter Knupfer... Info: www.midwestbanjocamp.com
Miles of Music Camp, Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire, June. 13-19, 2015. A week-long retreat for musicians and music lovers of all ages. Located on a private island in Lake Winnipesaukee, the camp offers classes, performances, jams and mentoring opportunities for professional musicians and beginners. Info: www.milesofmusiccamp.com
Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School, Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus. August 13-16, 2015. Classes in fiddle, tin whistle, bodhrán, guitar, step dancing, harp, concertina, Gaelic and more. Also workshops, lectures, sessions. Info: www.irishfest.com
Minnesota Irish Music Weekend, St. Paul, Minnesota, June 12-14, 2015. Info: http://centerforirishmusic.org; LRichardson@centerforirishmusic.org; cell 651-552-4694
Montana Fiddle Camp, Monarch, MT, June 7-12 and June 14-19, 2020. Instructors include Chirps Smith, Betse Ellis, Bruce Molsky, Natalie Padilla, many more. Info: Fred Buckley, 319 Old Divide Rd., Roundup, MT 59072, (406) 323-1198, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ; www.montanafiddlers.org
National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest and Festival, Weiser, Idaho. June 22-27, 2015. Info: 115 W. Idaho St., Weiser, ID 83672; (800) 437-1280; www.fiddlecontest.com
New Harmony Music Festival and School, New Harmony, Indiana, July 5-12, 2015. Chamber music, fiddle tunes, folk dance, new works. Info: (888) 242-0226; www.newharmonymusicfest.com
Nordic Fiddles and Feet, Camp Ogontz, near Littleton, New Hampshire, June 26-July 3, 2016. Fiddle, hardingfele, nyckelharpa... Info: (865) 522-0515; email@example.com; nordicfiddlesandfeet.org
Northeast Heritage Music Camp, Common Ground Center, Starksboro, VT, June 21-27, 2020 . Fiddle instructors include Pete Sutherland, Katie McNally, Lisa Ornstein, many more. Acadian, Breton, Cape Breton, Contra, French, Irish, Old time, Québécois, Scandinavian, Scottish... http://www.northeastheritagemusiccamp.com/
13th annual O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat, October 14-16, 2016, Hoblitzelle Camp & Conference Center, Midlothian, Texas. Fiddle instructors include Alison Perkins, Colin Farrell, Danny Diamond, Cathal Hayden. Many other instruments will be taught, as well as classes on music history, learning by ear, Gaelic singing, music theory, ceili dancing, session etiquette and more. For more information, visit www.oflahertyretreat.org or call the retreat office at (469) 215-1840 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
3rd annual Surry Old-Time Music Camp, Dobson, NC, July 30 – August 3, 2018. Classes include beginner and intermediate fiddle, clawhammer banjo, and mandolin plus beginner through advanced guitar. The week may also include workshops in string band, singing, traditional dance, stand-up bass, and dulcimer. $75 for youth ages 10-17 and $150 for adults 18 and up. Instructors include Caroline Beverley, Steve Lewis, Mecca Lowe, Chester McMillian, Ralph McGee, Lucas Pasley, Emily Spencer, Martha Spencer, and Lynn Worth. Info: surry.edu/news/surry-old-time-music-camp.
2020 CAMP: Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp, Colorado, Aug. 2-9, 2020. World-class musicians in a beautiful mountain setting. Fiddle instructors include David Greenberg, Sara Murphy, Adam Agee, Rachel Baiman, and many more. Also guitar, ukulele, whistle, mandolin, hammered dulcimer, bodhran, dance, and more! Evening jams, concerts & dances. Info: (303) 753-6870; MFLuther@aol.com; www.RMFiddle.com
Scandia Camp, Mendocino, California, June 11-18, 2016. Swedish and Norwegian fiddling (also hardingfele), dancing, etc. Info: http://www.scandiacampmendocino.org/
2019 Schoolhouse Fiddle Camps, Avoca, Nebraska. The June Camp (June 5-June 7, 9 a.m.-noon) is for folks who consider themselves beginners. The July Camp (July 10-July 12, 9 a.m.-noon) is for folks who consider themselves intermediate or advanced. Enrollment is limited to 10 fiddlers for each week, so that everyone will get individual attention.Deborah Greenblatt, championship fiddler, author of many fiddle collections, will help the campers get in touch with their inner fiddler. The course of study during the Schoolhouse Fiddle Camp will be designed specifically for the individual campers who sign up.
Special Celtic Fiddle Camp at the Schoolhouse, March 13-15, 2019. For fiddlers, violists, mandolinists, guitarists, recorder players, and ukulele players. Music from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales will be featured. The sessions will be led by championship fiddler and author, Deborah Greenblatt. Musicians can sign up for 1 day, or 2 days, or all 3 days.Info: Deborah Greenblatt at email@example.com or call 402-275-3221; www.greenblattandseay.com; www.greenblattandseay.com/schoolhouse_fiddle_camp.shtml.
The Swannanoa Gathering (28th Annual), Asheville, North Carolina. Fiddle Week, June 28-July 4, 2020 (Evan Price, Kenny Jackson, Joe Craven, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Jenna Moynihan, Casey Driessen, Tricia Spencer...). Celtic Week, July 12-18, 2020 (Liz Carroll, Gerry O'Connor, Winifred Horna, Katie McNally, Andrew Finn Magill, Mari Black...); Old-Time Week, July 19-25, 2020 (Erynn Marshall, Nokosee Fields, Eddie Bond, Rhys Jones, Emily Schaad, Kirk Sutphin, Judy Hyman...); Info: P.O. Box 9000, Asheville, NC 28815-9000, (828) 298-3434; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.swangathering.com
Texas JAAM Camp, July 26-31, 2015. Hunt, Texas, on the Beautiful Guadalupe River. Teachers are Dale & Tobi Morris; Dale Morris, Jr., Danny Levin, Blaine Sprouse... Fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, cello, and bass will be taught a variety of musical styles, such as Texas contest, Western Swing, Celtic, Bluegrass, and Gypsy. Nightly Jamming. www.texasjaamcamp.com or call 512-923-4290.
Texas State Championship Fiddlers' Frolics, April 23-26, 2015, Hallettsville, Texas. The top fiddlers in Texas compete for the title of Texas State Champion Fiddler. Jam sessions, dances, barbecue... Info: (361) 798-2311; JohnStuartFryer@aol.com; www.fiddlersfrolics.com
Ti Ti Tábor Hungarian Music and Dance Camp, August 2-9, 2015, All Saints Center, Raft Island, Washington. Learn Hungarian music and dance from native Hungarian experts. Info: www.tititabor.org/
University of New Hampshire Violin Craftsmanship Institute, Durham, New Hampshire. Courses in bow rehairing, bow repair, bow making, basic maintenance and repair, intermediate violin repair, advanced violin repair, and violin building. Info: www.learn.unh.edu/violin
Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School, Boulder Creek, California, August 28-Sept. 5, 2015. Instructors include Alasdair Fraser, Anders Hall, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Hanneke Cassel, Deby Grosjean... Info: (415) 566-4355; email@example.com; www.valleyofthemoon.org
2020 CAMP: The Walker Family Band Safe and Sound Camp, Blowing Rock Conference Center, North Carolina, June 8-July 4, 2020. The format of this year's camp will be very different than our usual camp structure, presented more like a big reunion. We welcome families who have made the WFB Summer Music Camp a family tradition in years past, and any new participants who would like to spend time with us at BRCC, getting a feel for the strong bonds of friendship and music that have brought us together for nearly two decades.
Since we are not offering a specific music schedule this year on site, we will not charge our regular tuition rates for participants. Rather, we hope interested musicians and families will confirm their intentions to come to a live camp event so that we might plan some classes and events that are entertaining and challenging for our on-site participants. We hope to schedule some daily classes specifically for the musicians in attendance…this could very well happen fluidly during camp week after camp is underway. The Walker Family Band will operate our camp entirely on DONATIONS this year. We are making plans for a number of virtual events during camp week through Zoom or other social media platforms. We are hoping to share interesting activities, including, jam sessions, talent shows, live streamed concerts, and more…keeping each contributor’s health as the priority when putting these events together!
Info: www.brccenter.org/walker-family-band.html or www.thewalkerfamilyband.com
15th Annual Wallowa Tunes Fiddle Camp, Wallowa, Oregon, July 7-12, 2019. A family-oriented music workshop focused on traditional string instruments. Week-long classes are $200. There is a special discount for families of 4 or more. The community is welcome to join us for a public, country family dance on Thursday night for which some workshop participants provide the music. Classes are held in the elementary wing of the Wallowa School, core classes from 9 AM until noon, and electives in the afternoon, Monday through Friday. There is plenty of time for practice and jam sessions. For non-fiddlers, classes include mandolin, banjo, upright bass, beginning and intermediate guitar instruction as well as a vocal class (bring your voice and instrument of choice (instrument is optional). For more information, please call Carla Arnold, Fiddle Camp Director, at 541-663-0776, or visit wvmusicalliance.org.
Weiser Bluegrass Music Camp (for guitar, fiddle and mandolin), Weiser, Idaho, May 2-5, 2019. Intensive 4-day camp in an intimate setting at the National Old Time Fiddlers' Contest and Festival, with instruction, jams, concerts, and more. Instructors will be Chris Jones (guitar), Megan Lynch Chowning (fiddle), and Joel Kaserman (mandolin).
Pete Wernick (Wernick Method) Bluegrass Jam classes in 40 states and 12 countries! No experience needed. Learn the ear skills used in real bluegrass. Coached small group jamming. Experienced, understanding teachers. Find a class near you: BGJAM.com
2nd Annual Wheatland Music Camp, Remus, Michigan, June 19-25, 2016. Old Time, Blues, Cajun... Dance, Songwriting. Classes include Fiddle, Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar, Bass, Dobro, Accordion, Ukulele and more. Jams, Evening performances, dancing and events featuring the attendees. Admission $500 for participant, $200 for a partner or guardian. Fee includes all instruction, events, meals, camping, and shower facilities. 989-967-8879; www.wheatlandmusic.org