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2016 updates coming soon! Meanwhile, the dates generally only vary a day or two year to year. Please check the camps' websites for details on 2016 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:
Midwest Banjo Camp,
June 5-7, 2015, Olivet, Michigan. Fiddle instructors: Bobby Taylor. Old-time fiddle Classes will also be taught by Paul Brown and Adam Hurt... Info:
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.
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:
Minnesota Irish Music Weekend
, St. Paul, Minnesota, June 12-14, 2015. Info:
; LRichardson@centerforirishmusic.org; cell 651-552-4694
Montana Fiddle Camp,
Monarch, MT, June 5-10 & June 12-17, 2016. Instructors include Chirps Smith, Brad Leftwich, Betse Ellis, many more. Info: Fred Buckley, 319 Old Divide Rd., Roundup, MT 59072, (406) 323-1198, Email:
NashCamp Fletcher Bright Fiddle Camp
, August 28-30, 2015. Instruction in bluegrass, old time, and Irish fiddling in a beautiful country setting just outside Nashville, Tennessee. Meals are catered by The Mad Platter, one of Nashville's finest gourmet restaurant. Lodging is provided in comfortable cabins. NashCamp is an adult camp; teens may attend with parental permission. Scholarships available. Teachers are: Fletcher Bright, Jim Van Cleve, Brian Wicklund, Barbara Lamb, Clancey Ferguson, Gretchen Priest...and more to be announced!
National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest and Festival,
Weiser, Idaho. June 22-27, 2015. Info: 115 W. Idaho St., Weiser, ID 83672; (800) 437-1280;
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;
Nordic Fiddles and Feet
, Camp Ogontz, near Littleton, New Hampshire, June 26-July 3, 2016. Fiddle, hardingfele, nyckelharpa... Info: (865) 522-0515; firstname.lastname@example.org;
Northeast Heritage Music Camp
, Common Ground Center, Starksboro, VT, June 19-25, 2016. Fiddle instructors include Pete Sutherland, Andrea Beaton, Becky Tracy, Stéphanie Lépine, Riley Baugus, and Sarah Hotchkiss.
13th annual O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat
, October 14-16, 2016, Hoblitzelle Camp & Conference Center, Midlothian, Texas. F
iddle 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
or call the retreat office at (469) 215-1840 or email
Ohio Scottish Arts School,
Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, June 27-July 3, 2015. Six days of classes in piping, drumming, harping, fiddling, Highland dancing, jam sessions and concerts. Debbie Doty, (440) 835-4157;
Oregon Oldtime Fiddlers Association Fiddle Camp
, Westfir, Oregon, July 20-23, 2015. District #6 of the OOTFA presents the West Cascades Fiddle Camp & Workshop. For all information visit the web site at:
The Ossipee Valley String Camp & Music Festival
, Hiram, Maine, July 19th-23rd, 2015. On the banks of the Ossipee River, nestled in the White Mountain foothills, and only 45 minutes from Portland Maine & the coast. The Ossipee Valley String Camp is a 4-day intensive camp for all ages & levels with farm to table meals, yoga, barn dances and more. Instruments include fiddle, cello, banjo, manolin, guitar, and upright bass. Instructors include Brittany Haas, Joe Walsh among others.
Peach Bottom Farm Fiddle & Strings Camp. No 2016 camp.
Portal Irish Music Week, Portal, Arizona, Oct. 7-12, 2015. Intensive immersion in Irish fiddle. Instructors include Brian Conway. Info and registration at
Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp, Colorado, July 24-31, 2016. World-class musicians in a beautiful mountain setting. Fiddle instructors include Laura Risk (Scottish), Andy Stein (swing), Dylan Foley (Irish), Dan MacDonald (Cape Breton), The Canote Brothers (old time), many more. Also guitar, piano, cello, mandolin, dulcimer, dance.... Evening jams, concerts & dances. Info: (303) 753-6870; MFLuther@aol.com;
6th Annual Rolland Fiddle Camp, Custer County School, Westcliffe, Colorado, June 27-July 1, 2016. Immersion in old-time music with fiddle, clawhammer banjo, cello, mandolin, guitar & singing. Learn techniques, styles, tunes & more in a small camp environment in a beautiful mountain setting. Improve your playing skills & enjoy a daily folk orchestra for all participants. Outstanding dedicated teachers/performers work closely with you in small classes to develop your skills, expand your repertoire and help you play with others. Beginners to advanced welcome. String teachers are also welcome and can learn how to sound like the real deal and incorporate real fiddle music into their classes and private teaching. Nightly fun activities (jamming, concerts, square dancing). Details at
or contact Peter Rolland at
, 480-969-9744 or 602-618-6285.
Rustic Roots Primitive Music Camp
, Aug. 11-15, 2016, Northeast CT. Workshops in fiddle, cello, mandolin, guitar, harmonica, ukulele, songwriting, sea shanties... Info:
Scandia Camp, Mendocino, California, June 11-18, 2016. Swedish and Norwegian fiddling (also hardingfele), dancing, etc. Info:
Schoolhouse Fiddle Camps, Avoca, Nebraska. Beginner Camp June 15-19, 2015. Intermediate and Advanced fiddlers’ Camp July 13-17, 2015. 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. Info: Deborah Greenblatt at
or call 402-275-3221;
Sparrow Music Camp, O'Leno State Park, High Springs, Florida, June 12-14, 2015. Lessons on fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo, dancing, singing, dulcimer, and more in a variety of genres (Irish, Scottish, Bluegrass, Old Time, Scandinavian, etc). All ages and skill levels welcome! Info:
Stanford Jazz Workshop, Stanford, California. Jazz Institute, Aug. 2-7, 2015. Also Jazz Camp for high school/advanced middle school: July 19 – 24, 2015 or July 26 – 31, 2015. Info: (650) 736-0324; email@example.com; www.stanfordjazz.org
Steve Kaufman Acoustic Kamps, Maryville, Tennessee.
Old Time and Traditional Week: June 12-18, 2016;
Bluegrass Week: June 19-25, 2016.
Flatpicking, Fingerpicking, Fiddle, Bass, Dobro, Mandolin, Old Time Banjo.
Strings without Boundaries.
Seattle Pacific University, WA, Aug. 17-21, 2015
Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin, July 26-31, 2015
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, July 21-26, 2015.
Learn traditional and 21st-century string skills in a welcoming, community-oriented, environment. Our inclusive approach offers daily classes and jam sessions where YOU are the star! Ages 12 and up; advanced beginner to professional! Info:
The Swannanoa Gathering (25th Annual),
Asheville, North Carolina.
July 10-16, 2016 (Martin Hayes, Liz Carroll, Kevin Burke, Brian McNeill...);
July 17-23, 2016
(Bruce Molsky, Brad Leftwich, Erynn Marshall, Eddie Bond...)
; Fiddle Week,
July 31-Aug. 6, 2016
(Matt Glaser, Michael Doucet, Lisa Ornstein, Alex Hargreaves, Andrea Hoag, Rodney Miller, Erynn Marshall...). Info: P.O. Box 9000, Asheville, NC 28815-9000, (828) 298-3434; firstname.lastname@example.org;
, 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.
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;
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:
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;
The 14th Walker Family Band Music Workshop
, Blowing Rock, North Carolina, July 3-9, 2016. Irish, Old Time, Improv, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Cello, song writing, etc. Fiddle instructors: Scott Walker, Jessica Ziegler, Robbie Wells... Also nature walks, yoga, art classes, dance, and more Info:
Pete Wernick (Wernick Method)
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:
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;