U.S. Camps & Workshops, M-Z
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2019 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.
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 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: email@example.com ; www.montanafiddlers.org
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; 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; firstname.lastname@example.org; nordicfiddlesandfeet.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. 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 email@example.com.
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: www.fiddlecamp.org/
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.
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Portal Irish Music Week, Portal, Arizona, Oct. 7-12, 2015. Intensive immersion in Irish fiddle. Instructors include Brian Conway. Info and registration at http://portalmusicweek.com/
Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp, Colorado, Aug. 4-11, 2019. World-class musicians in a beautiful mountain setting. Fiddle instructors include Laura Risk (Cape Breton/Québécois); Ryan McKasson (Scottish); Andrew Finn Magill (old time/various); and 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
8th Annual Rolland Fiddle Camp, Custer County School, Westcliffe, Colorado, June 25-29, 2018. 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 www.peterrolland.com or contact Peter Rolland at email@example.com, 602-618-6285.
6th Annual Rustic Roots Primitive Music Camp, Aug. 7-13, 2017, Everson Ranch, Moffat, CO. Workshops in fiddle, cello, mandolin, guitar, harmonica, ukulele, songwriting... Info: rusticroots.net
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-275-3221; www.greenblattandseay.com; www.greenblattandseay.com/schoolhouse_fiddle_camp.shtml.
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: email@example.com
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; firstname.lastname@example.org; 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. Info: www.flatpik.com ; 800-FLATPIK.
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: www.stringswithoutboundaries.com
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.
The Swannanoa Gathering (28th Annual), Asheville, North Carolina. Celtic Week, July 14-20, 2019 (Liz Carroll, Gerry O'Connor, Katie McNally, Rose Flanagan, Mari Black, Alasdair White...); Old-Time Week, July 21-27, 2019 (Bruce Molsk, Greg Canote, erynn Marshall, Brad Leftwich, Tatiana Hargreaves...); Fiddle Week, June 30-July 6, 2019 (Erynn Marshall, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Joe Craven, Alex Hargreaves, Josh Goforth, Andrew Finn Magill, Liz Knowles, Andy Stein, Laura Risk...). Info: P.O. Box 9000, Asheville, NC 28815-9000, (828) 298-3434; email@example.com; 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; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.valleyofthemoon.org
The 17th Walker Family Band Music Workshop, Blowing Rock Conference Center, North Carolina, June 30-July 8, 2019. Welcoming families and musicians of all ages interested in Traditional Celtic, Old Time, Jazz Improvisation, and more. Classes for Fiddle, Cello, Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Penny Whistle, Ukulele, Dance, Pottery and Children's Activities.
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