Fiddle Camps?

said: Nov 27, 2007
Suzuki Association Member
120 posts

I have several students, mostly boys, but also one girl, who are very interested in a fiddle camp. Does anyone have any recommendations/personal experience with their students attending a fiddle camp?

In my studio my students are working out of the Wicklund American Fiddle Method book, but I’d also like to branch out from there.

Thanks in advance for advice and information on fiddle camps.

said: Nov 29, 2007
Suzuki Association Member
120 posts

Does anyone know which institutes feature fiddling for sure? I know the Central Pennsylvania Institute does, but that’s the only one I know of.

Any help is appreciated!

Jenny said: Nov 30, 2007
 98 posts

All of these institutes have fiddling listed as part of their student programs in 2008:

Chicago (IL)
Texas State
Southwestern Ontario
Northwest (OR)
Montréal (QC)
Hartt (CT)
Westchester (NY)
Green Mountain (VT)
Fairbanks (AK)
New England (ME)
Memphis (TN)
North Carolina (NC)
Pittsburgh (PA)
Atlantic (GA)
Langley (BC)
Brandon (MB)

Music in the Mountains (VA) has a whole session next year called the Jane MacMorran Fiddle Camp.

But you should probably contact the directors to find out how much time is spent on fiddling.

said: Nov 30, 2007
Suzuki Association Member
120 posts

Thank you, Jenny. That is so helpful!

Jenny said: Dec 19, 2007
 98 posts

I’ve now got all the 2008 institute information on the web, and here’s a search for all the programs with fiddling:

said: Jan 7, 2008
 3 posts

For the last several years the Ithaca NY institute has had a wonderful fiddle teacher, Laurie Hart. Laurie is an accomplished fiddler and is excellent with the kids. Fiddling is offered as an elective for kids in Book 3 and up and last year there were three sections. Each section learned 2 or 3 tunes and they all played at the big party on the last night of the institute. There was a professional contra dance caller and parents and kids had a great time dancing.

Sara said: Mar 20, 2008
191 posts

Valley of the Moon is a very fun Scottish fiddle camp! A lot of youth attend. The classes are broken up in levels with one big concert at the end of the week of the tunes they have learned during that week. At night they have folk dancing from Scotland with a live band. It is great fun held out in CA.

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