Fiddle Pal Camp Massachusetts 2016

Registration Now Open

Welcome to Brian Wicklund's American Fiddle Camp-New England for four days of instruction and fun. Brian has hand picked an fabulous staff for his fiddle camp of amazingly talented teachers and musicians who will teach great music and the skills to play it. Students will learn bluegrass, Canadian, Appalachian, Irish, and blues for fiddle, cello, and guitar. We also plan time to kick the soccer ball, hang out with new friends, have a barn dance, and join the amazing staff for a concert

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Who: For youth and adults ages 9-and up registration limited so sign up soon!

When: August 16-19, 2016 Tuesday-Friday 9:00AM-4PM

Where: Lasell College,  Winslow Academic Center 80 Maple Street Newton, MA 02466

What: Registration includes 4 days of instruction, snacks, a camp T-shirt, admission to barn dance and one ticket to staff concert. Space is limited so register early!


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Teaching Staff:


Brian Wicklund (Marine, MN) hosts the Fiddle Pal Camp.  He is widely regarded as among the top fiddle teachers and performers in the country. Brian is the author the best-selling series The American Fiddle Method published by Mel Bay and is co-founder of the online bluegrass instructional website Bluegrass College He is an instructor at top camps and workshops in the US, Canada, UK and Sweden. Brian has been a member of bluegrass bands for decades including: Stoney Lonesome, Judith Edelman Band, Kathy Kallick Band, and Chris Stuart Band.  He currently fronts Minnesota-based progressive bluegrass band, The Barley Jacks His website is Fiddle Pal.


Katie McNally (Boston, MA) grew up steeped in the vibrant Scottish and Cape Breton music community in Boston and is a recent graduate of Tufts University where she studied music and Child Development. She has performed across the US with Galician piper Carlos Núñez, fiddle supergroup Childsplay, and in her own duo with guitarist Eric McDonald.  Katie McNally

Mia Friedman (Boston) is a recent graduate from the New England Conservatory where she studied fiddle and voice. She performs all over the country with her sister, Ari Friedman, and spends a lot of time composing. Mia was the winner of the 2007 New Hampshire Highland Games Scottish Fiddle competition, and now enjoys playing lots of old time fiddle tunes, Scandinavian music, and Celtic music.


Andy Reiner (Louisville, CO) (tentatively booked) began playing at age five with the Reiner Family Band. He has since developed his own style featuring creative, rhythmic melodies, and thoughtful fusing of world styles. Touring nationally and internationally with a variety of original music bands from heavy metal to Swedish to Old Time to Electronic/Celtic to jam band, Andy also composes fiddle tunes, songs, new works, and arrangements for string orchestra and teaches improvisation, composition and fiddle styles in schools and at music camps across the US.

Ariel Friedman Cello (Boston, MA) Winner of ASTA’s 2009 Alternative Styles Award, she has a masters degree from New England Conservatory. Her diverse musicality adds to performances with her acclaimed sibling band, Ari & Mia, champion fiddler Hanneke Cassel and supergroup Childsplay and she has taught at music programs from New England to New Zealand.

Flynn Cohen Guitar (Massachusetts) has performed internationally with many traditional and contemporary acoustic groups. He studied music in England and California and is on the music department staff at Keene State College in NH. Flynn Cohen

Bekka Schellenberg Bass(Jamaica Plain, MA) began playing violin at the age of three.  She added piano and cello in grade school but spent high school orchestra behind a bass.  Although considering herself a violinist first, her second love is the bass. She is a professional Suzuki teacher and performs regularly with classical ensembles, pit orchestras, and a string band with her husband on banjo.


Ability Levels

The camp is open to anyone with a minimum of one year of study on the instrument. Fiddlers should play with ease in first position.  Most of the instruction is by ear but written music is available.


Mandolin, guitar and bass students must have a minimum of one year study on the instrument and should be able to play some tunes and know some common chords well.

Violin students are grouped by ability into beginner, intermediate and advanced classes.  At minimum, students must be able to play tunes from the middle of American Fiddle Method Volume 1 or Suzuki Book 1.

Viola and cello students will be grouped in the fiddle classes with violins.  They should be comfortable with extensions and transposing and should be at a minimum playing at the end of American Fiddle Method Volume 1, or Suzuki Book 3.

Music is taught by ear in class with download-able sheet music for those who need it.


Daily Schedule:

9:00 Morning meeting

9:30-10:30 1st class period

10:00-10:30 Snack break

10:30-11:15 2nd class period

11:15-12:00 3nd class period

12:00-1:00 Lunch/free time

1:00-1:30 Seminar

1:30-2:15 4th class period

2:15-2:30 Snack break

2:30-3:15 Jam groups

3:15-4:00 All camp review

Evening Schedule:

Tuesday: Barn Dance 7PM

Thursday Staff Concert 7PM

Friday: Student Recital 3-4PM


          Two snacks are included in the registration fee for all four days. Students bring own lunches.

Fee Schedule

$390 before 3/31/15

$430 before 5/31/14

$470 before 7/30/14

$495 by 8/8/14 to make T-shirt deadline

$495 by 8/16/14 first day of camp

Subtract $25 each for family discount


Includes 4 days of instruction, snacks, a camp T-shirt, admission to barn dance and one ticket to staff concert. Space is limited so register early!

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Cancellation Policy

75% refund until 5/31/15
50% refund: until 7/30/15
25% refund until 8/19/15
No refunds after 8/20/15


We thank Johnsons's Strings for their generous support of our scholarship program.


email or call Sachiko at 617-964-4522

Fiddle Masters Concert

Brian Wicklund and a band of hand-picked musicians from around the country return for their highly anticipated annual Newton fiddle concert. This year features fiddlers Brian Wicklund, Katie McNally, and Mia Friedman, cellist Ariel Friedman, and guitarist Flynn Cohen playing genres and styles from all over the world. Past concerts have included fiddle music from the American West, Appalachia, and Canada; Kentucky bluegrass; traditional Irish and Scottish fiddling styles; jazz; and the blues.

Aug. 18, 7PM at DeWitt Hall of Lasell College

Auburndale, MA