American Fiddle Camp Minnesota 2014

American Fiddle Masters Concerts

The American Fiddle Masters Concert is a virtuosic mix of bluegrass, old-time Appalachian, Scottish, and swing, delivered with spontaneity and fun. This year performers will include Brian Wicklund (fiddle), Katie McNally (fiddle), Shauncey Ali (fiddle), Enion Pelta-Tiller (fiddle), Paul Kovac (mandolin), Mike Cramer (guitar), and Kevin Rowe (bass).

This event is one of my favorite of the entire year. This group of never-before-assembled musicians put together an amazing eclectic show of fiddle mastery!

American Fiddle Masters Concerts


June 19 7PM Trinity Lutheran Church, Stillwater, MN reserve tickets

June 20 8PM St. Croix Festival Theatre, St. Croix Falls, WI reserve tickets

Camp registration spots still available!

Welcome to Brian Wicklund's 6th Annual American Fiddle Camp -Minnesota (formerly Fiddle Pal Camp) for four days of instruction and fun. Brian has hand picked an national 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, jazz, Appalachian, Irish, and blues for fiddle, viola, cello, mandolin, guitar and bass. 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: June 17–20, 2014 Tuesday-Friday 9:00AM-4PM

Where: St. Paul Lutheran Church, 609 5th St. South, Stillwater, MN 55082








For fiddle, viola, cello, mandolin, guitar and bass.

Ability Levels


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 chords.

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 sheet music download-able after camp from

2014 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


Shauncey Ali (Madison, WI) is a classically trained violist who discovered fiddling as an adult. He currently performs with Graminy (class-grass), the Old Tin Can String Band and La Boheme String Trio (classical). In addition to a private studio, Shauncey founded and directs MadFiddle, a youth fiddle ensemble in Madison, WI. He is also the creator of Strapsey, offering a colorful line of case straps for stringed instruments.


Enion Pelta-Tiller ( Lyons, CO). She plays the 5-string fiddle and sings in groups as diverse as the Juno-award winning new acoustic ensemble, the Jayme Stone Quartet, traditional and progressive award-winning bluegrass band the Railsplitters, and Taarka, the gypsy-pop-grass group she co-founded in 2002. Enion has led fiddle workshops around the country and taught at Mark O'Connor's Strings Conference, and is delighted to be able to share her enthusiasm and knowledge of the broad pallette of Gypsy and Eastern European music - from hot Jazz to Bulgarian Padjuskos.

Mike Cramer(Minneapolis, MN) is a stylistically versatile multi-instrumentalist. He received his degree in music from the University of Northern Iowa and has taught privately for many years along with serving as a faculty member at Grinnell College, Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, and The National Guitar Workshop. He’s been featured in Flatpick Guitar Magazine, contributed lessons to Premier Guitar Magazine and produces the Mandolin Play-Along Series for Hal Leonard.


Paul Kovac (Chardon, OH) Mandolin. Multi-instrumentalist Paul Kovac directed Bluegrass Week at prestigious Augusta Heritege Camps in West Virginia for a decade.  He's a well rounded player and teacher and has performed with many bluegrass and country greats including Hazel Dickens and Tony Ellis.


Kevin Rowe (Riverfalls, WI) Bass. He’s as comfortable in an orchestra as he is in a jazz combo or bluegrass band. He has a degree in music from UW Eau Claire and wows audiences with The Barley Jacks. He’s back for the third year to teach all the right stuff.





Daily Schedule: (9:00AM-4:00PM)






9:00 Morning meeting

9:30-10:15 1st class period

10:15-10:45 Snack break

10:45-11:30 2nd class period

11:30-12:15 3rd class period

12:15-1:15 Lunch/free time

1:15-2:00 4th class period

2:00-2:30 Performance by staff

2:30-3:00 Snack/Question Answer Session

3:00-3:50 All camp review

Evening Schedule:






Tuesday: Barn Dance at Stillwater Historic Courthouse

Wednesday: Staff-Led Jam

Thursday: Staff Concert

Friday: Student Recital (3PM)







Snacks for all four days and a pizza lunch is on Friday are included in the registration fee. Students with special dietary requirements bring their own food. (bring your own lunches Tues-Thursday).

Fee Schedule:

$465 before 5/30/14

$495 before 6/20/14

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!

To pay by mail:






Step 1:

Download Registration.pdf

Step 2:

Fill out registration form and calculate payment

Step 3:

Write check to Fiddle Pal, LLC and mail with registration cut out.

To pay with a credit card or Pay Pal:

Step 1:

Download Registration.pdf and keep for your own information.

Step 2:

Click on Pay Now button and follow steps.  If you are paying for two or more famliy members, pay full price and we will send you a refund of $25 per registration.

Step 3:






We will email you a payment confirmation and a request for registration information that you will fill out and email back.


$495 (MN customers will be charged sales tax, but it will be refunded after the transaction.  Family discount will also be refunded after transaction.)

Cancellation Policy






Full refund: until April 30
50% refund: until May 31
$60 refunded after June 1
No refunds after June 15

Geri Hamrock Scholarship






This scholarship has been established in honor of Minnesota camp attendee, Geri Hamrock who had a lifelong love of music, theater, science and nature.  She was a student at Fiddle Pal Camp MN in 2009 and 2011 and had many friends at the camp.  Geri passed away in November of 2012 at the age of 16.

Two $225 scholarships are available for the MN camp to help aspiring youth musicians whose families would have difficulty affording full price tuition.  Applications are due January 31 and decisions are made in February.  All applicants will be notified whether they receive the scholarship or not.

(2014 Scholarship is closed).

Scholarship Application Word doc

Scholarship Application pdf






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