Fiddle Pal Camp Minnesota 2015

Registration now OPEN!

Welcome to Brian Wicklund's 7th Annual Fiddle Pal Camp -Minnesota for four days of instruction and fun. Brian has hand picked a staff for his 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, Scottish, 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. Camp Facebook Page

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

When: June 16–19, 2015 Tuesday-Friday 9:00AM-4PM

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

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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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 download-able sheet music for those who need it.

2015 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.

 

Emily Schaad (Poughkeepsie, NY) studied classical viola and took a circuitous route to traditional fiddling, eventually pursuing graduate studies in Appalachian culture and music. She currently performs with old-time stringband Old Buck, directs teenage fiddle band Strawberry Hill Fiddlers, and is working toward a doctorate in music education. Old Buck

 

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

 

 

 

Ben Winship (Victor, ID) is back by popular demand for his third year at Fiddle Pal Camp.  He's produced and recorded countless projects from his Hen House Studio in his back yard.  He performs with Growlin Old Men and Brother Mule and co-wrote the American Mandolin Method with Brian.  He likes fly fishing a lot.  Ben Winship

 

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 fifth year to teach all the right stuff.

 

 

 

Daily Schedule

(9:00AM-4:00PM)

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 at Stillwater Historic Courthouse

Wednesday: Staff-Led Jam

Thursday: Staff Concert

Friday: Student Recital (3PM)

Food

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:

$390 before 1/31/15

$430 before 3/31/15

$470 before 5/30/15

$495 before 6/20/15


Registration

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

 

Cancellation Policy

75% refund until 1/31/15
50% refund: until 3/31/15
25% refund after 5/30/15
No refunds after 6/20/15

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 sixteen.

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.

Scholarship Application Word doc

Scholarship Application pdf

Questions?

Email at martybutton "at" mac.com or call Marty at 651-430-1467

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), Emliy Schaad, Ben Winship, Flynn Cohen, 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 18 7PM Trinity Lutheran Church, Stillwater, MN

June 19 8PM St. Croix Festival Theatre, St. Croix Falls, WI reserve tickets