Fiddle Pal Camp Minnesota 2017


Welcome to Brian Wicklund's 8th 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 early!

When: June 20-23, 2017 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


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.

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.

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.

2016 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) grew up playing viola. With a full music scholarship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he played in the symphony by day and in rock bands by night. In 2014 he won the prestigious RockyGrass fiddle competition in Lyons, CO. He tours nationally as violist of the Boston-based Katie McNally Trio. He created and directs MadFiddle, a youth violin ensemble that explores and performs roots fiddle music from around the world. Shauncey is also the creator of Strapsey, offering a colorful line of case straps for musical instruments.

Natalie Padilla (Colorado) was raised on bluegrass and Texas style fiddling, and holds a bachelor degree in violin performance. She is an active performer and teacher of traditional Irish music, classical, and a variety of fiddle styles. She is the current National Young Adult, National Twin Fiddling, Rocky Mountain Regional, and the 2015 Rockygrass Fiddle Champion. Her band is Mason Town.

Joe Walsh Mandolin (Portland, ME) is known for his exceptional tone and taste.  He teaches mandolin at Berklee College of Music in Boston.  He was a member of bluegrass band Joy Kills Sorrow, and the Gibson Brothers.  He has performed with luminaries such as Jonathan Edwards, John Scofield, Bela Fleck and Emmylou Harris. Joe currently plays with Darol Anger in Mr. Sun. website


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. He plays with Brian in the Barley Jacks website

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 wowed audiences with The Barley Jacks. He’s back for the sixth year to teach all the right stuff.



Joel Arpin (Bloomington, MN) holds a BA in Percussion Performance from the University of Wisconsin. A versatile musician, he performs and records jazz, pop, rock, folk, modern, African, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian styles. Joel teaches private and group classes in the Twin Cities and joins the staff at MCTC as percussion instructor in the fall of 2016. Joel regularly works as an accompanist for dance at the U of M Theater and Dance department. 


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 at Stillwater Historic Courthouse

Wednesday: Staff-Led Jam

Thursday: Staff Concert

Friday: Student Recital (3PM)



We are excited to offer an add-on lunch option this year! If you'd like the convenience of the camp providing you with affordable, nutritious lunches, you can sign up for it on the registration form.

The optional lunches are for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (Friday is pizza day and it's provided for all registered campers). Lunch will be pasta salad, chicken wrap, or sub sandwiches, plus a fruit and/or vegetable.

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.


Fee Schedule:

$470 before 5/24/16

$495 before 6/13/16


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!

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Cancellation Policy

75% refund until 3/31/16
50% refund: until 5/30/16
No refunds after 6/1/16


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.

$200 scholarships are available for the MN camp to help aspiring youth musicians whose families would have difficulty affording full price tuition.  Applications are first come, first serve until funds run out.  All applicants will be notified whether they receive the scholarship or not.

Scholarship Application

Additional Scholarship Sponsors



We would like to thank All Strings Attached for their generous scholarship support. ASA serves the string community in the St. Croix River Valley with lessons, instrument sales and repair with shops in Golden Valley and Stillwater.


Email Camp Co-Director Marty Button