Fiddle Pal Camp Minnesota 2016

Registration now OPEN!

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 14–17, 2016 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.

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.




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)


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 1/31/16

$430 before 3/31/16

$470 before 5/30/16

$495 before 6/20/16


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!

Register Here

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.

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

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.

We would like to thank Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical for their generous support of our scholarship fund. At their campus in Red Wing, Minnesota, they offer an intensive 9-month Violin Repair diploma, with an optional course in Violin Making. They also teach Guitar Repair & Building, Guitar Development & Production, and Band Instrument Repair. Southeast Technical has a cooperative agreement with McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul that allows students to transfer one year of our instrument repair program toward a four-year bachelor’s degree. Learn more at and


Email Camp Co-Director Marty Button

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 16 7PM Trinity Lutheran Church, Stillwater, MN

$18 adv/ $20 door (registered campers free)

June 17 8PM St. Croix Festival Theatre, St. Croix Falls, WI