Starting with a jam on Friday evening, the weekend will include two full days of fiddle, banjo, and cello instruction with some of North America's finest players and teachers, an instructor concert, square dance, and some time to make new friends and enjoy nature. Bring your whole family; those who are not musicians can enjoy the many hiking trails, canoeing, fishing, or simply relax in a hot tub and then wander down to the Ski Chalet for our fantastic Saturday evening concert and square dance. The camp will wrap up Sunday afternoon with a student concert and homemade pie, leaving plenty of time to get home for supper.
Who can participate?
We welcome musicians of all ages and playing abilities. However, we do have a few basic requirements:
Fiddlers: Beginner fiddle players should have a minimum of one year's playing experience. If you can play Boil them Cabbages and/or Liza Jane comfortably at an upbeat tempo, then you are good to go. If you are unsure, please feel free to contact me.
Kids' Fiddle Program: New this year! For children 8 and under with minimal playing experience, we will be offering a kids' fiddle class. Participants will do a combination of fiddle classes, music games, art, and outdoor activities.
Banjoists: Banjo classes will be taught in the "clawhammer" or "frailing" style. Beginner banjo players should be comfortable with basic frailing technique. We also welcome experienced bluegrass and finger-picking players who are interested in giving clawhammer a try.
Cello: New this year! We will be featuring an advanced cello class with Eric Wright. Participants will work on advanced traditional tunes by ear, as well as percussive techniques such as "the chop". Players should be experienced and very comfortable on their instrument.
We have 8 lake-front cabins reserved for participants at Falcon Trails Resort. Each cabin has two queen-sized beds and one twin bed, with a shared kitchen and living room area. Participants coming solo can choose a single-occupancy twin bed, while couples and family members can save money by sharing a queen. Families and friends may also choose to fill up an entire cabin and save $50. Space is limited, so make sure you register soon to reserve a spot!
Please note: The lake-front cabins will also be used as teaching spaces during the day, from 9:00-11:45am and 1:00-2:30pm both days. Family members are welcome to stay and listen, hang out in the ski chalet, or enjoy the great outdoors during this time.
Participants may also choose to book alternate accommodations around Falcon Lake.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ameena at firstname.lastname@example.org.