Chicago Scottish Fiddle Camp

The Chicago Scottish Fiddle Camp is a weekend workshop for beginning to intermediate fiddlers, led by Tim Macdonald (fiddle), Jeremy Ward (cello/accompaniment/beginners), and Meg Dedolph (dance).

The 2019 session will take place on August 24 and 25 at the Scottish Home in North Riverside, IL.

Students will learn about the basic types of Scottish tune (strathspey, jig, reel, slow air, march, and hornpipe), how to make dance music danceable and listening music listenable (er, expressive), and basic improvisation. The Scottish fiddle tradition both historically and currently has been surprisingly educated and literate, so sheet music will be used almost exclusively, and classical technique will be encouraged (and, if necessary, explicitly developed!).

Students of any age (past participants have been as young as 6 and as old as 70-something) who play any fiddling-compatible acoustic instrument are invited to attend (violin-family instruments, guitar, piano, flute, oboe, squeezebox, etc.). Basic familiarity with reading music and “knowing where the notes are” is very helpful, but no prior experience with any fiddling tradition is required.

Classes will take place throughout the day either as one big group or as two self-selected smaller groups (variously broken up by experience or by type of instrument played), and the camp will finish with a low-pressure student concert for the residents of Caledonia Senior Living.

Tuition is $150/student (family discount: $75 for a second child, $25 each for a third+ child). Limited need-based financial aid is available. To qualify, send a brief message explaining your situation and desired level of assistance. (If you would like to contribute to the scholarship fund, please use one of the options here and include a note earmarking the money for scholarships. Thank you!) There is a $25 discount for each first-time student you refer, so be sure to invite your friends!

To register, please fill out this form.

Chicago Scottish Fiddle Camp - The Society for Early Scottish Culture