Camp offers fiddle instruction

Fiddlers from every pattern of tartan are invited to participate in the annual Vancouver Island Fiddle Camp in Nanoose Bay.

All level of skills are also welcome to the event March 24-27 at Seven Springs Resort, which features an Instructor’s Showcase Concert featuring the faculty.

Fiddle music is largely taught by ear in a group setting and often more social than other forms of music study because of the opportunity to participate in jam sessions with other students.

Among the seven instructors at this year’s camp are Gordon Stobbe and Trent Freeman. Stobbe teaches workshops across the county and the author of the most popular line of fiddle instructional books in North America.

Freeman, originally from Comox, graduated from Berklee School of Music in Boston and regularly tours across the U.S.

In addition to classes for first-time players, the camp also offers lessons for classical violin, viola and cello students interested in fiddle.

Lessons are open to students age six and older. Bursary help is available from the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music. Deadline to register is March 17.

The faculty concert is set for March 25, 7 p.m., at St. Mary’s Anglican Church, 2600 Powder Point Rd. Tickets $10-20 and available at the conservatory or at the door.

For more information, please call 250-754-4611 visit http://web.me.com/nanaimofiddlers.