Fiddle Festival

March 16 and 17, 2018

Friday March 16, 2018 — 7pm (ensemble classes and advanced classes)

Saturday March 17, 2018 — 9:30am to 3pm (solo and twin fiddle classes)

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Adjudicated Sessions Syllabus 2018 — download this document to view entry guidelines, class descriptions, and fees

Registration is now open and will close on February 15.

our adjudicator – Mark Sullivan

Among his many awards, Mark Sullivan is a 3-time Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion and is widely regarded as one of the finest fiddlers in North America today.  He is in demand as a spirited performer and continues to collaborate with many of the finest names in traditional music today.  Mark holds his Masters in the Science of Education and is a regular instructor at Music Camps throughout the country. Mark grew up playing for square dances and learning his craft from dance fiddlers.  His appreciation for the old time style is evident on his recording, Wednesday Night Clubs, which pays tribute to the local fiddle clubs that continue to play such an important role in sustaining the Canadian Fiddle Tradition.  Originally from Bowmanville Ontario, Mark now calls Vancouver BC his home.


What is fiddle festival?

For classical string players: think of your local Rotary or Kiwanis Music Festival… but take out the sonatas and concertos and replace them with jigs and reels! You get the same kind of feedback on your playing as you would at a classical festival, but within the idiom of traditional and contemporary fiddle music.

For fiddle contest players: think of your regional or provincial fiddle contest… but take away blind judging and add the wonderful component of helpful feedback from the adjudicator! Not only do you get a chance to perform for an audience, but you leave with personalized playing tips from a skilled fiddler. An important point to observe: we ask that your tunes be played as a non-stop medley rather than in contest style where you stop between each selection.

And yes, there are prizes to be won (both cash bursaries and achievement trophies).