Instructors

Shari Ame- Intermediate Fiddle Team Instructor, Irish Fiddle Workshop and Learning to Listen Workshop

From the time she was four years old Shari Ame knew that she was going to play the fiddle.  After five years of school orchestra she found her way to Lark in the Morning, a world-class folk music and dance camp in the redwoods, and there she fell in love with traditional Irish fiddling, Contra …

Amy Burrow – Advanced Beginning Fiddle Team Instructor Youth and Slow Circle Jam Workshop

  I am excited to join the teaching staff at WCFCW after participating as a camper and organizing committee member. In my role as co-teacher with Donna Wynn, I look forward to learning about and maximizing the interests and talents of our young players as they acquire new tunes and grow as musicians. One of …

Aarun Carter – Advanced Fiddle and Western Swing Workshop

Aarun began playing violin at the age of 2 and won her first fiddle contest at the age of 4. Since then, she has won 6 Colorado State Champion titles, state titles in Oregon, Wyoming, Washington and Arkansas, and has been awarded the title of 2011 National Young Adult Champion at the National Old Time …

Kim Collar – Advanced Beginning Fiddle Adult and Circle Jam Leader

I am excited to join WCFCW as an instructor. Teaching adult players, both beginners and experienced musicians, has been an incredibly enriching part of my career as a teacher. As an instructor at the Albany Senior Center for the last several years, I have come to appreciate the passion and dedication of adult players. My goal …

Linda Danielson – Fiddle Clinic Specialist and Great Old Hoedowns/Fiddle-ising Workshops

Linda Danielson fiddles for dances–contra dances, English and Scottish country dances,  in a variety of duos and bands scattered from Eugene to Seattle. She performs Celtic and Scandinavian music in a duo with harper Janet Naylor, and plays with a Douglas County cowgirl band, the Slow Ponies, and plays a country-toward-bluegrass repertory with The Annie …

Pat Dixon – Ukulele Workshops

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Jenny Humphrey – Intermediate Fiddle Team Instructor and Vibrato Workshop

I love bringing my knowledge and passion for music making to my students. I’m currently a Teaching Artist with YAMA (yamamusic.org), and I perform in Killdeer String Band with my husband, Josh. When I’m not making music, I’m usually looking for adventure with my family.

Josh Humphrey – Flat Picking Guitar Class and Guitar Workshop

Josh Humphrey has been hand crafting musical instruments since 2001. Currently based in Oregon, Humphrey produces roughly 12 custom hand built guitars, bouzoukis, and mandolins per year. Humphrey also builds and repairs percussion and ethnic instruments. Also an active music educator and performer of North Indian tabla, he has lived in Kolkata studying North Indian …

Jenny Jonak – Supporting Your Young Musician – Free Parent Talk

  Jenny Jonak is the mother of four children, all of whom love music.  One of her daughters is a fiddler and classical violinist, and Jenny has been involved with her musical education for the past six years.  In the course of supporting her own children’s music education, Jenny has learned some fiddle and violin …

Allison Lindsey – Advanced Beginning Fiddle Team Instructor Youth, Backup for Vocals Workshop and Circle Jam Leader

  Allison Lindsey started playing in school in Auburn, WA at age 11 and was inspired by her grandpa,  E. “Don” Wiles, who was a popular authentic old time fiddler in northern Idaho.  She played in the orchestra through college, but didn’t enjoy the classical music scene, so put it away for 10+ years. Around 1995m, …

Ken Luse on Bass. Pic by Joe Ross

Ken Luse – Beginning Upright Bass Class and Bass Workshop

Beginning Upright Bass  (Ken Luse, Instructor)  Learn the fundamentals for playing upright acoustic bass rhythm for fiddle and bluegrass players. The instructor will introduce beginning music theory, scales, technique, chord progressions and tempo used for backing up fiddle players. Students will get first hand experience playing with fiddlers and other rhythm back up players. Please …

Sherry McKenzie – Advanced Intermediate Fiddle Class and Texas Style Fiddling Workshop

Hailing from the Fort Worth suburb of Burleson, Texas, Sherry McKenzie is a seasoned veteran of fiddle contests and is a multiple state, regional and national fiddle champion. Originally from Idaho Falls, Idaho, Sherry experienced fiddle music for the first time at age 11. “I saw a fiddle player on TV and thought it looked …

Jerry Parks – Fundamental Rhythm Guitar Class and Guitar Runs Workshop

Jerry has played old time and county music for over 50 years and worked in many country bands across the U.S. and a couple of foreign countries. He is mostly self-taught and plays several instruments.

Chico Schwall – Mandolin Class, Mandolin Workshop and Sing-A-Long for Kids Workshop

Chico Schwall is happy to return to Fiddle Camp this year.  He may be the only staff member to have taught three times on three different instruments (guitar, 5-string banjo & mandolin). He has played at some kind of traditional music for decades now, and sung and played at labor rallies, in pit orchestras, in …

Jodie St.Clair – Beginning Fiddle for Youth 7-12, Kids Improvisation Workshop, and Supporting Young Musician Talk

Jodie St. Clair (formerly Jodie Danenberg) is the founder and director of the Eugene Suzuki Music Academy (ESMA) in Eugene, Oregon, where she teaches violin and Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE). She has a Bachelors of Music Performance in Violin from Northern Arizona University and received long-term Suzuki violin training at NAU and the University …

Jude Stensland – Harmonica Workshops

Jude Stensland is a retired Nurse Practitioner and Midwife who maintains the best thing about retiring is the absolute freedom to musically make a happy fool of yourself in front of a crowd of people! She has been playing harmonica about 20 years and plays with District 10 OOTFA and at any jams she can …

Martha Stone – Clawhammer Banjo Class

Martha grew up in Vermont, where clawhammer banjo where clawhammer banjo was being played everywhere she went.  She started by playing guitar, but as soon as she heard that infectious “Bum-Ditty” rhythm, she was hooked. By the time she was twenty, she was learning fiddle tunes, banjo tunes, songs, and back-up techniques on clawhammer banjo. Soaking …

Kelly Thibodeaux – Cajun Fiddle Workshops

Kelly Thibodeaux is a professional fiddler from Louisiana with over 35 years of playing experience. He has performed throughout the United States and Canada and had an appearance at the 2002 National Fiddle Festival in Hawthorne, Australia. He is the founder and front man for the swamp rock band “Etouffee”  (www.etouffee.com) and has written, recorded, …