Welcome to Peter Rolland's website
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announcing another great (the 8th edition)
June 25 - June 29, 2018
Westcliffe, Colorado
Thanks to all the 2017 campers who expressed enthusiasm for returning next year!  2017 was a great year for the camp.  Pictures and videos are being posted to our Facebook page.  Thanks to all the hardworking students and faculty that helped make 2017 one of our best camps to-date: Katie Glassman, Giselle Lee, Matt, Grace, Eden, Heidi, Gail and Peter Rolland, what a great team!

 ....... more information about the 2018 camp coming soon ........

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Reflections on a great 2016 Rolland Fiddle Camp
Jamming: lots of it
Tuesday night square dance: what fun!
Wednesday night faculty concert: packed & Wow!
Learning & epiphanies: lots of it, oh yeah!
Pictures: coming soon to the camp facebook page

2017 teachers
Katie Glassman: improvisation, swing fiddle & Texas fiddle
Giselle Lee: clawhammer banjo & novice fiddle
Matt Rolland: old-time fiddle & mandolin
Grace Rolland: cello & singing
Michael Rolland: bluegrass fiddle, guitar & mandolin
Peter Rolland (director) all fiddle styles, bass
Gail Rolland (co-director) Folk Orchestra, beginning fiddle

Inquiries to peterrolland@cox.net are always welcome.
Email is preferred, but you can also call me at 602-618-6285 anytime.

oin us at the Rolland Fiddle Camp, June 26 - June 30, 2017 in Westcliffe, Colorado, located on the eastern slopes of the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains at 8000'.  You'll learn fiddle, banjo & other instruments in a small camp setting.  It will be a week of intensive music immersion, study and fun.  Our goal is to help each participant make a significant improvement in their playing skills and music knowledge.  Camp will be small enough to allow for one-on-one help as needed from our faculty of experienced teachers who are also professional performers.  We accept students learning from scratch as well as players with professional skills.  Your camp experience is tailor-made based on your interests and skill level.  One or two core instructors for morning and afternoon group lessons throughout the week help you achieve your stated goals.  Additional workshops are offered in a variety of topics, and practice time is worked into your schedule, as well as free time to enjoy the charming town and gorgeous mountains. Recreational opportunities abound in this area known as a hiker's paradise with an abundance of mountain lakes, streams and high peaks.

One of the really enjoyable features of our camp is the "Folk Orchestra", open to everyone regardless of skill level.  Gail Rolland, a career orchestra teacher, directs the rehearsals, and camp director Peter Rolland creates parts for all the players at a level they can manage.  The "orchestra" meets daily and gives a performance at the end of camp.  It's been a camp highlight every year.

At most fiddle camps, students learn tunes, and Rolland Fiddle Camp is no exception.  We teach by ear and also by sheet music or tab.  We strive to help each student become a better player by showing them ways to improve their technique.  Our experienced instructors are keen observers and are eager to share playing tips with their students. 

In addition to the core classes there are daily workshops and band practice.
We group participants into small bands that rehearse daily and perform at the end-of-camp concert.

Workshop topics in our past camps have included workshops in jamming, improvisation, in specialized styles (eg, Celtic, Canadian, cowboy, western swing, Cajun, Appalachian, Texas, contest, bluegrass), cross-tuning, twin fiddling, singing, tune- and song-writing.  

We welcome string teachers wanting to learn how to incorporate fiddling into your string classes and convey the real sound of fiddling.  I have been giving workshops on fiddling in colleges and at string teacher conferences since the mid-1970s, so this track is part of our mission statement.

National Swing Fiddle Champion Katie Glassman was a terrific addition to our faculty last summer, and we're glad that once again she'll take time out from her busy touring schedule to teach at Rolland Fiddle Camp in 2017.  Giselle Lee did a great job last summer with the beginning clawhammer banjo students, and we're happy to have her back again for 4th time in 2017.  Grace Rolland will again teach singing and cello; followers of Run Boy Run know what a talent she has for both.  She's also does a great job calling the evening square dance (and teaching the dances!).  Matt Rolland, lead fiddler and bandleader of Run Boy Run, and Peter Rolland will teach pass along their most excellent skills and tunes on the fiddle, mandolin & bass as they have every year. 
Jamming, dancing and informal concerts are things to look forward to in the evenings.  

For more details about the camp, please click on the links in the panel to the left.  We look forward to working with you at Rolland Fiddle Camp, 2017.

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Videos of Student Testimonials

Photos from the 2012 Camp
Videos of Camp Performances

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