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announcing another great (the 8th edition)
ROLLAND FIDDLE CAMP
June 25 - June 29, 2018
Westcliffe, Colorado

TEACHERS: (go to the TEACHERS page for more biographical information)

* Igor Glenn will join our 2018 camp faculty this summer.  Igor is a master musician and tour-de-force entertainer like none other.  It has been my honor and pleasure to share the stage with him more times than I can remember over the past 35 years.  When he takes center stage at concerts, it's instantly clear that he owns it!  Igor will work with the banjo and guitar students, teach singing, jamming, coach a band, and share his knowledge and abilities garnered from a successful career in music.

* Katie Glassman will teach at RFC for her 3rd year in a row.  She has done a great job at previous camps - I feel lucky that she can make space in her busy touring schedule to teach at RFC.  She's not only a powerhouse player, a national swing fiddle champion and one of the top Texas style fiddlers in the USA, she's a great teacher as well. 

* Matt Rolland, fiddler and leader of the national touring act Run Boy Run, will be back for his 8th year teaching at RFC.  He'll teach old-time fiddle, mandolin, and  jamming and will help students needing help with flatpicking.  His patient and thorough teaching style have made him a camp favorite. 

* Camp director Peter Rolland will teach fiddle in several styles, as always, and help out with mandolin, guitar, bass and singing as needed.

* Camp co-director Gail Rolland will teach cello, Folk Orchestra, and beginning fiddle.

* Eden Rolland will help with the novice fiddlers, call the Tuesday evening contra-dance and teach the dance steps.

* We will miss Giselle Lee and Grace Rolland - their touring schedules conflict with camp this year.


Reflections on a great 2017 Rolland Fiddle Camp
Thanks to all the 2017 campers who expressed enthusiasm for returning in 2018!  2017 was a great year for the camp.  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!


Jamming: lots of it
Tuesday night square dance: what fun!
Wednesday night faculty concert: packed & Wow!
Learning & epiphanies: lots of it, oh yeah!

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

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oin us at the Rolland Fiddle Camp, June 25 - June 30, 2018 in Westcliffe, Colorado, located on the eastern slopes of the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains at just under 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.


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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