Musical summer at Selkirk College


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Make it a musical summer with the annual Fiddle, Guitar and Piano Workshop being held at the Selkirk College Castlegar Campus. 

This popular camp continues to provide some of Canada’s very best champion fiddlers as instructors, headed by Master Fiddler and the Order of Canada recipient, Gordon Stobbe from Nova Scotia. Several other first-rate instructors are joining Gord and will focus their teaching on piano and guitar accompaniment, with the music based upon east coast, old time fiddling.

This week-long Fiddle, Guitar and Piano Camp, taking  place from July 8 to 12, is suitable for all levels of skill and promises to be a memorable week. “This five day camp promises to be another year of offerings that will meet a wide range of interest and skill levels,” says Gary Shannon, president of the local fiddle club. “There will be a little something for everyone and a whole lot of fun and great memories. Whether you are at an absolute beginner or advanced level, everyone is welcome.”

There are classes for fiddle, guitar and piano accompaniment, plus a variety of workshops on related topics such as step dancing, harmony, vocals and ‘What To Play When You Don’t Know The Tune’. In the evenings there will be events such as a family-friendly Old Time Dance, an instructor lead jam session at Millennium Park in Castlegar, a student concert and talent night and an instructor concert at Gyro Park in Trail.

“This is a rare opportunity to hear some of the best fiddling and enjoy a fun old fashioned evening with the whole family,” says Shannon.

For registration information or campus residence housing information, visit the Kootenay Fiddlers website at or contact Selkirk College at 250-365-1208. Go to to register now.

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