2019 Fiddle Workshop & Contest Info

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Workshops – June 6 & 7, 2019

International Music Camp presents the twenty-fifth annual FIDDLE, GUITAR, BASS, and 5-STRING BANJO WORKSHOPS June 6 and 7, 2019.  The Fiddle Workshop will offer instruction in Beginning Fiddle, Intermediate Fiddle, Advanced Fiddle, Canadian Old-Time Fiddle, and Bluegrass Fiddle styles.  The Guitar Workshop will focus on flat-picking styles, the Bass Workshop will focus on finger picking accompaniment skills, and the 5-String Banjo Workshop will focus on finger-picking styles.  Both styles are used in folk and bluegrass music and participants will learn new techniques to accompany old-time fiddling.  The workshops will begin each day at 9:00 a.m. CST and will conclude at 4:00 p.m. Break-out sessions will be offered again with topics such as mandolin, bluegrass, and more!

Who May Enroll: Beginning through advanced players, all ages.

2019 Fees
Full Workshop Package: $185 USD Includes tuition, meals, and lodging for Thursday and Friday ($170 USD early bird registration if registered by June 1, 2019).*

Workshop participants staying on to compete in the Fiddle Contest will be exempt from paying the Fiddle Contest entry fee.

*Cancellations by June 1, 2019 will be refunded all but $25. No refunds after June 1.

Family Rate: $140 per family member for three or more participants from the same home.

Location: International Music Camp Burdick Center for the Performing Arts at the International Peace Garden.

Festival of the Arts Concert – June 7, 2019

The 2019 Friday Night Spectacular will feature Jane Cory.

The evening will start with the Old-Time Fiddler’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony with the concert to follow.  The Hall of Fame Induction and Concert will take place at the Burdick Center for the Performing Arts in the International Peace Garden.  Tickets are required if not registered as a Fiddle Workshop participant.  Tickets for the concert are $10 USD.  Gate admission to the International Peace Garden is also required.  If you do not have a passport, a birth certificate (everyone) and photo ID (16 and older) is required to cross the border.

Contest – June 8, 2019

Now in its 44th year, the INTERNATIONAL OLD-TIME FIDDLERS CONTEST draws fiddlers from both sides of the border to compete in categories ranging from Small Fry to Seniors.  Some of the best fiddlers around the region will compete for cash prizes and trophies, plus the title of overall champion.  Whether you come as a fiddler on stage or listener in the audience, you are sure to enjoy this day of great old-time music.

Contest events will be held in the Burdick Center for the Arts at the International Peace Garden, located on the border between the United States and Canada 45 miles north of the geographical center of North America.  The International Peace Garden is located 15 miles north of Dunseith, North Dakota, on U.S. Highway 281, or 15 miles south of Boissevain, Manitoba on Manitoba Highway 10.

Contest Admission for non-workshop participants: $12 USD

Contest Entry Fee: $25 USD. Small Fry, and Junior-Junior contestants, and those registered for the Fiddle and Guitar Workshops on Thursday and Friday are exempt from the $25 fee. Entry fee can be sent in advance or paid upon arrival for the Contest.

Registration for the 2019 Contest is open on Friday evening (5:30 to 7 pm) AND on Saturday morning (7:30 to 8:30 am). The General Meeting begins promptly at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, with the First Round starting immediately after.

All events at the International Music Camp are subject to the International Peace Garden Gate Fee.  Admission is $20 for a one day pass or $40 for a season pass (www.peacegarden.com).

Workshop Schedule

THURSDAY – June 6, 2019
8:30 a.m……….Registration/Check In/Orientation
9:00 a.m……….Workshops Begin
10:30 a.m……..Break
10:45 a.m……..Break-out Sessions
12:00 p.m……..Lunch – Peterson Dining Hall
1:00 p.m……….Workshops
2:30 p.m……….Break
2:45 p.m……….Workshops
4:00 p.m……….Free Time/Practice
5:30 p.m……….Dinner
6:30 p.m……….Bluegrass Jam Workshop/Other Events

FRIDAY – June 7, 2019
8:00 a.m……….Breakfast
9:00 a.m……….Workshops
10:30 a.m……..Break
10:45 a.m……..Break-out Sessions
12:00 p.m……..Lunch
1:00 p.m……….Workshops
3:00 p.m……….Workshops Conclude
5:30 p.m……….Dinner
7:00 p.m……….Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Friday Night Spectacular – Jane Cory ($10 USD admission for those attending the concert only)

All events will be held in the Burdick Center unless otherwise stated at the International Music Camp.

All times are Central Standard Time. Times listed are approximate and will be finalized upon arrival.

Contest Schedule

FRIDAY – June 7, 2019
5:30 – 7:00 p.m…..Registration Opens for Contest

SATURDAY – June 8, 2019
ADMISSION FOR NON-PARTICIPANTS: $12 USD
7:30 a.m……………Registration Opens and Breakfast
8:45 a.m……………General Meeting with judges and drawing for First Round Competitions
9:00 a.m……………First Round Competitions for Senior, Adult, and Small Fry Divisions
10:15 a.m…………..First Round Competitions for Junior, and Junior-Junior Divisions
11:30 a.m……………Announcement of top 5 scores for Championship Draw, and Drawings for all Second Round Competitions
11:45-1:00 p.m……Lunch
1:00 p.m……………Second Round Competitions for Senior, Adult, Junior, and Junior-Junior Divisions
2:45 p.m…………….Second Round Competition for Championship Division
3:30 p.m……………Drawings for Finals Round
4:00-5:30 p.m………Dinner
6:00 p.m……………Twin Fiddling Contest and FINALS for the Junior, Senior, Adult, and Championship Competitions
(Top four in Junior, Senior, and Adult Competitions; top five in Championship Competition.)

AWARDS CEREMONY – Winners of all competitions will be announced.
Selected Small Fry and Junior-Junior Competition participants will perform.

All times are approximate and will be finalized upon arrival.

Contest Categories

The International Old-Time Fiddlers Contest is open to contestants from all states and provinces. All contestants must enter in their age-specific groups.  The division categories are as follows:

Small Fry Division – Contestants age 8 & under
Junior-Junior Division – Contestants age 9-12
Junior Division – Contestants age 13-18
Adult Division – Contestants age 19-64
Senior Division – Contestants age 65 or over
Twin Fiddling – Contestants of any age

At the end of the first go-around, the top five scorers in the Junior, Adult, and Senior Divisions will be moved from their registered division to the Championship Division.

Cash prizes totaling $2,000 and trophies will be awarded.

Contest Entry Fee

There is a $25 USD entry fee for International Old-Time Fiddle Contest participants.  Small Fry and Junior-Junior contestants, and those registered for the Fiddle and Guitar Workshops on Thursday and Friday are exempt from the $25 fee.  Entry fee can be sent in advance or paid upon arrival for the Contest.

Contest Rules

1. Each contestant must play a hoedown, a waltz, and a selection of his or her choice (not a hoedown or waltz), in that order.  Small Fry contestants are only required to play a hoedown and a waltz.  Novelty tunes such as “Orange Blossom Special,” “Listen to the Mockingbird,” and “Rocky Mountain Rag” will not be permitted.  All tunes must be of danceable quality.  You must use different tunes for each go-around.

2. Contestants in all divisions except Small Fry will play at least two go-arounds each.  Contestants will draw for their position in each go-around of the contest.  Contestants advancing to the Finals will play one additional go-around (three go-arounds total).

3. Small Fry Division contestants will be required to play one go-around only.  They will not advance to the Finals round.  Contestants will, however, have an opportunity to perform while finals are being tabulated on Saturday night.  Certificates and a small cash prize will be awarded to each contestant in this category.

4. Junior-Junior Division contestants will be required to play two go-arounds only.  They will not advance to the Finals round.  Prizes and trophies will be awarded in the Junior-Junior Division based upon the cumulative points of the two go-arounds.  Junior-Junior contestants will, have an opportunity to perform while finals are being tabulated on Saturday night.

5. Twin Fiddling Division will be required to play one go-around only.  The contestants can select two tunes of their own choosing.

6. A maximum of five minutes will be allocated to each contestant for his/her performance in each contest go-around.

7. Scoring by the judges will include the following point system:

  • Technical Ability: 0 to 100 points
  • Tone Quality: 0 to 100 points
  • Rhythm: 0 to 100 points
  • Intonation: 0 to 100 points
  • All points earned will be cumulative.

8. All contestants will be allowed one or two accompanists.  No accompanist will be allowed to use a bowed instrument.  However, the acoustic string bass may be used if it is plucked.  One standing microphone will be provided for each participant, but no contact microphones will be allowed.

9. No sheet music shall be displayed in the contest area.

2019 Fiddle Workshop Scholarship Information

IMC is offering scholarships for anyone 18 and under who is participating in the fiddle workshop.  Please click the link below for the scholarship application.  The application is due on May 1, 2019.

2019 Fiddle Workshop Scholarship Form

All events at the International Music Camp are subject to the International Peace Garden Gate Fee.  Admission is $20 for a one day pass or $40 for a season pass (www.peacegarden.com).