2023 Old Time Fiddle Workshop & Contest Information

Save the Date!  The 2023 Old Time Fiddle Weekend will be held June 8-10, 2023.  More details and information will be updated in early 2023.

2022 Fiddle Workshop & Contest Brochure

2022 Fiddle Weekend Registration Form

Workshops – June 9 & 10, 2022

International Music Camp presents the twenty-sixth annual FIDDLE, GUITAR, BASS, and 5-STRING BANJO WORKSHOPS June 9 and 10, 2022.  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 am Central Time and will conclude at 4:00 pm.  Break-out sessions will be offered again with topics such as mandolin, bluegrass, and more!

Who May Enroll: Beginning through advanced players, all ages.  COVID-19 testing is required and provided on-site for all participants.  All participants must follow IMC’s 2022 COVID-19 Policies that can be found by clicking here.

2022 Fees: Full Workshop Package: $200 USD Includes tuition, meals, and lodging for Thursday and Friday ($185 USD early bird registration if registered by June 1, 2022).  Cancellations by June 1, 2022 will be refunded all but $25.  No refunds after June 1.  Workshop participants staying on to compete in the Fiddle Contest will be exempt from paying the Fiddle Contest entry fee.

Family Rate: $150 per family member for three or more participants from the same home.

Location: International Music Camp at the International Peace Garden.  All events at the International Music Camp are subject to the International Peace Garden Gate Fee.  The 2022 admission rate is $25 for a one day pass or $40 for a season pass.  If you do not have a passport, a birth certificate (everyone) and photo ID (16 and older) is required to cross the border.  Check the IPG website for the most current travel restrictions – www.peacegarden.com.  IMC is not able to provide or assist with federal testing requirements for international travel.

How to Register: Call the IMC Office at 701-838-8472 or mail us the registration form found on the Old Time Fiddle Brochure (Brochure Coming Soon!).

Festival of the Arts Concert – June 10, 2022

The 2022 Friday Night Spectacular will feature Kasey & Evie!

The Festival of the Arts Concert will take place at the International Music Camp 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.  Check the IPG website for the most current travel restrictions – www.peacegarden.com.

Contest – June 11, 2022

Now in its 45th 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.  Cash prizes totaling $2,000 and trophies will be awarded.

Who May Compete: The International Old Time Fiddlers Contest is open to contestants from all states and provinces.  All contestants must enter in their age-specific groups.  See Contest Rules for more information.  COVID-19 testing is required and provided on-site for all contestants and must be completed before the General Meeting begins on Saturday morning.  All contestants must follow IMC’s 2022 COVID-19 Policies that can be found by clicking here.

Fees: $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 admission for audience members is $12 USD for the entire day.

Registration: Registration, Check-In, and Covid Testing for the 2022 Contest Participants 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.

Location: International Music Camp at the International Peace Garden.  All events at the International Music Camp are subject to the International Peace Garden Gate Fee.  The 2022 admission rate is $25 for a one day pass or $40 for a season pass.  If you do not have a passport, a birth certificate (everyone) and photo ID (16 and older) is required to cross the border.  Check the IPG website for the most current travel restrictions – www.peacegarden.com.  IMC is not able to provide or assist with federal testing requirements for international travel.

Old Time Fiddle Weekend Schedule

Workshop Schedule

WEDNESDAY June 8, 2022
7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Registration/Check-In/COVID-19 Testing

 

THURSDAY June 9, 2022
7:30 a.m. Registration/Check-In/COVID-19 Testing/Breakfast
8:30 a.m. 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 10, 2022
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
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Registration/Check-In/COVID-19 Testing for Contest Participants
7:00 p.m.  Friday Night Spectacular – Kasey & Evie ($10 USD admission for those attending the concert only)

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

Contest Schedule

FRIDAY June 9, 2022
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Registration/Check-In/COVID-19 Testing for Contest Participants

 

SATURDAY June 11, 2022
7:30 a.m. Registration/COVID-19 Testing/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 a.m. –
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).

ADMISSION FOR NON-PARTICIPANTS: $12 USD

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

All times are Central Time. Times listed 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 Rules

  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Twin Fiddling Division will be required to play one go-around only.  The contestants can select two tunes of their own choosing.
  • A maximum of five minutes will be allocated to each contestant for his/her performance in each contest go-around.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • No sheet music shall be displayed in the contest area.

2022 Old Time 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 and information.  The application is due on May 15, 2022.

2022 Fiddle Workshop Scholarship Form

International Peace Garden Information

All events at the International Music Camp are subject to the International Peace Garden Gate Fee.  The 2022 admission rate is $25 for a one day pass or $40 for a season pass.  If you do not have a passport, a birth certificate (everyone) and photo ID (16 and older) is required to cross the border.  Check the IPG website for the most current travel restrictions – www.peacegarden.comIMC is not able to provide or assist with federal testing requirements for international travel.