Instructors

Shari Ame

From the time she was four years old Shari Ame knew that she was going to play the fiddle.  After five years of school orchestra she found her way to Lark in the Morning, a world-class folk music and dance camp in the redwoods, and there she fell in love with traditional Irish fiddling, Contra …

Amy Burrow

  I am excited to join the teaching staff at WCFCW after participating as a camper and organizing committee member. In my role as co-teacher with Donna Wynn, I look forward to learning about and maximizing the interests and talents of our young players as they acquire new tunes and grow as musicians. One of …

Aarun Carter

Aarun began playing violin at the age of 2 and won her first fiddle contest at the age of 4. Since then, she has won 6 Colorado State Champion titles, state titles in Oregon, Wyoming, Washington and Arkansas, and has been awarded the title of 2011 National Young Adult Champion at the National Old Time …

Kim Drapek

I am excited to join WCFCW as an instructor. Teaching adult players, both beginners and experienced musicians, has been an incredibly enriching part of my career as a teacher. As an instructor at the Albany Senior Center for the last several years, I have come to appreciate the passion and dedication of adult players. My goal …

Linda Danielson

Linda Danielson fiddles for dances–contra dances, English and Scottish country dances,  in a variety of duos and bands scattered from Eugene to Seattle. She performs Celtic and Scandinavian music in a duo with harper Janet Naylor, and plays with a Douglas County cowgirl band, the Slow Ponies, and plays a country-toward-bluegrass repertory with The Annie …

Jenny Humphrey

I love bringing my knowledge and passion for music making to my students. I’m currently a Teaching Artist with YAMA (yamamusic.org), and I perform in Killdeer String Band with my husband, Josh. When I’m not making music, I’m usually looking for adventure with my family.

Josh Humphrey

Josh Humphrey has been hand crafting musical instruments since 2001. Currently based in Oregon, Humphrey produces roughly 12 custom hand built guitars, bouzoukis, and mandolins per year. Humphrey also builds and repairs percussion and ethnic instruments. Also an active music educator and performer of North Indian tabla, he has lived in Kolkata studying North Indian …

Allison Lindley

  Allison Lindley started playing in school in Auburn, WA at age 11 and was inspired by her grandpa,  E. “Don” Wiles, who was a popular authentic old time fiddler in northern Idaho.  She played in the orchestra through college, but didn’t enjoy the classical music scene, so put it away for 10+ years. Around 1995, …

Ken Luse on Bass. Pic by Joe Ross

Ken Luse

Beginning Upright Bass  (Ken Luse, Instructor)  Learn the fundamentals for playing upright acoustic bass rhythm for fiddle and bluegrass players. The instructor will introduce beginning music theory, scales, technique, chord progressions and tempo used for backing up fiddle players. Students will get first hand experience playing with fiddlers and other rhythm back up players. Please …

Sherry McKenzie

Hailing from the Fort Worth suburb of Burleson, Texas, Sherry McKenzie is a seasoned veteran of fiddle contests and is a multiple state, regional and national fiddle champion. Originally from Idaho Falls, Idaho, Sherry experienced fiddle music for the first time at age 11. “I saw a fiddle player on TV and thought it looked …

Jerry Parks

Jerry has played old time and county music for over 50 years and worked in many country bands across the U.S. and a couple of foreign countries. He is mostly self-taught and plays several instruments.

Miya Saito-Beckman

Miya Saito-Beckman, a native Oregonian, earned both a BM and an MM in Violin Performance/Pedagogy from the University of Oregon. Miya has been a featured soloist with the Sunriver Music Festival Orchestra and the Central Oregon Symphony, and has performed around the United States and Europe as a classical violinist.  Also a passionate fiddler, she …

Chico Schwall

Chico Schwall is happy to return to Fiddle Camp this year.  He may be the only staff member to have taught three times on three different instruments (guitar, 5-string banjo & mandolin). He has played at some kind of traditional music for decades now, and sung and played at labor rallies, in pit orchestras, in …

Jude Stensland

Jude Stensland is a retired Nurse Practitioner and Midwife who maintains the best thing about retiring is the absolute freedom to musically make a happy fool of yourself in front of a crowd of people! She has been playing harmonica about 20 years and plays with District 10 OOTFA and at any jams she can …

Kelly Thibodeaux

Kelly Thibodeaux is a professional fiddler from Louisiana with over 35 years of playing experience. He has performed throughout the United States and Canada and had an appearance at the 2002 National Fiddle Festival in Hawthorne, Australia. He is the founder and front man for the swamp rock band “Etouffee”  (www.etouffee.com) and has written, recorded, …