2077 South Clinton Ave Rochester, NY 14618
(585) 244-6910
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Kanack School Fiddle Camp 2016
August 8-12, 2016
Kanack School of Music
Rochester, NY

The Kanack School Fiddle Camp is a fiddling day camp in Rochester, New York. We bring together outstanding teacher/performers in Celtic, Old Time and Bluegrass, Contra, Klezmer, and Rock fiddle styles for a week of learning new tunes and techniques, making friends, and collaborating. The camp is led by Alice Kanack, director of the Kanack School and master Suzuki and Improvisation teacher and by Megan Beller, an accomplished performer and Suzuki and Fiddle teacher in Baltimore, Maryland.

Our campers range from ages 6 to 20 and play violin, viola, cello, bass, piano and guitar. No experience in fiddling is necessary for camp, but prospective campers should be past “Etude” in Suzuki book 1 and/or be able to play in A, D, and G major.

Our morning camp focuses on learning fiddle tunes and developing fiddle style and technique. For players with no previous experience with fiddling the morning camp is recommended as a starting point. Sessions each morning include learning new tunes and practicing ornamentation, bowing, improvisation, style, accompanying, soloing, and tune writing in a variety of folk traditions. Each morning will include jam sessions for beginning and advanced players. The morning camp will conclude at noon on Friday with a presentation of music from the week. Family and friends are welcome to this final concert.

Our afternoon camp focuses on playing fiddle music in a band setting. There are classes in improvisation and arranging. Students are broken into small groups that work with a coach to practice fiddling, accompanying, and improvising. Each band will put together a set of fiddle tunes in an original arrangement to perform. The afternoon camp will conclude with a Friday pizza party and concert featuring all of the student bands.

Scholarships are available to students in need of financial assistance.

Morning Camp 9-12:30 $150
Afternoon Camp 1:30-5 $200
All day 9-5 $350

Summer Camp Registration Form

For more information, please email kanackschool@gmail.com
or call The Kanack School at (585) 244-6910


Megan Beller, American and Klezmer Fiddle

Megan graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a BA in Violin Performance and Music Education in 2003. Megan plays American, Irish, and French Canadian fiddle tunes with her contra dance band Contranella. She also plays traditional Jewish fiddle with the Coalhouse Klezmer Band and Charm City Klezmer. Past performances include the dance stages at NEFFA and at the Turtle Hill Folk Festival, the Rochester Thanksgiving Dance Weekend and the Phylla Mae Festival. She runs the fiddle resource website fiddlestudio.com.

Alice Kanack, Improvisation

Alice Kanack is a Rochester native with degrees in Performance and Composition from the Eastman School of Music. She is an accredited Suzuki Association of Americas teacher, with training both in the US and in Japan with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. Alice's "Creative Ability Development" series of books and recordings are currently published by Warner Bros. and are sold internationally.

Andrew VanNorstrand, Fiddle and Guitar

Andrew has earned the title of "multi-instrumentalist" along with his brother Noah, by being proficient at more than twenty different string and percussion instruments between them. In 2000 Andrew and Noah formed the Great Bear Trio with their mother Kim on piano. Great Bear since has become one of the hottest contra dance bands on the circuit and has performed for enthusiastic fans at festivals across the country. In 2004 Andrew and Noah appeared on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion as finalists in the nationwide Talent from Twelve to Twenty contest. Their music has also been featured on NPR's Open Mic and The Thistle and Shamrock with Fiona Ritchie.

Jenna Moynihan, Scottish Fiddle

Jenna is from Lakewood, New York and is a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music. While studying, she was selected to receive the Fletcher Bright Award & and The American Roots Music - two awards given annually to one outstanding string player. She performs in a duo with Scottish harpist, Mairi Chaimbeul, with Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards, Darol Anger & The Furies, and has performed & collaboated with Hamish Napier, Bruce Molsky, Matt Glaser, Kimberely Fraser, Phil Cunningham, and as a soloist at Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops.

Tim Ball, Fiddle

Tim plays fiddle with Contrapasso, Tunescape, the O'Shanigans, and other fine musicians for contra and English Country dances around upstate New York and beyond. A graduate of the Ithaca College School of Music where he studied violin with Susan Waterbury, he brings training in classical music and jazz improvisation together with a love of social dancing and a great respect for the traditional music of New England, Ireland, Quebec, and the many other regions that have lent their influence to contra dance musicians everywhere.

Donal Sheets, Cello

Donal Sheets has played jazz bass and classical cello from a very young age, and has spent many years playing American and Irish folk music on cello and a variety of other instruments. The resonant chords and percussive rhythms of his cello create an indescribably vibrant soundscape, and have earned him the nickname “Liquid Thunder”. Donal also plays mandolin and whistles, and is an accomplished sound engineer, running sound and recordings in Oberlin and beyond.

Michael Raitzyk, Guitar and Improvisation

Michael Raitzyk is one of the top jazz guitarists in the Baltimore-Washington area. Acclaimed for his solid rhythm chops and improvisatory imagination, Raitzyk has played with everyone from Pepper Adams and Mel Torme to Clifford Jordan and Bill Hardman.
Although he is best known for his jazz work, Raitzyk has been welcome in many different musical environments. He backed up Mary Ann Price, former vocalist with Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks and Asleep at the Wheel, when she led her own group, Sophisticated Swing. For more information visit www.mraitzyk.com.

Casey Murray, Cello

Casey is a cellist and guitarist from Rochester, NY. She has been studying music at The Kanack School of Music for the past 14 years where she also teaches fiddle cello and mandolin. Casey travels with her bands "Food For Thought" and "Ginger Majority" playing for different fiddle and contra dance events. She also released an album "To Zamir" with Daphne Pickens and Donal Sheets in the band Food For Thought, and also appeared on Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand's soon to be released waltz album.

Duane Padilla, Swing and Jazz Violin

Trained as a classical violinist, Duane Padilla earned degrees from Yale University and Northwestern University. He played with the Waterbury Symphony, the New Haven Symphony, and the Honolulu Symphony Orchestras.
In 2009, he founded his own ensemble, the Hot Club of Hulaville, a "jazz manouche" band centered around 30's era swing and the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Quickly becoming one of Honolulu's hottest bands, Honolulu Magazine voted the ensemble Best Band for Hire in 2011. Their debut album "Django Would Go!" topped the Roots Music Reports's national radio/internet airplay chart at #1 and won The Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts most prestigious Na Hoku Hano Hano Award for Jazz Album of the Year.
Recently he has been seen performing Texas Sock Hop swing with Academy of Western Artists Female Performer of the Year Devon Dawson. At Hawaii Public Radio's Saturday afternoon concert series, he joined various visiting guest artists in concerts as diverse as Hindustani Ragas and Celtic reels and gigs. His playing is also featured on the albums of numerous Hawaiian Pop stars, including, Amy Hanalii Gilliom, Uluwehi Gurrerro, and Kapala.