Welcome to Fiddleworks Salt Spring Island 2019!
(Registration opens, 6pm, 8 April, 2019)
About Fiddleworks Salt Spring Island
Fiddleworks Salt Spring Island is a joyful, collaborative all ages and abilities music camp running July 22-26, 2019. We are excited to be returning to the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga, a well loved camp venue for many years in the past. The Salt Spring Centre is located just 5 minutes south of Ganges, nestled amongst beautiful meadows, forest and a pond. It is also home to the Salt Spring Centre School, which will be used for some camp classes. As usual we will offer classes in many ability levels and instruments/subjects (fiddle, cello, bass, piano, voice, guitar, art, percussion, improv, theatre, dance) while sharing in a wonderful week of music making and community. Enjoy an Island paced schedule where you experience incredible learning and exploration with world class instructors in small classes, with time to go for a walk in the gardens or book in for a massage.
Participants can choose from a variety of classes during the week, featuring 15 different instructors including our resident band, The Bills. There are many different fiddle styles offered, plus classes for other instruments and interests (cello, viola, bass, guitar, choir, voice, art, recording, theatre and dance to name a few!) Some classes are all ages and/or all abilities, and others are for specific skill levels or ages. Class sizes are approximately 8 to 15 students per instructor, depending on instructors and resources.
Full time participants must be a minimum age of 5 (with 5 year olds accompanied by an adult) and we have enjoyed having 80-something year olds in attendance too. We love multi generational learning. This year, we are again offering "little groovers"; a great option for 3-6 year olds.
A Typical Day At Camp...
Each morning, Fiddleworks Salt Spring begins with fresh muffins & coffee / tea available at the snack shack and a wonderfully interesting 20 minute "village talk" at 9:00 am followed by all camp fiddle orchestra in the Pond Dome at 9:30. Elective Classes are 1 hour in duration and take place daily from Tuesday to Friday at 11am, 1:30pm and 3pm. There is a generous 90 minute lunch break and 30 minutes pause between each class. Each afternoon closes with jamming or dancing. Then the evening begins with a delicious dinner option at the evening venue, and each night is schedules with a fun (optional) evening activity (dance, jam session, variety show, gala concert).
Meals are something truly incredible at Fiddleworks' camps. Our local, mostly organic vegetarian egg-free lunch (included with your registration) is eaten picnic style, spread out on blankets, gathered under canopies, or sitting with a new friend on a bale of hay. The sounds of music drift on the ocean breeze from a group of teachers giving an acoustic concert nearby, and there is enough time for a little extra practicing or a walk in the forest before starting up afternoon classes. After dinner, evening events range from dances, jams, documentary films, a variety show, and capture the flag for the truly adventurous! You can take it all in or maybe you choose to find some down time to get a massage or practice what you learned that day... or find a private spot to relax and just breathe in the fresh coastal Island air.
After a music filled day, you can climb into your comfy bed in one of the charming onsite accommodations, or curl up under the stars in your tent or camper. Or you can go to your own home or other Island Accommodation to refresh yourself for another day of music and community at Fiddleworks.
Our Vision Statement
Fiddleworks aims to build community (at a personal, local and global level) through music and the arts, using mentorship and celebration in a multi-generational setting (which values relationship with others and the earth).
Community is key to the success of our camps and it is our top priority. We want our programs to give the opportunity to give back, and to be available to everyone.
At registration, you will have an opportunity to donate towards a bursary for a low income family or if you would like to give back by helping with a simple job, sign up to volunteer. It takes a village!
Steps to Fiddleworks Salt Spring registration:
1. Check the class levels to find the right level for you.
2. Check out the instructors and classes for this year, make your choices based on the class schedule. Make note of your choices. (Note: after registration class changes are allowed up until July 1, 2019 via the Class Change Form).
3. Determine your food and accommodation options and check out the volunteer jobs. NOTE: All dinners are optional this year and can be purchased with cash.
4. Please read our payment options page (e-transfer, cheque or Paypal). E-transfer payments are our preferred method of payment, and must be made within 24 hours of your registration. Cheques must be received within 10 days. Please read our updated cancellation policy.
5. Online registration for Fiddleworks Salt Spring begins at 6pm (PST) on April 8, 2019. The form will be available on this page (See the BIG orange button at the bottom of this page). Allow yourself a good chunk of time to complete the registration.
Instructors, Salt Spring IslandUpon registering, you will receive an automatic e-mail confirmation that lists your registration and payment details. Please print or save this email for reference and payment details.
You can choose to sign up for any of the participant packages below; all packages include a gourmet, organic farm lunch, Sunday Instructors' Showcase concert ticket, along with your 1 - 3 elective classes, Village Talk, Fiddle Orchestra, Dance & Jam classes, and evening activities. There is a non-refundable $65 registration fee (included in the prices below).
FULL TIME vs PART TIME
Full time or "3 star" participants will choose 3 classes. In addition to Orchestra and afternoon jam & dance classes, they will take the same 3 elective classes each day from Monday-Friday. (There must be one full time "3 star" participant per family group at camp).
Part time participants "2 star or 1 star" will choose 1 or 2 elective classes. In addition to Orchestra and afternoon jam & dance classes, they will take the same 1 or 2 elective classes each day from Monday-Friday. There are a Limited Number of spaces for part time participants, and they are filled on a first come first served basis.
"3 Star Package" $449 (teen/adult)/ $439 (kids 12 & under)
Includes: Registration fee, 3 Elective Classes, Fiddle Orchestra, Jam & Dance Classes, Evening Activities, daily lunches and a ticket for the Instructors Showcase Concert, plus entry to daily Fiddleworks Village Talks.
"2 Star Package" $359 (teen/adult)/ $349 (kids 12 & under)
Includes: Registration fee, 2 Elective Classes, Fiddle Orchestra, Jam & Dance Classes, Evening Activities, daily lunches (4) and a ticket for the Instructors Showcase Concert, plus daily Fiddleworks Village Talks. Limited number available.
"1 Star Package" $269 (teen/adult, SOLD OUT)/ $259 (kids 12 & under)
Includes: Registration fee, 1 Elective Class, Workshop Classes, Fiddle Orchestra, Jam & Dance Classes, Evening Activities, daily lunches (4), and a ticket for the Instructors Showcase Concert, plus daily Fiddleworks Village Talks. Limited number available.
"Little Groovers" Musical Preschool Program for 3-6 year olds 9:00-12:00 Tuesday through Friday
Leave your littlest family member(s) in the expert care of our pre-school staff Tuesday- Friday mornings from 9-12! While attending "Little Groovers", children will experience circle time music with different Fiddleworks guest instructors each day, enjoy outdoor play time and guided adventures at the Salt Spring Centre, plus take part in nature and music themed games, crafts, stories and songs. The cost of "Little Groovers" includes a child-portion lunch and a healthy mid morning snack.
Payment is to made within 24 hours of registration by email transfer, by credit card using PayPal, or cheques can be mailed. (Note: cheque payments must be received within 10 days of registration in order to hold your spot at camp.) See Payment Options
All prices above are subject to 5% GST, to be paid at the time of registration.
Accommodation options and rates can be found here (soon).
BUT what's for DINNER? Our evening venues (Monday-Thursday) include a kitchen with gourmet local chefs providing dinner for purchase, please bring cash. Or you can make your own dinner plans.
There are Fiddleworks bursaries for low-income families, or contact us to apply for a limited number of Salt Spring Fiddleworker work trade positions.
If you try to register and our form program shows that it is at capacity, please fill in our waitlist form as soon as possible. We will let you know ASAP if a space opens up.
Click for our cancellation policies