Fiddlin' on the Hill

Fiddlin' on the Hill

Fiddlin' on the Hill is a full day, one week strings camp for violin, viola, and cello students ages 9-14. Students will explore the challenging fun of fiddle and “new string” styles, learning music by ear, improvising, arranging, and composing their own music.

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About Fiddlin' on the Hill

Why fiddle?
The last few decades have seen a resurgence in interest in fiddle styles, improvisational playing and cross-genre collaboration. Young string players across America have been at the forefront of creative energy that is bursting out all over. Boston in particular is blessed with a rich fiddle music scene, with something for both professional musicians and those looking for a sense of community-fiddle music being an artistic form that allows people of all ages to play together. Fiddle music offers music and community for a lifetime!

Who can fiddle?
Any violin, viola, or cello student ages 9-14 is welcome to join the program, as long as they have been playing for one year or more, feel ready to learn a few new tunes in the span of a week, and are excited to try something new! Experienced fiddlers and those trying the style for the first time are both invited.

What will the week be like?
Our renowned instructors will spend a week working with young fiddlers and violinists, cellists and viola players to hone the skills that allow creative freedom, innovative playing, and fun!

Mornings will be spent learning repertoire and styles on your instrument such as Scottish, American, and Irish. After a break for lunch, the afternoon will be spent on electives such as art, recreation, composing, and stepdancing, and learning to arrange the tunes in an ensemble setting. 


Summer 2018

Ages: 9-14

Faculty & Staff (subject to change): Ellery Klein (fiddle), Ariel Friedman (cello/voice), Hannah DeRusha (stepdancing), Dawn Scaltreto (art); students will also benefit from collaborative electives with Suzuki on the Hill faculty


  • July 23-27, 2018
  • Monday - Friday, 8:45 am - 4:00 pm
  • Informal concert on Friday, July 27, 4:00 pm


  • Fiddlin' on the Hill Tuition:  $510
  • Summer registration fee: $15
  • Financial Aid is available for this program on a limited, rolling basis.

Sample Daily Schedule:

  • 8:45-9:00 Student drop-off
  • 9:00-9:50 Repertoire & Styles
  • 9:55-10:35 Repertoire & Styles
  • 10:40-10:55 Snack Break
  • 11:00-11:45 Repertoire & Styles
  • 11:50-12:35 Electives
  • 12:35-1:10 Lunch
  • 1:10-2:15 Electives
  • 2:15-2:55 Electives
  • 3:00-4:00 Large Ensemble
  • 4:00 Student pick-up


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About the Instructors

Ellery Klein, fiddle
Ellery began her training as a classical violinist, but has enjoyed a 20 year career playing Irish and fiddle music. From 2003-2007, she toured full time with pop-world Celtic band Gaelic Storm, and was a founding member of Irish band Long Time Courting. She holds an MA in Traditional Irish Music Performance from the University of Limerick. Currently she performs in the Irish trio Fódhla - in between her busy career teaching many aspiring fiddlers in the Boston area!

Ariel Friedman, cello and voice
Ariel Friedman is a multi-genre cellist, composer and educator. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2008 where she studied cello performance with Hans Jorgen Jensen, and received a Masters of Music in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory in 2011. A winner of ASTA’s 2009 Alternative Styles Award, Ariel is steeped in the music of American roots traditions, early jazz and a broad range of classical repertoire. In high demand as an educator, Ariel was a Resident Artist at Conservatory Lab Charter School and has taught at music camps and workshops from New England to New Zealand. Learn more on her website here.


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