Fiddling on the Hill

Fiddling on the Hill

July 22-26, 2019

Fiddling on the Hill is a full day, one week strings camp for violin, viola, and cello students ages 9-14 (and CITs ages 15-18). Students will explore the challenging fun of fiddle and “new string” styles, learning music by ear, improvising, arranging, and composing their own music.


About Fiddling on the Hill

Why fiddle?
"Fiddling" allows players to grow musically in new ways, introducing and developing skills they might not experience in a traditional classical or orchestral setting, such as:

  • Learning by ear and by reading sheet music
  • Improvising and taking creative risks
  • Finding and using rhythm and “groove”
  • Understanding chord progressions underlying the melody
  • Group playing that emphasizes collaboration, arranging, and harmonies
  • Singing
  • Crafting a sense of individual style and expression
  • Building the foundations for a lifetime of music playing and musical friendships within the vibrant and thriving Boston area fiddling community... and beyond!

Who can fiddle?
We welcome all violin, viola, or cello students ages 9-14. Participants should have been playing for one year or more, feel ready to learn a few new tunes in the span of a week, and be excited to try something new! Whether you've been fiddling for years or just want to see what it's all about, there's something for you!

This year, a CIT program is available for fiddlers 15-18 who wish to assist with the younger classes. CITs will have the opportunity to perform in an advanced ensemble directed by one of our teachers.

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 such as Scottish, Irish, and American folk traditions. After a break for lunch, the afternoon will be spent on elective class choices and outdoor or free time. We end the day working in our ensembles, where we take what we've learned, flesh it out, arrange it, add some spice, and make it sing!

Cello and viola students will learn tunes alongside their fiddle/violin friends and also have a class or two focusing more on the style of cello and violas playing traditional and fiddle music.


Summer 2019

Ages: 9-14; CITs ages 15-18

Faculty & Staff (subject to change): Ellery Klein (fiddle), Amy Beshara (fiddle), Ethan Fallis (cello), Dawn Scaltreto (art)


  • July 22-26, 2019
  • Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm; Early drop-off / late pick-up options available!
  • Final performance on Friday, July 26


  • Fiddling on the Hill Tuition: $525
  • Fiddling on the Hill CIT Tuition: $350
  • Summer registration fee: $15
  • Early drop-off option: $50; Late pick-up option: $55

Sample Daily Schedule:

  • 8:45-9:00 Student drop-off
  • 9:00-9:50 Repertoire & Styles
  • 10:00-10:50 Repertoire & Styles
  • 10:50-11:05 Snack Break
  • 11:05-11:55 Electives / Art
  • 11:55-12:40 Lunch
  • 12:45-1:40 Electives / C strings
  • 1:45-2:45 Outdoor recreation / Activity time
  • 2:45-4:00 Ensemble work
  • 4:00 Student pick-up


Ready to Register?

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Extended day options

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About the Instructors

Ellery Klein, fiddle
Ellery is the year-round fiddle teacher in Powers Music School string department and director of Fiddlin' on the Hill, which she launched in 2015. She taught at the Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann music school from 2013-2018, until leaving to expand her growing home studio. Ellery began her training as a classical violinist, but since college has enjoyed a 20 year career playing Irish music. From 2003-2007, she toured full time with the world-pop Celtic band Gaelic Storm. Currently she performs in the Irish trio Fódhla, but as a fellow busy parent of a 10 year old clarinet player and an 8 year old fiddler, focuses on her teaching career, fostering many aspiring fiddlers in the Boston area. She holds an MA in Traditional Irish Music Performance from the University of Limerick.

Amy Beshara
Trainings and certifications include: O'Connor Method at the Ashokan Center, NY and Charleston, SC, the Suzuki Method at L'institut Suzuki Montreal, Louise Montello's Performance Wellness at New York University and the New School University, Dalcroze Eurhythmics at Lucy Moses School, NYC, Music Together in Princeton, NJ, and the Paul Rolland Method at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. Amy is a registered Vinyasa and Yin yoga teacher and her knowledge of anatomy and movement informs her violin teaching and practice. Amy's teaching style is geared towards helping students achieve technical proficiency in the healthiest way possible, while equipping students with a lifelong love of music, confidence in their own performance and practice, appreciation of the work of others, and an understanding of their unique role in society as musicians, as well as how to function in and create a supportive community of musicians.

Ethan Fallis
Ethan Fallis, an up and coming cello performer and educator, earned his Bachelors of Music Education from Utah State University in 2013. At Utah State, Ethan held a small studio, freelanced for the Utah Festival Opera Company and the American Festival Orchestra, and participated in the university's opera and theater program. After completing his BME at Utah State, Ethan pursued a Master’s degree in Cello Performance and Pedagogy at the Colorado University in Boulder, where he studied with Judith Glyde and Thomas Heinrich. He performed with the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, the Longmont Ballet Company, and the Colorado New Music Ensemble. There he also held a small teaching studio, numerous masterclasses, and sectionals for the local public schools and youth orchestras. In 2016, Ethan moved to Boston and began teaching in the Belmont and Somerville public schools. He also holds a position as Middle School and Cello Teaching Artist at the El Sistema Somerville after-school program. Some of Ethan’s favorite musical activities include playing chamber music, conducting, coaching ensembles, and discovering new popular bands.

Past faculty have included: Austin Scelzo of the Angry O'Hara's, Eric Wright of the Fretless (2015), and Scottish fiddler and singer Emerald Rae (2015-2017)


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