West Denmark

Fiddle School

Looking forward to seeing you June 13-18, 2021!

Registration for 2021 is now open.

Please send in your registration form and a deposit as soon as possible to secure a spot. Please call if you have any questions!

Looking to inspire and attract students, recognized Danish fiddler Harald Haugaard, founder of the successful International Fiddle School in Breklum Germany, is opened an American version on the shores of beautiful Little Butternut Lake at West Denmark, near Luck, Wisconsin. Check in begins on Sunday, from 3:30 pm until about 5:30 pm with a picnic supper followed by an orientation to the fiddle school. There will be 4 days of instruction ending on Thursday with a final concert in the evening.

Joining Haugaard in 2015 were fiddle players, Antti Järvelä from Finland and Scottish fiddle champion Hanneke Cassel from Boston, Massachusetts. Both Antti and Hanneke have been back every year since. In 2016, Kevin Henderson, fiddler from the internationally known band Boys of the Lough joined the teaching staff. In 2017, Helene Blum, Harald’s wife and acclaimed singer, joined the teaching staff and will be offering an afternoon vocal class. These five amazing fiddle players and teachers will provide for a unique opportunity for playing music, singing, dancing and making new friends. People from all ages and from diverse cultures, countries and styles, are welcome to join and enjoy a common interest: a passion for learning, playing, and sharing the joy of music.

Founded in 2015, the West Denmark Fiddle school, an annual event, will offer a classes for intermediate,advanced, and super advanced level fiddle players and an ensemble class to include cello, guitar, double bass and mandolin. There will be an intensive daily timetable of four instrumental lessons which will give participants an introduction to a wonderful, but seldom heard, repertoire of challenging music based on Scandinavian and Anglo/Celtic music.

Other activities will include a special dinner activity on Monday, a teachers’ concert on Tuesday, and an open stage evening on Wednesday. The fiddle school will conclude with a final concert, open to the public, featuring all students and teachers performing together on stage on Thursday. Checkout and breakfast (optional) will be on Friday morning.

Harald Haugaard's Fiddle School in Germany consistently reaches its maximum enrollment every year with a waiting list. We expect the West Denmark version will continue to be equally popular, please register early to confirm your space as our limit is 50 participants.

" Each day I was at West Denmark, I felt as if I was being given amazing gifts from the generosity of the instructors, the staff and fellow participants alike. I learned more about jamming with others at this Fiddle School than in any other experience I've had and I practice differently because of what I learned there. I'll return to West Denmark time and again."- Mary Templeton, Socorro, NM

"I found a warm, inviting environment to learn new fiddle styles on the shores of Little Butternut Lake at Harold Haugaard's West Denmark fiddle school near Luck, WI. Great teachers, great tunes, great venue and farm fresh meals!" Carrie Anne Dye, Lacey, WA

"Harald Haugaard's West Denmark fiddle school was the musical highlight of my year. I've been to a few different music camps and each is a marvellous ride and I hang on as best I can and learn an enormous amount about music, myself and my instrument.Learning to play tunes by ear day after day is absorbing and wonderfully rewarding but it's incredibly hard and personal work. During the fiddle school Harald, his co-teachers, and the people of West Denmark set up a very special environment and way of living that made connecting with each other and the music while delving into the joy of learning as easy as possible (but it's never that easy). When I was worn out from working my hardest in class there would be kind people, encouraging conversation and the reward (or comfort) of delicious food that took account of my dietary intolerance." Susan Harper, New Zealand

"The instructors were the best of the best and the smaller class size allowed for more opportunities to explore harmonies, rhythmic chording, fingered embellishments,and bowing techniques." Chris Peoples, Indio, CA

"A lovely experience from the picturesque setting, to the small class sizes. A challenging and rewarding experience." Desiah Melby, Amherst, WI

Haugaard’s West Denmark Fiddle School is supported in part by a grant from the Scan Design Foundation of Seattle, WA.

More information about the foundation can be found on their website at www.scandesignfoundation.org