Fiddle School enrollment is full for 2018! We are developing a waiting list- Please call Mark for more information.

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, June 10 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, June 14 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.


This fourth West Denmark Fiddle school, which is intended to be an annual event, will offer a class for intermediate and 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 fish boil on Monday June 11; a teachers’ concert on Tuesday, June 12; and an ‘open stage’ evening on Wednesday, June 13. The fiddle school will conclude with a final concert, open to the public, featuring all students and teachers performing together on stage on Thursday, June 14.  Checkout and breakfast (optional) will be on Friday morning,June 15.


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.


* UPDATE- Fiddle school enrollment is full for 2018. We are developing a waiting list. Please call Mark Pederson at 715-529-0830 for more information.





Please join us for the Instructor's concert on Tuesday June 12 at 8 p.m.








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