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Our Fiddle Camp has grown! Red Wing Academy is hosted by Eric Brubaker of The Steel Wheels as a four-day intensive camp held at Eastern Mennonite University on July 8-11, 2018.

Red Wing Academy is open to non-beginner violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, mandolin and banjo students. Students will receive individual and group instruction from highly trained music teachers and will also be coached by members of The Steel Wheels throughout the week. Daily curriculum will include group classes, mini lessons, improv and jam sessions, technique and tone development, stage performance, electives, recreation, panel discussions, and more. Each day will close with a camp wide rehearsal to practice for Red Wing performance.

Throughout the 4-day workshop, students will learn several tunes to perform collectively. On Friday, July 13th, 2018, the Academy experience will culminate at Red Wing Roots Music Festival with a live, on-stage performance with The Steel Wheels.

Tuition: $200 | Registration Deadline: May 25, 2018
Late registrations accepted on a space-available basis. Tuition refunds cannot be given after the registration deadline.

Scholarship opportunities are available for qualifying students. Admission to the festival and a T-shirt are included for participants.

Academy Schedule (Detailed class schedules will be emailed out to campers in June.)
Sunday, July 8, 1:00 – 5:00
Monday, July 9, 9:00 – 3:00
Tuesday, July 10, 9:00 – 3:00
Wednesday, July 11, 9:00 – 3:00 (followed by performance with The Steel Wheels)
Friday, July 13 – Performance with The Steel Wheels at Red Wing Roots Music Festival

Email or call 540-588-0332 for more information.

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We see the old lines between instruction and play dissolving, bringing the spirit of traditional American music into the classroom, and fusing the culture of festivals with expert training in string instruments and live performance.

The Academy’s mission is to nurture both the wings and the roots of the newest generation of old time musicians. We provide emerging, student musicians with the skills, talents, and community to go beyond classical training into the culture of improvisational performance and group play, the hallmark of a genre that has always celebrated spontaneity and place as part of its sound and tradition. 

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