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Melinda Crawford, a sanctioned Scottish F.I.R.E. judge and a former U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Champion, performs frequently for Scottish highland games, Celtic festivals, and concert series throughout the United States and abroad (including a recital for the Lord Lyon of Scotland.) A Scottish fiddler since the age of eleven, she has won numerous awards for her solo playing and her original compositions. She also was a finalist for the inaugural Niel Gow International Scottish Fiddle Composition Competition held in Pitlochry, Scotland.
A well respected teacher, Melinda is the director of the Strathgheny School of Scottish Fiddling held every year in July at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. She conducts workshops on Scottish fiddling all over the US, has been an instructor at the Jink & Diddle School of Scottish Fiddling in North Carolina, and teaches Scottish fiddling privately and internationally to many students over the internet. She frequently judges Scottish F.I.R.E. competitions at highland games and has judged many previous F.I.R.E. national championships. Melinda has been repeatedly invited to present educational sessions at national conferences to school string teachers about how to teach traditional Scottish fiddling in the classroom. She is also the national president for the Scottish fiddling association for North America, Scottish F.I.R.E.
Melinda is an associate professor of music at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA, where she directs Ceòl na Teud, Westminster’s Scottish string ensemble. She is also the orchestra director, the string education specialist, and violin and viola (and Scottish fiddling) instructor. Melinda received her doctorate in music education with an emphasis in alternative string pedagogy from The Ohio State University. She is the author of “A Violinist’s Guide to Scottish Fiddling,” published by Mel Bay.