The Strathgheny School of Scottish Fiddling

at Westminster College

A week-long  Scottish fiddle camp on the beautiful campus of
Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA.

Sun., July 11 - Sat., July 17, 2021


for Fiddle, Viola, and Cello

O V E R V I E W  

For: Ages 14-104

What: Traditional Scottish fiddling

  and its

• bowing techniques,

• ornamentation,

• interpretation, and

• rhythmic nuance


• accompanying,

• arranging,

• Scottish history,

• playing in a band,

• composition


• private lessons with      BOTH fiddle instructors.

How: with music and by ear.

Q U I C K   L I N K   T O  
R E G I S T R A T I O N   &   F E E S


Also accessible through the drop-down menu in the upper-right of this page.


Feb. 16, 2021 -

Strathgheny goes ONLINE (again) for 2021

After a lot of serious discussion we have made the difficult decision to turn this year’s Strathgheny School of Scottish Fiddling - once more - into an online course.  We will greatly miss seeing everyone and hugging and jamming in person, and we did NOT want to cancel, so we believe this to be the best and safest route for all involved until the pandemic is over. (We also all had a blast last year even though we were all online!) We are extremely hopeful and confident that Strathgheny 2022 will once more be back on Westminster's beautiful campus.  




We are going to keep the same schedule as the in-person camp.  (This will add up to around 33 hours of instruction.)  David and I will still be team-teaching, and we will still be teaching via music and by ear. Everyone will still receive private lessons.  Dan will still present some theory/harmonizing classes and will provide piano accompaniments for all of our 2021 Thistle Collection tunes.  We will even continue to award PA Act 48 continuing education credits!  (And yes, even though will will not be able to play together in a group, we’re still going to have some social opportunities so we can all catch up and still have some fun together.)

Click here for a sample schedule.


Since we won’t be using Westminster’s physical facilities for room and board, the cost of “attending" Strathgheny this year will be lower as well.  Registration for the week is $495.    Click here for more information: Strathgheny Registration.


The fee will include:

  • All instruction (33+ hours of instruction)

  • Private lessons (1/2 hr. with Melinda and a 1/2 hr. with David)

  • All music (the Strathgheny Collection as well as this year’s Thistle Collection.)

  • Piano Accompaniments to Thistle Collection tunes so you can play WITH Dan

  • Online video archive of all of the instructional classes

  • All evening activities (including 2 full instructors concerts, etc.)


D A I L Y  A C T I V I T I E S - In Non-COVID Years

A typical day will include three different classes of instruction focused on the playing and interpreting of traditional Scottish fiddle tunes, an enrichment class on a related topic, tea and biscuit breaks, time to practice/visit/sleep/explore the area, three meals in the college dining hall, and an evening activity.

Evening activities will include an instructors’ concert and an all-school concert. Other evening activities may include a traditional ceilidh party with dancing, a bonfire jam by the lake, a Scottish movie night, and a Burns party and sing-along.  There is a communal townhouse devoted to evening socializing and jamming.  All concerts are open to the community, free of charge, and will take place in the lake-side covered amphitheater.  (During extreme weather, concert site is Orr Auditorium.)

Other activities ⃰can include exploring the local walking/hiking trails on Westminster's campus, tennis, biking, fishing, canoing, riding horses at the local Little Neshannock Stables, taking a driving tour through the local Amish country, or shopping in the boutiques in the nearby village of Volant or at the Grove City Premium Outlets.

⃰Outside of scheduled Strathgheny activities and at the participant's discrecion. Depending on the activity, additional fees may apply.