Marcie Van Cleave 
Folk Arts Center of New England 

Fiddle School Dates: 
Saturday afternoon, August 10, 2019
Friday early afternoon, August 16, 2019

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Thompson Island, Boston Harbor 
Boston, Massachusetts

Thompson Island ferry
Sunset over Boston from Thompson Island

Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School

Fiddling by the dock on Thompson Island

Welcome to the registration page for the 17th Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School! 

Sponsored by the Folk Arts Center of New England, BHSFS presents you with an opportunity that is unique to fiddle camps:  a chance to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings of Boston's Thompson Island, part of the Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, and at the same time enjoy Scottish music lessons with a world-renowned staff of teachers!  With the unique Boston skyline as a backdrop one mile away across the Harbor, Thompson Island offers an effortless way to "get away from it all" without having to go very far - even if you fly in from distant places (Logan Airport is a short cab ride away from the Thompson Island dock).  And with spectacular sunsets, a genuine New England clambake, well-sized classes, excellent teachers, lively dancing, music-making around the clock, and an island staff that is always thrilled to welcome us back each year, this activity-packed session is guaranteed to leave you with memories and tunes you will treasure for a long time to come.

NEWS OF NOTE IN 2019:  Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School will begin on Saturday this year ... on the mainland!  We will be "meeting and greeting" at the Arlington Masonic Temple in Arlington Center (19 Academy Street) at 1:00.  There will be four classes in the afternoon, beginning at 1:30, followed by a catered dinner, a session, then early-to-bed-early-to-rise in order to move onto Thompson Island Sunday morning for the rest of the week's classes and activities.  

What does this mean for housing?  Your room and board on the island is included in the camp fee, however, you will be responsible for your own accommodations on Saturday night.  We have offers of hospitality with local Fiddle Schoolers, so if you are coming from a distance, let me know and we can make arrangements for you with a host family.

Also worth noting:  Fiddle School ends on Friday afternoon.


• Judi Nicolson (Katy, Texas; originally from Banchory, Scotland)
• Patsy Reid (Perthshire, Scotland)
• Jamie Laval (Tryon, North Carolina)

• Eamon Sefton (Stow, Massachusetts) 

Plus ... Piano and Accordion!

There is much more information on the the Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School website!

To register, click on the "Apply Online Now!" button at the bottom of this page.  It is best (but not required) if each member of your party registers individually under different emails.   However, if family members share the same email address, register one as the main person, and the others as "Additional Campers". 

More Information

• To receive $25 off your Fiddle School registration, and to support the Folk Arts Center of New England, become a member!  Memberships are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

• You have a choice when registering whether to pay a $300 deposit, or pay the entire fee; you may pay online through PayPal, or send a check in to the Folk Arts Center.  If you would like to pay with a credit card, you can call the office and we'll be happy to take the pertinent information over the phone.  In an email we will send you later in the process, we will tell you what your balance is (if any), the due date, and the cancellation policy. 

• People requesting Work Exchange or Youth Scholarship should not pay a deposit; you will be notified of whether you receive a Work Exchange or a Youth Scholarship and your subsequent balance by April 1, 2019.

• Fiddle Schoolers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

• The Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School website is a superb resource for further details!

     Adults                                                                            $875
     Teens & Young Adults (ages 13-24)                        $775
     Children (ages 12 and under)                                   $725
     Companions (no classes)                                           $775
     Single room surcharge                                               $175

 Folk Arts Center member discount                        ($25)