Fiddle Camp – Instructors

2019 INSTRUCTORS 

(click on instructors name to see their website)

 

Trish Horrocks

Trish Horrocks studied violin performance at the University of Victoria and Western University in London, Ontario.

Trish has taught violin and viola privately and in groups since 1997. She has been a fixture at many Canadian fiddle camps and summer workshops, and was an active teacher with the Kole Crook Fiddle Association in the Northwest Territories for many years. Trish is also a passionate Suzuki violin/viola teacher who has completed several levels of teacher training. The materials and resources developed by Cross Canada Fiddle are deeply informed by this experience. Trish enjoys writing arrangements of fiddle music that are designed to get players of all ages and ability making music together.  

 

Miriam Sonstenes

When not on the road, Miriam has a full teaching studio at home. Her straight forward and patient style has made her a sought-after instructor, both in Victoria and across Canada. She regularly teaches at camps in BC and in the North West Territories. She led the Victoria Conservatory Fiddlers for 6 years. Recent camps and workshops include Nimblefingers Bluegrass and Old Time Workshop, Gavin Lake Fiddle Camp, Beyond Trad, Vancouver Island Music Workshop, Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Tyme Workshop, Fiddleworks, FiddlyNess, and Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music.

 

Nellie Quinn

Canadian fiddler Nellie Quinn is quickly gaining attention as an outstanding musician, captivating performer and versatile interpreter of Canadian traditional musics. Nellie belies her young years through the depth and maturity of her music, no doubt a result of touring across Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

Born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia, she began playing music at the age of 9 and unlike most fiddlers, started playing violin an opposite way, or cross fiddle style as she is naturally left handed. After a few years of excelling at playing fiddle tunes left handed, she started to study classical music where it was recommended she switched to the conventional way of playing, right handed. Nellie studied classical music for 3 years before deciding to return to her first love, folk music.

Hailing from a musical family, Nellie inherited her great grandfather’s fiddle on which she has explored and become proficient in many different genres of music, recording with Indie Band ‘Italian Edition’ and recording her original tunes and traditional folk music Nellie Quinn produced her first EP entitled ‘From Past to Present’. Nellie has played with many prestigious groups including the ‘British Columbia Fiddle Orchestra’ which performed for over 40,000 people at the Victoria Canada day celebrations. ‘Twisted String’; a string group formed by Juno-nominated composer Oliver Schroer as well as “Fiddle Band” from Newcastle University performing at Celtic Connections 2010 in Scotland. Most recently Nellie has toured the US & Canada with Celtic Rock band ‘The Town Pants’. 

 

Jenny Bice

Jennie Bice has been involved with music in some capacity all of her life. With a combination of classical and fiddle training from an early age, it was not uncommon for her to be active in both orchestras and old-time fiddle contests. Team that up with a family that loved (and still loves) to sing around the piano together and it results in a voracious appetite for jamming and collaborative music creation. Bice has performed with dozens of bands over the years, starting out professionally in Windsor, Ontario playing with bands such as, “Celtic Cross.” “Lynne and the Rebels” and “Skye Blue” as well as acting in many theatrical roles in summer and stock theatre companies.

Currently, Jennie is performing with 12 bands, the most active of which are listed on the Bands page of this site. She is also teaching fiddle students in studio, and in workshops at festivals and fiddle camps, and is in high demand for recording projects worldwide.

 

Quin Etheridge-Pedden

Quin began his musical journey at age 6 when he started Suzuki violin private lessons with Trish Horrocks as well as beginner fiddle group lessons at the Nanaimo Conservatory.  After one year of classical violin it was clear that Quin was destined to be a fiddler and he henceforth focused all his energy and education on fiddle music.  He has been taking lessons since then with Trish and Geoff Horrocks of Cross Canada Fiddle.

Quin has recently been nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award in the category Young Performer of the Year for his album Embark, which was released in May of 2017.  Quin is also a member of Fiddelium.  www.fiddelium.com

Most days you can find Quin in his music room with his fiddle, guitar, mandolin and loop pedal working on existing tunes or creating new ones for his next album.   He hopes to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston upon graduation. 

 

Jenny Lester

 Jenny is a dynamic performer, fiddler, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist.  Jenny is an experienced instructor at music camps and easily shares her enthusiasm with all ages and levels of learning.  She has released several original Bluegrass albums and has toured across Canada the United States and internationally.  Jenny has taught at many fiddle camps in BC and Alberta and she has been invited to return year after year.  Her love of music has been paralleled by her love of horses and Jenny currently devotes her life to both.  Jenny is delighted to be part of the instructor team for the 2019 Nanaimo Fiddle and Guitar Camp.

 

Geoff Horrocks

Geoff Horrocks has been deeply involved in Canada’s fiddle community for many years, and is familiar to many players as one of the country’s best-known pianists. He has accompanied many renowned players on stage and in the recording studio. He also spent many years teaching fiddle in remote communities in Canada’s northern territories, and has taught at many fiddle camps across the country.

In recent years Geoff has focused his attention on teaching private and group lessons in fiddle, guitar, and piano. As a teacher, Geoff works from a deeply-held belief that everyone can learn to play the fiddle, and he has a particular interest in the learning needs of adult beginners. He also believes that learning to play a musical instrument is an excellent way to awaken, stimulate, and strengthen brain function. The learning materials developed by Cross Canada Fiddle are designed to appeal to visual, aural, and physical learners alike.