Fiddle Camp – Instructors

2020 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’. 

 

Gordon Stobbe

Gordon Stobbe’s passion for fiddle music has enriched our cultural heritage. A performer, composer, teacher and publisher, he has toured with several bands, including his own trio, for more than 40 years. In the 1980s, he hosted a popular variety show, Up Home Tonight, that featured local talent and helped launch the careers of many successful artists. Devoted to the preservation of fiddle music, he has tirelessly built a nationwide network of workshops and camps to introduce the joys of this rich tradition to others.
In 2018, Gordon was awarded the order of Canada for his “commitment to the preservation of fiddle music as a performer, composer and teacher”.  In 2019, Gordon was inducted into the North American Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame!
 
 

JJ Guy

A stranger to none in the fiddle world, this established artist, continues to make waves and inroads all across Canada. His performances while steeped in tradition, have taken fiddle music to a new and exciting level! Growing up in rural Saskatchewan surrounded by fiddle music, this tradition is now reflected in his own playing and his passion for the music. It is often said that “to hear JJ play is to witness a tune come alive.”

 Much of the winter months JJ gives workshops and performing across Canada. He can also be found teaching fiddle to youth in Manitoba through the Frontier School Division, and for The Kole Crook Fiddle Association in the NWT. Summertime finds him featured at festivals, concerts and fiddle camps all across Canada from New Brunswick to British Columbia and all stops in between. This extensive work schedule allows him to meet many fans, consequently, this has made him an attraction on the Canadian fiddle circuit! 

 

Jenny Bice

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.

 

 

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 2020 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.