Our 2021 Workshop took place online, July 22-25, and featured a full program of classes, seminars and social activities.
Samspel Sessions. Samspel means “group play” and anyone can join. Using our Samspel Tune Book, play or sing along with the leader. Dancers can dance along.
Introduction to the Hardingfele. For those new to the instrument, Mira will present a complete and thorough overview of how to tune and begin playing traditional Norwegian folk tunes. Ornamentation will be discussed as well as general fiddle techniques such as bow strokes.
Meet and Greet. Bring your own beverage or snacks and come join fellow workshop attendees for conversation and re-connecting. There may be a spontaneous busker or two....
Fiddle Student Welcome & Introductions. A decades-long tradition at the in-person workshop. Workshop attendees briefly introduce themselves to those fellow fiddlers assembled. A great way to network and find other hardingfele enthusiasts in your area.
Luthier Panel: Presentation and Discussion. Six of America’s hardingfele makers will discuss the building, craftsmanship, and care of the instrument.
Lynn Berg – Eugene, OR
Maggie Gerty – Lindstrom, MN
David Golber – Boston, MA
Bud Larsen – Brainerd, MN
Karen Rebholz – Madison, WI
Bevan Wulfenstein – Moroni, UT
Luthier Shop Hours. You are invited to a tour of our stateside fiddle makers’ shops. Everyone is welcome to come and go throughout the hour, visit, and ask questions. Each luthier will present a short demonstration on a topic of their choice.
Advanced Hardingfele Class. Kenneth de Gala will present tunes from the Telemark/Numedal regions of Norway. The tunes will be challenging both rhythmically and technically (e.g. double-stops).
Intermediate Hardingfele Class. Sivert Andreas Holmen will teach several tunes from the Valdres region of Norway at the intermediate level. This level is for those fiddlers who have already played fiddle or violin for at least one year.
Culture Session with Vegar Vårdal: The 3-Beat Hardingfele Music & Dance Traditions. This lecture/demonstration by the knowledgeable and vivacious Vegar will be a highlight of the weekend. Presented for singers, dancers and fiddlers alike, several of Norway’s bygdedans and music traditions will be explained and shown with clarity.
Beginning Level Hardingfele Class. Mira Dickey will patiently teach and demonstrate her tunes. One or two simple tunes will be taught at a slower speed.
Norwegian Sing-Along. Join Carol Sersland for an enlivening evening of sing-alongs. Geared towards musicians of all kinds, Carol will lead the group in some popular, well-known Norwegian songs, such as the Takk for maten song, and more!
Telemark Dance Class. Our featured district this year! The telespringar and telegangar couple dances will be taught by Norwegian master dancers Kristian Ihle Hanto & Borghild Hardang Hanto
Dance Party with Lightning Round. Come ready to dance, listen and maybe even share a tune or two during our party! We'll be creating a list of willing musicians eager to contribute to an exciting evening.
Singing Class. Join Cait Vitale-Sullivan in learning how to sing driving, exciting tunes for dancing. Cait will teach two trall songs, a Reinlender and a Halling/Gangar, and will talk about tips and tricks for creating wonderful sung music for dancing. This class is great for dancers and instrumentalists too!
Grand March. Grab your instruments: fiddle, guitar, cow horn, voice, spoons, kazoo or whatever and play along. Another longtime tradition at our workshop that we cannot forget as we prepare to attend the Gala Concert. Don your bunads and march around your own living room, why not?
Gala Teacher Showcase Concert. Our festive workshop concert featuring our amazing staff. This will be a prerecorded YouTube premiere event that will be released during the workshop. Connect with others during the concert in the YouTube chat in a virtual "green room". The concert will be dedicated to the memory of Karin Brennesvik and Hauk Buen, two pillars of Telemark tradition and former master teachers at our workshops.