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Fiddle Camp

August 2nd - 6th, 2021

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String musicians are invited to come play in our fiddle camp! You will learn

about rhythm-based playing, how to improvise, how to play different styles

on your instrument, and have the chance to play in a band. The old

conventions and stereotypes that separate fiddle and violin are breaking

down, and more string players are realizing their potential to not only

perform, but also write and create music in a variety of styles. At the camp

you will learn not only the differences but also the similarities between

classical music and popular styles like bluegrass, Celtic, rock, pop, blues,

and jazz. Young players can learn to play jigs, reels, waltzes, and other

upbeat tunes that are simple enough to learn quickly and help improve

accuracy, fluency, self-confidence, and establish solid fundamentals.


You will also have the option to learn a new instrument at Fiddle Camp!

You can learn the fiddle, stand-up bass, mandolin, guitar, or ukulele.* 

Instruction comes from local, accomplished musicians and teachers, 

including members of the CSYSA and staff members of the Black Rose



*Instruments will not be provided. Any instrument to be played

will need to be provided by the musician.




                               Ages 9-12: 9:00am-12:00pm  

             Early Registration Tuition: $100 before July 16th

                                       $120 After July 16th

                               Ages 12-19: 9:00am - 3:00pm

             Early Registration Tuition: $150 before July 16th

                                       $170 After July 16th

             Musicians ages 9-12 must receive approval to attend the full day.




Adam Gardino started playing guitar at 10 years old.  After learning from his dad for a few years, Adam began lessons with Charlie Hall in Colorado Springs, CO.  Under Charlie, Adam placed in the Top 5 of the International Fingerstyle Guitar Championship in Winfield, KS at the age of 15.  Later, in 2010, Adam took 3rd; and in both 2012 and 2019 he took 1st place, one of only 2 people to win the Fingerstyle division twice (the other being fingerstyle legend Don Ross).


Gardino attended Pikes Peak Community College and graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Music Performance.  Since then, he has taught at various music camps around Colorado, most notably the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Fiddle Camp (2015, 2016, 2017), and the Colorado Roots Music Camp (2012).  He has also led countless performance and guitar workshops for different schools in the Pikes Peak Region, including one for the University of Colorado at Denver.


For 5 years, Adam played and sang with the infamous Flying W Wranglers.  During this time, he had the opportunity to travel for performances including Las Vegas, NV, Fort Worth, TX, Omaha, NE, Albequerque, NM, Hill City, SD, Jackson Hole, WY and Kalispell, MT.  They were featured at the Western Music Association and Academy of Western Artists, and also had the pleasure of opening for country star Josh Turner.


After the brief stint with the Wranglers, Adam dove into some of his other projects - one which is a solo album entitled "Razzle Dazzle", slated to be released sometime in the future.  He works within a songwriting group called 'Guardrail' and recently joined forces with award winning Colorado Dance-Grass band Wirewood Station (winner of 'Best of the Springs' 3 consecutive years).


Adam is also currently slated to perform in 'The Blacksmith', a modernization of a Philidor Opera, with Opera Lafayette which is based out of Washington D.C.  Performances will be held in Mancos, CO, New York City and later in Washington D.C. at the Kennedy Center.

Luke Tripp started playing the violin on stages when he was only 10. Growing up in a missionary

family, he spent most of his youth in Brazil, where he studied classical violin, and under the influence

of his father, learned to play bluegrass and country music in his band.

As a young man, Luke spent most of his time traveling throughout South America, studying and

performing with international Artists such as Diego Figueiredo, Belchior, Beto Carrero and others.

Heavily influenced by Latin music, Luke developed a style that allowed to be proficient, create and

improvise in many styles of music, including Jazz, Swing, Gypsy Jazz, Country, Bluegrass, Celtic, Rock

and Blues.

During the last few years of his time living in Brazil, Luke taught, directed and conducted with Projeto

Guri, a state-wide program developed to promote classical culture and national music by offering free

music and Orchestra lessons to underprivileged children. With the experience he acquired working

with these children and a new passion for teaching, Luke came to the US and studied to receive his

bachelor’s degree in music performance and education.

In Colorado Springs, Luke works and records with several artists, including performing seven years as

the fiddle player for the Flying W Wranglers. Since then, he has been working as Orchestra director

and teacher in an award-winning school in D11 that offers strings instruction for K-5 students, the only

public program in Southern Colorado to do so.

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