10:00 a.m. in the Greenmead Chapel
Novice- Anyone new to the art of Scottish fiddling may compete (no age restrictions).
Junior- Any fiddle below the age of 18.
Open- Any fiddler
- Junior and Open competitors will play a slow air, pause, followed by a set consisting of march/strathspey/reel.
- Novices may play air, strathspey and reel or march/strathspey/reel set.
CASH PRIZES for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in all categories!
1st Place in Open and Junior Categories qualify to compete in the 2016
US National Scottish Fiddle Championships, to be held Sept. 10, 2016 at Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA.
Entry Fee $15 (includes admittance to Highland Games)
Fiddling Competition Information and Entry form
Free fiddle workshopfor all fiddlers at 9 a.m., taught by former US National Scottish
Fiddling Champion and competition judge, Dr. Melinda Crawford Perttu.
About the judge, Dr. Crawford Perttu:
Melinda Crawford is a sanctioned Scottish F.I.R.E. judge and a former U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Champion. A Scottish fiddler since the age of eleven, she has won numerous awards for her solo playing and her original compositions. She also was a finalist for the inaugural Niel Gow International Scottish Fiddle Composition Competition held in Pitlochry, Scotland.
A well respected teacher, Melinda is the director of the Strathgheny School of Scottish Fiddling held every year in July at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. She conducts workshops on Scottish fiddling all over the US, has been an instructor at the Jink & Diddle School of Scottish Fiddling in North Carolina. She frequently judges Scottish F.I.R.E. competitions at Highland games and has judged previous F.I.R.E. national championships. Melinda has been repeatedly invited to present educational sessions at national conferences to school string teachers about how to teach traditional Scottish fiddling in the classroom.
She is also the national president for the Scottish fiddling association for North America, Scottish F.I.R.E. Melinda is an assistant professor of music at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA, where she directs Ceòl na Teud, Westminster’s Scottish string ensemble. Melinda received her doctorate in music education with an emphasis in alternative string pedagogy from The Ohio State University.