Fiddling on the Hill

Fiddling on the Hill

July 22-26, 2019

Fiddling on the Hill is a full day, one week strings camp for violin, viola, and cello students ages 9-14 (and CITs ages 15-18). Students will explore the challenging fun of fiddle and “new string” styles, learning music by ear, improvising, arranging, and composing their own music.


About Fiddling on the Hill

Why fiddle?
The last few decades have seen a resurgence in interest in fiddle styles, improvisational playing and cross-genre collaboration. Young string players across America have been at the forefront of creative energy that is bursting out all over. Boston in particular is blessed with a rich fiddle music scene, with something for both professional musicians and those looking for a sense of community-fiddle music being an artistic form that allows people of all ages to play together. Fiddle music offers music and community for a lifetime!

Who can fiddle?
Any violin, viola, or cello student ages 9-14 is welcome to join the program, as long as they have been playing for one year or more, feel ready to learn a few new tunes in the span of a week, and are excited to try something new! Experienced fiddlers and those trying the style for the first time are both invited.

This year, a CIT program is available for fiddlers 15-18 who wish to assist with the younger classes and play in an older advanced ensemble directed by one of our teachers.

What will the week be like?
Our renowned instructors will spend a week working with young fiddlers and violinists, cellists and viola players to hone the skills that allow creative freedom, innovative playing, and fun!

Mornings will be spent learning repertoire and styles on your instrument such as Scottish, American, and Irish. After a break for lunch, the afternoon will be spent on electives such as art, recreation, composing, and stepdancing, and learning to arrange the tunes in an ensemble setting.

Cello and viola students will learn tunes alongside their fiddle/violin friends and also have a class or two focusing more on the style of cello and violas playing traditional and fiddle music.


Summer 2019

Ages: 9-14; CITs ages 15-18

Faculty & Staff (subject to change): Ellery Klein (fiddle), Amy Beshara (fiddle), Ariel Friedman (cello), Dawn Scaltreto (art)


  • July 22-26, 2019
  • Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm; Early drop-off / late pick-up options available!
  • Final performance on Friday, July 26


  • Fiddling on the Hill Tuition: $525
  • Summer registration fee: $15
  • Early drop-off option: $50; Late pick-up option: $55
  • Financial Aid is available for this program on a limited basis. Deadline for first consideration: April 1, 2019.

Sample Daily Schedule:

  • 8:45-9:00 Student drop-off
  • 9:00-9:50 Repertoire & Styles
  • 10:00-10:50 Repertoire & Styles
  • 10:50-11:05 Snack Break
  • 11:05-11:55 Electives / Art
  • 11:55-12:40 Lunch
  • 12:45-1:40 Electives / C strings
  • 1:45-2:45 Outdoor recreation / Activity time
  • 2:45-4:00 Ensemble work
  • 4:00 Student pick-up


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About the Instructors

Ellery Klein, fiddle
Ellery is the year-round fiddle teacher in Powers Music School string department and director of Fiddlin' on the Hill, which she launched in 2015. She taught at the Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann music school from 2013-2018, until leaving to expand her growing home studio. Ellery began her training as a classical violinist, but since college has enjoyed a 20 year career playing Irish music. From 2003-2007, she toured full time with the world-pop Celtic band Gaelic Storm. Currently she performs in the Irish trio Fódhla, but as a fellow busy parent of a 10 year old clarinet player and an 8 year old fiddler, focuses on her teaching career, fostering many aspiring fiddlers in the Boston area. She holds an MA in Traditional Irish Music Performance from the University of Limerick.

Amy Beshara
Trainings and certifications include: O'Connor Method at the Ashokan Center, NY and Charleston, SC, the Suzuki Method at L'institut Suzuki Montreal, Louise Montello's Performance Wellness at New York University and the New School University, Dalcroze Eurhythmics at Lucy Moses School, NYC, Music Together in Princeton, NJ, and the Paul Rolland Method at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. Amy is a registered Vinyasa and Yin yoga teacher and her knowledge of anatomy and movement informs her violin teaching and practice. Amy's teaching style is geared towards helping students achieve technical proficiency in the healthiest way possible, while equipping students with a lifelong love of music, confidence in their own performance and practice, appreciation of the work of others, and an understanding of their unique role in society as musicians, as well as how to function in and create a supportive community of musicians.

Ariel Friedman
Ariel Friedman is a multi-genre cellist, composer and educator. A winner of ASTA’s Alternative Styles Award, she is steeped both in the music of American roots traditions and a broad range of classical repertoire. Ariel tours the U.S. and abroad with her sister as Ari & Mia, award-winning songwriters and highly acclaimed as New England’s Americana sister act, and has performed nationally and internationally with many other folk-based groups. In demand as an educator, Ariel has been on faculty at Point Counterpoint, teaches at Brookline Music School throughout the school year, coaches chamber music for the Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras, and has her own private studio. She has taught at music camps and workshops from New England to New Zealand. Ariel received her Bachelors of Music from Northwestern University in 2008 and her Masters of Music from New England Conservatory in 2011. Her primary teachers have included Hans Jorgen Jensen, Hankus Netsky, Carla Kihlstedt, and Stratis Minakakis.

Past faculty have included: Austin Scelzo of the Angry O'Hara's, Eric Wright of the Fretless (2015), and Scottish fiddler and singer Emerald Rae (2015-2017)


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