Virtual Camp Calvin has been created out of necessity due the Covid-19 pandemic and the Stay at Home orders that all governments have been endorsing. With the advent of advanced technology and the popularity of 'Everything Online', we felt it was possible to carry on with Camp Calvin, in a virtual setting. This is a way to keep some sort of normality and to find a way to gather together while staying apart.

This LIVE 4-day camp will consist of classes in fiddle, piano & guitar as well as jam sessions led by our very talented camp instructors from across Canada, including Canada's Fiddling Sensation Calvin Vollrath. Participants from around the world and of all ages are welcome and encouraged to participate.

All classes will be recorded for your review long after the camp is over, so it's 'the gift that keeps on giving'. A bonus to Camp Calvin! Class videos will be made available in a few days following camp for the days of your respective registration days.

Classes will start at 9 am MST daily with a Fiddle Group class, followed by a Fiddle Workshop and a second Fiddle Group class. After a 30-min lunch break, we will gather for an Instructor Lead Jam Session, followed by the accompanists classes of Piano & Guitar. Classes will end at 4:40 pm daily. Classes will be 45 mins in length and the schedule allows for breaks, enough time to get out/or get in for the next class. Below is the provisional schedule for this winter camp. Finals details will be uploaded January 12, 2021.

Students have the option to participate in any or all of the classes they choose. Your low-cost registration fee will give you access to all classes. Sit in on as many or as little as you like. The only thing that will be required to attend, other than your instrument, will be a decent internet connection and a device (smart phone, tablet, laptop or computer) and optional headphones.

All classes will be taught at the Intermediate Level.

Fiddle students
- We do not offer a raw beginner course.
The two fiddle class levels offered will be a Novice Intermediate & an Advanced Intermediate (this is categorized by the type of the tune being taught). So if you learn tunes a little slower, or quicker, we have you covered.

Piano students
-Piano students must have a basic knowledge of their instrument.

Guitar students
-Guitar students must have a basic knowledge of their instrument.

Because most students ask for sheet music to the tunes being taught, we are limited to teaching Calvin Vollrath tunes due to the fact that sheet music is copyright protected, we cannot copy, sell or giveaway sheet music from others. However, Calvin has an arsenal of great compositions and something for everyone, from the simpler to the most complex tunes. For this camp, we have selected tunes at the Intermediate level, both Hi & Lo. The fiddle workshops will cover technical aspects from bowing tips, vibrato, backup fiddle, etc,. these are still TBD. Piano and guitar students will learn various chord structures, and lots of tips & tricks from two very knowledgeable accompanists.

In the week of January 10, you will receive an email with all the information and code to connect online. We will use the most popular web conferencing platform out there, Zoom. They have updated their software in September and now the audio is now so much better. They have made provisions for the music that is being played and taught on their platform so this is great news for all of us. On Friday January 15 at 5 pm MST, we will do a connection test to get everyone connected, go LIVE and work out any glitches so that everyone will be ready to go first thing Saturday morning.

Because of the timing of this camp, we realize school age students or the working student may not be in a position to attend all 4 days, so we are offering a two-tier registration fee. A 2-day weekend camp or a 4-day camp fee. But just know that all classes will get recorded for you to view at your leisure when the camp is over so purchasing the 4 day camp is your best deal.

2-day Weekend Fee: $90/student plus 5% GST for a total fee of $94.50 CAD.  Family rate of 4 or more $270 plus GST for a total of $283.50.

4-day Camp Fee: $130/student plus 5% GST for a total fee of $136.50 CAD.  Family rate of 4 or more $390 plus GST for a total of $409.50.

We have kept this camp very affordable and require everyone in your household who is participating, to fill in their own registration form and pay their registration fee. Prices increased January 1, 2021. A camp registration will make a great present for the musician in your life. We can offer gift certificates.

NB. Additionally, packages will be available for purchase of the Sheet Music, MPs, Backing Tracks of the 12 fiddle tunes being taught, as well as Chord Charts for the 70+ Jam Session tunes and the 12 new tunes. These will be sold at a discounted rate and is exclusive for camp participants. We will send you an email after we receive your paid registration with all the 'Things to know' and will it include the Passcode to the purchase page.

Cancellations up to and including January 8, 2021 will be reimbursed less a $10 administration fee.
Cancellations on January 9, 2021 or later will forfeit their registration fee.

We accept E-transfers (Cdn students only), Cheques (no longer an option) or Credit Cards (processed by Square - US/Int students must use this option). Payment details will be sent with your Confirmation email once you're registered.

Michael Gilmore of 'Collector's Corner' is a great supporter of ours & normally sets up shop at Camp Calvin for instrument repairs or supplies and offers great service at reasonable rates. Dealer, Collector, Repairer & Restorer of fine new & vintage Instruments and bows. You can contact Michael at 780-266-9103 or mgilmore@shaw.ca for any of your musical needs today.

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Upcoming Camp Dates:
January 16 - 19, 2021 (Winter Camp)
July 19 - 22, 2021 (Virtual)
July 17 - 22, 2022
July 16 - 21, 2023
July 21 - 26, 2024
July 20 - 25, 2025
2026.... 20 years! Final Camp Calvin!
July 19 - 24, 2026