Instruction, designed for both high school students and adults of all ages, will focus on the authentic performance of traditional Scottish fiddle music. Discussion will cover
issues such as bowing techniques, ornamentation, interpretation, and rhythmic nuance. Tunes will be taught both through music and by ear. Additional instruction can include
topics such as accompanying, Scottish fiddle pedagogy, Scottish history, Ceilidh (traditional party) dancing, and using Scottish fiddling within the context of a performing group.
Each participant will also receive private lesson time with each of the fiddle instructors.
A typical day will include three different classes of instruction focused on the playing and interpreting of traditional Scottish fiddle tunes, an enrichment class on a related topic,
tea and biscuit breaks, time to practice/visit/sleep/explore the area, three meals in the college dining hall, and an evening activity.
Evening activities will include an instructors’ concert and an all-school concert. Other evening activities may include a traditional ceilidh party with dancing, a bonfire jam by the lake,
a Scottish movie night, and a Burns party and sing-along. There is a communal townhouse devoted to evening socializing and jamming. All concerts are open to the community,
free of charge, and will take place in either the lake-side covered amphitheater, or outside of beautiful, Gothic "Old Main," as part of New Wilmington's Arts Fest Celebration.
Other activities* can include exploring the local walking/hiking trails on Westminster's campus, tennis, biking, fishing, canoing, riding horses at the local Little Neshannock
Stables, taking a driving tour through the local Amish country, or shopping in the boutiques in the nearby village of Volant or at the Grove City Premium Outlets.
*Outside of scheduled Strathgheny activities and at the participant's discrecion. Depending on the activity, additional fees may apply.
Continuing Education Credits:
PA teachers are eligible for Act 48 continuing education hours. (35+ hours)
There is an extra $5 cost for processing the hours through the PA Midwestern
Intermediate Unit IV. Teachers can fill out the paperwork when at Strathgheny.
Non-PA teachers may request documentation to remit to their schools.
Melinda Crawford Perttu, Ph.D., Director - Sanctioned Scottish F.I.R.E Judge, U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Champion, Assistant Professor of Music (violin) at
David Gardner - Sanctioned Scottish F.I.R.E Judge, Professional Scottish fiddler for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Fulbright “teacher exchange” scholar in music
Fees include 6 nights in a private room in the air-conditioned dormitory “town-homes” across from
Westminster’s Brittain Lake, all meals from Sunday's dinner to Saturday's breakfast, tea and snacks,
all instruction, private lessons with the fiddle instructors, music, and all evening activities.
Resident Non-participant: $375
Registration & payment deadlines: On or before June 1 - NO additional registration fees
June 2 - June 15, please add $15 to your registration payment
June 16 - June 23, please add $25 to your registration payment
Registration closes on June 23 at midnight.
Space is limited, so please get your registration in soon!
2017 Registration Form (for printing out and mailing in)
Or, for your convenience, you may register and pay online. (Please be aware that Strathgheny pays a significant fee for every online payment, so if paying by mail is an option
for you, it would be appreciated! Thank you!)
2017 Online Registration and Payment
Additional information (where to go, what to bring, t-shirt order form etc.) will be sent out once registration is received and when it is closer to the start of the school.
Getting to New Wilmington, PA:
Flying: New Wilmington is between the Pittsburgh International (PIT) and Cleveland Hopkins (CLE) airports. Pittsburgh is closer (55 minutes), but either will work. Akron-
Canton's (CAK) airport can also sometimes offer some surprising deals.
Driving: New Wilmington is located an hour north of Pittsburgh, PA, just southwest of the intersection of RTs 79 & 80.
Links of Interest:
Little Neshannock Stables
Fractured Grape Wine Cellars
The Silk Road Fair Trade Market
The Tavern on the Square
Knockin' Noggin Cidery & Winery
Volant Village Shops
Grove City Premium Outlets