Music Camps

Fiddle and Banjo Mini Camp

Fiddle and Banjo Mini Camp
Wednesday and Thursday Sept.15-16 from 10am to 2pm
Banjo will be divided into beginner and intermediate classes, with the goal being jam survival and basic improvisation. Derek Kretzer and Gina Furtado will alternate teaching each group.
Fiddle will be geared towards intermediate level fiddlers and advanced beginners and be taught  by Malia Furtado.
Tuition is $150



About the Teachers:

Gina Furtado’s (pictured above second from right) down to earth, all-by-ear teaching style has made her a popular instructor choice at banjo camps across the US and Canada, from Alaska to Florida and all points in between. In addition to teaching bluegrass banjo, she performs and records with her own band The Gina Furtado Project. She has had two #1 songs on Bluegrass Today Charts, and has been an IBMA Banjo Player of the Year nominee three times.

Malia Furtado’s (pictured above far right side) musical journey began at the age of 3 with classical violin lessons and took a turn, when she attended her first festival, Galax Old Fiddlers Convention, a few years later. Since then, she has performed with a number of different groups, taken home a range of prizes, graced the stage of numerous venues up and down the East Coast and given private lessons in both bluegrass and classical playing. Malia is the Director of Education at the Front Porch Music School in Charlottesville, VA, and currently teaches adult continued education courses in bluegrass fiddle at Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave, VA.

Derek Kretzer  (not pictured) has been teaching music for over 10 years with an emphasis on Guitar and Banjo.  He is well-versed in both bluegrass banjo and clawhammer, and enjoys teaching all skill levels and ages.  Derek is also the banjoist, vocalist and songwriter for the Plate Scrapers.  They have had success over the last 6 years by touring the east coast, playing a number of large premier festivals and debuting at #9 on the Billboard Bluegrass Charts in 2020 with the release of their latest album Destination Horizon.