"It dawned on me that CAMP CALVIN isn't a place....it is an atmosphere"  D. Ingram

It's a Wrap!

Well the 2018 edition of Camp Calvin is in the books! And what a great year it turned out to be. Having learned much from our first year at Portage College in 2017, many changes and improvements were made that met approval by all attendees. With a cap of 65 students, and the use of only half the college space, camp was much more personable. Coffee breaks, which were included for everyone, were held in the atrium, a much warmer area atmosphere that lent itself better for more camaraderie, sharing and networking among attendees. A new caterer provided us with some tasty and plentiful home cooked meals. Evening concerts were once again... stellar.

We were happy to welcome Mark Sullivan back to the roster this year to compliment our existing roster of Daniel Gervais, Gordon Stobbe, JJ Guy, Kimberley Holmes, Craig McGregor and Calvin Vollrath. Some new workshops were introduced to coincide with the group classes.

We are very pleased with the turnout of this year's camp and thank all those who participated and make it what it is, for without you, we don't have a camp. Plans are underway for 2019 and the website will be updated as information becomes available. Stay tuned and Save the Date!

JULY 21 - 25, 2019
Portage College
St. Paul, AB

Bring a new friend to camp and receive a $50 discount off your registration fee per new student!

Grand North American Old Time Fiddle Championship

You are encouraged to attend the Grand North American Old Time Fiddle Championship on the weekend of July 20-21, 2019 prior to the start of Camp Calvin which is held in Radway AB, a short 1¼ drive northwest of St. Paul. Our schedule accommodates your participation in the fiddle contest without missing anything of Camp Calvin.

ASF Fiddle Marathon

The Alberta Society of Fiddlers (ASF) celebrated their 25th Anniversary with a 25-hr fiddle marathon on May 19 & 20, 2017. Camp Calvin alumni participated in the marathon by playing some favorite Camp Calvin jam tunes. What a fun hour it was!

A 14 min video was taken (along with commentary) of the group and is now posted on the website under Photos, or click here to view it.


The name Calvin Vollrath is synonymous with Canadian fiddle music. He taught at the 1st fiddle camp in Canada from it’s inception sponsored by the 'Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange Society' at Emma Lake Saskatchewan and when that fiddle camp ceased to exist, Calvin felt it was time to host his own camp.

2007 saw the inaugural “Calvin Vollrath Fiddle Camp” in the hamlet of St. Edouard Alberta. A very small community about 200 kms northeast of Edmonton. Population around 100.

In 2011, for the 5th Annual Camp, the name was changed to ‘Camp Calvin’. The atmosphere was magical & electric. In 2012, the camp was extended to 2 weeks; 2 separate weeks and quite a number of students stayed for both.

2016 saw the 10th anniversary of Camp Calvin and we look forward to another 10 wonderful years. In 2017, the camp began a new decade in St. Paul Alberta at the Portage College and we hope to make that our home for the next 10 years.

Quality instruction is offered in fiddle, piano and guitar. We hold a variety of workshops throughout the week, all with high caliber, award winning instructors & musicians from across Canada. Students from the age of 8 - 80 take part each year at various levels.

Browse around the site. You'll find lots of information, pictures, videos, registration forms, a guest book, & all kinds of things fiddle related.

Welcome to our website and we hope to see you at “Camp Calvin” in the near future.

Jam Tunes

At Camp Calvin 2015,  a list of jam tunes typically played at Camp Calvin was compiled in a 'Jam Tunes'  workshop.

In anticipation of Camp Calvin 2018, where many of these tunes will likely be played, we have posted the list here for your convenience.  We invite you to go through the list and check to see how many tunes you know?

Want to learn some tunes before Camp Calvin 2018, register for '2'sday 2'nes' and learn 24 standard jam tunes. Go to www.calvinvollrath.com/2'day2'nes to find out more and sign up.

Calvin's Camp Two Step

Calvin's Camp Two Step

Click on the 'Download Album' button to download the mp3 & the sheet music of Calvin's Camp Two Step, for free. The theme tune at Camp Calvin. You will be signed up to the mailing list.

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Scale & Chord Chart Instruction Download

Scale & Chord Chart Instruction This is a 1 page lesson to learn the number system. It gives you a few examples to practice. Learn the numbers for every key you play in. 72.8 KB

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