WHAT IS VIRTUAL CAMP CALVIN?
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!
WHAT WILL A VIRTUAL 'WINTER' CAMP WEEK LOOK LIKE? (Updated Nov 6, 2020)
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 a sample schedule for the winter camp.
WHAT ARE THE ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS?
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.
- We do not offer a raw beginner course.
The two fiddle class levels offered will be a Lo-Intermediate & a Hi-Intermediate (this is categorized by the ease of the tune being taught). So if you learn tunes a little slower, or quicker, we have you covered.
-Piano students must have a basic knowledge of their instrument.
-Guitar students must have a basic knowledge of their instrument.
HOW WILL I GET CONNECTED?
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.
WHAT IS THE COST TO ATTEND?
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: $70/student plus 5% GST for a total fee of $73.50 CAD. Family rate of 4 or more $210 plus GST for a total of $220.50.
4-day Camp Fee: $100/student plus 5% GST for a total fee of $105.00 CAD. Family rate of 4 or more $300 plus GST for a total of $315.00.
We are making 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 increase January 1, 2021 so register early and save $$. A camp registration will make a great Xmas present for the musician in your life. We can offer gift certificates.
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 (mailed prior to Dec 15, 20) 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. (Due to Covid-19 and the delay of the postal service, we ask that payments by cheques be mailed by December 15, 2020 to ensure receipt by Jan 15, 21).
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 email@example.com for any of your musical needs today.
Upcoming Camp Dates:
January 16 - 19, 2021 (Winter Camp)
July 18 - 23, 2021
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