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Here are the teachers*, and their teaching focus at camp. 
Click on the name to see that teacher's bio, photo and samples.
 

Peter Rolland: all fiddle styles, string teachers, intermediate & advanced students, singing, technical & remedial training
Matthew Rolland: old-time, cross-tuned fiddling, contest fiddling, intermediate & advanced students, mandolin, song writing
Michael Rolland: bluegrass, contest fiddling, intermediate & advanced students, mandolin, guitar, song writing
Gail Rolland: beginners, "folk orchestra" director
Grace Rolland: singing, cello, square dance caller
Giselle Lee:
old-time (clawhammer) banjo and fiddle (beginning & novice fiddle students)
Heidi Rolland Unruh:
song writing workshop

Oscar Rolland:
licks, official camp mascot & morale officer


*Teachers are subject to change, because "stuff happens" but we sure hope it doesn't!  Teachers may be added if enrollment permits.



in repose......
Dan Levenson: old-time banjo & fiddle; NOTE: Dan will take a leave of absence in 2014.  We'll miss his expertise and perhaps most of all his energy and enthusiasm at the jam sessions.
Eden Rolland: beginners, novice players, contra-dance caller; NOTE: Eden will take a leave of absence in 2014 to work in Washington DC.  We'll miss her and hope she'll be able to join us in 2015.
Lynne Denig:
staff expert violin teacher: fundamentals, remedial training, Paul Rolland string methods, custom chinrest fitting; NOTE: Lynne will take a leave of absence in 2014 to teach a workshop in Madrid, Spain that overlaps our camp time.  Lynne has taught at all our camps to-date, and we will miss her!
Mike Cirillo: jazz, swing, progressive, rock, country & blues fiddle; NOTE: Mike will take a leave of absence in 2014 to further his education.  Mike has taught at all our camps to-date, and we will miss him!

 Peter Rolland: all fiddle styles, string teachers, intermediate & advanced students, singing, technical & remedial training, camp director

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Peter 'Doc' Rolland (www.myspace.com/peterdocrolland) has had a busy 43-year career as a professional fiddling entertainer, band leader and fiddle teacher that has kept him "young at heart."  His early training on the violin was from his father Paul Rolland.  With his father's encouragement, Peter applied his father's example to the genre of fiddling while he pursed his doctorate in mathematics.  He organized classes and taught fiddling at five universities in the west.  Through research into fiddling repertoires of elderly fiddlers supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Arizona Commission on the Arts he has preserved and purveyed Arizona's fiddling and authentic cowboy music traditions to audiences around the world for over three decades.
  
 

He has won numerous fiddle contests at the state and national level, and judged many contests including three times at the national fiddling championships at Weiser, Idaho. He also has trained many fiddle champions, professional performers and teachers.  In addition to gigging in many different genres (old-time fiddle, cowboy, bluegrass, traditional country, Celtic, etc), he does school workshops and residencies, teaches at fiddle camps and maintains a private teaching studio. In multiple international tours he has performed in Canada, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Scotland, England, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Hungary.

He has operated a small violin shop and string instrument rental service since 1983.  He has honed his skill as an arranger through 35 years of teaching fiddling classes, and Northeastern Music Publications, Inc. has published his folio of traditional fiddle tunes and cowboy songs arranged for school orchestra. 

In 2009 he produced and released the DVD of Paul Rolland's film series "The Teaching of Action in String Playing" (www.paulrolland.net).  In April-May of 2010 he did a teaching and performance tour with his son Matt of Germany, Belgium, England and Scotland.  In Trossingen, Germany he was the featured clinician at a German Classroom String Teacher's conference and gave four workshops on American fiddling and how to incorporate it into the classroom.  At the ESTA conference in Brugge, Belgium he presented a lecture/demonstration on Paul Rolland string pedagogy and also on American fiddling. 

From December 21, 2011 to January 6, 2012 he performed with the Rolland Family Band in their appearances with the American Festival Orchestra in a series of 10 concerts in China, and taught the appreciative Chinese audiences to say "Howdy!" and "Yeee-haw!!"  In late July 2014 he will travel once again throughout China to give a series of 22 concerts with his current 9 piece band, "Doc Rolland's Americana String Ensemble", and two interpretive dancers.

As a fiddle teacher he emphasizes freedom and ease of playing with good motion patterns and a relaxed balanced efficient technique, learning traditional tunes, making the fiddle talk, playing musically and expressively, understanding style, diagnosing and analyzing technical problems, double stops, chord knowledge and understanding fiddle harmony. 

His approach to improvising is to try to play in complete musical phrases to the melody, with liberal use of double stops, preferring fewer really good notes with a strong rhythmic basis to a multitude of random hot licks. In all that he does, he tries to express and pass on his heartfelt joy of making music.


 Matt Rolland: old-time,
cross-tuned fiddling, contest fiddling,
intermediate & advanced students, mandolin, song writing
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These days Matt Rolland spends much of his time touring with his highly successful band Run Boy Run (www.runboyrunband.com).  The band's rapid and almost magical rise to prominence in the folk world is chronicled at their website and Facebook pages. 


Matt Rolland is an accomplished fiddle, guitar, and mandolin player.  He began fiddling at the age of 4, entering fiddle contests throughout the western United States and attending fiddle camps throughout his youth.  Through these camps, such as the Mark O’Connor camp in California, he was able to study with Darol Anger, Daniel Carwile, Charlie Walden, and Mark O’ Connor among others.  A natural performer, he began performing at a young age with the Rolland family band where he was nicknamed “Boots” for the theatrical clogging he developed and performed during shows.

Matt has garnered fiddling and mandolin awards at the local, state, and national levels.  He is a two-time Arizona State Grand Fiddling Champion and has placed 7th in the Junior Division at the National Fiddling Championship in Weiser, Idaho.  He has twice placed in the top three in the Four Corner’s mandolin championship.  These contest years are captured in Fingerprints, an album of contest fiddle music that he recorded in 2001 with his brother, Michael.  In 2005 he won the national awards for musicianship and best traditional fiddler in The American String Teacher's Association "Alternative Strings" competition and was a featured performer at their national convention in Reno, Nevada.

In addition to being an accomplished contest fiddler, Matt has received accolades as an old-time fiddler and bandleader.  His current band, Run Boy Run (www.runboyrunband.com), is a very successful full-time national touring band, and has been featured twice on Garrison Keillor's nationally distributed NPR radio show "A Prairie Home Companion".  Their first full-length CD was released with an introduction and accolades from Garrison Keillor, and continues to win the band recognition and fans wherever they perform.  In March 2014 they recorded their 2nd full length CD, due for release in late spring.  Enroute to their becoming a full-time touring band, Run Boy Run won the Pickin' in the Pines band contest in Flagstaff, and later the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Band competition, thereby joining an elite group of bands including many of the genre's top touring acts. 

Matt is a graduate of the University of the Arizona where he studied International Studies and Economics on a Flinn Foundation scholarship. He completed a yearlong research project on micro-finance and international migration in central Mexico financed through a Fulbright-García Robles grant.  In the fall of 2011 he entered the Charles Schwab training program and worked there as a stockbroker until Run Boy Run's career took off and all the band members quit their jobs in order to tour full-time. 

 Michael Rolland
: bluegrass, contest fiddling, intermediate & advanced students, mandolin, guitar, song writing


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Michael Rolland (www.fiddlinmike.com) is an impressive fancy fiddler, mandolinist and flat pick guitarist who has emerged in the past few years as a great improviser and one of the hottest pickers to ever grace Arizona's acoustic music scene.
  He is the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Arizona State Fiddle Champion.  In his last three national fiddle competitions at Weiser, Idaho he placed 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the national Young Adult division, a very tough division always loaded with great talent.   In the fall of 2011 he launched his teaching website www.fiddlinmike.com where he offers carefully scripted video lessons complete with close-up camerawork and on-screen transcriptions on fiddle, mandolin and guitar.  This fantastic teaching website (for fiddle, mandolin and guitar) has been steadily gaining students since its introduction in 2011 - check it out!!  You will get a clear picture of his detailed tune analysis and ability to communicate clearly during the teaching process. 

His soaring solos always spur audiences to spontaneous applause.  At music festivals around the country he holds his own at jam sessions with some of the nation's leading players, and he is clearly one of the new breed of hot superpickers in the west. 
He has been offered national touring jobs with bands out of Nashville; he has performed onstage with Doug Kershaw the renowned "Ragin' Cajun" at a festival in Geneva Switzerland, and Doug promptly offered him a job as fiddle/guitar/mandolin player in his traveling band.   But Michael turned down these offers in order to finish his engineering degree at Arizona State University.  He helped to paid school expenses by performing at clubs, occasional concerts with the Rolland Family, and with various other bands.  For many years he has been regarded as one of the best young fiddle players ever to come out of Arizona.  Michael has won the coveted grand prize at the Wickenburg Four Corner's contests in each of fiddle, guitar and mandolin.  This contest offers substantial monetary prizes and always attracts a strong field from many western states.  He was the national runner-up in the Young Adult Division of the 2005 National Old-Time Fiddle Contest (watch round two
), and in 2007 he won the National Alternative Styles award for "best groove" sponsored by the American String Teachers Association competition.  He is a gifted tune and songwriter.  In 2008 he formed his award winning bluegrass band Providence (myspace.com/providencebluegrassband) with some of the best bluegrass musicians in the Phoenix area in order to perform original compositions.  Work and law school have kept him pretty busy the past 4 years, but he still finds time to perform, record and thankfully teach at Rolland Fiddle Camp.  We all feel that Michael has great contributions to make to the field of music.

 Gail Rolland
: beginners, "folk orchestra" director

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Gail Rolland's vivacious personality makes her a natural choice for unofficial camp social director.  She is a veteran string teacher with a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Arizona State University and a Masters degree in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University.   She taught strings at elementary and junior high schools in the Mesa Public Schools for over 3 decades.  She has been very active over the years in the Arizona Cello Society and the Arizona chapter of the American String Teacher's Association.  A former longtime member of the Mesa Symphony Orchestra, she currently performs on her cello with the Chandler Symphony Orchestra and the Scottsdale Philharmonic.  Throughout their marriage she has performedgo to the top of the page
on upright bass and occasionally piano with Peter and his bands.   During one of the Rolland Family Band's appearances with the American Festival Orchestra in China, her (borrowed) bass's bridge collapsed with a tremendous bang.  To the delight of the horrified audience, she calmly carried the wounded bass off-stage, returned with another bass and completed the set with a smile.

 Grace Rolland: singing, cello, square dance caller  


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Grace is blessed with a truly great singing voice, and can be heard around the nation as she tours with Run Boy Run with her brother Matt.  Her singing classes are a popular highlight of Rolland Fiddle Camp.  As a young girl she sang around the house pretty much non-stop.  From December 21, 2011 to January 6, 2012 she was the featured vocalist with the Rolland Family Band in their appearances with the American Festival Orchestra in a series of 10 concerts in China.  She received the enthusiastic applause from stunned Chinese audiences (approximately 15,000 by tours end) who had never seen anyone play a dynamic rhythm cello and sing at the same time.  She has been singing professionally since she entered high school.  She is a classically trained cellist and played in regional and state honor orchestras in high school and in an Arizona State University orchestra   In recent years she has expanded her cello playing into the more improvisational-friendly genres of folk and pop music.  She has become an active musical collaborator on voice and cello with a variety of musicians in the Tempe-Phoenix area.  She formed and performed with the award-winning folk trio, “Dorian Well”, an Appalachian-folk bluegrass band known for its enchanting three-part female vocal harmony, which became the vocal core of “Run Boy Run”, winner of the 2011 Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competion (www.runboyrunband.com) and now a full-time touring performance group.  A vocalist, cellist and songwriter, Grace also plays mandolin, guitar, and keyboards, and is an outstanding square dance caller.  As she travels with Run Boy Run and performs at festivals alongside world-renowned performers, she commands the respect and admiration of her peers in the business. 

Grace will teach cello, singing and vocal harmony at camp and will also teach the dances and call the evening square dance sessions.


 Giselle Lee: old-time (clawhammer) banjo and fiddle (beginning & novice fiddle students)

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We’re delighted to welcome Giselle Lee to our camp staff this year.  Giselle has been working closely and rehearsing with Peter this year as the clawhammer banjo/fiddle player with Doc Rolland’s Americana String Ensemble and will be part of the band’s 5-week, 22-city summer tour of China.  Giselle also performs frequently with Grace Rolland as a duo in the Phoenix area.  For the past 5 years she has been picking, fiddling & singing with two award-winning Phoenix area bands, Greenwood Sidee and Cisco and the Racecars.  She has also garnered a couple of first place trophies for her clawhammer banjo work at the Wickenburg Four-Corners Bluegrass Festival Specialty Instrument Competition as well as two first place wins in the Old-Time Country Band Competition (with Greenwood Sidee).  Giselle teaches weekly lessons to academically and musically motivated students at Central Park Youth Academy in Phoenix, and also mentors young bluegrass musicians in Jam Pak Blues n'Grass Neighborhood Band in Chandler.  In her spare time, Giselle is a full-time student studying Biological Sciences at the Barrett Honor’s College at Arizona State University.



 Heidi Rolland Unruh: song writing workshop

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Heidi writes professionally with numerous books and articles in print, and travels frequently as a consultant and speaker at conferences.  One of her passions is song writing and poetry; one of her poems was selected for publication in a national journal of prize-winning poems by college students.  She will host song-writing workshops during camp to bring out the songwriter in all of us.


 Oscar, official Camp Mascot

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Note that fiddle players are not the only ones with good licks!

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 Dan Levenson: old-time clawhammer banjo and Southern Appalachian fiddling
NOTE:
Dan can't make it to this year's camp.  We'll miss his expertise and energy and the fun times we had with him at the jam sessions.

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Dan Levenson is a modern day troubadour in the truest sense of the word.  A full time musician, Dan travels the country with banjo and fiddle singing songs and telling stories of the road. He has been touring inter-nationally some 16 years now. In that time he has become a well known artist of old time clawhammer banjo and a southern Appalachian style fiddler.  Dan has traveled inside and outside the country playing and teaching for many years. He teaches the full range of levels from the outright beginner to performance level at workshops, festivals, and camps, and has students all across the country as well as around the world.

Dan Levenson has been voted one of the country’s top ten clawhammer banjo players by Banjo Newsletter readers. He is well known as the banjo player for the Boiled Buzzard Stringband. Bluegrass Unlimited calls his playing “melodic, meticulous and uncluttered.”  Fiddler Magazine’s Bob Buckingham describes him as “an accomplished fiddler and ... one of the best clawhammer banjo players in the country.”

He is the originator, owner and presenter of Meet the Banjo™, a 3 hour hands-on workshop where he brings the banjos! This class teaches history of the instrument and introduces both bluegrass and clawhammer styles. His beginner’s video/DVD series and class is entitled Clawhammer from Scratch: A Guide for the Clawless is the first new old time clawhammer banjo instruction manual in over 20 years and is a Mel Bay Publication as is his prior tab book Buzzard Banjo Clawhammer Style.  Check out his full website at www.clawdan.com.

 

 Eden Rolland: beginners, novice players, contra-dance caller 
NOTE:
Eden will take a leave of absence in 2014 to work in Washington DC.  We'll miss her and hope she'll be able to join us in 2015.
 
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Eden is the first of the siblings to win a state fiddling championship title.  Eden and Peter Rolland especially enjoy playing and performing twin fiddles and have won several contests in that specialty.  Most recently they demonstrated their twin fiddling skill for the Chinese audiences during the family's 16 day tour of China with the American Festival Orchestra.  As a youngster, Eden pursued gymnastics, rising to the rank of Level 10 gymnast.  A straight "A" student throughout school, she graduated from Arizona State University with a major in political science.  She has worked in the political arena since then, most of the time as a legislative research analyst.  As an adult she applied her athletic abilities to dance and has attended intensive dance training conferences.  Until recently, she performed semi-professionally both as a dancer and as a fiddler with a contra-dance band called "Rocket Science".  In the fall of 2012 she entered law school at Colorado University in Boulder.  At Rolland Fiddle Camp she teaches the moves and is the caller for the evening contra-dances on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. 



 Lynne Denig, staff expert violin teacher: fundamentals, remedial training, Paul Rolland string methods, custom chinrest fitting
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Lynne will take a leave of absence in 2014 to teach a Paul Rolland workshop in Madrid, Spain that overlaps our camp time.  We will miss her!
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Lynne Denig provided some terrific insights to students during the first Rolland Fiddle Camp.  She is a great diagnostician and knows just how to share her knowledge with students; a few words of guidance from her can save students countless hours of frustration and muscle damage caused by poor movement patterns. We are thrilled to have her back to help guide students with their fundamental technique and to share the ideas of our source of inspiration, Paul Rolland.  As one of Paul Rolland’s last graduate assistants, Lynne Denig has taught nationally in the United States and internationally in former Yugoslavia, Germany, and South Africa as a studio teacher, guest clinician, and as a university professor.  She continues to lead the annual Paul Rolland Workshop at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia (check it out at www.PotomacAcademy.org under Summer Programs) where she is also a studio violin and viola teacher. In April 2011 she taught at the Paul Rolland Methods workshop in Hamburg, Germany.  In January, 2013 she will teach at a Paul Rolland Methods workshop in London, England.

           

Lynne is the co-creator of Frisch and Denig Custom-fitted Chinrests (www.chinrests.com), ASTA’s Certificate Advancement Program (www.astaweb.com), The Youth Orchestras of Fairfax, and the Music Advancement Program, a string program for previously-marginalized children in South Africa. 

Awards include: The Virginia String Teachers Outstanding and Distinguished Service Award and the American String Teachers Citation for Leadership and Merit.

 Mike Cirillo: jazz, swing, progressive, rock, country & blues fiddle NOTE: Mike will take a leave of absence in 2014 to further his education.  We will miss him!

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Mike Cirillo has a Bachelor of Music in Performance (Jazz Violin), a Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition (Composition), and a Master of Liberal Studies from Arizona State University.  Mike was awarded the official title of Arizona State Grand Fiddle Champion and Arizona State Guitar Accompanist Champion. Mike has recorded and/or performed with jazz mandolin icon David Grisman, Nashville dobro virtuoso Jerry Douglas, country music great Glen Campbell, and jazz violin legend Johnny Frigo.  Mike has toured extensively.  Mike has performed for Hugh Hefner and Justin Timberlake in Hollywood, played fiddle at Planet Hollywood in Paris, and worked as a strolling violinist on a cruise ship to Ensenada.

More information can be found at Mike's website: www.fiddlermike.com

For fun Mike enjoys computer science, math, composing, writing, philosophy, art history, and building things that live at the intersection of math, science, music, and the arts.

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