Frequently Asked Questions

Registration And Pre-Workshop

I’ve sent in my registration but I am wondering if I’ve been accepted…
This year, due to the larger capacity of our Zoom workshop, we aren’t anticipating a wait list. You will get an automated confirmation immediately upon signing up, and a confirmation from Paypal, once you’ve paid.  We will send out periodic emails to those enrolled to keep everyone up to date on workshop plans, but we will not send out individual confirmations of registrations. 

What if I want to pay by check?  You can still do that! All checks must be postmarked by Dec. 1.- no exceptions.  When you’re registering, just make sure you click on the appropriate button, that says “pay by check”. Send your checks to: Bill Boyd, NWSF treasurer, 7728 21st Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98117.

What kind of setup do I need to participate in Zoom?  There will be a detailed list of best ways to get set up. Bottom line: 1. Use a computer or laptop computer (vs. a tablet, pad of phone). 2. Be able to connect directly in to your router – ethernet cables are the best! 3. Be sure you’ve got the latest version of Zoom on your computer.  Much more on this to come.  ** There will also be an orientation session on Thursday, January 14th.. at  5:30 pm Pacific Coast time, to help you get the best out of your Zoom experience. 

What instruments are best suited for this workshop? Fiddle and cello are at the top of the list, but there’s so much more! Due to the virtual component this year, there are many others that might be included:  viola, string bass, guitar, mandolin, piano, flutes, recorders and whistles, harp, xylophones, accordions, and yes, even bagpipes!







Can I get sheet music and recordings of the tunes being taught, before the camp begins? Sorry- for the workshop, itself, there’ll be no sheet music. All music is taught by ear, in the traditional manner.  You are welcome to make recordings to help you learn the tunes more thoroughly but remember, we’ll also be recording on Zoom, and make those available after the workshop. After the workshop, a link will be sent to you for the sheet music posted on our website library.  We will not be sharing the list of tunes that will be taught in advance.

What if I am used to learning music by reading it first?
This will be a new experience for you. If our schedule allows, we will identify fiddle tutors and helpers that will be on hand to offer help learning the tunes in special break out classes.  Hang in there and do your best- the more you try to learn tunes by ear, the easier it will become!

I am a beginner fiddle player, will this be too tough for me? Intermediate to advanced players will get the most out of this workshop because of the fast pace, and learning by ear. Keep in mind, we usually learn a several tunes, maybe one slower tune, such as an air, in addition to a march, strathspey, a jig or two, and at least one reel.  There will be no pressure to get these tunes perfect for the Sunday concert, so that may be good news!

What other activities might I be able to participate in besides the workshop? Well, we’d usually go on and on about he wonderful places to visit nearby Camp Casey.  This year, we will bring the opportunities to you!  There’ll be some incredible interviews with folks you know, and some you don’t know! We will have an exercise class, maybe a dance class, and of course, our Saturday night ceilidh with a few new surprises up our virtual sleeve! There’ll be something for everyone, we promise. Details will be sent out in emails!

What do we do all day? There will be a variety of activities, and we are working on putting the schedule together for this new online experience. Here’s our schedule to date, to give you some idea of what we’ll be doing.

Session in full swing on Friday before dinner. Classroom B. Led by The Reds.

What is a session? Should I come? There will be a lot of these later in the evening, and perhaps a few impromptu sessions, as well. Virtual sessions are a great way to take a peak at this phenomenal way to share tunes!  Don’t worry, no one will ever hear what you’re playing, unless you unmute yourself!

We will have volunteer session leaders – and hopefully a different leader, or two, every thirty minutes. So, each session will have a unique feel to it.

This year, for our early bird Friday session, we’re hoping to reunite with the past, and play lots of sets and tunes from previous  Whidbey workshops.  A link to these tunes will be on the resource page, so you can play along! Even though the Friday session starts at 4you can come in any time,  join in… or just hang out. It will continue until about 6.

Sessions will be available after classes and in to the late eventing.  They’re an excellent chance to see other players that are advanced, and what them play, learn tunes by ear, etc. There’s nothing planned about it.

NO MATTER what your playing ability, come join in! All levels welcome!

When is the Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas concert? It will be on Sunday, in the early afternoon, from the comfort of your own home. We are working on the details and will have more information available later.  Remember, this concert is for workshop participants – do not share the link with others.  Thank you!

How to contact us:  Please write to Marcia Thumma at