Matthew Hartz of Boise, ID is a 3-time Grand Master Fiddle Champion (Nashville, TN) a 2-time Grand National Fiddle Champion (Weiser, ID) and World Fiddle Champion (Crockett, TX)
Matthew has been teaching music lessons for 30 years and is well respected as a performer and instructor
Matthew is a multi-instrumentalist, as comfortable on Guitar as he is on Violin. Matthew performs and teaches regularly around the US.
Vi Wickam of Fort Collins, CO has been performing fiddle and writing music since before he could read. Along with his brothers and dad, The Wickam Family Band performed regularly on Blinky’s Fun Club, a nationally syndicated TV program.
Vi’s fiddling can be heard on numerous CD recordings, including two of his own. He’s played with many different bands throughout the United States, and even briefly in England.
Among his fiddling honors, Vi has won the Colorado State Championship twice, and been a finalist four times at the Grand Masters’ Fiddler Championship. He has judged fiddle contests throughout the US, and directed regional and state level fiddle contests.
A Juilliard Professor and a New York Philharmonic Senior Teaching Artist, Dr. David Wallace is an internationally-touring musician, a Grammy-nominated performer, an award-winning composer, an author, and a master teaching artist. David performs regularly with his flute-viola-harp trio Hat Trick, his downtown composer collective KNOT, and The Doc Wallace Trio. David has been broadcast as a soloist and chamber musician on NPR, WQXR, KTV (Korea), CBS, ABC, PBS, Tokyo-MX, and NHK television. The New York Times compares his solo improvisations to “Jimmy Page fronting Led Zeppelin.”
He has mentored over a hundred children whose original compositions were performed by members of the New York Philharmonic.
He also teaches violin and viola at Nyack College, Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp, and the Mark O’Connor/Berklee College of Music Summer String Program.
U.S. Grand Master Fiddle Champion, Daniel Carwilehas competed in virtually every major fiddle competition in the United States, and has frequently taken top honors. Daniel also frequently judges fiddle contests, including U.S. Grand Master Fiddle Contest and the National Old-Time Fiddler's Contest in Weiser, Idaho.
A seasoned and diverse performer, Daniel is not only comfortable playing old-time, bluegrass, and contest-style, but Celtic, and classical as well.
In addition to Daniel's five personal recordings, he has played on various other projects on Rounder, Sugar Hill, and Rebel Records. Daniel stays busy teaching privately and as an instructor at camps and workshops. Daniel also enjoys transcribing classic fiddle recordings, composing, and arranging.