About Valley of the Moon

Founded in 1984, the Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School in the northern California redwoods invites you to a week of intensive study, recreation, and good times with people who share an interest in the music and dance traditions of Scotland and beyond. Directed by Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser in the beautiful setting of Camp Campbell in the Santa Cruz mountains, string players and other musicians of all ages and abilities are encouraged to explore their own musical expression and potential in a supportive, non-competitive environment. The camp provides a total immersion experience, with participants and instructors living, learning, jamming and playing together in community. The main teaching focus is on the fiddle, featuring Scottish and related fiddle styles; there are also guitar, cello, keyboard, dance and song classes. All classes are taught by ear without written music. Evening activities feature jamming, dancing, singing and generally uproarious fun; recreational opportunities include swimming, hiking, and exploring the redwood trails. Cello, piano, mandolin and guitar classes are designed for intermediate to advanced level players.

Scottish Fiddlers of California
The Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School is sponsored by Scottish Fiddlers of California (SFC), a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation committed to increasing the understanding and awareness of Scottish traditional music. The Fiddle School and other SFC programs, including concerts, workshops, and local fiddle clubs, are organized by volunteers.

Valley of the Moon Organizing Committee
The planning committee for this year’s camp includes Alasdair Fraser, Bob Klamt, Allison Hayward, Lea Murphy and Connie Muir. Cornelia van Aken and Carley Williams stepped down from their committee roles in 2023 and we wish to thank them both for many years of devoted service to VOM, and to our fiddle community at large.