Scottish Fiddle Competition and Workshop

The Fifth Scottish Fiddle Competition will be held May 2016.
Steward of the BHG Competition
Debbie Morris

The Scottish String Instrument Workshop - 11:00 - 12 noon in the Visitor Center. It is free and open to the public.

Register before noon on Saturday, May 13, for the Scottish Fiddle Competition. The competition begins in the Visitor Center at 1:00 p.m.

For Fiddle Competition information contact Debbie Morris - Triad Scottish Fiddlers & Friends at (336) 491-2958.

Melinda Crawford-
Our 2017 Scottish Fiddling Judge

Melinda Crawford, a U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Champion, performs at highland games, Celtic festivals, and such varied venues as a Hard Rock Café and Esterházy Palace in Austria. She has also had the honor of performing for the 37th Lord Lyon King of Arms of Scotland, David Sellar.

Melinda Crawford - judge

Melinda has won numerous awards for her solo playing and her original compositions. She achieved fiddling titles such as the Allegheny Mountain Fiddling and the Potomac Valley Fiddling Champion several times prior to winning the 2003 U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Championship and becoming a sanctioned Scottish F.I.R.E. competition judge. She was a finalist for the inaugural Niel Gow International Scottish Fiddle Composition Competition held in Pitlochry, Scotland.

Melinda is the director of the Strathgheny School of Scottish Fiddling at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. She has also taught at the Jink & Diddle School of Scottish Fiddling in North Carolina. She conducts workshops on Scottish fiddling all over the US and teaches Scottish fiddling privately and internationally to many students over the internet. She frequently judges Scottish F.I.R.E. competitions and has judged previous F.I.R.E. national championships.

Melinda is currently residing in western Pennsylvania where she is an assistant professor of music at Westminster College. At Westminster, she is the string education specialist and directs both the symphonic orchestra and Ceòl na Teud, Westminster's Scottish string music group. Though she most frequently performs with pianist, Dan Perttu, she also performs with Pittsburgh-based, Scottish/Irish group, Road to the Isles.

Melinda is the national president for the Scottish fiddle association for North America, Scottish F.I.R.E.

Very Hot, Very Cool - One of a kind pulled glass art vase created for Bethabara Highland Games Fiddle Competition by The Olio Inc. in Winston - Salem, NC. The Olio

2017 Prize Money:

Novice 1st - $50 2nd - $30 3rd - $25
Junior 1st - $75 2nd - $50 3rd - $25
Open 1st - $100 2nd - $70 3rd - $25


Novice 1st 2nd 3rd
Junior 1st 2nd 3rd
Open 1st 2nd 3rd

Parchment Certificates:

Best March

Best Strathspey

Best Reel


Competition Winners for 2015:

On May 9, the fourth Scottish Fiddle Competition was held in the visitor's center at Bethabara Historic Park. Annie Adams of Fuquay-Verina won 1st place in the Open category. She is now eligible to compete in Nationals in September at the National Competitions in Pennsylvania.

fiddle players

There was a good showing of competitors in all three categories - novice, juniors and open.

First Place - Annie Adams
Second Place - David Klinger

First Place - Rebecca Simmons

First Place - Ethan Anderson
Second Place - Lia Guo
Third Place - Kathaleen Murphy

No one qualified in juniors to move up to the national levels. The auditorium was full of listeners for the competitions and the workshop in the morning was also well attended. We would like to thank everyone for competing.

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