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Boston, MA


RI Fiddle Project

Rhode Island Fiddle Project began in 2009, as a free program for students and their families in Pawtucket & Central Falls, Rhode Island, offering instruments, lessons, and workshops in fiddle and dance traditions, and concerts by Fiddlers-in-Residence. RI Fiddle Project was incubated and inspired by Community MusicWorks, and hosted at Woodlawn Community Center. Highlights for students over the years included meeting the Carolina Chocolate Drops, playing with Cedric Watson, workshops with April Verch, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason.

Funders have included the Carter Family Charitable Trust, Sparkplug Foundation, Jubilation Foundation through the Tides Foundation, D'Addario Foundation, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, City of Pawtucket, Grey Fox Educational Fund, Hungry for Music Foundation, and many generous individual donors.

So, what's happening now?

While RI Fiddle Project no longer exists in the way it once did, a number of elements continue on:

  • One student who has been with Fiddle Project since 2010, has been awarded a 2015-16 RISCA Apprenticeship grant to work with Master fiddler Michelle Kaminsky to continue her work on the instrument.
  • Individual donors have made it possible for a small group of RI Fiddle Project students who have continued in the program into their teenage years, to continue to develop their skills as musicians and leaders through weekly sessions.
  • Rachel Panitch & Michelle Kaminsky continue to use the pedagogy & curriculum they developed together at RI Fiddle Project to bring the Fiddle Project experience into new organizations & schools through short & long-term residencies. If you're interested in bringing Fiddle Project's work to your organization, please use the Contact page to get in touch.