Helpful Things to Know
Here are some helpful things to know for attendees at Fiddle Hell, November 3-6. These are subject to change by the FH organizers at their discretion.
IN-PERSON: Fiddle Hell will be an entirely in-person festival in November. Meet up and jam with your old friends and make new ones! There's no Zoom option, and sessions will NOT be recorded for replays. The next ONLINE FH will be April 13-16, 2023.
SESSIONS: We'll have about 410 sessions, with 20 concerts, 32 instructor-led jams, and 360 workshops! And there will be lots of informal jam locations as always. While all acoustic instruments are welcome, the main tracks are for fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo, cello, and singing, at 4 different levels. Have fun with your fellow musicians as you absorb techniques, styles, tunes, musicianship, and history, from an amazing set of instructors.
INSTRUCTORS: Almost all of the instructors are in place now. The detailed schedule will be out September 2, including session descriptions, instruments, levels, and instructors.
REGISTRATION: Tickets cover all 4 days (Th-Fr-Sa-Su) or 2 days (Th-Fr or Sa-Su). Tickets are on sale now. There are discounts for senior and junior players, and for current members of ASTA (American String Teachers Association). Total tickets are limited, with no walk-in admissions at the FH event itself. Also, individual tickets are associated with email addresses, so you'll need a distinct email address for each person you are registering.
To actually register, scroll down and click on the Wide Blue Button at the bottom of this page!
COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS: FH has followed current conditions to determine FH COVID protocols so our event can take place in a safe and comfortable way for all participants. We have also looked at best practices from other music camps and festivals. See the COVID question in the Q&A below for details on ticket limits, preregistration, vaccines and boosters, rapid testing, masks, attendee agreement, and space.
ROOM RESERVATIONS: Hotel room reservations at the Westford Regency are available only to registered attendees, on a first-come, first-served basis. Rates are $108/night/room, plus taxes. If you wish to book a room, please call the Westford Regency Inn AFTER you have bought your FH ticket and have received your FH code for the hotel in your confirmation email. Once the Westford Regency rooms are sold out, the hotel will maintain a waiting list. Sister hotel Boxboro Regency is 15 minutes away and will match the FH room rate (other nearby hotels will not match the rate). Or just commute if you live close enough.
LOGISTICS: We'll use Whova software (optional on your smartphone, tablet, or computer) for the detailed agenda, to provide handouts, and to add an exciting channel of connection within our FH community. Whova was very helpful at the last 4 online FH festivals and participants really liked it. We’ll also have printed grids, but not extensive program booklets. Food and drinks will be available at the hotel and nearby. The hotel has free parking and a large parking lot.
Frequently Asked Registration Questions
Click on a question below to see the answer. There are more extensive questions and answers at https://fiddlehell.org/info/q-and-a .
We are bringing back Fiddle Hell in person on Nov 3-6, in Westford, MA, with fantastic instructors and a great schedule. From a COVID safety standpoint, you may have questions about what we are doing at the event and what we are asking you to do. Here are the answers:
What safety precautions are we taking?
Best practices: FH has followed current conditions to determine FH COVID protocols so our event can take place in a safe and comfortable way for all participants. We have also looked at best practices from other music camps and festivals.
Ticket limits: In 2019 there were 800 attendees. In 2022, tickets are limited to 600 attendees, which is 25% less even if all tickets are sold.
Preregistration required: No walk-ins, single day tickets, spectator tickets, or Saturday Night Concert tickets. There are only 4-day tickets and 2-day tickets. 2-day tickets are either for Th/Fr or Sa/Su, so they don't overlap.
Vaccinations and a booster: For all FH attendees, instructors, and staff, we require proof of current COVID-19 vaccinations and at least one booster (if eligible) when you check in at FH Registration. Proof means showing your actual card, a photo of your card, or a digital vaccine card.
Agreement form signatures: We require attendees, instructors, and staff to sign an attendee agreement form in advance that will help protect them and others at FH (see details below).
Rapid tests: On the morning of your first day of Fiddle Hell, we require all attendees, instructors, and staff to perform a rapid (15-minute) COVID test and to have a clear negative result. Please do this before arriving at FH Registration. You'll be asked for your signature to affirm your negative result while checking in. Rapid tests are required at other camps such as Maine Fiddle Camp and Ashokan Camps.
Masks: Masks are welcomed and encouraged. However, they are not required except for attendees of the Saturday Night Concert and for attendees of 22 singing workshops and jams (including the Whomp). When you're wearing a mask, we highly recommend an N95 or KN95 or KF94 mask.
Dancing: There are no dances at FH in 2022. Dancing is a high risk, close contact activity.
Space: Having 25% fewer attendees will lessen crowding. Some workshops will have staggered ending times so that everyone doesn't get out at exactly the same time. The main concert hall will be turned 90 degrees sideways and opened up to have more space for all 14 of the concerts there. We allocate rooms to sessions based on expected attendance, but rooms will also have capacity limits and may occasionally be closed if all chairs are occupied.
What are we asking you to do?
Follow precautions: We ask you to follow our safety precautions on vaccination and a booster (provide proof at check-in), and on a rapid test (on the morning of your first day, before arriving at FH Registration).
Be careful before FH: Where you can, be extra careful to avoid or reduce exposure during the two weeks before FH.
Agree to and follow the attendee agreement: This is the same as the "waiver form," and you can read the full agreement here. We'll be sending each attendee (including instructors and staff) an email with a link to sign the Fiddle Hell Waiver Form in order to attend FH. You can also view and sign your Waiver Form in the Whova app, at Resources > WaiverForm. Below is an excerpt about COVID safety:
By participating in, attending, instructing at, performing at, or carrying out staff duties at FH, I certify that I and any child/children I am accompanying (if applicable) do not fall into any of the following four categories:
(1) Individuals who currently or within the past FOURTEEN (14) DAYS have experienced any SYMPTOMS associated with COVID-19, which include fever, cough, fatigue, loss of smell or taste, and shortness of breath among others.
(2) Individuals who believe they may have been EXPOSED to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 or have been DIAGNOSED with COVID-19 and are NOT YET CLEARED as non-contagious by state or local public health authorities or the health care team responsible for their treatment.
(3) Individuals who have TESTED POSITIVE on a rapid COVID-19 test or a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test and are NOT YET CLEARED as non-contagious by state or local public health authorities or the health care team responsible for their treatment.
(4) Individuals who within the past TEN (10) DAYS believe they may have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or have tested positive on a rapid COVID-19 test or a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test.
I understand that FH will refund my ticket cost, if I am a participant or attendee who falls into one of the above four categories, and if I provide documentation of the situation.
If while attending FH, I experience symptoms associated with COVID-19, may have been exposed to COVID-19, am diagnosed with COVID-19, and/or test positive on a rapid or PCR COVID-19 test, I agree to immediately put on a mask and leave the FH event as quickly as possible. Under such circumstances, I understand that FH will refund my ticket cost on a pro-rated basis.
We hope to see you in November! Looking ahead, we'll have another Fiddle Hell Online on April 13-16, 2023.
|Ticket Category||4-Day Ticket||2-Day Ticket|
|Senior (65 or older)||$333||$200|
|Young Adult (18-25)||$333||$200|
|Kid (12 or Under)||$333||$200|
Tickets are limited in number and may sell out.
4-DAY TICKETS include Nov 3-6, 2022 (Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday)
The full price for a 4-day ticket for an Adult (26-64 years old) is $370, for access to all sessions (concerts, jams, workshops).
We offer 10% discounts on 4-day tickets to $333 for Seniors (65 or over), Young Adults (18-25), Teens (13-17), Kids (12 or under) and American String Teacher Association (ASTA) members.
If you are a non-playing parent or guardian accompanying a Teen or Kid, you will need a ticket for yourself; these are $185 for 4 days and $111 for 2 days.
2-DAY TICKETS can be bought for either Nov 3-4 (Thursday/Friday) or Nov 5-6 (Saturday/Sunday). Please choose the correct ticket for the 2 days you'd like.
The full price for a 2-day ticket for an Adult (26-64) is $222, for access to all sessions (concerts, jams, workshops) during the event.
We offer 10% discounts on 2-day tickets to $200 for Seniors (65 or over), Young Adults (18-25), Teens (13-17), Kids (12 or under) and American String Teacher Association (ASTA) members.
Go to the Registration Page. During the registration process, you'll be able to register just one person or several. You'll be asked some questions about each person being registered (email, state, instruments, ...), and will read and check off an Attendee Agreement and (if applicable) an Agreement for the Parent or Guardian of a Teen (or Kid). Credit and debit card payments are accepted.
Credit and debit cards are easier. However, it is possible to pay by check.
Then send a check in the mail right away (mail can be slow these days) to Fiddle Hell Massachusetts LLC, PO Box 316, Lexington, MA 02420-0316. Along with your check, remind us again of each person's name, ticket category (e.g., Senior), email address, and length (4-day, 2-day Th/Fr, 2-day Sa/Su). We'll then send you a 100% discount code (specific to each person) to use for online registration at https://fiddlehell.org/register. Each attendee needs a unique email address, and each will need to sign a Liability Waiver online after registering.
It's not recommended. Tickets are limited and are expected to sell out. And we can't accommodate walk-in attendees at the event itself.
Register now to:
- Be sure of a ticket for the days you want
- Be able to reserve a room at the Westford Regency if you need one
- Plan your own agenda (with the My Agenda feature in Whova)
- Ask questions about sessions
- See announcements about new sessions and more
- Post to community discussion topics (like instruments for sale)
- Browse through our virtual exhibitors
We have some funds available currently for full and partial scholarships - these will run out as FH gets nearer.
Yes, kids can attend FH and many have in the past! It's a great chance for them to learn, have fun, and meet new and old friends.
There is a 10% discount for Teens (13-17) and Kids (12 or under). Teens and kids are welcome at all sessions; the session descriptions should be useful in making decisions about what will interest them. There are also 7 or 8 sessions specifically for teens and kids planned for this year's Fiddle Hell.
Teen (13-17) Attendees
A parent or guardian can purchase a ticket for a teen (13-17). Teens (13-17 years old) are required to have an accompanying, responsible adult (18+) present on the premises of the Westford Regency at the 2022 Fiddle Hell Massachusetts Festival with them. The accompanying adult is responsible for the teen’s safe and non-disruptive participation in and/or attendance at Fiddle Hell Festival activities, including following all FH rules and policies whether general or COVID-related. The accompanying adult must be registered at Fiddle Hell as an Adult, Young Adult, Senior, or Non-Playing Parent. The accompanying adult may be the parent or guardian of the teen, or perhaps a musical older sibling of the teen, or the teen's music teacher.
During the registration process and while signing the Attendee Agreement later on, the parent or guardian of the teen will need to agree to these additional terms.
Kid (12 or under) Attendees
A parent or guardian can purchase a ticket for a kid (12 or under). Kids (12 or under) are required to have an accompanying, responsible adult (18+) at the 2022 Fiddle Hell Massachusetts Festival with them AT ALL TIMES, INCLUDING IN EACH SESSION. Non-Playing Parents are requested to sit in the back of the session room if space is tight. The accompanying adult is responsible for the kid’s safe and non-disruptive participation in and/or attendance at Fiddle Hell Festival activities, including following all FH rules and policies whether general or COVID-related. Since the kid may be using Whova on a mobile device (phone, tablet) and/or laptop or desktop, to comply with the U.S. Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA), the accompanying adult should ensure that the kid avoids sharing on Whova any personal information, including but not limited to the kid's name, Whova display name (which should be anonymized), address, phone number, revealing chat postings, self photos or other photos of kids under 12. The accompanying adult must be registered at Fiddle Hell as an Adult, Young Adult, Senior, or Non-Playing Parent. The accompanying adult may be the parent or guardian of the teen, or perhaps a musical older sibling of the teen, or the teen's music teacher.
During the registration process and while signing the Attendee Agreement later on, the parent or guardian of the kid will need to agree to these additional terms.
You don't have to wait for registration to open to send an email.
Your contributions to our Scholarship Fund are greatly appreciated! You can contribute (even if you're not registering) by clicking on the big blue button at the bottom of https://fiddlehell.org/Register .
Fiddle Hell is in person in November - but we use a helpful app called "Whova".
Whova is the online event system that helps you access agenda details, download handouts, see messages and announcements, visit the virtual exhibits, ask questions about sessions or in general, and (optionally) connect with other attendees.
Whova is optional at Fiddle Hell, but we highly recommend using it on your phone, tablet, or laptop during the Festival. The attendees at the last four ONLINE Fiddle Hells have used Whova and been quite pleased with it. We'll assist you with Whova if needed when you're at Fiddle Hell.
Once you've bought your Fiddle Hell ticket, you'll need to set up your Whova account and sign in as described below.
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For iPhones and iPads, here's the Whova app you're looking for in the App Store preview: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/whova-event-conference-app/id716979741
Here's how to get apps on an iPad: https://support.apple.com/guide/ipad/get-apps-ipad9b4cea76/ipados
For Android phones and Android tablets, here's the Whova app you're looking for in the Play Store preview: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.whova.event
For laptops and desktops, no app is needed. The Whova Web portal for Fiddle Hell is at https://whova.com/portal/webapp/fhof_202211/
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For smart phones, iPads, tablets or other mobile devices, download the Whova Event & Conference App.
If you already have a Whova account (perhaps from Fiddle Hell Online), sign in with your email address and password, and look for the event "Fiddle Hell In-Person - Fall 2022". You might have to search events for "fiddle" to find the right one. If you don't have a Whova account, sign up with the same exact email address used for your registration as an attendee and a password you create, and then look for the event.
For a LAPTOP or DESKTOP computer, ideally with the Chrome browser, go to www.fiddlehellwestford.com (not www.fiddlehell.com).
If you already have a Whova account (perhaps from Fiddle Hell Online), sign in with your email address and password. If you don't have a Whova account, where it says "Don't have an account?" click "Sign up here". Sign in with the same exact email address used for your registration as an attendee, and create a new password. On a laptop or desktop computer, you don't need to download any software - the Whova Web Portal is browser-based.
If you are asked for an "invitation code" when you're using an iPad or other mobile device to set up your Whova account, make sure to download the Whova Event & Conference App first and use the App to set up your account. Then you should be able to see Fiddle Hell right away as one of "My Events" or you can seach for it in "Find My Event".
If you are asked for an "invitation code" when you're using a laptop or desktop to set up your Whova account, it's usually because you're using a different email address than the one you gave when you bought your Fiddle Hell ticket. Please try again, using the same email address you gave when you bought your FH ticket. Fiddle Hell staff can help if needed.
1. The ticket purchaser will receive a confirmation email from Whova with ticket purchase details. Other attendees whose tickets were purchased at the same time will also get a confirmation email.
2. Please set up your Whova account (see the previous question for how to do this).
Whova is the online event system that helps you access agenda details, download handouts, see messages and announcements, visit the virtual exhibits, ask questions about sessions or in general, and (optionally) connect with other attendees. Whova is optional at Fiddle Hell, but we highly recommend using it on your phone, tablet, or laptop during the Festival.
3. Eventually, each attendee will get an email from Fiddle Hell asking them to sign the Attendee Agreement online. You do need to sign this to attend the event. You can also sign it within Whova on a mobile device at Resources > WaiverForm .
4. Please help spread the word about Fiddle Hell to your musical friends - fiddlers, mando players, cellists, guitarists, banjo players, singers, and more. You can direct them to our Fiddle Hell website, our Facebook group, our YouTube channel (for jam videos), or our Instagram channel.
5. When the detailed Agenda is available in September, think about which sessions you'd like to attend. You'll see these listed at https://fiddlehell.org/Schedule and in the Whova Agenda. In Whova, you can add them to My Agenda just to keep track of them. You can attend any sessions you want without the need to sign up for them. A few sessions may have capacity limits based on room size.
6. Get ready to try out new tunes and styles, pick up techniques and nuances, enjoy hearing others play, participate in guided jams, hear great concerts, connect with old friends and make new ones. Whatever your level and musical preferences, you'll find a supportive community and kindred spirits. There will be 13 year olds and 83 year olds, local musicians and attendees from far away, players who perform regularly and those who rarely play for anyone.
Speaking for the Fiddle Hell organizers - and all the instructors, performers, and staff - I hope you'll enjoy the event as it unrolls, and have fun throughout Fiddle Hell. Relax and experience this unique gathering!
- Dave Reiner
You'll need to accept this Attendee Agreement as you register. And each attendee will need to sign this same agreement online later on, in response to an email from Fiddle Hell. Parents and guardians are asked to sign on behalf of their teens (13-17) and/or kids (12 or under) who are attending.
You can also sign the agreement within Whova on a mobile device at Resources > WaiverForm .
The instructors are listed at https://fiddlehell.org/staff including their bios. By September 2, you'll be able to view the detailed schedule of concerts, jams, and workshops at https://fiddlehell.org/schedule .
Once you have bought your Fiddle Hell ticket, and set up your Whova account on the device of your choosing, you can also peruse the sessions and instructors through the Whova Agenda > Sessions and Agenda > Staff menus. If there are sessions you'd like to remember, add them to "My Agenda" in Whova.
You can attend any workshops, jams, and concerts you like; there are no individual session signups at Fiddle Hell.