To keep us all safe in this time of Covid-19, we have reimagined Fiddle Hell as an online festival and music camp in 2020. This is an exciting new way for our Fiddle Hell community to be together, until we can once again meet face-to-face. We've assembled an epic lineup of 35 live concerts, 34 live jam sessions, and 160 live workshops on Nov. 5-8, 2020, for fiddle, mandolin, cello, guitar, old-time banjo, and singing. Other instruments are also welcome. A major advantage of being online is that we can record the sessions, and make those videos available online shortly after they happen live at the event and for 3 months afterwards for attendees to enjoy. We really look forward to jamming, learning, and having fun with you in November!
After exploring the Registration Q&A below, click on the big blue Register button at the bottom of this page to register one or more people for FHO. You'll also be able to donate to the Scholarship Fund if you would like.
Registration Questions & Answers
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The price for an Adult (26-64) is $150, for access to all sessions (concerts, jams, workshops) during FHO and for 3 months afterwards. As usual, we offer 10% discounts (price of $135) for Kids (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), and Seniors (65 or over). Any additional household member wishing to attend ANY concerts, workshops, or jams also needs to register (for the reduced price of $100). It is also possible to sign up for just the 35 concerts ($100). And all registered attendees are welcome to the Saturday Night Concert; there are no separate tickets for it.
Yes, kids can attend FHO! There is a 10% discount for kids to $135 (or just $100 if they qualify as an additional household member). Kids are welcome at all sessions; the session description should be useful in making decisions about what will interest them. There are no sessions specifically for kids in this year's Online version of Fiddle Hell, due to online privacy restrictions. Please read on for details, which are different for different ages of kids.
An adult can purchase a ticket for an older kid (13-17). During the registration process, the ticket purchaser will need to accept these additional terms: "I certify that I (the ticket purchaser) am 18 years old or older. I agree that the child being registered (13-17 years old) will be supervised at Fiddle Hell Online by an adult 18 or older, who has the responsibility of supervising the child's safe and non-disruptive participation in any or all Fiddle Hell Online activities."
A parent or guardian can purchase a ticket for a younger kid (12 or under). The parent or guardian must also purchase their own ticket (possibly as an additional household member, at $100). To comply with the U.S. Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA), there are important, required procedures to avoid sharing personal information about the kid, which includes name, display name, audio, video, chat posting, and more. While the kid can hear and see any sessions, during live sessions the kid should not be identified, nor audible, nor visible, since these sessions are recorded for later replay. During the registration process, the parent or guardian purchasing the ticket will need to accept these additional terms. It is not an option to consent to share personal information about a younger kid, since such permission could later be withdrawn, and the actions required of Fiddle Hell Massachusetts LLC (such as removing videos) in association with a revoked consent could be burdensome and challenging to comply with.
Sure, you could wait until the last moment ... But if you register now for Fiddle Hell Online, you'll get early access to the event and several additional benefits.
Register now to plan your own agenda (with the My Agenda feature), ask questions about sessions, see announcements about new sessions, post to community discussion topics (like instruments for sale), test out your connections and software, and look through our online exhibitors.
You'll need to be registered to apply for a performance spot on the two open mic concerts, the teen concert, or the original tunes concert.
If you register by September 20th, you'll receive free admission to two of Andy Reiner's very helpful online workshops in the months before Fiddle Hell (normally $49 each). September 24th is Celtic Ornaments (mainly Irish) and October 22nd is Fiddle Bowing Boot Camp. These go from 7:30-9:00PM Eastern time.
If you register by September 20th, you'll also be entered in several giveaways for books, strings, and more.
We have scholarship funds available now; these may run out as FHO gets nearer.
Of course, if you register soon, you'll also help Fiddle Hell to plan for a smooth and exciting event! We'll be able to anticipate the needs for technical support staff, to add several new workshops that have been requested, and to add several new instructors as well.
That being said, you can actually register any time you like, even if Fiddle Hell Online has already started.
Click the big blue button below to register one person or several. You'll answer a few questions about each person being registered (email, state, time zone, instruments, ...), and will read and check off an Attendee Agreement (as we do at the in-person Fiddle Hell). Credit and debit card payments are accepted (see next answer for paying by check).
Please send a check in the mail by October 15th to Fiddle Hell Massachusetts LLC, P. O. Box 316, Lexington, MA 02420-0316, and let us know who it's for, their age categories, and their email addresses. 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 to register, and will be asked to agree to the Attendee Agreement.
No, it's not. As at in-person Fiddle Hell, each registration is valid for only one attendee at Fiddle Hell Online. Any additional household member wishing to watch or participate in any concerts, workshops, or jams also needs to register (each additional household member can register at a reduced price). At a time when all musicians' gigs have largely disappeared, Fiddle Hell Online pays all instructors, performers, and technical staff, and we rely on your registration fees to do this. Please respect the artists who are at the heart of Fiddle Hell Online by asking your friends and family to register.
1. You'll get a confirmation email from Whova with ticket purchase details.
2. Using a laptop or desktop computer, go to the Whova website to set up your account (easy!). At that website, 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. The Whova website will be how you access Zoom sessions on the agenda, download handouts, see messages and announcements, visit the virtual exhibits, ask questions about sessions or in general, and (optionally) connect with other attendees. You don't need to download any software - the Whova Web App is browser-based.
3. From your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone, you might want to download the Whova mobile app to conveniently browse the FHO agenda and talk to the community. This is required only if you want to view FHO from these devices (including setting up a Whova account). Otherwise this is optional, and you can ignore any emails from Whova telling you it's critical :-).
4. Please help spread the word about Fiddle Hell Online 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. What happens at FIddle Hell Online is different from an in-person Fiddle Hell, of course. But you'll likely try out new tunes and styles, pick up techniques and nuances, enjoy hearing others play, participate in guided jams, hear concerts, connect online 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 8 year olds and 80 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 technical staff - I hope you'll enjoy the event as it unrolls, and have fun throughout and for the 3 months afterwards when you can replay sessions. Relax and experience the unique gathering that is Fiddle Hell Online!
- Dave Reiner