Festival of American Fiddle Tunes – FAQ

We are working on arrangements for the 2015 Festival. Here was the FAQ from 2014:

What does it cost?

A nonrefundable $150 deposit is required to hold your space. Scholarship applicants require a $50 deposit, which is fully refundable if you are unable to attend.

There are three registration options.

  1.  Adult tuition: $560  ($660 after June 1)
    Adult tuition includes admission to everything – workshops, in-house concerts, dances, etc., and great seats at all public performances.
  2. Under-18 tuition: $425  ($525 after June 1)
    If you’re under 18, you must be accompanied by a registered adult. Please register the adult first, as you will need a confirmation number in order to register the person under 18. Under-18 tuition includes admission to everything – workshops, in-house concerts, dances, etc., and great seats at all public performances. With the exception of the Kids Track, classes are not designed with younger people in mind. However, proficient and experienced U-18’s are fully welcomed, and have generally had a good experience at Fiddle Tunes. There is a limit of 60 U-18 slots at the workshop.
  3. Kids Track tuition: $135
    Centrum welcomes young people into the Fiddle Tunes community, and as more and more youngsters and families attend the event, the kids programming has evolved as well. We devote considerable resources to this end. The Kids Track is a morning-only program geared towards people from the ages of five to twelve, running from 9am – noon on Monday – Friday. It has two parts:

9:00 – 10:30am: Fiddling for Kids. Young participants will be broken into four groups based on ability, starting at the VERY beginning (“here’s how to hold a bow”). Every effort is made to integrate the more advanced groups with the styles of music of the faculty at Fiddle Tunes.

10:30 – 12:00: Kids have two choices in this time slot: either play party games, or joining the Kids Band Lab. This band will be directly aligned to one of the faculty members’ styles, and will play for a dance and in the band lab concert at the end of the week. Participants’ registered in the Kids Track receive free admission to all performances, public and private, and are welcome at the evening dances as well.

The Kids Track is only available to children of registered participants, or to kids with a 98368, 98339, 98358, or a 98325 zip code. There is a limit of 45 Kids Track slots.

Parents considering registering their child in the Kids Track should be prepared to check in their child between 8:45 and 9:00, and check out their child at 12:00 noon.

Full payment is due by May 15. If your full payment is not made by May 15, your registration will be cancelled. Your $150 deposit is nonrefundable, but your remainder payment is fully refundable until June 6. No refunds are available after June 6.

To register online:
Or call 360-385-3102, x114.
Tuition increases to $660/$525 on June 1 (if there is still space).


If you think you might need financial assistance, Centrum has a robust scholarship and work-trade program. Apply online as you register, or download and return our scholarship forms. Please note that except in rare cases, scholarships are available for tuition only.  Apply online as you register.  There are a limited number of work trade positions as well, awarded on a first-come, first served basis. You’ll find that information as you register.

A nonrefundable $150 deposit is required to hold your space. Scholarship applicants require a $50 deposit, which is fully refundable if you are unable to attend.

Room and Board at Fort Worden

Most participants stay in private dormitory rooms at Fort Worden. If you stay in a dorm, you are required to purchase a meal ticket. There are a limited number of double rooms, that is, rooms with two twin beds. All rooms come with linens, blankets, and towels, but you should plan on bringing soap and personal toiletry items. Please note – there is no music playing in the dorms. Plenty of other spaces to make music.

Meals are served at the Fort Worden Commons by Bon Appetit, who maintains a passion for fine locally-grown food in a socially-responsible manner. First meal is dinner on June 30; last meal is breakfast on July 6.

Dorm room with 3 meals/day: $565
Dorm room with lunch and dinner: $485

Meals only – 3 meals/day: $305
Meals only – lunch and dinner: $240

Other Housing Options

Camp sites and RV spaces are available at Fort Worden, but they tend to fill quickly. To reserve a campsite:

For accommodations in town, try these websites:


Centrum will operate one airport shuttle to and from Sea-Tac airport on the first and last days of the workshop. Please read our 2014 Summer Shuttle Guide to learn how you can access this service. You can sign up for the shuttle during the registration process.

How do I get to Fort Worden?

What can I buy in Port Townsend?

Within two miles of Fort Worden, you can get to the post office, a music store, a health food store, a pharmacy, 20 restaurants, gas stations, banks, and several coffee shops.

What should I bring with me?

Warm clothes (think: layers), as the weather can be cool and windy; your instrument(s) if you play one, clothing as well as shorts, a swimming suit, a hat, and sunscreen. Also bring picks, extra strings, alarm clock, “tape” recorder and plenty of extra batteries and media, a flashlight, coffee cup, camera, snack food, and a reusable water bottle.

Internet access

There are several Wi-Fi hotspots at Fort Worden that are available to participants.