Fiddle Tunes – FAQ


What does it cost?

A $200 deposit is required to hold your space, $50 of which is non-refundable. Scholarship applicants require a $100 deposit, which is fully refundable until May 15 if you are unable to attend.

There are three registration options:

Adult tuition: $580 ($680 after May 31)
Adult tuition includes admission to everything – workshops, in-house concerts, dances, etc., and great seats at all public performances.

Under-21 tuition: $360
U-21 tuition includes admission to everything – workshops, in-house concerts, dances, etc., and great seats at all public performances. 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. With the exception of the Kids Track, classes are not designed with younger people in mind. However, proficient and experienced U-21’s are fully welcomed, and have generally had a good experience at Fiddle Tunes.

Kids Track tuition: $125 (read a description of the Kids Track)

Full payment for all options is due by May 15, 2018. If your full payment is not made by May 15, your registration will be cancelled. $50 of your deposit is nonrefundable, but your remainder payment is fully refundable until May 31. No tuition refunds are available after May 31 – no exceptions. No room and board refunds are available after May 31 – no exceptions.


If you think you might need financial assistance, Centrum has a robust scholarship and work-trade program. Scholarships are available to individuals earning less than $40K per year, or an individual in a family or household that earns less than $65K per year. If you have a special circumstance, please apply and explain your situation.

Apply online as you register (choose “register/apply”). Please note that except in rare cases, scholarships are available for tuition only. Centrum expects you to contribute in some way towards your participation. If you ask for a scholarship for 100% of tuition, you’d best make an extremely compelling argument.

Centrum favors applicants who are young and passionate, and those on a fixed income.

There are a limited number of work trade positions as well, awarded on a first-come, first served basis. Scholarship applicants require a $100 deposit, which is fully refundable by May 15 if you are unable to attend.

Organizational Scholarships, from the Centrum Scholarship Fund:
Award is partial tuition.

Bob Boardman Memorial Scholarship:
Awarded to a young guitar player from the Olympic Peninsula. Award is full tuition.

Lee Stripling Young Fiddler Memorial Scholarship:
Awarded to a promising young fiddler. Award is full tuition.

Bob McQuillen Memorial Scholarship:
Awarded to a dance musician. Award is partial or full tuition.

Room and Board at Fort Worden

Most participants stay in private dormitory rooms at Fort Worden. You may reserve a dorm room with no meal ticket (there is a limited number of this option). 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. There are plenty of other spaces at Fort Worden to make music.

Meals are served at the Fort Worden Commons. The first meal is dinner on July 1; last meal is breakfast on July 8.

Room and Board Fees:

  • $315    Private Room only
  • $640    Private Room and all meals
  • $550    Private Room with lunch and dinner only
  • $325    All meals
  • $235    Lunch and dinner only

Other Housing Options

Camp sites and RV spaces are available at Fort Worden, but they tend to fill quickly, almost a year in advance. For updated information, look here:

or call 888-Camp-Out (888-226-7688).

For accommodations in town, try here:

Beginners at Fiddle Tunes

What might a beginning musician expect at Fiddle Tunes? The gathering welcomes people of all abilities, but it’s not uncommon for beginning musicians to feel frustrated at Fiddle Tunes. Here’s what to expect.

The mornings are dedicated to workshops led by the faculty. Generally speaking, these players were invited to the festival as representatives of a certain style of music, one that they learned from their family and neighbors. Some are experienced teachers, many are not. In an effort to allow them to present their music organically, they receive no guidelines from Centrum as to what level they should teach – it’s their choice. Most teach at an intermediate and above level.

As a result, there is nothing geared specifically for beginners in the morning classes. But we think it’s critically important that you attend these sessions. The people on staff are active tradition-bearers, and they share more than their music. You probably won’t open your case at these sessions. Rather, you’ll be in listening mode, soaking your head in a certain style, listening to stories, understanding the context in which this person’s music is played back home.

After lunch, you can join the Beginners Band Lab – all beginning-level players of any instrument are invited. You’ll get an idea about how exciting it is to play with other people. The Beginners Band will play for a dance if they’d like, and also in the Band Lab concert on Saturday morning.

In the late afternoon we offer beginning level tutorials (see above). They’re small, so you’ll have plenty of personal attention.

We hope this information is helpful to you in deciding whether the workshop might be a good fit. Being among so many players can be overwhelming, but it helps to know what to expect. If you have any more questions, feel free to call Peter McCracken at 360-385-3102, x127.


Centrum will operate one airport shuttle to and from Sea-Tac airport on the first and last days of the workshop. You can sign up for the shuttle during the registration process. Read the 2018 Shuttle Guide.

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.

Is smoking allowed during Centrum programs?

As posted within Fort Worden, smoking of any kind is prohibited by state law inside any public building or within 25 feet of any public building entrance including windows and ventilation intakes.

Marijuana use is now unlawful anywhere in a state park, whether or not a person is in view of the general public. Thank you for abiding by Fort Worden State Park policy while a guest at Centrum’s programs.

What should I bring with me?

Warm clothes (think: layers), as the weather can be cool and windy; your instrument(s), clothing, a hat, and sunscreen. Also bring picks, extra strings, alarm clock, music recorder and plenty of extra batteries and media, a flashlight, coffee cup, camera, snack food, and a reusable water bottle.

Internet access

There are Wi-Fi hotspots all over the Fort Worden campus.

To register

Or call 360-385-3102, x117 or x118.