April Fiddle Workshop – Cross-Tuning

$5 Fiddle Workshops are held monthly at Magnolia Music Studio in Old Town Fort Collins, CO.

Thursday April 15, 7:00PM

Magnolia Music
210 Magnolia St.
Fort Collins, CO

Topic: Cross-Tuning—Learn to play fiddle in Alternate Tunings.

Teacher: Vi Wickam – Champion Fiddler—970-430-6381
Admission is $5 All proceeds after covering our costs will go to the Growing Project. The Growing Project provides freshly harvested local food to the Larimer County Food Bank.

If you would like to stay up to date on Fort Collins Traditional Music Events, join our Fort Collins Traditional Music Meetup Group.

Magnolia Music Studio to Host MS Benefit Concert

Magnolia Music Studio to Host MS Benefit Concert

Fort Collins MS Benefit Fundraiser ConcertFORT COLLINS, CO— To help celebrate National Multiple Sclerosis Awareness week, Magnolia Music Studio is hosting a benefit concert to raise funds for the Colorado Chapter of the National MS Society. “Move It!” MS Awareness Benefit Concert will feature a variety of Northern Colorado performers with all proceeds going to THE SLOW POKES, a local MS Walk Team. THE SLOW POKES Walk team is led by Sharyn Smith, who will be participating in the Denver Walk MS event on Saturday, May 1, 2010.

“My younger sister Sharyn has been living with multiple sclerosis for more than a decade,” says Magnolia Music Studio Director, Cynthia Vaughn. “When we were kids, Sharyn was a tough kid who wanted to grow up to be a Roller Derby Queen or a Motorcycle Mama. She actually grew up to be an Automotive Warranty Administrator, but it turns out that she needed all of that Roller Derby toughness to fight MS every day.”

Native Coloradoan Kelsey McKelfresh Kafman, recently returned from NYC, will be the featured performer for the event. Kelsey will be joined by “Vi The Fiddler” Wickam, guitarist Richard Kelley, Celtic harpist Joy Hopley, vocalists Aimee Woods, Erin Voorhies, Cynthia Vaughn, Kaylin Downour, pianists Amy Chase and Donna Lewis and more for an evening of musical theater, Celtic harp, bluegrass fiddle, and classical music.

Tickets for this event are on sale now through www.brownpapertickets.com.

About “Move It!” MS Awareness Benefit Concert

When: Friday, March 12, 2010 at 7:30 PM


Magnolia Music Studio
210 West Magnolia Street, Suite 10
Fort Collins, CO 80524

Admission: $20 General Admission

Information/Ticket Sales:  Call Magnolia Music Studio (970)481-8661 for information, or visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/101262  

About Magnolia Music Studio

Study with experienced professionals in an elegant Old Town studio! Voice, harp, fiddle and flute lessons plus classes, concerts, yoga, and events. Founder/Director Cynthia Vaughn is co-author of The Singing Book, song anthology/ CD/textbook which is used at hundreds of universities. All Magnolia faculty have music degrees and/or professional experience/certification. Classes include – THE SINGING CLASS for teens/adults, SONGS&SKITS, a singing class with drama for 7-11 year olds, and INTRODUCTION TO YOGA, INSTRUMENTAL WORKSHOPS, VOCAL PERFORMANCE CLASS. Classes and lessons offered in ongoing six-week sessions. Visit the Magnolia Music web site for the current schedule, information and tuition.

About Kelsey Kaufman

Native Coloradoan Kelsey McKelfresh Kaufman recently returned to her home state from NYC. She graduated from the prestigious Cincinnati Conservatory with a BFA in Music Theater. She has performed as a soloist with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and “A Night on Broadway” in Munich, Germany. Honors include Best Actress in a Musical (Ohio Regional Theater Awards) for her role as Svetlana in CHESS. In NY, Kelsey appeared on television, radio, and the Disney Magic Music Video series, and modeled for Ford Chicago and CLICK NY. She is a specialist in stage dialects. Kelsey began her stage career with northern Colorado’s Open Stage Theater and Carousel Dinner Theater. She is a proud alumnus of Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins.

March Fiddling Workshop – Learn to Play Twin Fiddle

Announcing a new Meetup for Fort Collins Traditional Music! Please send this on to anyone who you think would enjoy attending.

Topic: Twin Fiddling Fun — Learn to play harmony fiddle. Participation is encouraged, but not required.

When: Friday, March 18, 2010 7:00 PM

Magnolia Music Studio
210 W Magnolia Street (northwest corner of Magnolia and Mason)
Fort Collins, CO 80521
(970) 481-8661

Teacher: Vi Wickam – Champion Fiddler—970-430-6381  

Admission is $5 All proceeds after covering costs will go to the National Oldtime Fiddler’s Association.

Learn more here:

February Fiddle Workshop – Practical Music Theory

Topic: Practical Music Theory—Learn the magic behind the music.  Music theory basics and how to apply them. All musicians Welcome.


Thursday February 18, 7:00PM


Magnolia Music
210 Magnolia St.
Fort Collins, CO

Teacher: Vi Wickam – Champion Fiddler—970-430-6381

Admission is $5 All proceeds after covering our costs will go to COTFA (Colorado Oldtime Fiddlers Association.)


Bridal Show Review

We enjoyed our time at the Loveland Bridal Festival. We had a chance to meet with lots of brides, and had an opportunity to meet with a number of related wedding vendors.

Congratulations go to Anne Harder of Fort Collins, CO, who won our giveaway or 1 hour of Solo Violin Music.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth to chat. We hope you all have wonderful weddings.

Fort Collins Traditional Music Meetup Group

I have just created a new meetup group called Fort Collins Traditional Music.

I started this group to foster a community of people interested in oldtime music in the Fort Collins area.

We will be scheduling monthly group fiddling, harp, and flute workshops, and may also schedule periodic jam sessions.

If you are a traditional musician, or are interested in learning to play, we would love to have you join this meetup group.

Fort Collins String Quartet at Loveland Bridal Festival

The Fort Collins String Quartet will be performing wedding music selections from 2:00-3:00PM, January 10th at the Loveland Bridal Festival.  The Bridal Festival is located at The Ranch, near Centerra off of I-25 at Exit 259.

Who: The Fort Collins String Quartet

What: Performing Beautiful Wedding Music

When: January 10, from 2:00 – 3:00PM

Where: The Loveland Bridal Festival, The Ranch/Larimer County Fairgrounds (I-25/Exit 259) – 5280 Arena Circle, Loveland, CO

We hope to see you there.

More Info about the Fort Collins String Quartet: http://www.FortCollinsStrings.com

More info about the Show and Directions: http://www.bridalfestivals.com/shows.html

Fort Collins Fiddling Workshop

Announcing: 5 Dollar Fiddle Workshops

Date/Time: Thursday January 14, 7:00PM


Magnolia Music
210 Magnolia St.
Fort Collins, CO

 Topic: Fiddling for Violinists – The basics of fiddling will be covered, including how to start playing by ear, how to start improvising, and how to use sheet music as the recipe for a fiddle tune.

Teacher: Vi Wickam – Champion Fiddler

Admission is $5, and all proceeds after covering our costs will go to the Larimer County Food Bank.

Vi Wickam Joins Magnolia Music Studio

Fort Collins String Quartet Member, Vi Wickam, has joined the Magnolia Music Studio, as their Master Fiddle Teacher.

Magnolia Music Studio is one of Fort Collins’ leading music studios, located in the heart of historic Old Town Fort Collins.