Fort Collins Strings Featured at Research Wall Opening at LSC

The Fort Collins String Quartet was featured at the opening of the New Research Wall at the Lory Student Center  at Colorado State University. This video features the music of the Fort Collins String Quartet.


The Research Wall, funded by the Office of the Vice President for Research, made its debut Jan. 22 in the Lory Student Center.
This wall, near the LSC Grand Ballroom entrance, emphasizes Colorado State University researchers, projects, awards, events and funders on a rotating basis in photo slideshows and research videos. Vice President for Research Alan Rudolph said it is a priority for his office to feature university-wide representation in the design of the wall and on the four interactive TV monitors.

Movie Theme Song Contest – String Theory Project


Fort Colllins, CO- Starting June 1st, 2011,
Have you ever wanted to write a theme song for a film? Songwriters, Poet lyricists, and instrumentalists alike are invited to submit entries for the String Theory Film Theme Song Contest.

Filmmaker & musician, Vi Wickam in association with AVAIYA Media is creating the new film, String Theory. This inspiring new film project is directed toward inspiring children to participate in and develop a love of music.

The goal of the contest is to capture the essence of this spectacular film with an original song written by YOU! This song needs to be simple and memorable. The hook is of utmost importance. The song needs to be flexible. The song will be played and sung throughout the movie in different formats, ranging from country, to African, and Blues to Bluegrass.

If you write the winning song, you will get a cash prize of $150, and your song will be featured throughout the film, String Theory in different forms. You will receive credit as the writer of the song, and you will have the opportunity to be featured in the film.

The String Theory Theme Song contest is open to residents of the planet earth.

Submissions will be accepted through July 31, 2011.

Official contest rules are available at:

The song contest is the brainchild of Vi Wickam. Vi is a music teacher, performer, and composer, and loves creating opportunities for other artists.

About AVAIYA: AVAIYA is a media company based in Boulder, Colorado that creates and distributes only positive material to share. In a world often viewed as problematic, AVAIYA reminds us that there is infinite greatness in this world and within each of us.

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Wedding Music

Fort Collins Strings is happy to provide Northern Colorado with tasteful music for your weddings and special occasions. We play weddings in Fort Collins, Loveland, Estes Park, Mountain destination weddings, and the rest of northern Colorado.

We focus on providing you with music that is of the highest quality, and organization that gives you nothing to worry about. We have a broad repertoire of classic wedding music, and are also happy to play your special requests, even those that are out of the ordinary.

We will show up to your event with time to spare, and play as long as you need us. Our string players are all accomplished musicians with years of experience playing professionally.

Contact us to Request more information.



Vi "The Fiddler" Wickam CD - Long Time Comin'

Preorder Long Time Comin’

Vi’s music is rooted in tradition, but not buried in the past. It’s innovative, eclectic, and fun.  Long Time Comin’ features a new spin on traditional tunes with fresh takes on modern favorites. On the CD, which features nationally recognized Jazz vocalist Mandy Harvey, you’ll find a little bit o’ swing, a little more funk, beautiful ballads, and some down and dirty blues (NOW with MORE COWBELL!).  Fortunately, the album is a lot more cohesive than this disjointed press release makes it sound.

AS SEEN ON TV! VI Wickam is an accomplished fiddler who has won contests all over the United States. Vi is a composer, songwriter, and he even sings. He’s from a musical family; the Wickam Family Band played all around Northern Colorado, including 3 years as the house band on the nationally syndicated but now retired Blinky’s Fun Club. Vi is an entertaining and engaging performer. Long Time Comin’ features a cast of expert musicians: Brent Hawley on knock-your-socks-off acoustic guitar, Jim Abraham’s toenail-singeing electric bass, and Chris Beers’ tasty drummin’. The siren voices of Mandy Harvey, Kristianne Gale, and Kimberly Schug add polish and will melt you in your seat.

Long Time Comin’ will be released at a family-friendly and awesome party at Avogadro’s Number ( in Fort Collins, Colorado on March 25, 2011 at 8:00PM.

For more information, promo requests, or an interview, please contact Vi Wickam at:

Vi “The Fiddler” Wickam

PO Box 270918

Fort Collins, CO 80527

Phone: 970-215-6366



Vi The Fiddler CD Release Party

Who’s Invited: YOU!!!

What: CD Release Party – Long Time Comin’ – Vi “The Fiddler” Wickam

When: Friday, March 25, 2011, 8:00PM

Where: Avogadro’s Number, 605 S. Mason St. Fort Collins, CO

Come join us for the CD Release party for Vi Wickam’s long awaited CD, “Long Time Comin”.

Save the date. It’s going to be a great time!

Admission is free, but we do request that you bring a non-perishable food item to donate for the Larimer County Food Bank.

This CD Features the following local favorites as well:

Mandy Harvey – Vocal

Kristianne Gale – Vocal

Kimberly Schug – Vocal

Brent Hawley – Guitar, Mandolin, Mandola

Jim Abraham – Bass

Chris Beers – Percussion

I hope to see you there!

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November $5 Fiddle Workshop – Playing in a Band

What: November $5 Fiddling Workshop

When: Thursday, October 21, 2010 7:00 PM

Price: $5.00 per person

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

Topic: Playing in a Band—Licks, Fills, Rhythm, and what not to play.

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

Admission is $5 All proceeds after covering our costs will go to The Growing Project Fort Collins.

I hope to see you all there!


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October $5 Fiddling Workshop

What: October $5 Fiddling Workshop

When: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 7:00 PM

Price: $5.00 per person

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

Topic: Warmups, Stretching and Excercises—Take care of your body while you are making music.
Teacher: Vi Wickam – Champion Fiddler—970-430-6381
Special Guests: Shelly and Keith Beyerle of Rocky Mountain Rossiter:
Admission is $5 All proceeds after covering our costs will go to The Growing Project Fort Collins.

Hope to see you there!


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NoCo Fiddle Camp Scholarships

Magnolia Music Studio is offering two half scholarships (regularly $135) to the Northern Colorado Fiddle Camp, July 19-23, 9am-noon. with a family performance at noon on the final day of camp.  Instructors are fiddle champions Vi Wickam and Cody Stadelmaier.
Email [email protected] to recommend a student. Vi Wickam also suggested a short essay from the student on why they would like to attend the camp.

How to Practice Effectively Workshop Notes

Here are my notes from my workshop on Practicing Effectively. Included are a general HowTo outline for practicing, some basic recommendation, and a couple of additional handouts with scale exercises that I use as a warm up.

How to Practice Effectively

Mastering the G Scale

Simple Double Stop Scales

May COTFA Newsletter features Vi Wickam

The May edition of the Colorado Old Time Fiddlers’ Association Newsletter features another arrangement by Fort Collins Strings Member, Vi Wickam.

The May newsletter features a Twin Fiddle arrangement of “Who’s Gonna Talk to Dinah” as arranged by Vi Wickam. Vi learned this piece by listening to Junior Marriott and Alita Stoneking play the tune in the Twin Fiddle division at the American Heritage Music Festival in Grand Lake, OK. This isn’t a transcription of what they played, but is an arrangement that Vi worked up when he got back home after the contest.

COTFA Newsletter May 2010