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Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association
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The Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of traditional types of American music such as old-time, bluegrass and gospel music, as played on the fiddle and other compatible acoustic instruments.

Join us at our next monthly jam! Monthly jams are held on the first Sunday of each month from 1 PM to 5 PM. Most of the year we meet at Hoover Middle School in San Jose, CA, where there is a nominal admission charge for adults, to pay the rent.

In the summer we sometimes meet in the Rose Garden Park on Naglee Ave. at Garden Dr. (2 blocks from Hoover School); these jams are free. This year the July, August and September jams will be held in the park.

Join Our Mailing List: Receive one monthly email reminder a few days before each SCVFA Jam. To join, email send mail to president -at- fiddlers - dot - org with 'join mailing list' in the Subject. You can remove yourself from the list at any time.

Upcoming Jams

Here are brief descriptions of our next few jams. The Events Page has the details; click on any jam title to go there.

NOTICE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic shelter-in-place requirements and school closures, the April, May and June 2020 SCVFA jams at Hoover School and the July and August jams (at least) at the Rose Garden have been CANCELLED. We're not sure when we'll be able to resume jams at any location.
As of mid-July, regulations in Santa Clara County tightly regulate outdoor “gatherings”, making an open jam even in the park impractical.
Members: See the August Fiddler's Rag for some alternatives.

Our decisions about whether we can hold future jams at any location (e.g. those listed below) will depend on future regulations. Check this website, SCVFA's Facebook page, the current issue of the Fiddler's Rag (our member newsletter) and President Susan Goodis's monthly email reminder for updates.

The September 6, 2020 Jam
Free Music Jam at the Rose Garden Park

The October 4, 2020 Jam
Music Jam and Open Mike at Hoover School

Our regular jams at Hoover Middle School typically include:
  • Jamming outside from 1 to 5 pm, usually in many styles
  • On-stage open-mike performances from 1:30-5 (may be interrupted for special events)
  • Learning groups (beginners' Slow Jam from 1:30-2:30 and intermediates' Tune Exchange (formerly Tune Builder) now from about 3:00-4:00

    Any acoustic performer or group is welcome to sign up to perform for up to 15 minutes on stage during our open-mike session. Listeners are always welcome.

    From time to time we invite a musician or group to play on stage for a bit longer as a featured performer. (We also occasionally invite a well-known musician or group to play a longer, paid, concert for us.)

    Adult admission to jams at the school is $6 for members and $8 for non-members (to help pay the rent); children 17 and under are admitted free. (Special events may have additional charges, and events such as workshops (e.g. our periodic KidFiddle Youth Fiddle Workshops) will generally have a small tuition or registration fee.)

    During the summer we often hold jams at the nearby Rose Garden Park. No open-mike performances, but admission is free.

    The SCVFA is a California non-profit corporation, registered with the California Registry of Charitable Trusts. We are classified by the IRS as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3). Donations to the SCVFA can generally be deducted from the donor's Federal (and often state) income tax. Consult your tax advisor about your specific situation.

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