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Coleman Smith

Coleman Smith is a world-renowned crossover violinist. Coleman, a 30-plus-year veteran of violin performance and education, blends an understanding of classical, jazz, folk, country, and bluegrass elements into his performances and workshops. Coleman started playing the violin at 3 years old. In his youth, Coleman traveled across the country studying various styles of fiddle music and competing in some of the nation’s most prestigious fiddle contests. He won the prestigious Bob Wills Fiddle contest several times in his home state of Texas and was awarded a Presidential scholarship to the music department at Marywood University where he studied music performance and minored in music pedagogy. Coleman has a unique style that fuses Gypsy Swing, Jazz, Celtic, Bluegrass, and Texas Fiddle, all from a classical perspective. As a founding member of the band Rapidgrass, Coleman previously served as the group’s fiddle player for over a decade. Coleman currently performs with Yonder Mountain String Band as well as David Lawrence & the Spoonful, and The Bluegrass Journeymen. When he isn’t performing you can find him teaching in Buena Vista for his music school, Coletrain Music Academy.


Fiddle Workshop: Intermediate – Advanced

Course Description: In this workshop, we will take a look at violin/fiddle techniques, discuss topics of music theory, work on different accompaniment styles, and improvisation. Students will also learn and choose from a variety of pre-prepared songs. It will be a totally interactive experience where students can ask specific questions and everyone will be encouraged to participate and create beautiful music together. This workshop is perfect for anyone looking to gain an understanding of his or her instrument. Students will also gain stage experience with a final performance at River Runners.

What to bring:

  • Instrument
  • Tuner
  • Rosen
  • Extra strings
  • Music Stand