Melinda Crawford, a U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Champion, is a frequent and popular performer throughout the United States and beyond. Always drawing a crowd, she has been heard at everything from highland games and Celtic festivals to a Hard Rock Café and Esterházy Palace in Austria. She has also had the honor of performing for the 37th Lord Lyon King of Arms of Scotland, David Sellar.
Melinda has won numerous awards for her solo playing and her original compositions at regional and national Scottish F.I.R.E. competitions. She achieved fiddling titles such as the Allegheny Mountain Fiddling Champion and the Potomac Valley Fiddling Champion several times prior to winning the 2003 U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Championship and becoming a sanctioned Scottish F.I.R.E. competition judge. She was a finalist for the 2008 Niel Gow International Scottish Fiddle Composition Competition held in Pitlochry, Scotland. A well respected teacher, Melinda has been repeatedly invited to present educational sessions at national conferences to school string teachers about how to teach traditional Scottish fiddling in the classroom. She is the director of the Strathgheny School of Scottish Fiddling at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. She has also taught at the Jink & Diddle School of Scottish Fiddling in North Carolina.
Melinda conducts workshops on Scottish fiddling all over the US and teaches Scottish fiddling privately and internationally to many students over the internet. She frequently judges Scottish F.I.R.E. competitions at highland games and has judged previous F.I.R.E. national championships.
In 2017, Melinda's Violinist's Guide to Scottish Fiddling was published by Mel Bay and is available at select retailers.
Melinda is currently residing in western Pennsylvania where she is an assistant professor of music at Westminster College. At Westminster, she is the string education specialist and directs both the symphonic orchestra and Ceòl na Teud, Westminster's Scottish string music group. Though she most frequently performs with pianist, Dan Perttu, she also performs with Pittsburgh-based, Scottish/Irish group, Road to the Isles.
Melinda is also the national president for the Scottish fiddling association for North America, Scottish F.I.R.E.
In addition to fiddling, she enjoys cooking, hiking, biking, gardening, and making jewelry. Fiddle competition registration form click here.