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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 acoustic stringed instruments.


Join us at our next monthly jamboree! 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.

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.

The October 5, 2014 Jam
Music Jam and Open Mike at Hoover School and a Featured Performer

The November 2, 2014 Jam
Youth Fiddle Contest, plus our regular Jam (but no Open Mike)

The December 7, 2014 Jam
Music Jam and Open Mike at Hoover School, plus our Holiday Potluck


Our regular jams at Hoover Middle School usually 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)
  • A Beginners' Circle slow jam from 2-3

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 the jam 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) and annual Youth Fiddle Contest 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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