Cathy Clasper-Torch

Fiddle/Violin/Erhu Classes

Cathy has been the fiddle/violin instructor at the Blackstone River Theatre (BRT) in Cumberland, RI, since 2006. She teaches "group" classes to beginner, intermediate and advanced level players, ages 16 and up.

Cathy's approach to teaching beginners is a "classical" approach in fundamentals, form and technique. The repertoire, however, is folk/fiddle from a wide variety of cultures, styles, and eras. Cathy encourages "ear-playing", but also uses notation (written music) , finger numbers and note-names when teaching new material. The spirit of group classes is that of engagement, fun, support, and community.

Cathy currently teaches 6 group fiddle classes, for beginners, intermediate and advanced level students.

Classes run from September - November, January - February, and April - May.

More information on classes will be posted on the BRT website as it becomes available:

To register for classes, please contact  at Blackstone River Theatre.

Fiddle Classes at Blackstone River Theatre

Winter session is a 6-week session. Minimum needed to hold each class is six. Students must bring: own fiddle and bow, a music stand, and a recording device. Both playing by ear and some sight reading will be included. Players will be placed in all classes by the instructor's evaluation of skill level. Prepayment necessary! (please go to the BRT website at:


    January 9th, 16th, 23rd and February 6th, 13th, 20th
    6-Week Beginner Fiddle - Tuesdays at 6:30 PM (upstairs)
    6-Week Advanced Intermediate Fiddle - Tuesdays at 7:45 PM
    January 10th, 17th, 31st and February 7th, 14th, 21st
    6-Week Advanced Fiddle - Wednesdays at 6:30 PM
    6-Week Advanced Fiddle - Wednesdays at 7:45 PM
    January 11th, 18th, 25th and February 8th, 15th, 22nd
    6-Week Intermediate Fiddle - Thursdays at 5:30 PM (upstairs)
    6-Week Continuing Beginner Fiddle - Thursdays at 6:45 PM (upstairs)


  • Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI

Erhu Classes at Blackstone River Theatre

No Erhu classes for the winter session (sorry!)


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