About the SCVFA

The Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association (SCVFA) was founded in 1973 in San Jose, California. This is a state and federal non-profit, all volunteer-operated public-benefit organization dedicated to the preservation, teaching, and enjoyment of traditional music for the fiddle and other instruments.

The purpose of the organization is to carry on activities intended to revive, study and perpetuate that traditional music. We perform and teach a wide variety of styles including old-time, country music, bluegrass, western swing, Celtic, Scandinavian and other traditional styles. Our music is played on acoustic instruments such as fiddles, guitars, banjos, mandolins, string basses, accordions and harmonicas.  Participants range in age from under 8 to over 80 and may play or just listen to the music.

As of 2016 we have about 155 members in 113 households, mostly in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, ranging from San Francisco, Oakland and Livermore to the north, to Gilroy and Santa Cruz to the south.

old time fiddlerThe image of an old-time fiddler represented the origins of the traditional music as played in many parts of rural America and was a core style for the SCVFA. We continue to honor the traditions of this music and you’ll hear of lot of it at our monthly jams. Over the years our members have shared many other traditional genres. Thus, our organization has expanded to include acoustic music from many parts of the country—and the world—all connected through our shared love of music, our unique heritages, and the delight of playing music with others.  …Of course, the fiddle still reigns and holds it all together! (smile)…


What We Do

As our founder Bill Wein put it, ”music self-played is happiness self-made.” Most of our activities involve performing music, as well as teaching, learning tunes and technique. Musicians play in small groups at the monthly jam, outside and on stage for the open mic.  Members may also perform at various community events. Payments received for such performances help fund our activities.

Monthly Jam

Since 1973 our jam has been held in San Jose on the first Sunday of each month, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.  The jam offers attendees a chance to hear and play music together in informal groups.

During the fall, winter and spring seasons, the jam is held at Hoover Middle School in San Jose.

Typically July, August and  September jams are held at the Municipal Rose Garden Park, just down the street from the school.  There are no fees when we play at the park, however donations are appreciated.

Our musicians enjoy sharing their music with the community.

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.

 Many local corporations match donations for nonprofits.   Check with your employer… they may offer this benefit.   You can easily add SCVFA as a 501(c)(3) organization.   Our EIN is 51-0196154


SCVFA is supported by SVCreates, in partnership with the County of Santa Clara.

SCVFA is also supported by our members’ monthly jam admission fees, dues, donations, performances, and newsletter advertisers — particularly Kamimoto String Instruments.

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