Finns Gather from Across the Country to Make Music

Finns and Finns at heart from around the country and Finland will gather in Hancock over July 15–17 to learn and play traditional Finnish and Finnish-American music at Finlandia University’s Finnish Folk Music Camp. Open to the novice as well as advanced musician of all ages, the camp—on Finlandia’s campus—will feature classes in accordion, fiddle, kantele, mandolin, bones and spoons, harmonica and harmonium, voice, dance, cooking, arts and crafts, as well as Finnish language, history and culture. Students can build their own kantele for an extra fee. Finnish musicians from both the United States and Finland will be on hand to teach, including Finn Camp’s own Steve Niemi and frequent guest here Don Reinholm. A free concert featuring the camp faculty and open to the public will take place at 6:30 p.m. on July 15 at Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center. The following evening will also feature a free dance, and the public is invited to the camp’s closing concert July 17. Tuition for campers for the three days of the camp is $170 (if paid by June 15); $195 (if paid after June 15). Two full-tuition scholarships are available. Campers may purchase meals and lodging on the Finlandia campus at a modest extra charge. For more information or to register, call 906-482-1413, or visit

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