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About Hope

"Grietzer's transcendent fiddling will touch your soul” wrote a reviewer for Dirty Linen Magazine.

Originally from Johnson City, N.Y., Hope Grietzer fell in love with fiddle music in college, playing for dances in the Geneseo String Band under the leadership of ethnomusicologist Jim Kimball.   She studied with New York State Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame inductee Larry Downey while fiddling throughout New York State and Pennsylvania.

While living in Colorado, Hope sang and fiddled with the band "Black Rose", playing major music festivals throughout the midwest and winning the prestigious Rockygrass band competition. Hope was voted "Rocky Mountain Region Fiddler of the Year" by the Colorado Bluegrass Music Society.

Living now in the countryside of Owego, N.Y., Hope was inducted into the New York State Fiddlers' Hall of Fame in 2009. She can be found fiddling at concerts and contradances with the trio "Grietzer, Hodgson, Manning", and twin-fiddling with Ithaca fiddler Kathy Selby.

Hope teaches fiddle both privately and in group lessons through Broome Community College.  She is past-president of the local chapter of the New York State Old Time Fiddlers Association,  leads a monthly kids fiddle tune jam.

Past Performances

NORTHEAST FESTIVALS / CONCERTS / CONTRADANCES
Phylla Mae Dance Festival, Fayetteville, NY
The Old Songs Festival, Altamont, NY
North American Fiddler's Hall of Fame Summer Concert Series, Osceola, NY
Roxbury Arts Group "Fiddlers!" concert, 2008, 2010, Roxbury, NY
Showcase at the Genessee Country Museum Fiddle Festival, Mumford, NY
Old Songs contradance series, Voorheesville, NY
Wilkes Barre contradance, Wilkes-barre, PA
Rochester contradance,
Rochester, NY
Contradance,
Milford, NY
Syracuse Country Dancers,
Fayetteville, NY
Bethel Grove contradance,
Ithaca, NY
Tioga Trails contra and square dance,
Owego, NY
Binghamton Contradance,
Binghamton, NY
Elmira Irish Festival, Elmira, NY
Broome County Irish Festival, Binghamton, NY
Heart of the Alleghenies (HOTA) Festival, Bradford, PA
Six on the Square concert series, Oxford, NY
Annual Civil War Ball, Binghamton, NY
Cranberry Coffeehouse featured act, Binghamton, NY
Fiddlin's Fun Festival, Binghamton, NY
Broome County Ethnic Festival, Binghamton, NY
Broome Community College Earth Day Celebration, Binghamton, NY
Civil War concert at the Coburn Free Library, Owego, NY
The Waverly Opera House, Waverly, NY
Newark Valley Depot concert series, Newark Valley, NY
Whitney Point Fall Festival Big Tent Event, Whitney Point, NY
Owego Holiday Showcase, Owego, NY

Miscellaneous wonderful coffeeshops, house concerts, weddings, and special events

GROUP LESSONS / WORKSHOPS / EDUCATIONAL EVENTS
"Fiddling in America" multimedia presentation for Broome Community College's history club
Group lessons through Broome Community College's Community Education Program
Group lessons through the Tioga County Council on the Arts
Fiddle workshops for the New York State Old Tyme Fiddlers Association Summer Picnic
Founder of the "Toast n' Jammers" kids fiddle tune club, Johnson City, NY
Founder of the "Blackberry Jammers" kids fiddle tune club, Colorado Springs, CO
"Fiddling with Books" program at various county libraries

Numerous fiddle workshops on various topics at music festivals (see festival listings)
University of Southern Colorado at Pueblo, CO, Summer music camp
Black Rose Acoustic Society's Music School

MID-WEST FESTIVALS / CONCERTS
Walnut Valley Festival ~ Winfield, KS
RockyGrass (Rocky Mountain Bluegrass Festival) ~ Lyons, CO
Four Corners Folk Festival ~ Pagosa Springs, CO
Santa Fe Trails Bluegrass Festival ~ Bonner Springs, KS
Silverton Folk Festival ~ Silverton, CO
Santa Fe Old Time and Bluegrass Music Festival ~ Santa Fe, NM
Oyster Ridge Music Festival ~ Kemmerer, WY
Laramie Peak Bluegrass Festival ~ Douglas, WY
Mid-Winter Bluegrass Festival ~ Denver, CO
Pickin’ on the Plains Festival ~ Colby, KS
Beartrap Music Festival ~ Casper, WY
Black Hills Bluegrass Festival ~ Rapid City, SD
Durango Meltdown Bluegrass Festival ~ Durango, CO
Bluegrass on the River Festival ~ Pueblo, CO
Grand Western Bluegrass Festival ~ Fruita, CO
Pikes Peak Bluegrass Festival ~ Colorado Springs, CO
Running Creek Music Festival ~ Elizabeth, CO
Shove Chapel CD Release concert, Colorado Springs, CO
Steam Plant Theater ~ Salida, CO
Swallow Hill Music Hall ~ Denver, CO
Ute Pass Cultural Center ~ Woodland Park, CO
Front Range Acoustic Showcase ~ Colorado Springs, CO
First Night New Year’s Celebration ~ Colorado Springs, CO
Annual Gospel Bluegrass Jamboree ~ Denver, CO
Fine Arts Center ~ Colorado Springs, CO
The Black Rose Acoustic Society ~ Colorado Springs, CO
The Smokebrush Center ~ Colorado Springs, CO
Avogadro’s Number ~ Fort Collins, CO

 

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