Cathy Clasper-Torch

Fiddle/Violin/Erhu Classes

BRT Fiddle Students 2022

Cathy teaches both PRIVATE LESSONS (from her home) and GROUP CLASSES (at the Blackstone River Theatre). Her approach to teaching beginners is 'classical' in fundamentals, form and technique. The repertoire, however, is folk/fiddle from a wide variety of cultures, styles and eras.

Cathy has been the fiddle/violin instructor at the Blackstone River Theatre (BRT) since 2006 , teaching beginning levels through advanced, for ages 16 - 80! The spirit of group classes is that of engagement, fun, support and community. Please feel free to call/email Cathy with any specific questions you might have about private or group lessons, or method approach.


WINTER FIDDLE CLASSES -- 5-week session (Jan./Feb.)

TUESDAY/ADVANCED class -- 7:00 - 8:15 p.m.

  • January 9th, 16th, 23rd and February 20th & 27th (5 classes)

THURSDAY/INTERMEDIATE class -- 7:30 - 8:45 p.m.

  • January 11th, 18th, 25th and February 22nd & 29th (5 classes)

SPRING FIDDLE CLASSES -- 8-week session (April/May)

TUESDAY/ADVANCED class --  -- 7:00 - 8:15 p.m.

  • April 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and May 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th (8 classes)

THURSDAY/INTERMEDIATE class --7:30 - 8:45 p.m.

  • April 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th and May 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th (8 classes)


Please email Cathy ( if you are a new student interested in the group class, so you and Cathy can determine which will be the best class for you.  At present, there is a continuing INTERMEDIATE class and a continuing ADVANCED class (no beginner classes at this time).

To register, please visit the Blackstone River Theatre's website at:

For any other details related to the Blackstone River Theatre, please email Russell Gusetti (BRT director) at:


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