Eileen Walter – Portland, OR

I have enjoyed fiddling, teaching, judging, performing at restaurants, in shows, at farmers markets, and playing for dances since I first heard fiddle music upon moving to Oregon in 1971 and had my life changed forever. I have attended and competed or judged at Weiser continually since 1986. I have judged many contests in Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Oklahoma and Nevada. For the past five years I have served as the director of the Oregon State Open Contest. I am a former Oregon State and Northwest Regional Adult and Senior Champion.

Philosophy:

In addition to good intonation, tone, clarity, rhythm, tempo, technical skill, interesting versions that are appropriate to the fiddler’s skill level, and control of the tune. I look for a musical interpretation that is able to balance and integrate drive, groove, and personality without sacrificing anything else – sometimes a fine line or a delicate balance and something that shows the fiddler’s overall ability. While it’s difficult to define, we know it when we hear it.