Our Director

The Vermont Fiddle Orchestra would like to Introduce our New Artistic Director David Kaynor!



David Kaynor began playing fiddle in 1974, and started calling local contra dances in Western Massachusetts around 1980. Over the last two decades, he has become increasingly involved as both fiddler and caller in the New England and national contra dance scenes. He has been on staff at Northern Week at Ashokan 22 times, at Contra Dance Musicians' Week at the John C. Campbell Folk School 8 times and at Northeast Heritage Music Camp in Johnson Vermont 6 times. He has also played for and taught dancing at Pinewoods, Buffalo Gap, Mendocino, the Lady of the Lake, Ogontz, Summer Acoustic Music Week, Suttle Lake, Wannadance Uptown and a myriad of other camps, workshops and music events around the country.

David has been to Sweden several times and has played with many Swedish Fiddlers and folk musicians in Sweden and in the United States over the years. He knows countless numbers of tunes and thankfully shares his knowledge with others through workshops and jam sessions and performances.  As he states in the description on his website, www.davidkaynor.com, , about his experience in Sweden, “rather than spend money I didn't have on costly classes with big-name musicians, I found myself falling in love with the music of the local musicians' groups and getting most of my repertoire, stylistic influence, and overall inspiration from them in their own surroundings.”