Judges

Katrina Nicolayeff

Katrina Nicolayeff is a 4-time National Champion. She was born in Nampa and now lives in Meridian with her husband Alex and two-year-old son. In October 2007 and 2011 she won the title of Grand Master Fiddler Champion where she received the honor of playing at the Grand Ole Opry.  Katrina has judged at the Grand Master Fiddler Championship in Nashville, the National Oldtime Fiddle Contest in Weiser, and many other contests around the country. She has been teaching fiddle for over 10 years. She also serves as the Co-director for the Idaho Junior Jammer Fiddlers.

 

Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson has been playing the fiddle since the age of seven, and guitar since his early teens.  He grew up in Spokane, WA and spent his early musical years competing in various fiddle contests throughout the Northwest. He earned the title of Washington State Junior Champion, Washington State Open Champion twice, and many others, including 8th place in the National Oldtime Fiddle Association Contest in Weiser, Id. 2011. He started playing in bands and teaching others the art of fiddle playing when he was 13. He has performed in most parts of the country, from Arizona to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, and has been featured on multiple recordings throughout his career.


In addition to his busy teaching schedule, Andrew currently is a member of two bands, Hot Club of Spokane, and Big Red Barn. Additionally, he is a popular guest artist with several other Spokane area bands with styles ranging from Jazz to Bluegrass to Country. Besides fiddle and guitar, Andrew also plays and teaches Bass and Mandolin.


Elisha Voetberg

Elisha Voetberg began playing the fiddle at age 11. Since his introduction to fiddle contests he has won the Washington State Fiddle Championship, Western Open Fiddle Championship, and has placed 2nd in the young adult division at the National Oldtime Fiddlers Contest, along with placing in the top 5 in the Jr division at the National Oldtime Fiddlers Contest three consecutive years. Now at the age of 21 he continues to play fiddle as well as guitar and mandolin in his family band, The Voetberg Family.
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