Geoff Horrocks has been deeply involved in Canada's fiddle community for many years, and is familiar to many players as one of the country's best-known pianists. He has accompanied many renowned players on stage and in the recording studio. He also spent many years teaching fiddle in remote communities in Canada's northern territories, and has taught at many fiddle camps across the country.
In recent years Geoff has focused his attention on teaching private and group lessons in fiddle, guitar, and piano. As a teacher, Geoff works from a deeply-held belief that everyone can learn to play the fiddle, and he has a particular interest in the learning needs of adult beginners. He also believes that learning to play a musical instrument is an excellent way to awaken, stimulate, and strengthen brain function. The learning materials developed by Cross Canada Fiddle are designed to appeal to visual, aural, and physical learners alike.
Trish Horrocks studied violin performance at the University of Victoria and Western University in London, Ontario. She has played violin with Orchestra London, the Victoria Symphony, the Vancouver Island Symphony, and Arcady Baroque Ensemble, and also plays viola in the Sonora String Quartet.
Trish has taught violin and viola privately and in groups since 1997. She has been a fixture at many Canadian fiddle camps and summer workshops, and was an active teacher with the Kole Crook Fiddle Association in the Northwest Territories for many years. Trish is also a passionate Suzuki violin/viola teacher who has completed several levels of teacher training. The materials and resources developed by Cross Canada Fiddle are deeply informed by this experience.
Together, Geoff and Trish maintain a busy teaching studio in Nanaimo. They are also co-directors of the VanIsle Fiddlers, a folk "orchestra" program boasting over 80 members in 4 different ensembles.