The International Harp Festival returns to the San Damiano Retreat Center in the beautiful hillside town of Danville, CA, May 25 - 29, 2017.

In 2017 you can look forward to:

  • Daily classes in tracks geared specifically to the beginning, intermediate and advanced players that build on the material presented the previous day.

  • Two special seminars covering Teaching Tactics and Performance, designed for advanced students, teachers, and anyone interested in beginning a performing or teaching career or taking it to the next level.

  • Internationally acclaimed artists and presenters to educate, motivate and inspire you.

  • Classes for both the pedal and non-pedal player covering a wide range of topics including musical composition, editing and arranging, Celtic and world music, modal improvisation, playing expressively,  jazz, working with composers, and more.

  • Nightly concerts spanning musical styles from Bach to Bebop, World Sounds and Celtic Music. 

  • A mid-day break to nap, take a walk in the surrounding gardens and hillside trails, play in casual harp jams or do yoga and other Healthy Harpist exercises.

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Thursday, May 25 • 9:15am - 10:30am
Memorization Toolkit LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

Memorization can seem like such a mysterious process! How do you memorize a piece in a way that will stick? Why do some pieces slip into memory quickly and others feel so hazy? And what about the fear of memory slips on stage? Memorizing a piece well is like putting together a puzzle; you use multiple pieces that fit together in order to see the whole picture. This workshop will offer those puzzle pieces b providing a broad toolbox of memorization techniques that draw on multiple learning styles. These techniques reinforce memory and build confidence so that you can perform from memory with ease and satisfaction!

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Jennifer Ellis

All things harp, new music, improvisation, community engagement, and social justice.

Thursday May 25, 2017 9:15am - 10:30am PDT
Fireside Lounge