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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Friday, May 26 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Teaching Celtic Music LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

Celtic music is a "group sport," with a long-standing tradition of playing together in casual social settings. In this workshop learn the basic elements of Celtic music and how to work with students on melody, rhythm and left hand patterns appropriate to Celtic style. Sample tunes will include the various types of trad tunes (jigs, slip jigs, reels, hornpipes) for solo repertoire and also some accompaniment patterns that work for playing backup in group settings.. Most of the traditional tunes are easy to learn for intermediate level if done at a slow enough tempo and beginners can learn (even one hand) bass lines and backup that allow them to take part in a group session or harp ensemble.

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Kim Robertson

Kim Robertson is a prominent performer, arranger, recording artist and pioneer of the folk harp in North America. Her playing combines inventiveness & virtuosity with a keen sense of melody & respect for tradition. Classically trained on piano and pedal harp, her discovery of the... Read More →

Friday May 26, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm PDT
St. Francis