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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Saturday, May 27 • 9:15am - 10:30am
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Whether you are playing a song, playing a hymn in church, accompanying a singer (or yourself), improvising for the fun of it, or composing an original composition, you need an introduction and an ending. If a vocalist is involved, you will probably need an interlude so she (or you) can catch her breath. There are so many ways to create these parts within a piece of music. Every piece of music is different, so we need to decide on the style and length, and whether to incorporate the melody of the piece itself. This workshop is interactive and fun, and attendees will have ample opportunity to experiment and express their creativity by creating their own introductions, interludes, and endings for pieces that they choose.

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Frank Voltz

Frank Voltz is a multi-faceted, multi-talented musician whose love of bringing music into the hearts of all people is only surpassed by his love for his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. For over 20 years, Frank has pursued his music career as a performer, conductor, composer and arranger... Read More →

Saturday May 27, 2017 9:15am - 10:30am PDT
Fireside Lounge