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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 • 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Harping in Hospitals: A Practical Guide LIMITED

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Over the past 14 years, Barbary Grant has logged over 17,000 hours as a hospital musician at Stanford, Lucile Packard Children's and El Camino hospitals. In this workshop, Barbary will outline what works - and what doesn't work - in a hospital setting. Intermediate players will try their hands at playing by ear, memorization techniques and basic improvisation. Sample song lists and a musical bibliography will be provided as well as resources for the surviving the vetting process (like certifications and insurance.)

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Barbary Grant

The power to evoke deep feeling lured Barbary Grant from a successful career as a classical pianist into the lyrical world of traditional Celtic music. Now her rich Irish harp and crystal-clear voice breathe new life into the old songs of the Gael. Her affection and respect for Celtic musical traditions have led Barbary to the study of Gaelic languages. She now performs songs in Irish, Scots Gaelic, and even Manx. This homage won her first place in... Read More →

Saturday May 27, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Fireside Lounge

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