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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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Monday, May 29 • 9:30am - 5:00pm
Strings of Passion LIMITED

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Hold onto your hat - Deborah Henson-Conant is BACK!

Learn how to really connect yourself to your harp and your music at 

The Strings of Passion - Live FULL DAY workshop!


What if you discovered there was an instrument inside you that resonates to your spirit the same way your instrument resonates outside you?

What if this inner instrument had strings like a harp and they resonated in your inner world - plucked by your creative expression in the outer world.

What if these two sets of strings resonated each other, so that when you plucked the strings of one, the other resonated as well?

That's how you connect with your STRINGS OF PASSION.

Passion can be gentle and quiet - or bold and dramatic.  It can be like showing off, like revealing your inner Diva - or like holding something sacred and secret.  It can be a whisper or a shout of joy. 

In this full day workshop,  you'll connect with your deepest artistic impulses, expressing them with your body, mind and soul.  Your passion will resonate through your instrument - your physical instrument that others experience for deeper enjoyment of playing music for yourself and for others.  Your playing will become richer, your connection to yourself and your audience will resonant and expand.

If you do nothing else for yourself this year - discover YOUR strings of passion - the ones that resonate within you - and let them ring through your life and your instrument.

What others have to say:

"I love the idea of being physically involved in the music instead of the constraint that is taught in classical music."

"I love the simplicity!  Yet it's powerful and heartfelt."

"I love the idea that experimenting with a simple practice and letting go of what it sounds like - it helps to develop fluidity with the fingers and brings surprising results - You open yourself to DISCOVERY."

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Deborah Henson-Conant

Deborah Henson-Conant ("DHC") is a GRAMMY©-Nominated one-woman orchestra. With electric harp, voice and a looper pedal that she layers sounds in real time, then weaves solo lines and vocals above it. | | Her signature instrument is an 11lb carbon-fiber electric harp, designed specifically for her by the CAMAC Harp Company in France... Read More →

Monday May 29, 2017 9:30am - 5:00pm
Fireside Lounge

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