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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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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. As a concert performer on organ, piano, and harp, he has presented concerts and recitals in churches, theatres, and concert halls throughout America. He is an accomplished orchestral conductor as well as choral conductor. He has composed pieces for organ, piano, harp, and handbells and publishes many of his works through Chiera Music, his music publishing company. As an arranger, he continues to publish his gospel/jazz harp transcriptions. These arrangements introduce a fresh and exciting approach to traditional hymns and Christmas carols.

Frank began playing the harp in 1991 and studied classical harp for four years. In 1997 he competed in the Lyon & Healy International Jazz and Pop Festival Competition and won Second Prize in the Lever Division. With his extensive keyboard experience and classical harp training, he charted a course in a new direction – Gospel Jazz harp! As a church musician, Frank enjoys the music of contemporary worship styles but truly loves the hymns of the church. His arrangements of traditional hymns in a fresh and exciting, jazzy style are a welcome change of pace in church concerts and performances.