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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Jonathan Hulting-Cohen

Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, saxophonist, cuts a distinct profile; a person of diverse interests, his musical activities place him at the crossroads of many unexpected fields and genres.

He has been a concerto soloist alongside principal players of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and performed under John Adams and David Robertson at Carnegie Hall. As a recitalist and chamber musician, he has performed nationally, including at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, Colburn’s Thayer Hall, and at George Mason University.

Jonathan is passionate about contemporary music, and regularly collaborates with living composers. During the 2013-14 season, he commissioned five pieces for saxophone and harp as part of his regular duo with harpist Jennifer R. Ellis. Recent highlights for the pair–called Admiral Launch Duo­–include performances at Northwestern University New Music Conference, Milwaukee and Racine Art Museums, and a residency at Avaloch Farm Music Institute in New Hampshire. His vaudeville saxophone sextetThe Moanin’ Frogs, have appeared across the country, including at the Kennedy Center. The group, for which he frequently arranges and composes original music, was recently featured on Detroit Performs, a nationally aired series of Detroit Public Television.

Beyond his activities as a saxophonist, Jonathan currently leads an ambitious interdisciplinary performance project combining dance, music, visual art, and performance technology. Together with artists Cori LewisEric Sheffield and composer David Biedenbender, he directed and produced a film version of the work entitled Silence that will premiere this season at the University of Michigan. 

Jonathan is thrilled to have been named Assistant Professor of Saxophone at University of Massachusetts Amherst. His own studies were with Donald Sinta at the University of Michigan.