About The Upper Potomac Music Weekends
Located in historic Shepherdstown, West Virginia, the weekend programs of Upper Potomac Music Weekends give students an opportunity to share tunes and techniques, and to learn from some of the finest teachers available in a variety of traditions on many instruments.
All weekend workshops take place in the relaxed, retreat setting of the Shepherd University Student Center and surrounding historic buildings in scenic Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
Each program offers a slightly different flavor or theme to appeal to a wide range of students.
Our programs for the 2017 season are:
Fiddle Retreat - January 6-8, 2017
Workshops, Concert, Jam Sessions and a Contra Dance for fiddlers and those who play with them. A variety of styles are presented by some of the region’s finest fiddle teachers with an emphasis on dance fiddle styles including Cape Breton, Appalachian, New England and swing. 2017 teachers are Alan Jabbour (old-time), Alexander Mitchell (swing), Andrea Hoag (Scandinavian, English), Graham DeZarn (Irish), Katie McNally (Scottish/ Cape Breton), Elke Baker (Sampler), along with Dave Wiesler (piano), Karen Ashbrook (hammered dulcimer), Paul Oorts (mandolin and mixed-instrument classes), and Rachel Eddy (guest jam host).
Pipers Weekend - January 13-15, 2017
Weekend retreat featuring classes, concerts, sessions and private tutorials for a variety of bellows-blown bagpipes, flute, fiddle, and mixed instruments. Staff include: Joey Abarta (uilleann pipes), Nathan Gourley (Irish fiddle), John Skelton (Irish flute), Dick Hensold (Northumbrian smallpipes), on Scottish smallpipes and borderpipes: Iain MacHarg, Hollis Easter, Nick Hudson and Bob Mitchell and hurdy-gurdy player Brian McCandless (repertoire). Classes for all levels of ability; high-quality rental Scottish smallpipes are available for new pipers who wish to try them for the weekend.
Spring Music Weekend - March 24-26, 2017
Workshops, classes, concerts and jam sessions for hammered dulcimer, fiddle, and mixed instruments with special guest instructors including hammered dulcimer players Ann Lough, Steve Schneider, Randy Marchany, and Jeanean Martin, multiinstrumentalist Paul Oorts; plus Scandinavian fiddlers Lydia Ievins and Andrea Larson on fiddle and nykelharpa, teaching a Scandinavian music class for all instruments.