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 2014 season are:
Fiddle Retreat - January 3-5, 2014
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, Irish, New England and French Canadian. 2014 teachers are: Kimberley Fraser (Cape Breton), Lisa Ornstein (French Canadian), Rodney Miller (New England), along with 5 of our local favorites: Elke Baker (seasoned beginners class), Joe Herrmann (Old-time), Joe DeZarn (Irish), Ken Kolodner (hammered dulcimer accompaniment) and Paul Oorts (mandolin and mixed-instrument band classes).
Pipers Weekend - January 17-19, 2014
Weekend retreat featuring classes, concerts, sessions and private tutorials for a variety of bellows-blown bagpipes, flute and mixed instruments. Staff are: Cillian Vallely (uilleann pipes), John Skelton (Irish flute), Laura MacKenzie (Scottish flute, smallpipes and borderpipes), Matthew Bell (bodhran), Ian Lawther (Northumbrian smallpipes) Iain MacHarg and William Woodson (Scottish smallpipes & border pipes). Classes for all levels of ability; highquality rental Scottish smallpipes are available for new pipers who wish to try them for the weekend.
Spring Music Weekend - March 7-9, 2014
Workshops, classes, concerts and jam sessions for hammered dulcimer, fiddle, banjo and mixed instruments with special guest instructors including hammered dulcimer players Cindy Ribet, Deborah Justice, Andy Young, fiddler Jane Rothfield and banjoist, Hilarie Burhans teaching an old-time music class, and multi-instrumentalists Paul Oorts and Steve Schneider teaching ensemble and musicality classes.