Workshops, classes, concert, and sessions

in a relaxed, retreat setting in historic Shepherdstown, WV

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 2020 season are:

Fiddle Retreat -  January 3-5, 2020

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, Scottish, Irish, Appalachian, New England, English and Quebecois. 2019 teachers are Ken Kolodner (Beginning), Lisa Ornstein (Québécois), Seán Heely (Irish), Elke Baker (Scottish, Cape Breton), Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones (Old Time), David Kaynor  (New England, Scandinavian), and Dave Wiesler (piano).

Pipers Weekend  January 17-19, 2020

Weekend retreat featuring classes, concerts, sessions and private tutorials for a variety of bellows-blown bagpipes, flute, fiddle, and mixed instruments. Staff include: Brian Bigley (uilleann pipes), John Skelton (Flute), Dick Hensold (Northumbrian smallpipes), on Scottish smallpipes and borderpipes: Rosalind Buda, Iain MacHarg and Bob Mitchell, Tracy Jenkins and Sean Heely on Scottish fiddle and pipe ensemble, and special guest  Gerard Nichols (French pipes, hurdy gurdy and repertoire). Further enrichment classes TBA. 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 20-22, 2020

Workshops, classes, concerts and jam sessions for hammered dulcimer, fiddle, and mixed instruments with special guest instructors including hammered dulcimer players Mark Wade, Colin Beasley, Ruth Smith and Karen Ashbrook; plus multi-instrumentalist  Paul Oorts teaching "Waltz around the World" a music class for all instruments ending with a special afternoon waltz dance on Sunday.

Other Special Events

Smallpipe Weekend with Barry Shears  August 23-25, 2019

Afternoon Workshop with Genticorum November 23, 2019 3-5pm.  Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church.  Tickets available here.

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Shepherdstown Music and Dance is a partner for our evening concerts and dances.  Find out more about their events on their webpage!


PO Box 1474, Shepherdstown, WV,   25443      USA

(304) 263-2531

Upper Potomac Music Weekends

PO Box 1474, Shepherdstown, WV  25443

(304) 263-2531   upperpotomac@gmail.com

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