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Online again for 2022!

 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.

We are updating our site for January 2022... please be patient. 

Our programs for the 2021 season were:

Fiddle Retreat -  January 7-9, 2022

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, and Quebecois. 2021 teachers are  Lisa Ornstein (Québécois/Old-Time), Laura Risk (Québécois, Scottish), Oisin MacDiarmada (Irish), Troy MacGillivray ( Cape Breton), Rachel Eddy (Old Time ),  and more (tbc).

Note... We are hoping to come back for our first live event with and English dance and music weekend April 29-May1, 2022 with Paul Oorts and Dave Wiesler.  

Pipers Weekend  January 14-16, 2022

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), Jerry O'Sullivan (uilleann pipes), Dick Hensold (Northumbrian smallpipes), Alan MacDonald, Rosalind Buda, and Nick Hudson on Scottish smallpipes and borderpipes, and  Nicolas Gerardin ( French Repertoire for D pipes) and special guests  TBA. Classes for a range of levels of ability.

Spring Music Weekend -  March 24-26, 2022 

Workshops, classes, concerts and jam sessions for hammered dulcimer, fiddle, and mixed instruments with special guest instructors including hammered dulcimer players TBA.

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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

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