Online for 2021!!

 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 8-10, 2021

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. 2021 teachers are Ken Kolodner (Beginning), Lisa Ornstein (Québécois/Old-Time), Pascal Gemme (Québécois), Brian Conway (Irish), Wendy MacIsaac ( Cape Breton), Brad Kolodner (Old Time banjo), Sam Sweeney  (English), Rachel Bell (ECD, French balfolk), Becky Tracy (New England), Erynn Marshall (Old Time), Carl Jones (Old Time Guitar), and more (tbc).

Pipers Weekend  January 15-17, 2021

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), Joey Abarta (uilleann pipes),   Seean Gavin (Flute), Alice Robinson (Northumbrian smallpipes), Michael Roddy, Fin Moore, and Barry Shears on Scottish smallpipes and borderpipes, and special guests  TBA. Classes for a range of levels of ability.

Spring Music Weekend -  March 12-14, 2021 (all staff TBC)

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.

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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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