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 2015 season are:
Fiddle Retreat - January 2-4, 2015
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 Appalachian, Irish, New England, Swing, Scandinavian and English. 2015 teachers are: Elke Baker (Scottish, English), Andrea Hoag (Scandinavian, English), Graham DeZarn (Irish, Appalachian), Alexander Mitchell (swing) Danny Knicely (bluegrass and oldtime mandolin), Joe Herrmann (Old-time), Dave Wiesler (NE Dance Band, piano), Ken Kolodner (hammered dulcimer accompaniment) and Paul Oorts (mandolin and mixed-instrument band classes).
Pipers Weekend - January 16-18, 2015
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), Kevin Crawford (Irish flute), Timothy Cummings (Scottish smallpipes and borderpipes), Dick Hensold (Northumbrian smallpipes) Iain MacHarg (Scottish smallpipes and borderpipes) and our host piper Bob Mitchell (Scottish smallpipes & border pipes). 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, 2015
Workshops, classes, concerts and jam sessions for hammered dulcimer, fiddle, banjo and mixed instruments with special guest instructors including hammered dulcimer players Cindy Ribet, Jody Marshall, Karen Ashbrook, Kevin Doherty, and multi-instrumentalist Paul Oorts teaching an ensemble class plus Le Bruit Court dans la Ville, with fiddler Lisa Ornstein, melodeon player Normand Moron and singer and guitarist, Andre Marchand teaching a French Canadian music class.