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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 2019 season are:

 Fiddle Retreat - January 4-6, 2019

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 Cape Breton, Appalachian, New England, English and Quebecois. 2019 teachers are Joe DeZarn (Beginning, Irish), Pascal Gemme (Québécois), Seán Heely (Scottish, Irish), Rachel Eddy (Old Time), Jaige Trudel (New England, English) along with Adam Broome (guitar, dance band), Ken Kolodner (hammered dulcimer), and Brad Kolodner (banjo).

 Pipers Weekend - January 18-20, 2019

Weekend retreat featuring classes, concerts, sessions and private tutorials for a variety of bellows-blown bagpipes, flute, fiddle, and mixed instruments. Staff include: Jerry O'Sullivan (uilleann pipes), Chris Norman (Flute), Dick Hensold (Northumbrian smallpipes), on Scottish smallpipes and borderpipes: Nick Hudson, and Bob Mitchell, splitting their time between French and Scottish piping classes Iain MacHarg and Tim Cummings. 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 22-24, 2019

Workshops, classes, concerts and jam sessions for hammered dulcimer, fiddle, and mixed instruments with special guest instructors including hammered dulcimer players Steve Schneider, Tina Bergmann, and Randy Marchany; plus multi-instrumentalists Dave Wiesler and Paul Oorts teaching an English Country Dance music class for all instruments. Saturday English dance workshops taught by Melissa Running with music by Becky Ross and Liz Donaldson, evening dance with the Festival Open Band from the ECD class. Special Guest Dulcimer Artist, TBA.