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The 2016 International Harp Festival will be held at the beautiful San Damiano Retreat Center in Northern California. We will bring together many of the harp community’s best clinicians and performers. Our mission is to educate and inspire you and to connect you to harpists from around the globe.

The festival will include One Day Intensive workshops as well as numerous 1 - 2 hour workshops. Topics include healing harp, Celtic and world music, liturgical harp, improvisation, and much more.

You will have time throughout the day to shop for harps, music, and accessories, and meet and mingle with other participants, the performers, and facilitators.

Every evening you will enjoy concerts featuring harpists performing The Blues, Straight Ahead Jazz, World Music, Folk and Classical repertoire.

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Friday, May 27 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Intro to the Cross Strung Harp LIMITED

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This is a hands-on demonstration of the fascinating world of the chromatic cross-strung harp. Participants will learn about its history in its various forms and will hear musical examples showing how the instrument can play music of all styles with all the “juicy” chords that are often eliminated in lever harp playing. Participants will have the opportunity in class to try playing melodies, chords and scales on a cross-strung harp. Bring a cross-strung harp if you have one, but a few cross-strung harps will be provided if you don’t have one.

Presenters
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John Metras

John Metras has played a number of instruments professionally since the 1970s, including the guitar, piano, accordion and harp. As a graduate of Lone Mountain College as a guitar major, he proceeded to obtain a Masters degree in Music Education from Holy Names College in Oakland and a teaching credential at San Francisco State University. John taught music in Sonoma County schools for over 30 years, has mentored a number of new music... Read More →


Friday May 27, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. Francis
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? Optional

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