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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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Thursday, May 26
 

7:30pm

Evening Performance
Limited Capacity seats available

The theme of this concert is Harp Music Throughout the Ages.

Presenters
avatar for Cheryl Ann Fulton

Cheryl Ann Fulton

Recognized worldwide as a leading pioneer in the field of historical harps, Cheryl Ann Fulton has had internationally successful performing, recording, teaching and scholarly research career since 1986. She is America’s premier performer of historical harps, and one of the few harpists in the world to play triple harp, medieval harp and contemporary lever harps. Her solo performance for the 2002 World Harp Congress in Geneva... Read More →
avatar for Barbary Grant

Barbary Grant

The power to evoke deep feeling lured Barbary Grant from a successful career as a classical pianist into the lyrical world of traditional Celtic music. Now her rich Irish harp and crystal-clear voice breathe new life into the old songs of the Gael. Her affection and respect for Celtic musical traditions have led Barbary to the study of Gaelic languages. She now performs songs in Irish, Scots Gaelic... Read More →
avatar for Stephan Haluska

Stephan Haluska

A passionate musician, harpist, composer, music nerd, and avid concert goer based in Oakland CA who is constantly searching for new sounds and music. Stephan is dedicated to providing opportunities for musicians through the music and media production industries.
avatar for Motoshi Kosako

Motoshi Kosako

Born in Matsuyama City, Japan. He started his musical training on the piano and also the guitar. In Tokyo he played the acoustic and electric guitar in professional Jazz bands and the Swing Journal magazine described him as “one of the most remarkable young Jazz musicians.” | | In 1997, Mr. Kosako moved to the United States and soon after he started playing the harp. He is primarily self- taught with a few lessons from Dominique... Read More →


Thursday May 26, 2016 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Chapel
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? No
 
Friday, May 27
 

8:15pm

Evening Performance
Limited Capacity seats available

The theme of this concert is World Sounds.

Presenters
avatar for Beth Kollé

Beth Kollé

Beth Kollé performs and presents workshops on harp, flute and pennywhistle, and sings in Norwegian, Swedish and Gaelic. She also teaches Scandinavian folkdance and song at festivals and retreats around the United States. She organized the three HARPA tours to Scandinavian to perform and promote harp-playing in 2006, 2008, and 2013. A fourth HARPA tour, run by Jen Narkevicius, traveled to Scotland in May 2015. Beth has been... Read More →
avatar for Joanna Mell

Joanna Mell

Joanna Mell has been playing Celtic music for over 40 years. She played guitar, mandolin and keyboards and sang in a Celtic band on the East Coast during the 1980s and 90s. Since 1989, she has made the Celtic harp her focus and performs nationally at conferences, festivals and other venues. She also teaches locally and by Skype. She has recorded five CDs of Celtic music. She is also a therapeutic harpist.
avatar for John Metras

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 →
avatar for Diana Rowan

Diana Rowan

An award-winning musical artist currently performing worldwide and recording both solo and in collaboration, Diana Rowan’s playing and compositions have unusual power and beauty derived from her ability to integrate the musical traditions of the many countries in which she has lived and traveled. Her forthcoming album As Above, So Below reflects recent travels throughout Asia, plus Diana’s PhD research in harp composition from... Read More →


Friday May 27, 2016 8:15pm - 10:00pm
Chapel
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? No
 
Saturday, May 28
 

7:30pm

Evening Performance
Limited Capacity seats available

The theme of this concert is Dynamic Dames.

Presenters
avatar for Deborah Henson-Conant

Deborah Henson-Conant

Deborah Henson-Conant ("DHC") is a GRAMMY©-Nominated one-woman orchestra. With electric harp, voice and a looper pedal that she layers sounds in real time, then weaves solo lines and vocals above it. Her signature instrument is an 11lb carbon-fiber electric harp, designed specifically for her by the CAMAC... Read More →
avatar for Destiny Muhammad

Destiny Muhammad

Destiny – Sound Sculptress Recording/ Performing Artist/ Singer-Songwriter fashion on Harp. Her genre ‘Celtic to Coltrane’ is cool and eclectic with a feel of Jazz & storytelling to round out the sonic experience.  Destiny has opened for The Oakland East Bay Symphony, shared the stage with Jazz Masters Azar Lawrence, Marcus Shelby, Omar Sosa, John Santos and co-starred in Def Jam Poetry Winner Ise Lyfe's... Read More →


Saturday May 28, 2016 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Chapel
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? No
 
Sunday, May 29
 

7:30pm

Evening Performance
Limited Capacity seats available

The theme of this concert is Take 5.

Presenters
avatar for Lisa Lynne

Lisa Lynne

Lisa Lynne is a composer and performer who has gained worldwide recognition for her original music featuring her Celtic Harp. She is widely acclaimed for composing memorable and heartwarming melodies on the Windham Hiill/Sony music labels that repeatedly placed in the Top 10 & Top 20 on the Billboard New Age music charts. | | She was named the first ever Musician-in-Residence at City of Hope National Cancer Center where her pioneering... Read More →
avatar for Pacific Arts Trio

Pacific Arts Trio

The lush sounds of flute, harp and cello have inspired many colorful arrangements and some original compositions that make up the repertoire of The Pacific Arts Trio. Current members, (Alice Lenaghan—flute, Natalie Cox—harp and Dan Reiter—cello) are each principals with the Oakland East Bay Symphony. The trio performs standard classical chamber music arranged for the group by Dan as well as his original compositions which... Read More →


Sunday May 29, 2016 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Chapel
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? No