2021 Montana Harp Retreat

                              September 17-19, 2021

                     University of Montana, Missoula, MT              


Verlene Schermer  

Visit Verlene's website at   www.verlene.com

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Scroll Down for a Bio, retreat schedule, and registration options.                                 

About Verlene

The daughter of a piano teacher, Verlene began music lessons and had her first vocal performance at the age of 4. By the time she was a teen, she was an accomplished pianist, violinist, and guitarist.

Since then she has added many more stringed instruments including Celtic harp, and mandolin, tenor banjo, ukulele, Swedish nyckelharpa, Swedish Cittra, Norwegian Hardingfele, harp-guitar and treble viola da gamba.

As a performing artist, Verlene accompanies her versatile singing voice on harp, guitar, and piano. She also plays in several groups from duos to larger ensembles. She is a sought-after performer and clinician througout the US and Europe.

She is a Certified Clinical Musician, and plays harp at Stanford Hospital. Her certification is through the Harp for Healing program, and she mentors for the organazation with students from around the world.


This year's retreat will be held on the campus of the University of Montana, Missoula MT, near the Ballroom (upper floor of the student union building).

Below is a map of the U of M campus.  Parking will be in "Lot V", and our building on this map appears directly "below" the lot and is labeled "University Center".  There is a ramp into the building and elevators to get to the upper level conference rooms near the Ballroom.  Here is a pdf you can download and print.  
Parking is free after 5:00pm on Friday, and free all day Saturday and Sunday.

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Fairbridge Inn, Missoula MT. 

Here is their website.   Reservations must be made by AUGUST 15th.  You may, as always, find another hotel or campsite in and around Missoula.

2021 Retreat Schedule

Harp Regulations

Harp regulations will NOT be available during this retreat, but we will try for the next retreat.

Friday, September 17

(as of 7/30/2021, subject to minor changes)

(Private Lessons may be arranged with Verlene for Thursday or Friday by contacting her directly at verleneschermer@gmail.com     

Private lessons are not included with retreat registration)

4:00 - 5:00 pm Arrive, Check In, Tune up your harp 

5:00 - 6:30 pm Dinner on your own 

6:30 - 7:00 pm Welcome & Announcements 

7:00 - 7:15 pm Introducing: Verlene Schermer

7:15 - 7:45 pm Mini Workshop: "Playing on the White Strings" 

8:00 - 9:00 pm Harp Circle Fun! #1 


Saturday, September 18

9:00 am Welcome & Announcements 

9:30 - 10:45 am     Workshop #1: Verlene,  “Getting In the Groove-The Beat Goes On” 

11:30am - 1:00 pm Lunch (provided) 

1:30 - 2:45 pm       Workshop #2: Verlene,  “When’s It Going to Get Fun? ” 

3:00 - 4:15 pm      Workshop #3: Verlene, “How To Participate in a Jam Session ” 

4:30 - 5:30 pm Harp Circle Fun! #2 

5:30 - 7:00 pm Free Time/ Dinner on your own 

7:00 - 9:00 pm Verlene Schermer Harp Concert


Sunday, September 19

10:00am - 12:00 pm  Harp Forum: "Singing With Your Harp"  Let's explore this challenge!  

Plus, final questions for Verlene.  

Don’t forget the infamous “Board Meeting”!

Online Registration Form

To register online, complete the form below and click "submit".  To mail your registration form with a check, download the pdf above.    You may use the PayPal button below to pay your registration fee, or mail a check to the address provided on the PDF registration form above.  
Cancellations must be received by September 12th, 2021 to receive a refund.

Registration Form

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2021 Retreat Registration Fee

$ 150.00 USD

($150 on or after 9/8/21)

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