2016 Montana Harp Retreat  Featured Frank Voltz

2015 Montana Harp Retreat at the Best Western Grant Creek Inn, Missoula September 25-27, 2015

Around 25 harpers and harpists from Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, and Washington convened in Missoula in late September for our 2015 Montana Harp Retreat. We had an absolutely fantastic time learning about music therapy, Celtic ornamentation, improvisation, and composition, and much more from Scottish harper William (Billy) Jackson, making connections, renewing friendships, playing new and old songs together, and talking everything harp.  It was refreshment for the soul! Thanks to all of you who came, and be sure to check for updates on future retreats and nearby events!

2014 Montana Harp Retreat, Grant Creek Best Western Inn, Missoula, Sept 12-14, 2014

2013 Montana Harp Retreat, C'mon Inn, Bozeman, Sept 27-29, 2013

The Big Sky Harp Society held their second retreat in September at the lodge-style C'mon Inn in Bozeman, MT.  The small size of the group provided a perfect atmosphere of intimacy in which to encourage new harpers and challenge more experienced harpists.  The entire group participated in a Skype session with Marta Cook focusing on playing musically.  A lullaby provided a perfect example, teaching harpers to consider where the phrasing of the tune leads listeners.  Two members shared their experiences in playing as Hospice volunteers, Laura Welker gave a workshop that completely demystified improvisation, and Angela Espinosa taught stress-free string changing and knot tying with many laughs.

As part of the Big Sky Harp Society's' mission to encourage interest in the harp and to encourage harpists to share their music with others, the entire group enjoyed offering a free public concert on September 28th where harpists performed solo pieces and played several tunes together.  The audience was, as always, appreciative and usually stayed afterward to ask questions about the instruments (which varied from small lap harps to pedal harps).  

2012 Montana Harp Retreat, Boulder Hot Springs, Boulder, Sept 14-16, 2012

The Big Sky Harp Society started with a weekend to remember!  The photos below speak of the joy and fun we had getting to know and playing with each other.  

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