May
24
to May 27

Redwood Music Camp

Held at Camp Harmon in Boulder Creek, Redwood Music Camp is a three-day music camp for adults. Faculty to be announced. Musical styles range from Irish and Scottish to Old Time, with a strong focus on Celtic. Participants get a full music immersion experience learning in small group settings the first half of the day, while afternoon and evening sessions bring it all together, plus lots of informal jamming. Perfect for experienced players who want to up their game, or those who have been meaning to get that fiddle out of the closet.

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Redwood Music Camp for Teens
Jun
18
to Jun 23

Redwood Music Camp for Teens

An overnight camp where teens (12-18yrs) learn and perform the folk music of Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales and more. For players proficient on fiddle, flute, penny whistle, recorder, oboe, harp, guitar, mandolin, dulcimer, accordion, keyboards, percussion, Irish tenor banjo, or cello. Other activities include dancing, singing, crafts, campfire, and bamboo flute making. $795 includes all meals and boarding.

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Redwood Music Camp
May
25
to May 28

Redwood Music Camp

Held at Camp Harmon in Boulder Creek, Redwood Music Camp is a three-day music camp for adults. Faculty members include the members of Molly's Revenge and The Fire. Workshops musical styles range from Irish and Scottish to Old Time, with a strong focus on Celtic. Participants get a full music immersion experience learning in small group settings the first half of the day, while afternoon and evening sessions bring it all together, plus lots of informal jamming. Perfect for experienced players who want to up their game, or those who have been meaning to get that fiddle out of the closet. $75/day-rate, $385/full weekend.

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Harp Fest
Mar
25
2:00 PM14:00

Harp Fest

  • Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (map)
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13th annual Santa Cruz Harp Festival
Sunday, March 25; art project from 11am–1pm, concert from 2pm-4pm
Museum of Art and History, 705 Front St, Santa Cruz
Free Admission - donations appreciated!

Community Music School and the Museum of Art and History present the Santa Cruz Harp Festival in its 13th concert event, exploring modern and historic music from all over the world on harps of all kinds. Soloists include: 

  • Jesse Autumn, Harp Festival director, returning from New Orleans to play double harp and vocals
  • Shelley Phillips, Santa Cruz County's 2017 Artist of the Year, on Celtic harp and woodwinds
  • Jennifer Cass, premier classical harpist of Santa Cruz and the Monterey Bay
  • Heather Monahan, harpist, singer-songwriter, and Community Music School alumni. Heather is celebrating the release of her first EP of original songs, "The High School Demo Tape." 

Also performing:  the all-ages Community Music School Harp Orchestra, performing traditional and new music from England, Ireland, Zimbabwe, and New Orleans. A harp "petting zoo" will be available at intermission for curious concert-goers. The MAH will offer a free interactive harp art project from 11am-1pm, with the concert beginning at 2pm.


Admission is free - donations are greatly appreciated and support Harp Festival artists and teachers. Community Music School is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization.

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Aug
19
8:00 AM08:00

17th Annual Redwood Dulcimer Day

This event offers beginning to advanced music workshops on playing the mountain dulcimer, a magical sounding instrument that anyone can learn to play and some have taken to lofty heights. Even if you are a complete beginner and do not own a dulcimer, come anyway. We will lend you an instrument and provide beginning level instruction to get you started. And if you already play, come prepared to make musical leaps. Redwood Dulcimer Day offers a low-pressure, low stress environment where everyone can relax and have fun playing and learning about the mountain dulcimer and just making music.

Featuring special guest artist Aaron O'Rourke. Also teaching will be locals Neal Hellman, Janet Herman, Peter Tommerup, Steve Eulberg, and Laura Devine. Children's program with Shelley Phillips.

Loaner dulcimers are available - let us know in advance if you need one...
Got an extra dulcimer you wouldnt mind loaning to a novice for the day? Bring it along! 
You may also like to bring a music stand, notetaking supplies, and extra picks, but we will have extras of all these things too.
Free stringing, tuning and small repairs available as well.

Tuition:
$75 (advance), or $80 (at the door)

Schedule:
Saturday August 19th: Workshops from 9:30am-5:00pm, with breaks at noon and 3 for performances and song circle.
Sunday August 20th: We have an opportunity to play for the 10 AM Episcopalian service at our venue (rehearsal at 9:30).

Young Persons Program
We will be making and decorating our own cardboard dulcimers and learning to play a bit. Class size limited - you must RSVP to shelley@communitymusicschool.org (sorry no drop-ins) - children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Light lunch provided, or enjoy the local restaurants. 
Need tips on accommodation in Santa Cruz? Please click here: Accommodations
Want to know the history of our event? Please click here: RDD History

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Twelfth Night Harp Festival
Jan
7
2:00 PM14:00

Twelfth Night Harp Festival

A celebration of the harp in its many forms, featuring soloists Steve Coulter (folk harp) Cathleen O'Connell (wire-strung harp), Malima Kone, (kora), the Community Music School Harp Orchestra and teen band, conducted by Shelley Phillips, performing traditional Celtic and Ukrainian music.

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Winter Charm
Dec
11
3:00 PM15:00

Winter Charm

  • Episcopal Church of St. John in Aptos (map)
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Welcome in the winter with rarely-heard seasonal songs and tunes from cold Celtic lands and beyond!
Zambra is a small woman's vocal group that sings original arrangements of global music with a radiant harmonic blend. Based out of Santa Cruz, Zambra has performed throughout the Monterey Bay Area and has collaborated with Karl Schaffer's MoveSpeakSpin dance company, National Public Radio “math guy” Keith Devlin, the Cór Ainglí Irish-Gaelic Christmas Choir, and Moroccan master musician Fattah Abbou. 

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16th Annual Redwood Dulcimer Day
Aug
20
9:30 AM09:30

16th Annual Redwood Dulcimer Day

This event offers beginning to advanced music workshops on playing the mountain dulcimer, a magical sounding instrument that anyone can learn to play and some have taken to lofty heights. Redwood Dulcimer Day offers a low-pressure, low-stress environment where everyone can relax and have fun playing and learning about the mountain dulcimer and just making music. Featuring special guest artist Stephen Seifert and local teachers Neal Hellman, Janet Herman, Peter Tommerup, Steve Eulberg, and Laura Devine. 

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Jayme Stone's Lomax Project
Apr
18
7:30 PM19:30

Jayme Stone's Lomax Project

Focusing on songs collected by folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax, this collaboration brings together some of North America's most distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive, recycle and re-imagine traditional music. Jayme is joined on tour by Moira Smiley and Community Music School alum Sumaia Jackson.

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