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Winter School 2018 Registration: Step 1 of 4

  • Winter School 2018
    February 4, 2018 - March 14, 2018
    2:00 pm - 9:00 am

Welcome to Winter School 2018!

ATTENTION: Registration is completed in a series of four steps. This is Step 1 of 4. You will find a link to continue to Step 2 at the bottom of this page, above the ticket selections. You must complete all four steps in order to register for Winter School.

We are excited to have you join us for another spectacular year of Celtic Arts Winter School. This is an opportunity unlike any other to completely immerse yourself in Celtic music–learn from some of the world’s most talented Celtic musicians, meet and have fun with fellow musicians, and enjoy the scenic landscape of Seabeck Conference Center, a secluded retreat with sweeping views of the Hood Canal and Olympic Mountains.


Below, you will find important information on the this year’s schedule, the scholarship application, and the Masters of Scottish Arts Concert. At the bottom of the page, you will see a range of tickets. Please add any needed tickets to your cart; this will include your Tuition & Housing package, the chaperone package (if applicable), Early Arrival (if applicable), and extra MSA tickets (if applicable). Once you add tickets to your cart, you will see this notification confirming your selection:

In order to continue to Steps 2-4, please exit out of this window by selecting the X in the upper right-hand corner. If you do not see this window after selecting your ticket, no items have been added to your cart. Only select “Proceed to Registration” after you have completed Step 4.

If you have any questions about registration or Winter School in general, please contact the Celtic Arts Foundation at 360-416-4934 or

Winter School Scholarships 

We are pleased to be able to offer a limited number of scholarships to help offset the costs of traveling to and participating in Winter School. Scholarship winners will be notified by November 15th. Please visit this page for the application and instructions. To donate to the scholarship fund, please visit this page.

Because the scholarship reduces the cost of tuition and housing found on the ticket items below, we ask that scholarship applicants select the “Invoice” option on the Registration Confirmation page of checkout (a screen capture is included below). All scholarship applicants must then pay their total balance due upon the November 15th award notification.

If you have already received a scholarship: Congratulations! Please select the invoice option as described above and notify Roberta Bjorling ( or 360-416-4934) the amount and source of your scholarship so she can adjust your invoice accordingly.


Scholarship applicants should select “Invoice” even if planning on paying with credit or debit card. Payments will be due after winners have been selected on November 15th.


Payment Installments

Students have the option of paying for Winter School over three installments if preferred. All payments must be completed before the first day of Winter School; exact installment dates can be determined between the Celtic Arts Foundation and the student. If you would like to pay in installments, please follow the invoice instructions described above in the Scholarship section, and contact Roberta Bjorling ( or 360-416-4934) to arrange payment details.


Winter School Instructors

We are proud to be able to offer students instruction with some of the finest Celtic musicians in the world. Our Winter School 2018 instructors include:

Brian Donaldson, Highland Pipes, Wisconsin, USA

  • Bruce Gandy, Highland Pipes, Nova Scotia, Canada
  •  Murray Henderson, Highland Pipes, Scotland
  • Jack Lee, Highland Pipes, Vancouver, Canada
  • Callum Beaumont, Highland Pipes, Scotland
  • Angus MacColl, Highland Pipes, Scotland
  • Roddy MacLeod, Highland Pipes, Scotland
  • Willie McCallum, Highland Pipes, Scotland
  • Blair Brown, Scottish Side Drumming, Canada
  • Steven McWhirter, Scottish Side Drumming, Scotland
  • Michael Cole, Bass Drumming, Illinois, USA
  • Tyler Fry, Tenor Drumming, Canada
  • Dr. Gary West, Smallpipes, Scotland
  • Finlay MacDonald, Smallpipes, Scotland
  • Mairi Rankin, Fiddle, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
  • Ewen Henderson, Fiddle, Scotland
  • Ali Hutton, Guitar, Scotland


Winter School Schedule 

Highland Pipes & Drums

Weekend Session: Monday, February 5th – Wednesday, February 7th

  • Classes on Monday and Tuesday, departure on Wednesday morning
  • Lunch and dinner included on Monday
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included on Tuesday
  • Breakfast included on Wednesday

5-Day Session: Monday, February 5th – Friday, February 9th

  • Classes on Monday-Thursday, departure on Friday morning (optional Transportation Package to Benaroya Hall for the MSA Concert at an additional fee)
  • Lunch and dinner included on Monday
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included on Tuesday-Thursday
  • Breakfast included on Friday

Early Arrival: Early Arrival is available for for Session I participants only at an additional fee (limited space available). Those who wish to arrive at Seabeck early and get settled before the fun begins can check in beginning at 2:00PM. Dinner is not included for Sunday night; participants who choose Early Arrival may choose to drive to a nearby town for dinner or visit the pizza restaurant across the street from Seabeck (for those not bringing a car, please note that this is the only restaurant within walking distance of Seabeck). Breakfast on Saturday morning will be included. Please note that no instruction takes place during the Early Arrival stay.

Smallpipes & Fiddles (and Guitar Accompaniment)

Weekend Session: Saturday, February 10th – Monday, February 12th

  • Classes on Saturday and Sunday, departure on Monday morning
  • Lunch and dinner included on Saturday
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included on Sunday
  • Breakfast included on Monday

5-Day Session: Saturday, February 10th – Wednesday, February 14th

  • Classes on Saturday-Tuesday, departure on Wednesday morning
  • Lunch and dinner included on Saturday
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included on Sunday-Tuesday
  • Breakfast included on Wednesday


Masters of Scottish Arts Concert

The sister program to Winter School is the Masters of Scottish Arts Concert at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle. This year’s performance will take place on Friday, February 9th. All Winter School students receive a complimentary ticket as part of their registration and have the option of purchasing additional tickets for family and friends at a deeply discounted rate. Winter School students and their guests also enjoy special seating. For more information on the MSA Concert, please visit this page. 

We are pleased to be able to offer Winter School students discounted lodging at the Radisson Hotel near SeaTac on the night of the Masters of Scottish Arts Concert. To make a reservation, please use this link. 


Selecting Housing & Dining Options

Students have the option of selecting Single or Shared housing while at Seabeck. Roommate requests can be made during the check-out process, however, students do not need to have a pre-arranged roommate in order to select Shared Housing. Students can also make requests for specific houses and/or rooms at Seabeck. The Celtic Arts Foundation will do all we can to meet these requests, although we cannot guarantee them. Priority for housing requests is granted in order of student registration; early registration is encouraged for students with specific requests.

Seabeck can accommodate a limited number of specialty diets: vegetarian, vegan, dairy free, and non-Celtic gluten free. Please note that Seabeck is also a completely nut free facility. Students will indicate any dietary restrictions during the checkout process. For students with allergies or dietary restrictions not listed above, options exist for storage of food brought from home.

For additional information about Housing & Dining at Seabeck, please see our Winter School 2018 Housing & Dining Info Sheet.

After adding all required tickets to your cart and selecting the X when the confirmation window appears, please click here to continue to Step 2.

Price Qty
Additional MSA Ticketsshow details + $30.00 (USD)  
Early Arrival for Pipes & Drumsshow details + $100.00 (USD)  
Drums, Weekend Session, Single Roomshow details + $615.00 (USD)  
Drums, Weekend Session, Shared Roomshow details + $565.00 (USD)  
Drums, Weekend Session, No Lodgingshow details + $315.00 (USD)  
Pipes & Drums, 5-Day Session, Single Roomshow details + $1,360.00 (USD)  
Pipes & Drums, 5-Day Session, Shared Roomshow details + $1,205.00 (USD)  
Pipes & Drums, 5-Day Session, No Lodgingshow details + $825.00 (USD)  
Drums, Chaperone, Weekend Sessionshow details + $185.00 (USD)  
Pipes & Drums, Chaperone, 5-Day Sessionshow details + $435.00 (USD)  
Smallpipes & Fiddles, Weekend Session, Single Roomshow details + $615.00 (USD)  
Smallpipes & Fiddles, Weekend Session, Shared Roomshow details + $565.00 (USD)  
Smallpipes & Fiddles, Weekend Session, No Lodgingshow details + $315.00 (USD)  
Smallpipes & Fiddles, 5-Day Session, Single Roomshow details + $1,360.00 (USD)  
Smallpipes & Fiddles, 5-Day Session, Shared Roomshow details + $1,205.00 (USD)  
Smallpipes & Fiddles, 5-Day Session, No Lodgingshow details + $825.00 (USD)  
Smallpipes & Fiddles, Chaperone, Weekend Sessionshow details + $185.00 (USD)  
Smallpipes & Fiddles, Chaperone, 5-Day Sessionshow details + $435.00 (USD)  

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Venue Phone: 360-830-5010

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13395 Lagoon Drive NW, Seabeck, Washington, 98380, United States