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Winter School

Celtic Arts Winter School

Session I: Highland Pipes & Drums
February 5-9, 2018

Session II: Smallpipes & Fiddles
February 10-14

Registration opens September 1st!
To begin the Winter School 2018 registration process, please click here

Update 8/30/2017: Registration opens this Friday, September 1st! For instructions on how to complete the registration process, please view the Winter School 2018 Registration Instructions

Winter School is one of the flagship programs of the Celtic Arts Foundation. Each year, we bring some of the world’s most accomplished Celtic musicians from Scotland, Ireland, Canada, and the US to teach aspiring musicians. This highly anticipated program draws students from across the country and is suitable for all skill levels and ages. It is a unique opportunity for Celtic musicians to learn from some of the greats! The Winter School sister program, the Masters of Scottish Arts Concert, is held at the beautiful Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle, and showcases the talents of these amazing musicians in a spectacular concert and dancing event.

Students are able to choose between two and five-day programs at Winter School. Students rotate between different instructors throughout the day, breaking to enjoy group meals with all students. Afternoons offer time for individual practice or private lessons for pipers. In the evening, students are invited to join us for optional breakout workshops and ceilidhs. There is a spirit of camaraderie at Winter School, and the incredible opportunity to be completely immersed in Celtic music!

We are pleased to have extended invitations to the following artists to teach at Winter School 2018:

  • 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 is held at Seabeck Conference Center on the Hood Canal. Students are surrounded by the rural beauty of the area, including views of the mountains and water, adding to the atmosphere of the program. Lodging and dining packages are available for students traveling to Seabeck. The registration process (opening on September 1st) includes more information about selecting dining and lodging options. For students under 16, a parent or chaperone will be required to accompany the student, with reduced dining and lodging options available.

We are also pleased to offer transportation package options for students traveling to Seabeck which include round-trip transportation from SeaTac Airport, as well as an option for Session I students to travel from Seabeck to Seattle for the Masters of Scottish Arts Concert.

For more helpful information, please view our Winter School 2018 Housing & Dining Info Sheet to learn more about arriving, lodging, and dining at Seabeck.