2022 Montana Harp Retreat

                              September 16-18, 2022

                               Holiday Inn Downtown

                                     Missoula, MT        


Carol Kappus          

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Carol Kappus bio:

After many years of singing opera and classical music, Carol has now returned to her first love: playing the Celtic harp and singing the traditional songs of Scotland and Ireland. She specializes in the music of Scotland: traditional songs, songs of Robert Burns and songs in Scots Gaelic. Carol goes to Scotland frequently to study Gaelic language and song at Sabhal Mor Ostaig on the Isel of Skye. She is the winner of many awards from the Scottish Harp Society of America and the Great Lakes Regional and the National Scottish Mod. She teaches and performs around the Midwest and in Scotland. She is a frequent contributor to Folk Harp Journal, and a dynamic teacher who has taught workshops at Harp Gathering and Somerset Harp Festival. Carol has written many books of arrangements and compositions, which are available in the shop on her website. www.carolkappus.com


Holiday Inn Downtown, Missoula, Montana.


A courtesy block of rooms will be held for a period of time at the Holiday Inn Downtown in Missoula for our group.

Call the hotel at 406-721-8550. CALL DURING BUSINESS HOURS AND ASK FOR DAVE, THE GROUP BOOKING MANAGER and give him the group booking code: HRP to receive the discounted rate.

You may, as always, find another hotel or campsite in and around Missoula.

2022 Retreat Schedule

Friday, September 16

 (subject to minor changes)

Private Lessons may be arranged with Carol for Thursday or Friday by contacting her directly at carolkappus@icloud.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: Carol Kappus

7:15 - 7:45 pm Mini Workshop by Carol: “Intro to Magic Hands: What it is and what it can do for me”

8:00 - 9:00 pm Harp Circle Fun! #1

Saturday, September 17th

 9:00 am Welcome & Announcements

9:30 - 10:45 am Workshop #1: Carol: “Magic Hands: How to do it and how to apply to new tunes.”

10:45 – 11:30 Ensemble work with Carol.

11:30am - 1:00 pm Lunch (provided)

1:30 - 2:45 pm Workshop #2: Carol: “Magic Hands: Learn to play faster and with more flow and to improvise.

 3:00 - 4:15 pm Workshop #3: Carol “Tunes from Scotland plus tips on effective practice techniques and how to deal with performance anxiety.”

4:30 - 5:30 pm Harp Circle Fun! #2

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

7:00 - 8:00 pm Carol Kappus Harp Concert

Sunday, September 18th

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Words of Wisdom from Carol and a few wonderful farewell tunes.

10:45 – 12:00 p.m. Discussion panel: Ways to earn income with harp: Teaching, Wedding, Concerts

And: the BSHS Board and Members Meeting for feedback and planning for the future! (We need your input!)

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