*The workshop schedule is subject to change


Seattle Yiddish Fest workshops are an immersive experience. All classes are meant to work as one program that gives the participants a clear picture of Yiddish musical culture. That is why it's highly recommended to attend the whole event. However, it's also possible to drop in for a day or even part of a day and gain valuable insights and experience. 

Our goal with these workshops is to both give a clear overview of Eastern European Jewish musical practices as well as work on the nuance of ornamentation and style, broadening of vocal and instrumental repertoire and gesture and repertoire of Yiddish dance. 

As the number of participants is limited, the faculty will be able to have a personal relationship with the participants adjusting the program to the needs of the group. So, if in the process we discover that there is a need for an extra class on a particular topic, we will adjust the schedule to accommodate it. 

Workshop schedule overview

Friday, Feb 1, 2019
Saturday, Feb 2, 2019
Sunday, Feb 3, 2019

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5 pm - 6 pm Registration and greetings

6 pm - 8 pm Opening workshop



In the daytime, the faculty is available for individual coaching on demand.

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10:30 am - 1 pm Workshops in song and dance and Instrumental music

1 - 2:30 pm Lunch break

2:30 - 6:30 pm Workshops in song and dance and Instrumental music

6:30 pm - 8:30 Dinner break​

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10:30 am - 1 pm Workshops in song and dance and Instrumental music

1 - 2:30 pm Lunch break

2:30 - 5 pm Workshops in song and dance and Instrumental music

5 pm - 7 pm Dinner Break​

Evening events

Friday, Feb 1, 9 pm 

Shabbes potluck dinner and singing circle 

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 An evening of singing Shabbes songs in Yiddish and with Yiddish flavor. A celebration for all to eat, sing and learn. Including an introductory talk about the history of Yiddish musical culture, its fall and revitalization.

Saturday, Feb 2, 8:30 pm

Open Jam Session feat. forshpil


@Love City Love

After learning tunes and details about the intricacies of Yiddish musical styles for playing, singing and dancing, this is the event opening the stage to all to try the new skills out! Also, the world's leading Yiddish Psychedelic Rock band Forshpil will perform a special set of dark Yiddish love ballads with a distorted guitar.

Sunday, Feb 3rd, 7 pm

Final concert and Yiddish Dance Party

@Dom Polski

The final celebration of Seattle Yiddish Fest with 'Lebedik' - the band by the festival faculty playing a concert of Yiddish song and instrumental music followed by a Yiddish dance with instruction and dance leading. ​

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