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Seattle Yiddish Fest workshops are an immersive experience. All classes are meant to work together as one program that gives the participants a clear picture of Yiddish culture. For this reason we highly recommended to attend the whole event. However, it's also fine 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. 


In this workshop you will learn:

  • vocal and instrumental repertoire

  • stylistic intricacies for solo and group performance

  • vocal and instrumental techniques, especially for Yiddish music, but also useful for other styles

  • understanding of rhythmic patterns for various genres of klezmer music

  • phrasing and improvisation

  • playing for dancing

and more. 

This year we are also offering a full program of visual arts with lectures and hands-on workshops as well as culture series with longer in depth classes on Saturday and a lecture series on Sunday.

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. 

*The schedule is subject to change according to the needs of the participants

Saturday, March 9

Sunday, March 10

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