Skip to main content

Youth Arts Prog 047 - Merloch the Magician2015 Youth Arts Program
Friday, October 2, 4:00 to 7:00PM
Promoting arts enrichment
for youth in our community

The Youth Arts Program is intended to give area youth an opportunity to spend time with world-class artists across the genres of music, theater, and dance—inspiring them to either get involved with or continue the study of arts in their area of interest.

The program is free and open to youth ages 10-18.

The workshops are approximately 50 minutes and take place on Friday before the festival begins from 4-7pm. Participants can take from 1-3 consecutive workshops of their choice.

Click HERE to register now!

celtic-knot400NEW THIS YEAR! The Celtic Knot Workshop with Christine Nys
Collage and Painting the Celtic Knot 

While utilizing the Celtic Knot, the students will explore cross-disciplinary techniques in collage and painting.


youtharts-3Youth participants in the program receive:
Up to three one-hour workshop of their choice
$5 one day youth ticket to the KVMR Celtic Festival (to be purchased on site at the workshop and good for one ticket per attending youth).

Outside – In the Oak Grove
4:00 & 5:00 pm – Celtic Knot with Christine Nys
(each class is limited to 12 students)

Outside – Oak Grove Stage
4:00 pm – Learn A Tune
5:00 pm – Interactive Workshop/Performance – Looney’s Fortune
6:00 pm – Arrange a Tune

Inside – Ponderosa Hall
4:00 pm – Merloch Silvermaine Level 1
5:00 pm – Merloch Silvermaine Level 2
6:00 pm – Irish Step Dancing with O’Sullivan Academy of Irish Dance

looneys-fortune300Looney’s Fortune
Bring An Instrument – Learn A Tune
Based in Southern California, Looney’s Fortune performs traditional Irish music and songs on hammered dulcimer, fiddle, guitar and accordion. The tight yet dynamic instrumentation supports the well blended vocal harmonies.  For their Youth Arts Program workshop they’ll perform and teach a tune or two and encourage participants to bring an instrument and their voices and be ready to learn some songs.

merlochsilvermaineMerloch the Magician Silvermaine
The Art of Magic 1 & 2
By popular demand Merloch will present two classes. The 4:00 class will be for first-timers. The 5:00 class will be for previous attendees. This workshop interactively teaches two professional-quality fully scripted card magic routines. By the end of the workshop every participant will be able to confidently perform them to mystify and delight friends, family, colleagues, and strangers. They are entertaining, include some comedy elements, and yet focus on the experience of magic. No passive observers allowed – only active participants. Both classes have a limit of 30 participants. Attendees of the 4:00 class will be allowed to attend the 5:00 class on a space-available basis.  There will be an informal gathering for advanced magic at 6:00.

colin-cotter-ryan-mckassonColin Cotter & Ryan McKasson
Bring An Instrument
Two Workshops: Learn A Tune / Arrange a Tune
Colin Cotter is a multi-instrumentalist who began fiddling at an early age as part of his family tradition in Finnish fiddle music, and eventually dove into Scottish fiddling. He is a self-taught guitarist, mixing influences from around the world, and his emotive songwriting bridges the gaps between American and Celtic folk, and rock.
Ryan McKasson has gained a reputation as a performer, composer, collaborator, and teacher. In 1996 he was the youngest to win the National Scottish Fiddle Championship. In 1997 he was awarded a Merit Scholarship for Viola Performance from the University of Southern California where he studied with Donald McInnes.  In 2004 Ryan and his sister, Cali, formed a band, The McKassons, that eventually included Ryan’s wife, Brooke, and her brother, Matt Jerrell. The McKassons released two critically acclaimed albums, Tall Tales (2004) and Tripping Maggie(2006). Since 2002 he has also been fiddler for a renowned contra dance band, The Syncopaths. They have just released their second album, Five Gears.

O’Sullivan Academy of Irish Dance
Irish Step Dancing
Melissa O’Sullivan belives that all people can dance and she is excited to show each student how they can become an Irish dancer. With 20 years of dance teaching experience, she has developed positive instructional methods that can help students reach their goals.   Melissa  began studying Irish Dance at the tender age of 4 and went on to study dance throughout high school and college. In 1989, she started working as a professional dance instructor and choreographer, and after intense study received her Bachelor of Arts – Dance in 1995 from San Jose State University. She spent five years as a dance judge for Winterguard competitions. From its early 2002 beginnings, Melissa owned and directed O’Sullivan’s Dance Academy, which focused on Irish Dance along with ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop dance styles.  O’Sullivan Academy is proud to have its own touring Irish Repertory Company which travels and performs year round.