2019 Youth Arts Program
Friday, September 27
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 workshops are approximately 50 minutes and take place on Friday before the festival. Participants can take from 1-3 consecutive workshops of their choice.
Introduction to Fencing The Diamond Rose Academie D’Armes
Learn the art of the sword ! The Diamond Rose Academie D’Armes is a historical fencing school teaching the use of the rapier and smallsword of the late 17th century. Diamond Rose hosts regular fencing classes in Nevada City, Auburn, and Marysville. In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of historical fencing techniques, emphasizing timing, balance, defense, and coordination of mind and body. They will also learn about the history and culture of fencing and dueling in 17th century Europe , as well as observe live demonstrations of historical techniques between combatants. Waiver required. Limit to 20 participants.
Singing Workshop Heather Grove and SierraCapella
SierraCapella is a harmonious blend of songfest and choir! Join members of SierraCapella led by Heather Grove in a rousing workshop of singing traditional and contemporary Celtic songs. Lyrics will be provided.
The Art of Magic – Beginner and Intermediate Merloch Silvermaine
By popular demand, Merloch will present three classes. The 4:00 & 5:00 classes will be for first timers. The 6:00 class will be for previous attendees. This workshop teaches two professional-quality fully scripted card magic routines. By the end of the workshop every participant will be able to confidently perform the routines to mystify and delight friends, family and strangers. They are entertaining, include some comedy elements and yet focus on the experience of magic. No passive observers allowed – only active participants. Classes have a limit of 30 participants.
Irish Step Dancing with Nicole McKeever
The McKeever School of Irish Dance of Sacramento offers Irish dance lessons to beginner through champion levels, and to both children and adults. They are located in the heart of Sacramento, California. Owner and instructor Nicole McKeever toured the world for seven years with professional dance companies such as Riverdance the show. She also holds her Irish dance teaching certification, or T.C.R.G. as well as a Master’s Degree in Irish Dance Performance from the University of Limerick in Ireland. The McKeever School performers span in age and experience and all have an avid love for this amazing dance tradition.
Build A Tune Workshop with Galen Fraser
Bring your instruments and join in this fun and interactive workshop where you will learn a tune. Galen Fraser is an accomplished fiddler and composer from Northern California with a love for soul food and spontaneity. His love for singing and writing lead him to pursue music as a career, earning his Bachelors Degree in Songwriting from Berklee College of Music. Now based in Boston and Spain he plays with the high energy Americana band Neversink and the groovy afro-celtic funk band Soulsha.
Celtic Art Christine Nys
This year Christine will encourage participants to create their own special items such as Bookmarks, Medallions, Masks and other articles keeping with the theme of Celtic Animals & Beasts.
The Moxie Strings Interactive Concert
All are invited to attend this final event of the afternoon when The Moxie Strings take the stage with their fun and exciting Celtic tunes–both traditional and original. The Moxie Strings offer listeners the unique opportunity to experience some of the world’s best- known instruments through a young, progressive lens. Diana Ladio and Alison Lynn hold Bachelor of Music degrees in music performance and music education, which have given each the technical foundation to explore the limits of her instrument and helped the group build a reputation for musical excellence.
Advanced Tune learning Diana Ladio & Alison Lynn
This is a follow-up workshop for the students at Nevada City School of the Arts who spent time with Diana and Alison learning a performance tune. Advanced players from the community are welcome to join in this workshop so that they will be able to perform with The Moxie Strings on the Main stage on Sunday during the Celtic Festival.
Storytelling Tom Wade
Storyteller Tom Wade will entrance you with his tales full of blarney and malarkey in this fun interactive workshop. Will you be able to figure out what’s true and what’s not in his captivating stories? Tom will also share his insights on the art of storytelling and encourage you to develop your own skills in the Irish “gift of gab.”