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Friday, September 29

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.

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

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Workshops located at Ponderosa Hall and Oak Grove Stage at the Nevada County Fairgrounds

The workshops are approximately 50 minutes and take place at the Nevada County Fairgrounds on Friday before the festival begins. Participants can take from 1-3 consecutive workshops of their choice. Parking is at Gate 1. All adults must be accompanied by a child.

Youth program participants receive:
→ Up to 3 workshops of their choice
→ Refreshments
→ $5 One Day Youth Ticket to the Celtic Festival
(to be purchased on site at the workshop and good for one ticket per attending youth)


MusicYouth Arts Program

Singing Workshop Led By Rod Baggett

Join Rod Baggett in a rousing workshop singing Sea shanties as well as traditional and comtemporary Celtic song.  Lyrics provided. Rod Baggett is a gifted teacher with over 27 years of choral directing experience, and his approach is enthusiastic and inviting. Rod Baggett is choral conductor at Nevada Union High…
Ethan Eller
July 17, 2023
Youth Arts Program

Build A Tune with Hayley, Athena and Liam

Bring your instruments and join in this fun and interactive workshop where you will learn a tune. Hayley Watson and Athena Giuliani were part of the Youth Arts Showcase for many years.  Their love for the music shines through their exuberant performance. Liam McNeil joins them on this workshop to…
Sean Dooley
April 23, 2023
MusicYouth Arts Program

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…
Ethan Eller
February 22, 2023
Youth Arts Program

Celtic Art Christine Nys

Christine will encourage participants to create their own special items such as mystery medal-lions, spirit masks, torc bracelets, sacred book-marks keeping with the theme of Celtic Animals & Beasts.
Ethan Eller
February 22, 2023
DancersYouth Arts Program

McKeever School of Dance

The McKeever School of Irish Dance of Sacramento offers Irish dance lessons from beginner through champion levels, and to both children and adults. Owner and instructor Nicole McKeever toured the world for seven years with professional dance companies such as Riverdance: the show. She has a Master’s Degree in Irish Dance Performance.
Ethan Eller
February 22, 2023
ActivitiesLiving HistoryYouth Arts Program

Merloch Silvermaine

A Seer, Sage, Sorcerer, and Storyteller whose magic is not about tricks but about life. He performs card tricks so mind-bendingly good that you’re likely to stay up an extra hour trying to figure out how he did it. Silvermaine does what great magicians do – he reduces cynical adults…
Ethan Eller
February 21, 2023


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