Performing Arts Workshops

The Utah Arts Festival is excited to partner with IAMA and the Utah Blues Society to bring you performing arts workshops ranging from songwriting to building your own instruments. Meanwhile, headliner Cimarrón offers a music and dance workshop that is sure to set your feet on fire. 

Pre-registration required for all of the following.

IAMA Songwriter Academy Clinics

Fri, June 24, 10AM & Sun, June 26, 2PM, Rooms B & C, Main Library

The IAMA Song School Academy is once again partnering with the Festival to conduct a series of songwriting clinics. Five workshops will be held on Friday, June 24, and on Sunday afternoon, headliner Sierra Hull will conduct a special mandolin workshop. Each of the Friday workshops is $20, or register for all five for $75. The Sunday workshop is $25 or $20 with the Friday five clinic package. Spaces are limited to 20 per clinic.

Fri, June 24

  • 10–11:15AM, Hal Cannon, "Watch Out for Inspiration"
  • 11:30AM–12:45PM, Cori Connors, "Crafting a Song Lyric"
  • 1:45PM–3PM, Kate MacLeod, "Taking Your Melody Down"
  • 4:45PM–6PM, Michael James Greene, "Bringing the Song to Life"

Sun, June 26

  • 2PM–3:30PM, Sierra Hull, Mandolin Workshop

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Utah Blues Society Workshops

Blues Harp (make-and-take)

Sat, June 25, Noon–1PM, Library, Rooms B & C

$20 fee includes quality harmonica with instruction book. Limit 100. 

Participants will learn the history of the harmonica, view professional demonstrations, and receive their own blues harp lesson from the masters. Facilitated by Headliner Denis Gruenling.

Bottleneck Slide (make-and-take)

Sat, June 25, 1:30PM–2:30PM, Library, Rooms B & C

$20 Fee, limit 40. 

Attendees will make bottleneck slides, and be given a brief history, demonstrations, and a quick slide guitar lesson. Facilitated by James Major.

Cigar Box Guitar Making Workshop (make-and-take)

Sat, June 25, 2:30PM–5:30PM, Library, Rooms B & C

$20 Fee, limit 20. 

Make your own cigar box guitar and learn to play with tips from veteran strummers. The workshop also includes info on the history of the guitar and guitar styles. Facilitated by Gus Wheeler, Connell Crook, Jordan Young.

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Music and Dance Workshop by Festival Headliner Cimarrón

Sat, Jun 25, 10AM, Amphitheater Stage

Registration is free, but participation is limited.

Through a grant from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, the musicians of Colombia-based Cimarrón, performing on the Festival Stage on Sunday night, will conduct a music and dance workshop open to all Festival-goers. Learn about the history of Joropo music and how to play the various instruments used in Ilanera music. The dance workshop will cover the basics of Zapateado (Stomp Llanero dance).

Made Possible By a Grant from The Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation—Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America.

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