HOW TO USE THIS SITE TO FIND WHAT YOU WANT
I've edited this page to reflect changes due to the coronavirus pandemic. Those items are in RED.
Peruse the navigation bar on the left to see how all this information is organized.
Workshops are listed in alphabetical order by Title with their presenter and description.
To see workshops by a particular presenter, choose Presenters on the top row navigation bar and look up the presenter. Their workshops will be listed under their bio. This website is updated weekly so check back frequently. The major impact of Somerset Online is that most of the workshops are available anytime, and only the "live" workshops will have a specific start time. Since announcing that we were going online, we have not spent the time and updated the workshop times/rooms on the workshop descriptions (it just wasn't worth the effort). Just because no 2 browsers act the same way with regards to caching and history, please hit the Refresh button on your browser to make sure you have the latest page.
Workshop Times: Unless otherwise noted, workshops are 90 minutes. Most workshops are pre-recorded and will be available online until December 31. Only the "live" workshops will stick to specific workshop time periods. These start times may be adjusted in June to start a little later to give our West Coast attendees extra time to wake up! We have 3 main workshop periods on Friday and Saturday: 9:30-11am (AM1), 1:30-3pm (PM1) and 3:30-5pm (PM2). On Sunday the morning workshop starts at 9am. There are mini-workshops scheduled in the 11am-1pm lunch break when we do things like the Harp Tastings and Do It Yourself Harp Maintenance.
How you get into a workshop: You can take any of the other workshops at any time. Your access credentials will be provided to our new Somerset Online portal at the end of June. All-Access registrants have access until December 31. Limited-Time registrants have access until July 31.
Thursday workshops: All Thursday workshops are "live" on Zoom. Because we have a smaller number of workshops on Thursday which are specifically targeted to playing levels, and you will need access to the Zoom meeting, we ask that you sign up for any Thursday workshops in advance. You can always change your mind later and just email me with changes.
Other tools: Under the Schedule Downloads (on the left) we have 2 downloadable file types to help you put your Somerset itinerary together. You can download an Excel file and then sort and filter this file any way you like: by day/time, by presenter, by workshop title. You choose. The PDF file is a static snapshot of our spreadsheet file that you can print, read and highlight offline.
How the Download Files are Sorted: These schedules will be completely updated by June 15 and will list when all the "live" workshops are. By the column heads, first by day, then by time period (the key is AM1= 9:30-11am, AM2=lunch period, PM1=1:30-3pm and PM2=3:30-5pm), then by title. Sorry about the key acronyms but that's really the only way I can see to sort the list and have it come out in the right sequence.
Workshops are aggregated into some topic-specific Focus Area pages to make it easy for you find workshops to Narrow Your Focus. You'll find the Focus Areas on the left navigation bar under this Workshops tab. If you have Excel, the spreadsheet version of the workshop schedule will have columns for these topics so you can sort and filter by topic.
Levels: these are suggestions, not edicts. The presenter may have a target audience in mind but that doesn't mean you can't get in over your head. Likewise, something may be targeted to a Beginner, but if it's new to you and you're interested, take it!
Hands-on: Bring a harp! If you don't have a harp, you can still sit in on the workshop and learn something.
Lectures/Musical lectures/Demos: no harp needed. All lectures are open to registered non-harping companions.
Workshops Taught By Ear: Workshops that are being by ear are marked as such. This means that the presenter will not refer to sheet music but you can always download the workshop PDF on Somerset Online at any time. Because the workshops are recorded you can stop and start the video as many times as you like and keep reviewing sections until you feel comfortable to move on. You are encouraged, particularly if you do not usually learn by ear, and you want to develop this skill, not to use the sheet music as your ears will not be open if you're looking at music. If you learn primarily by reading music, these workshops might be challenging for you, but we encourage you to stick it out and try it.
Accessories: these are optional and suggestions from the presenter. Recording devices are permitted as noted, but these recordings are for your own personal use (in other words, no posting them on the internet).
What else goes on at the festival besides Workshops? We have plenty of special events and "after-hours" evening activities. Explore the bottom of the navigation bar!