• 2018 Keith Harris Plucked String Ensemble Workshop

    Mandolin and Guitar Chamber Music Workshop with Keith Harris, an activity of The Mandolin Academy in Venice.

    Keith HarrisSt. Augustine, Fla. — Registration for a very special chamber music workshop for plucked string ensemble with Keith Harris, February 1-5, 2018 is now open.

    The workshop is part of The Mandolin Academy in Venice. The MAiV is an organization offering all kinds of mandolin events. As the name suggests, it is based in Venice (Italy) but operates internationally as well. Keith Harris is Director of Mandolin Studies for the MAiV, and is of course well known internationally as both a performer and teacher.

    This will be a "playing workshop," like the enormously successful one held by Keith in Philadelphia in 2016, so players of all standard instruments in a plucked string ensemble or mandolin orchestra are welcome. Those that feel unsure about whether they meet the technical level required are encouraged to talk to the the organizers. On the other hand, nobody need be afraid of being under-challenged. The workshop is a special opportunity for anybody, and especially so for classical guitarists seeking ensemble experience.

    The repertoire will consist largely of compositions and arrangements by Keith himself, along with other music he particularly admires. All the music has been carefully chosen not only because of its proven popular success, both with players and audiences, but especially because it naturally exemplifies many musical and technical aspects which Keith believes are worth examining.


    • Thursday evening: arrival, settling in, discussion of coming days
    • Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., workshop
    • Friday: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m., lunch break and opportunity for sightseeing
    • Friday: 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. workshop
    • Saturday and Sunday: similar to schedule listed above
    • Monday: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., activities and discussion


    • Workshop Fee - $350
    • Hotel in Historic District - TBA

    Optional Extension

    • Evening of Tuesday, February 6 to noon, Saturday, February 10
    • Extension Workshop Fee - $350
    • Hotel in Historic District - TBA

    Please apply by December 8, 2017. The total number of participants will be limited. Organizers encourage participants to please do your music friends the favor of letting them know about the workshop.

    The nearest airport is Jacksonville. Attractive and inexpensive accommodations within convenient distance are readily available in the historic old town; specific hotel information will be available in the near future. Please contact Bob Hammond regarding all logistical aspects of the workshop and Keith Harris for any issues related to the workshop music.