Small Group Music Lessons in Nature with Adam Phillips, Founder of the Folk Orchestra.
Get away from screens and learn to play music in the shade of an oak tree. Small group lessons meet at local parks and walk (5-10 minutes) to a beautiful clearing. Connect with nature and safely with other people while immersing yourself in the simple yet serene sounds of the Native American flute, ukulele, fiddle or voices singing in harmony.
THURSDAYS - starts September 10th for 6 weeks
Lullabies for New Mothers - 9am - $150
FRIDAYS - starts September 11th for 6 weeks at Stevens Park
Pennywhistle/Irish Whistle - 9am - $170 includes a D whistle
Folk Songs and Singing - 10:15am - $150
Beginning Ukulele - 11:30am - $200 includes soprano uke ($150 if you have your own)
SATURDAYS - starts September 12th for 6 weeks @ Rocky Nook Park***
Beginning Native American Flute - 9am- $200 (includes a beautiful cedar flute)
Easy Fiddle Tunes with Nicole McKenzie - 9am - $150 ***ORPET PARK
Intermediate Ukulele - @ 10:15am - $150
Beginning Ukulele - @ 11:30 am - $200 includes soprano uke ($150 if you have your own)
NEW! Lullabies for New or Expecting Mothers - for new mothers and their little ones. Come and sit in the shade of an oak tree, safely spread out, on your blanket with your little one and learn lullabies from all over the world. Great for that person that thinks “I want to sing to my little one, but I feel silly and don’t know what to sing.” We’ll help you!
NEW! Beginning Pennywhistle - that quintessential Irish sound. It’s simple, fun, and surprisingly easy! We’ll have you up and running to impress your friends next St. Patrick’s Day in no time!
Beginning Ukulele - have fun learning to strum and fingerpick basic chords on this happy little instrument. “This class is like therapy in nature.” We have fun!
Intermediate Ukulele - you already know basic chords but want help with more strumming and picking technique - join our class! It’s a great group!
Folk Songs and Singing - learn a traditional folk song each week! A little bit of history, a lot of singing, learn some harmonies, and pick up some singing technique along the way. It has been a blast!
Beginning Native American Flute - an iconic and serene sound. It’s simple melodies and finger technique are a wonderful way to help you relax during these crazy times. Your new cedar flute will sound and smell beautiful!
NEW! Easy Fiddle Tunes with Nicole McKenzie - Nicole is a fantastic teacher and the Concertmaster of the Folk Orchestra. Learn a new fiddle tune each week (Irish, Scottish, and American) and get your technique questions answered while listening to the birds and breathing the fresh air.
Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, we are kicking of the Folk Orchestra's 4th season with an all Irish program!
Where else can you hear a 30 piece orchestra playing some of your most beloved Irish music?
The Fields of Athenry
The Wild Rover
Give Me Your Hand
Mo Ghile Mear
and MANY MORE!
Dear Folk Orchestra of Santa Barbara Patron,
Thank you so much for your support during our very successful 2019 season!
We hope you enjoyed our third season of concerts. As a young arts organization we are so appreciative of our supporters who have seen our potential and encourage our growth. As we announced at our final 2019 concert, we are hoping that, along with your continued support by purchasing tickets, you’ll consider becoming a sponsor of the entire Folk Orchestra.
To that end, we are expanding the ways that you can help sustain the Orchestra and its amazing musicians. Your support will help us grow, help us expand to larger performance spaces, and create a foundation to ensure that the Folk Orchestra becomes a permanent part of the Santa Barbara cultural and musical community. Details of the new packages are available on the next page, but highlights include the chance for PRIVATE CONCERTS, Reserved Seats, and a more personal connection to the Folk Orchestra family. We are happy to answer any questions you have about any of the sponsorship opportunities.
As we grow with your help, you will still enjoy what you have always enjoyed about the Folk Orchestra:
• Innovative and inspiring music from around the world.
• In the Presidio de Santa Barbara, a performance space
that is unique and beautiful.
• A parade of new and fascinating instruments!
• Free rehearsals - THIS YEAR AT CARR WINERY!
• LOCAL musicians bringing their time, talent, and treasure to your ears.
In the near future, we’ll announce our 2020 lineup of concerts, but we can reveal here that the four musical traditions that will be featured are
IRISH, MEDITERRANEAN, NORDIC, and SCOTTISH!
Many thanks from all of our musicians and volunteers, and of course from me personally. May your holiday season be filled with joy and music. As a part of our family, we can assure you that 2020 will certainly be musical as well!
The 30 piece ensemble features bagpipes, mandolins, acoustic guitars, Irish whistles, harp, and flute, with a full contingent of classical strings – violins, violas, cellos, and double bass.
The Folk Orchestra is a LOCAL ensemble full of the area’s best musicians playing a rich amalgam of folk and classical.
Weekly Open Rehearsals Starting 10/17
Come on down and grab a beer with us:
Thursdays at 8 p.m. at Telegraph Brewing.
418 N Salsipuedes St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 1
Connect with Founder & Music Director.
Interested in playing?
Contact us for an audition.