Learn to play the Native American style flute from top instructors and experience the musical sounds of Indigenous people. The 10th annual Solstice Flute School is holding workshops and more from Aug. 21 to 25, at the Chapel Rock Camp and Conference Center, 1131 Country Club Drive, Prescott.

A concert for the public will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, at the American Warehouse, 226 N. Montezuma St.

“We just don’t want to keep this kind of talent all to ourselves, which is why we like to open it up, to have the public come in and hear this incredible music from these award winning musicians,” Solstice Flute School Director Nancy Haga said.

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear the ethereally beautiful music and Native story-telling in one setting from award-winning teachers and recording artists, Rona Yellow Robe, Suzanne Teng, Shelley Morningsong, Joseph L. Young and Kalani Das.

Yellow Robe, a member of the Chippewa Cree tribe, writes songs based on her life experiences. “A lot of it’s coming out of the dark and into the light,” Yellow Robe said. “Because I walk with a tribe of people that just don’t let me become a victim of circumstance, I have the ability to take tough things and turn them into a song.”

As a teacher, Yellow Robe encourages her students to find their own voice.

“I can give them, you know, the basic scale of how to play their notes and whatnot and what to do and what not to do, but the reality is that this instrument gives you the ability to just be you,” Yellow Robe said. “If you want to learn how to do tablature that’s available, but I think the biggest thing for me was just knowing that I didn’t have to do it any one way. I didn’t have to be under the structure of a musical theory, but that it was available to me.”

More than just music, the concert is an immersive experience filled with dancing and Native American stories. “There’s a lot of storytelling, so you get a lot of Native stories and wisdom that are shared in the songs and in between the songs as well,” Haga said. “I think people are just totally impressed by the music. It’s hypnotic. It’s mesmerizing. Then, when you get Shelley and Fabian there with the regalia, it’s just maybe something that people have never seen before.”

The school welcomes residents of the Prescott area to attend this weeklong experience. Enjoy lessons and workshops, FunShops, crystal bowl sound bath, Solstice Ceremony and concerts throughout the week. There is no music to read — instruments are available to try or to buy. All levels are welcome.

Tickets to the public performance are available online or at the door. The workshops and additional activities are available based on limited space.

For more information and to register, visit www.solsticeflute.org, or call director Nancy Haga, at 435-513-5999.

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