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July 21-27, 2019

Washington Waldorf School, Bethesda, MD

Early-bird Registration has ended. Regular registration will be open shortly …stay tuned!


“I came to MAD week for the high level instruction, and found a traditional music community with year round engagement”



Rising 2nd-4th, Rising 5th-7th

This program was a HUGE success in 2018, and returns for 2019! This inclusive program gives kids of all levels an opportunity to build their traditional music and dance skills, explore traditional arts, participate in community gatherings (sessions and céilís), and collaborate with their peers to build a unique end-of-week presentation!


Rising 8th-12th

New for 2019, this program will offer teens a chance to collaborate wtih Irish musicians and dancers on an 8-10 minute original performance suite that draws from the skills of the group. The final piece will be documented via video and performed live!


The 2019 program offers students of all commitment and skill levels opportunities to build strong technique, connect with tradition bearers, add to their toolbox, deepen their cultural understanding, and collaborate and socialize with other musicians and dancers!



The Session is an important part of traditional Irish music, and MAD week offers many opportunities for all levels of player/dancer/singer to participate! Click the button below for the MAD week session schedule, or other sessions throughout region!



Our faculty features some of the best talent in North America and Ireland, and that talent is featured in 2 evening concerts during MAD Week.

AND… new this year! Come hear your favorite instructors play in the small acoustic Listening Room, held every day at 3 pm!



Fun for the whole family! Join the MAD WEEK CÉILÍ BAND (an elective course) and play in the band. Or get some footwork in the STEPS FOR SETS class. OR just show up! Dances are called for all ages and levels!


Year Round Community

The fun doesn’t end on July 27! Be sure to sign up in the form below to stay in the loop for sessions, céilís, classes, performances and more! OR Click the button to visit the year-round calendar!