Workshops & Concerts

Community and education take centerstage during Winterlude, the Moab Music Festival’s week of workshops, concerts and events.

What is Winterlude?

Winterlude is the Moab Music Festival’s community and education week, including workshops, concerts and events.

The winter season is a quiet time in Moab. It’s a great time for locals to connect with each other. And, for those who don’t mind braving cooler temperatures, it’s also a great time to visit.

Come warm up with Winterlude!

January 26-February 2, 2024

Adult Workshops

Winterlude 2024 offers you the opportunity to work with our visiting artists: Alison Shearer Jazz Quartet and W4RP (formerly Warp Trio).

Join us for evening workshops on a variety of topics open to instrumentalists, vocalists, and general music enthusiasts/auditors alike. Registrants actively participate in, or simply observe, group improv lessons, a masterclass, and a composition workshop, led by professional guest ensembles.

Email Erin Groves at for more information.

Student Workshops


Winterlude’s after-school workshops (Jan 29-Feb 2) include daily coached rehearsals with the BEACON String Program by teaching artists the W4RP. Sessions take place 3:30-5:00 p.m. in Star Hall culminating in the Winterlude Showcase concert on Friday, February 2nd at 7:00 pm. Students register through their BEACON String teacher. 


Winterlude teaching artists, the Alison Shearer Quartet and W4RP, coach Grand County string and jazz students daily during school (Jan 29-Feb 2). Participants perform in the Winterlude Showcase on Friday, February 2nd at 7:00 pm. No registration necessary.

Email Erin Groves at for more information.

Winterlude Concerts

Alison Shearer Quartet
Friday, January 26 at 7 PM
Hoodoo Moab

The Alison Shearer Quartet performs the soulful, rich and groovy music that has quickly found traction in their hometown of New York City.


Saturday, January 27 at 7 PM 
Star Hall 

W4RP (formerly Warp Trio) is not your typical quartet.

Lying at the intersection of a chamber music ensemble, rock band, and art project the quartet pushes the boundaries of music consumption through inter-disciplinary collaborations and eclectic programming.

Winterlude Showcase at Star Hall
Friday, February 2 at 7PM
FREE • All ages welcome
Star Hall

Performances by BEACON After-School Strings, Middle School Strings, GCHS Jazz Band, adult drum circle participants, Alison Shearer Quartet and W4RP. 


Friday, January 26
Alison Shearer Quartet Concert, 7pm

Saturday, January 27
Musical Story Hour, Star Hall, 10:30am

Saturday, January 27
W4RP (formerly Warp Trio) Concert, Star Hall, 7pm

Sunday, January 28
Pop-up Concert
Mikael Dramaine of W4RP, Gallery Moab, 3 pm

Monday, January 29
ADULT WORKSHOP #1: Drum Circle (6-6:30pm) & Intro to Improvisation (6:30-8:30pm), Star Hall 

The Alison Shearer Quartet introduces improvisation as a tool for musical expression! Learn about the concept of call and response, building a groove, and the standard blues form. Students can bring an instrument (encouraged!) or attend as an observer. 

Tuesday, January 30
ADULT WORKSHOP #2: Drum Circle (6-6:30pm) & Chamber Music Masterclass (6:30-8:30pm), Star Hall 
This W4RP workshop will center around all things chamber music playing! You may observe the masterclass or sign up for a 15-20 minute coaching session of a piece of music you’ve selected and previously rehearsed with friends. Come prepared to play a 2-5 minute piece (any genre/groups encouraged/solos acceptable) and receive coaching on stage in Star Hall from W4RP in a supportive and welcoming public environment of fellow participants.

Wednesday, January 31
ADULT WORKSHOP #3: Drum Circle (6-6:30pm) & More Improv! (6:30-8:30pm), Star Hall 
Build upon your improvisation skills with Alison Shearer Quartet including how to develop a solo, incorporate chromaticism in your playing, and learn about the origins and evolution of the bebop jazz style. Students can bring an instrument (encouraged!) or attend as an observer. 

Thursday, February 1
ADULT WORKSHOP #4: Drum Circle (6-6:30pm) & Crafting Stories: Music & Film (6:30-8:30pm), Star Hall 
W4RP leads an interactive workshop around the world of film scoring! After a discussion and demo of their own current film score project, participants will jump into the creative process, making decisions (with W4RP performing) to craft their own short scores. No prior musical or composition knowledge required. 

Friday, February 2
6:15-6:30pm, Star Hall
Perform a short drum circle piece as the opening number at the Annual Winterlude Showcase. Drumming participants should plan to attend the Monday-Thursday workshops.

Friday, February 2
7 pm • Star Hall • FREE • All ages welcome
Performances by Alison Shearer Quartet, W4RP, BEACON After-School Strings, Middle School Strings, GCHS Jazz Band, and adult drum circle participants

Winterlude sponsors:

Exclusive Winterlude Real Estate sponsor: