Workshops & Concerts

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

What is Winterlude?

Every winter, we bring professional teaching musicians to Moab for a week of music workshops. 

Residents and visitors of varying skill levels form ensembles; they receive coaching, and together we share in the joy of making music. 

Participants practice and perfect pieces of music, and then have the opportunity to perform them at a showcase in downtown Moab.

The week also includes concerts and social events.

Join us next January 2024 for Winterlude!


January 27 – February 4, 2023

Friday, January 27
MMF Informal: Jazz Happy Hour
5:30 pm • Josie Wyatt’s Grille, Hoodoo Moab • FREE

Saturday, January 28
Winterlude Music Workshops Kickoff
9 am • Adult Chamber Music Workshop* • Star Hall
*Registration closed
12 pm • Alison Shearer Quartet FREE Improv Workshop • Star Hall

Saturday, January 28
An Evening of Jazz with the Alison Shearer Quartet
7 pm • Hoodoo Ballroom, Hoodoo Moab • $30*

January 30 – February 3

Youth & Adult Daily Workshops*
Adult registration by Nov 28 • Student registration by Dec 22 
*Scroll down to learn more. 

Friday, February 3
Winterlude Showcase*
7 pm • Star Hall • FREE • All ages welcome
Adult and student workshop performances with the Alison Shearer Quartet, MMF’s Michael Barrett and Leslie Tomkins, and Teaching Artists Angelica Salazar and Steven White.

Saturday, February 4
Musical Story Hour
10:30 am • Star Hall • FREE


Winterlude kicks-off with a FREE Improv Workshop led by the Alison Shearer Quartet. The workshop is open to musicians of all ages and skill levels. Prior improvisation/jazz experience is not required but is a bonus! 

An exciting opportunity for adult string players and pianists to experience the joy of chamber music-making. Participants are placed in ensembles, assigned quality and experience-appropriate repertoire, and coached in daily rehearsals (Jan 30-Feb 3) by teaching artists: MMF Artistic Director Leslie Tomkins, viola; MMF Music Director Michael Barrett, pianoAngelica Salazar, violin, and Steven White, cello. Sessions take place in Star Hall and the Grand Center culminating in the Winterlude Showcase. 

Open to local youth string students, Winterlude’s after-school workshops include daily coached rehearsals by teaching artists Angelica Salazar, violin, and Steven White, cello. Sessions take place 3:30-5:00 p.m. in Star Hall culminating in the Winterlude Showcase concert on Friday, February 3rd at 7:00 p.m. 

Winterlude teaching artists (the Alison Shearer Quartet, Angelica Salazar, violin; and Steven White, cello) coach Grand County string and jazz students daily during school (Jan 30-Feb 3). No registration necessary. 

Please email Chelsea Jones at for more information.

Winterlude sponsors and community partners:

Winterlude exclusive housing sponsor:

This year’s Winterlude teaching and performing artists stayed at the Hyatt Place Moab and the Aarchway Inn