October 24-27, 2024

Join us for a long weekend of all things harmonica—world-class instructors, classes, jams, and a concert, too.

Artistic Director Kim Field has been a professional harmonica player, singer, and songwriter for four decades. He's gathered a stellar group of players and teachers who will help you reach the next level in your harmonica playing and performing.

You’ll arrive on Thursday afternoon and be welcomed by Kim and his staff and introduced to each other. Friday and Saturday will be filled with classes, individualized instruction, delicious meals, evening jam sessions, and harmonica fellowship designed to help you take your harmonica playing to the next level. On Saturday night the instructors will perform a special show demonstrating the harmonica’s incredible versatility. After breakfast on Sunday and some final music making, we’ll disband and return home inspired and even more in love with the world’s most popular instrument.

Come join us in 2024!

Artistic Director Kim Field has recruited a renowned group of instructors for Harmonica Northwest 2024:

  • Joe Filisko
  • Ross Garren
  • Eric Noden
  • Hank Shreve

Registration will open March 20, 2024 at 10am Pacific Time




Cost to Attend

The costs below are per person and all-inclusive of class fee, 8 meals (Thursday dinner - Sunday lunch), public concert, and lodging. Your cost will vary according to the number of people you are willing to share a room with.

  • Triple Occupancy (you'll have 2 roommates) $743
  • Double Occupancy (you'll have 1 roommate) $827
  • Single Occupancy (just you!) $922
  • Commuter (classes, lunches & dinners, no overnight lodging at Menucha) $645
  • Non-participating spouse/partner $203

Would your partner/spouse like to come with you and stay in the same room with you but not take the classes? They can! Total cost for the two of you is $1030


Optional Purchase Protection and Menucha's Cancellation Policy

During registration you will have the option to add Purchase Protection from Purchase Protection LLC. "Purchase Protection is not an insurance policy.  It is a service by Purchase Protection LLC that will refund you 100% of your event fees, taxes, and dues should you be prevented by unforeseen circumstances from attending the event."

Please read what is covered and their terms to decide if this is something that you want to add. It is only available at the time of registration. It is an additional cost paid directly to Purchase Protection LLC and not administered by Menucha.

Learn more about Purchase Protection

Read Menucha's cancellation policy here.

2024 Harmonica Northwest Faculty

Joe Filisko & Eric Noden


Joe Filisko and Eric Noden are an American roots duo from Chicago They have been performing and recording music together for 20 years. Their original blues songs, train imitations and harmony singing are reminiscent of the 1920’s and 30’s when acoustic music was prevalent. Joe and Eric use their virtuosity and song writing skills to illustrate nearly forgotten styles of American Music. Joe is a world-famous harmonica player and customizer who is legendary for his mastery of classic harmonica styles. Joe and Eric are both experienced teachers who enjoy sharing knowledge and inspiring students around the world. They have presented workshops for the Augusta Heritage Festival, Old Town School of Folk Music, Harmonica Masters Workshops and Eslov Blues Festival.


Ross Garren


Ross Garren is a remarkable musician who has become the first-call harmonica player in the ultra-competitive Los Angeles recording scene. While producing a steady output of original music and touring internationally, Ross has contributed his mesmerizing harmonica sounds to the recordings of Ben Folds, Bruce Hornsby, Robbie Robertson, Daniel Lanois, Noah Cyrus, Rita Coolidge, Keb' Mo', and Jim Keltner, among others, and to the soundtracks of feature films such as “Killers of the Summer Moon.”


Hank Shreve


Hank Shreve began playing harmonica at the age of eight and has since established himself as a major harmonica talent on the American blues scene. Hank is an outstanding singer and a skilled multi-instrumentalist who is at home on the harmonica, drums, guitar, keyboards, dobro, and lap steel. Hank won the Northwest Harmonica Championship in 2008 and CBA’s Muddy Award for Best Harmonica in 2009 and 2013. Hank has performed at the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Cognac Blues Passions festival in France, and Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival. Hank is also an experienced harmonica instructor who has participated in the Harmonica Collective workshop and is an artist-in-residence at Music Masters in his home of Eugene, Oregon.


Kim Field


Kim Field has been a professional harmonica player, singer, and songwriter for over four decades. Kim has toured internationally and performed at such showcases as the San Francisco Blues Festival, the Bumbershoot Festival, and the Waterfront Blues Festival. Over the years Field has appeared on bills with such rhythm and blues legends as Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Cray, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Gregg Allman, James Cotton, Otis Rush, John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins, the Righteous Brothers, Walter Horton, and Big Mama Thornton. Kim has also written two books on music: Harmonicas, Harps, and Heavy Breathers: The History of the People's Instrument, published by Cooper Square Press, and The Blues Dream of Billy Boy Arnold, published by the University of Chicago Press. This is Field’s third year as the artistic director for Harmonica Northwest.


What does the Harmonica Northwest schedule look like?

Check out the 2023 Schedule while we're working on 2024.

Wright Hall
3:00 PM Arrival & Check-in
4:15 PM Welcome & Orientation
5:50 PM Meal servers to dining hall
6:00 PM Dinner
7:15 PM Staff intros, class overviews, Q&A with instructors
10:00 PM  Quiet time in Wright Hall  (Jams use Greenhouse)
Friday Wright Hall
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM--Class 1 Groove Class 1: Joe Filisko & Eric Noden
10:30 AM Break
10:45--Class 2 Repertoire 1: Andrew Alli
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM--Class 3 Tongue Blocking: Joe Filisko
2:30 PM Break
2:45 PM--Class 4 Chromatic Harmonica: Ross Garren
4:15 PM Break
4:30 PM Instructors Discuss Topics Suggested by Students
7:00 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Zoom Session with Celebrity Harmonica Player
10:00 PM  Quiet time in Wright Hall (Jams use Greenhouse)
Saturday Wright Hall
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00:00 AM--Class 1 Groove 2: Joe Filisko & Eric Noden
10:30 AM Break
10:45--Class 2 Writing a Blues Song: Andrew Alli
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM--Class 3 All Instructors: Harmonica Influences
2:30 PM Break
2:45 PM--Class 4  Playing in Different Contexts: Ross Garren
4:15 PM Break
4:30 AM Playing in First Position: Kim Field
6:00 PM Dinner
7:00 PM Staff Concert
10:00 PM  Quiet time in Wright Hall (Jams use Greenhouse)
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:15 AM Pack-up time, early jam, or sleep in
10:30 AM Last Jam
11:30 AM Debrief with students and instructors
12:00 PM Lunch
Depart by 1pm



Learn more about the musicians you'll get to learn and make music with.


“Superb instruction AND entertainment. The setting, accommodations, and food were absolutely superb in every way.”

“The best harmonica event I’ve ever been to!! Some of the nicest teachers/performers in the world.”

“This workshop was world-class quality. Now I have more of a roadmap of what to practice!!!!”

“A great experience where we learned, played, shared ideas and experiences. We also made friendships with others that share the same love of playing the harmonica. You and the instructors taught us some of the subtleties and basics that we needed to advance our skills. I really appreciate how the instructors bonded with the attendees all during the 3-plus days. It was a great to jam and interact with you guys! I highly recommend attending for anyone who wants to gain knowledge for improving and have a good time doing it. You can be sure I’ll be there next year!”

“Already looking forward to next year! Such a fantastic camp with some truly committed players and instructors. Even a complete novice like me was made to feel comfortable and worthy of the expertise these guys exude. Harmonica players at every level were here and able to get maximum benefit from this fun and exciting camp.”

“I was a bit concerned, as a more beginning level player, the instruction would be beyond me. I came away with some very specific skills to practice that give me a roadmap to move forward. The instructors, fellow students, and staff could not have been more friendly and kind! Gorgeous setting and delicious meals! I will be back next year!”

“This was quite a special ‘first of’ and I am more than fortunate to have attended. The selection of instructors was just perfect in all ways.”

“I can’t say enough about the classes and the entire course! It was really terrific. It was an excellent teaching experience, even for a relatively newcomer to the harmonica!! Congrats on a VERY successful program.”

“I’ve been to several harmonica weekends and although I’ve gotten something from each of them, this one stands out as exceptionally good. Joe Filisko’s expert teaching was a great opportunity to revisit the building blocks of harp playing, something I need to do every so often in order for me to make progress as a player. Andrew Alli’s teaching and soulful playing and beautiful tone were truly inspirational, and Ross Garren’s superb playing and introductions to other styles of playing make me want to explore new ways to play harp. Kim did a great job pulling the weekend together, and setting an overall tone that was supportive, collegial, and a lot of fun. Well done!”

“Already looking forward to next year! Such a fantastic camp with some truly committed players and instructors. Even a complete novice like me was made to feel comfortable and worthy of the expertise these guys exude. Harmonica players at every level were able to get maximum benefit from this fun and exciting camp. Thanks to Kim and all the great instructors.”

Kim Field interviews the faculty for Harmonica Northwest: