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Kathy DeAngelo
Gerry Serviente
Kim Adamson
Lucy Cummin
Laura Enuco
Corinne Brandt
Maureen Buscareno
David Eisner
 
 
 
 
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staff 2015 staff on Sunday afternoon (left to right): Kerry White,Maureen Buscareno, (concert manager), Laura Enuco, Kathy DeAngelo (director), Dennis Gormley (all-purpose guy), Katie Ely, Corinne Brandt, Kim Adamson (operations manager), ,Lucy Cummin. Not pictured: Debbie Brewin-Wilson, David Eisner, sound tech and Emma Gormley, go-to office guru.


Director, Kathy DeAngelo
Kathy took over management of the Somerset Folk Harp Festival in July 2008 with the retirement of founder/director Gerry Serviente. She performed in the first Somerset and had been part of the festival as concert manager since 2002. Kathy has been playing the harp since 1984 and performing traditional Irish music since 1972. She has been actively engaged in the folk music scene in New Jersey since her Douglass College days, starting the Mine Street Coffeehouse in New Brunswick in 1973 and being the music director at the first New Jersey Folk Festival in 1975. In 2006 she rejoined the New Jersey Folk Festival as its music director, retiring from that position in 2014. Kathy teaches harp and runs You Gotta Have Harp Productions. She organizes the annual Harpers Escape Weekend, now in its 24th year, and previously organized and taught at the You Gotta Have Harp Summer Camp with Gloria Galante. When she is not teaching harp or performing with her husband Dennis in McDermott's Handy or working on the festival, she's a booking agent and concert producer. She and Dennis were inducted into Mid-Atlantic Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann Hall of Fame in 2014 and the Delaware Valley Irish Hall of Fame in 2015.


Gerry Serviente, Advisor

Gerry Serviente founded the Somerset Folk Harp Festival in 2001 and directed this major harp event until 2008. She has been a tireless promoter of the many facets and styles of the folk harp and she is acting as a talent and business advisor to Kathy DeAngelo. Her experience and input are invaluable assets to the festival.


Operations manager, Kim Adamson

Kim Adamson has been a part of Somerset since its inception. From coordinating the set up of the exhibitor and vendor mall through assisting at the concert stage, Kim is busy making sure that the festival runs smoothly.You'll seldom see her actually sitting down at Somerset.


If you think the festival is tiring for you, just imagine what our staff feels like! Lucy, Corinne and Laura are two of the busiest folks during the weekend. They staff the festival registration & merchandise tables from 8am-10pm and try to get in a workshop or two! You'll see plenty of them.

lauraenucoStaff, Lucy Cummin (left): Lucy is also involved in content development for our website. She played in the Delaware Valley Celtic Harp Orchestra when she lived in Philadelphia and now resides in Vermont, where she plays Irish music and teaches harp.

Laura Enuco (right): Laura was also a member of the Delaware Valley Celtic Harp Orchestra, which performed at the 2007 Somerset festival. She is a public school music teacher and resides in Pitman NJ, where she also teaches piano and harp.

corinne brandtCorinne Brandt (left): Corinne is a recent graduate of Bucknell University where she majored in history and music. She has been playing harp since grade school in Haddonfield NJ. She was a member of the Delaware Valley Celtic Harp Orchestra, is a former student of Kathy DeAngelo's and attended numerous Harpers' Escapes. She worked part-time at the Virginia Harp Center in Haddonfield. She now lives and works in Williamsburg, Virginia as an Americana Foundation Fellow at Colonial Williamsburg.

 

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Maureen Buscareno, Concert Manager

Maureen will be making sure that the concerts run smoothly and on time. She received her MA in Ethnomusicology from the University of Limerick under the guidance of Micheal O Suilleabhain. She also played in the Delaware Valley Celtic Harp Orchestra and has an MA in Music Education from Columbia University. She now teaches music at the Immaculate Heart Academy in Washington Township, NJ, where she started a harp program.


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  Staff on Stage in the Sunday concert in 2009: Lucy, Kathy and Laura


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David Eisner

We get rave reviews about the sound quality at our concerts and it's all due to the expertise and professionalism of our tech crew headed by David Eisner. Dave joined the festival in 2008 when it was in Alexandria, VA.

When he's not doing our festival, Dave is behind the House of Musical Traditions and Institute of Musical Traditions in Takoma Park, MD, the center of the folk music world in the metropolitan Washington DC area.