Richard Ash
  Elizabeth Asmus
  Debbie Brewin-Wilson
  Nicolas Carter
  Jaque Davison
  Meriç Dönük
  David Eisner
  Edie Elkan
  Laurence Furr
  Melinda Gardiner
  Maeve Gilchrist
  Robbin Gordon-Cartier
  Dennis Gormley
  Gráinne Hambly
  Janet Harbison
  Shyamali Hauth
  Deborah Henson-Conant
  William Jackson
  Liza Jensen
  Kathy Kasley
  Tristan LeGovic
  Kathleen Loughnane
  Alfredo Rolando Ortiz
  Felice Pomeranz
  Sue Richards
  Laurie Riley
  Kim Robertson
  Anne Roos
  Sunita Staneslow
  Salieu Suso
  Carl Swanson
  Marcie Swift
  Carol Thompson
  Dennis Waring

Can't make it to Somerset?
You Gotta Have Harp invites you to the
Harpers' Escape Weekend
October 7-9, 2016

Presenters       Ash > Eisner

Richard Ash (Rich Carty will substitute for Richard Ash)

Due to a death in the family Richard has had to cancel his appearance. Rich Carty and Pinelands Folk Music have kindly agreed to substitute for Richard & Folkcraft. 7/15/16. Richard Ash is the owner of Folkcraft Instruments, which has a booth in our Exhibit Hall for the third year. Folkcraft makes a variety of stringed and fretted instruments, including Appalachian dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, bowed psaltery, kantele, dulcilele, and ukulele. Armed with a music education degree from The Ohio State University, Richard was a school band director, so he really knows how to teach a group workshop! He's been teaching dulcimer, ukulele, harmonica and tin whistle instructor and is frequently "on the road" taking Folkcraft to festivals all across the country and performing and presenting. Richard is also the organizer of multiple music festivals. You'll find him in our Exhibit Hall most of the weekend, except when he's teaching our dulcimer workshop offering.

Presenter website: Folkcraft Instruments

Appalachian Dulcimer for Everybody:
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 3:30pm.   More Info

Elizabeth Asmus (sorry, but her appearance is cancelled due a family medical emergency 7/13/16)

Harrisburg, PA is quite the hub of harpdom and Elizabeth Asmus is an active part of that scene as a professional and symphony harpist with a vibrant private teaching studio. Her Julliard credentials include a Master's degree and her background as harpist in theatrical productions and orchestras has given her an extensive and varied repertoire ranging from classical to popular to sacred music. Elizabeth is an adjunct professor at at Gettysburg and Elizabethtown colleges. Her work as solo accompanist for the Rooke Chapel Choir of Bucknell University has resulted in two recordings and PBS broadcasts of five different programs, two of which were nominated for an Emmy. Besides performing with orchestras all over Pennsylvania, she's holding down a teaching schedule in her own studio and is also certified as a Therapeutic Musician under the auspices of the Music for Healing and Transition Program. Elizabeth last taught at Somerset in 2008 when she presented at our Teacher's Symposium that year. Her two volumes of Christmas carols will be published by Afgan Press.We're glad to welcome her back.

Presenter website: Elizabeth Asmus

Express Yourself Musically
Level: Int. Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Fun Special Effects for Harp 
Level: Beg. Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Teach Your Students to be their own Teacher 
Level: Int. Type: Lecture & Hands-on When: Fri. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Debbie Brewin-Wilson

“My Muse, tho' hamely in attire, May touch the heart." said Robert Burns. There is nothing ‘hamely’ about Debbie’s artistry as a musician and singer, and the combination of these skills with her passion for Robert Burns results in music that echoes ‘the wood note wild’ as Burns describes the natural and unpretentious singing he liked best. An experienced performer and teacher, Debbie’s repertoire also includes many traditional Scots ballads and Scottish jigs, reels, and strathspeys as well. She is also an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church, her current congregation being in Maryland. To date, she has three solo CDs, Dream of Caledonia, Roots and Wings, and Love Came Down at Christmas, a mix of original and traditional songs. Cofounder, with Kathy DeAngelo of the Harper’s Escape (and co-author of the Escape tunebook, Ten Years of Tunes). Debbie has also published three song and harp arrangement collections: Burns for Bairns and Wood Notes Wild and her newest Harp of My King, a compilation of Celtic Tunes New & Old for Christian Worship, which also includes a CD companion.


Presenter website: Debbie Brewin-Wilson

Basically Beginning I
Level: Nov.-Beg Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Basically Beginning II
Level: Nov.-Beg Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Basically Beginning III
Level: Nov.-Beg Type: Hands-on When: Sun. 9-10:30am   More Info   

Celtic Service
Level: Any Type: When: Sun. 8am   More Info   

Singing with the Saints
Level: Beg-Int. Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Nicolas Carter

nicolas carter At home in two cultures, Nicolas Carter was raised in Asuncion, Paraguay, where he learned to play the Paraguayan harp and in Minnesota. His principal teacher Isidro Caballero (Father to Paraguay's harp genius Nicolasito) taught him in the traditional folk style of learning by ear, an “ideal way for me to learn, every note I have to hear and feel it.” Playing professionally since 1988 in a variety of settings, as accompanist to singer Lizza Bogado, to playing in a various trios and groups from “Son del Sur” (Song from the South, Latin-American folk music), and “Los Amigos” (traditional Mexican music) to ” Nube” (New World Fusion). As a solo harpist, Nicolas has had concerts in Europe, the United States, and Latin America. Nicolas combines his passion for music with a deep interest in theatre, and indeed, holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Direction from the University of Minnesota. His CD’s, more than a dozen, reflect the several musical idioms from Latin to Fusion in which he is fluent. We welcome Nicolas back after an absence of a few years, since he moved to Asuncion Paraguay where he is now teaching.

Presenter website: Nicolas Carter

Paraguayan music class I
Level: Int Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

Paraguayan music class II
Level: Int Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

Paraguayan music class III
Level: Int Type: Hands-on When: Sun. 9-10:30am   More Info   

Storytelling with Your Harp
Level: Int Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Jaque Davison

jaque davisonJaque Davison is the owner of Davison Associates which builds virtual-reality worlds using ActiveWorlds software. Mr. Davison has thirty years experience in 3D construction and virtual worlds. He completed award-winning projects for the U.S. Army, Florida Central University and private businesses. He also creates virtual worlds for training and education. He is heavily involved in developing information management techniques strongly integrating content on the Web with 3-D environments. This is his third year presenting at Somerset on a virtual harp world that he has created as a resource for harpists. He is a harp student and, for the last seven years, studies with Nanette Gibbs in Alexandria Virginia.

Wide World of Harp on the Web
Level: any Type: Lecture When: Fri. 12:15-1:15pm   More Info   

Wide World of Harp on the Web
Level: Any Type: Lecture When: Sat. 12:15-1:15pm   More Info   


Meriç Dönük

meric donukEver expanding our international harp horizons, this year Somerset welcomes Meriç Dönük from Mersin, Turkey. While acclaimed for her achievements in the classical pedal harp tradition, Meriç has also pursued an innovative and lively exploration of jazz-folk fusion, deriving her inspiration from the music of her country. She plays this repertoire, ranging from traditional Turkish music to jazz standards with jazz ensembles in Istanbul, including Elişi (Handcraft). Ms Dönük is the secretary for The Association for the Art of the Harp in Turkey and has performed within the project titled “In Tune with the Harp!” run by the association through funds made possible by the İstanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency.

Presenter website: Meriç Dönük

Arranging Turkish Music
Level: Int-Adv Type: Hands-on When: Sun. 9-10:30am   More Info   

Traditional Turkish Music & Rhythms
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Traditional Turkish Music 101
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Turkish Music Scales & Improvisation
Level: Int-Adv Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

David Eisner

david eisnerDaivd Eisner is a long-time "folkie" whose passion for acoustic music makes him one heckuva great sound technician and why he's been our sound guy since 2008. As the founder of the Institute of Musical Traditions and the House of Music Traditions in Takoma Park, MD, David has been an integral part of the folk music scene in the Washington DC area for decades. He's been on the board of the Folklore Society of Greater Washington (FSGW ) since 1984 and is regularly recognized by the Washington Area Music Association for his contributions to the music community as a sound engineer, concert producer and business executive. We're having Dave reprise a really popular workshop he's done for us on sound gear and how to be heard!

Sound Decisions on Amps & Sound Gear
Level: Any Type: Lecture & demo but bring your harp When: Sat. 3:30-5pm   More Info   


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