Rhett Barnwell
  Debbie Brewin-Wilson
  Nicolas Carter
  Cynthia Cathcart
  Dominique Dodge
  David Eisner
  Edie Elkan
  Aryeh Frankfurter
  Laurence Furr
  Melinda Gardiner
  Martha Gallagher
  Maeve Gilchrist
  Robbin Gordon-Cartier
  Dennis Gormley
  Gráinne Hambly
  Shyamali Hauth
  Deborah Henson-Conant
  William Jackson
  Liza Jensen
  Kathy Kasley
  Josh Layne
  Lisa Lynne
  Joanna Mell
  Alfredo Rolando Ortiz
  Laurie Riley
  Kim Robertson
  Michael Rooney
  Sunita Staneslow
  Ellen Tepper
  Carol Thompson
  Sharon Thormahlen
  Dennis Waring

2017 Presenters    Check Back Jan.1, 2018
Aryeh Frankfurter

Aryeh undertook classical training on the violin at age 3. He studied under various master violinists and started exploring various ethnic and international musical genres as a teenager. He took up the harp at 15 and eventually taught himself to play a variety of stringed instruments including cittern and mandolin, and more recently the Swedish Nyckelharpa. He works full time as both a performer and audio engineer. He has 18 albums to his credit and two music books. He tours full time as a solo artist, with Lisa Lynne, Patrick Ball and the Windham Hill Winter Solstice Tours. In 2016 he and Lisa did a West Coast tour, which they highlighted in an article in the Folk Harp Journal capturing the flavor of what it was like being a touring musician "on the road." Grab a cup of coffee and watch their video of the tour.

Presenter website: Aryeh Frankfurter

Recording Basics
Level: Any Type: Lecture When: Sat. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Swedish Music Introduction
Level: Beg-Int. Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

Swedish Polskas
Level: Int.-Adv. Type: Hands-on When: Sun. 9-10:30am   More Info   

Laurence Furr

Like so many new converts to the harp, Laurence has an incredible musical pedigree. Not only is he director of Music Ministries and organist at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fort Worth, TX but his B.M. and M.M. is in pipe organ performance. A Fulbright scholar, he studied harpsichord in Madrid while working on his Ph.D., focusing on ways in which music affects humanity and culture, particularly in late 18th-century Madrid, Spain. Armed with numerous keyboard awards, over the last few years took up therapeutic harp, becoming a certified clinical musician in 2014. In 2016 he became a Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner through the IHTP program. He works at John Peter Smith Health Network in Fort Worth, playing in all departments including Emergency, Surgery, ICU, Trauma Unit, Cardiac Unit, Oncology Unit, NICU, and Psychiatric Unit. This is his second presenting on therapeutic harp topics.

Presenter website: Laurence Furr Music Studio

Making It as a Therapeutic Musician
Level: Any Type: Lecture When: Fri. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

Therapeutic Music & Native American flutes
Level: Any Type: Lecture When: Sat. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Using Harp with Children
Level: Any Type: Demo/Hands-on When: Sun. 9-10:30am   More Info   

Martha Gallagher

martha gallagherMartha is ‘gracious and gifted’ and plays with ‘joie de vivre,’ and is ‘an absolute gem of a performer." In 2003 Martha was invited to tour the US with the Chieftains, and along the way garnered plenty of applause just for herself. Touring the US on her own under a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, she has also competed in the Annual Edinburgh International Harp Festival on a Special Opportunities Grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts. With a deep background in many forms of music from classical to rock and roll, Martha has a BA in Music and is an experienced teacher and avid advocate of arts-in-ed and has presented programs for k-12 integrating music, history, Shakespeare, poetry and physics. Martha, who also sings, has numerous CDs, among them the intriguingly titled, The Wild Harps of Ireland and Songs from the Stones (which does not cover the Rolling Stones!). Check out this video of Martha's songwriting and performing acumen at our 2013 festival.

Presenter website: The Adirondack Harper

Improvising in a liturgical setting
Level: Beg.-Int. Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

Jazz Standards You Can Play
Level: Int. Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 3:30-5pm  More Info   

Songwriting & Creativity
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

Melinda Gardiner

melinda gardinerFor Melinda Gardiner the harp is more than a musical instrument, it is also a partner in healing. Executive Director of the Music for Healing and Transition Program, she is trained as a holistic nurse as well as being a CMP (Certified Music Practitioner). Melinda uses harp music to diminish pain, aid sleep, restore balance, harmony and peacefulness for patients in a variety of stressful situations: pre and post-surgery, birthing, drug-infusion, ICU/CCU, Alzheimer's and dementia and for hospice and palliative care. For each patient’s needs and situation she can choose just the right harp, from the wire-strung harp of Scotland and Ireland, to a small Gothic harp or a large, resonant lever harp. In her home area of the Albany/Hudson/Berkshire area, Melinda provides vocal and harp music for special ceremonies and celebrations and she is also a cantor and liturgical musician. With Bruce Gardiner she has created of retreats featuring Centering Prayer and Taize sung-prayer. In a joint collaboration with Mona Peck, CMP, Melinda has published Shadow's of the Living Light: Songs of Saint Hildegard of Bingen, six songs, with Gregorian and modern musical notation for ease of comparison and study.

Presenter website: Music for Healing and Transition Program

Day in the Life of a Therapeutic Musician
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Gregorian Modes & Psalm Tones
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

St. Hildegard of Bingen & Her Music
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

Maeve Gilchrist

gilchristMaeve Gilchrist thrives on innovation and improvisation - what she fondly calls "my musical patchwork quilt." Steeped from an early age in both classical and traditional music, Edinburgh-born Maeve Gilchrist discovered jazz in her late teens which she pursued at Berklee School of Music in Boston where she also studied voice, percussion and Latin American music. She subsequently became Berklee's first lever harp instructor. Maeve has stretched the traditional boundaries of the harp and has been credited as an innovator of the Clarsach (Scottish Harp) due to her chromatic style of playing and improvising. Now living in New York City, Maeve is touring regularly with her own project and giving workshops worldwide. Performance highlights include the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, The World Harp Congress, and the Celtic Connections Festival. You've seen on the Somerset stage in numerous artistic configurations with other artists, including the last time here with dancer Nic Gareiss. She collaborates and performs with so many artists across so many kinds of musical genres that we have a hard time keeping up with her! She now has four CDs out as well as several instructional books published by Hal Leonard Music.

Presenter website: Maeve Gilchrist Music

Core Arpeggios
Level: Int-Adv Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 1:30-3pm  More Info   

Elements of Jazz & Improvisation I
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Secrets to Practicing
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Rhythm Workout
Level: Int-Adv Type: Hands-on When: Sun. 9-10:30am   More Info   

Robbin Gordon-Cartier

robbinJoyful, centered, and a consummate musician are words that describe the presence and playing of Robbin Gordon-Cartier.   Dedicated early to the study of the harp, Gordon-Cartier spent long summers as a young harpist in Ireland studying at the Royal Irish Academy.  Since then she has appeared nationally and internationally everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the National Symphony of Santo Domingo, at events honoring Lord Guiness, Cicely Tyson and Sir James Galway.   She plays frequently at churches and gospel events. Robbin teaches an extensive and very successful harp program in the East Orange School District's Cicely Tyson's School of the Performing Arts where she works to bring the harp to the attention of a wide variety of young people, busting stereotypes. Robbin led our Youth Harp Program in 2014 and 2015 and has led the Teacher's Symposium for 2 years.  Robbin has a CD out, Just As I Am.

Harp Ensemble for Everybody
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Thurs. 3-4:30pm   More Info   

I Always Wanted to Play the Harp
Level: Beg. Type: Demo When: Fri. 10-11am   More Info   

I Always Wanted to Play the Harp
Level: Beg. Type: Demo When: Sat. 10-11am   More Info   

Rhythms & Sight-Reading
Level: Beg-Int. Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Scintillating Special Effects
Level: Int. Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Weddings from Soup to Nuts
Level: Any Type: Lecture When: Fri. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

Dennis Gormley

Dennis Gormley is a talented multi-instrumentalist who has been a fixture on the Philadelphia folk music scene for over 40 years. He has been performing traditional Irish music with his wife (and festival director) Kathy DeAngelo as McDermott's Handy since 1978. He is a well-respected teacher of traditional music and regularly teaches classes for the Delaware Valley chapter of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann as well as co-teaching at the young musicians session at the Irish Center in Philadelphia. He and Kathy anchor NJ's longest continuously running Irish session, now at the Treehouse in Audubon NJ. Dennis and Kathy were inducted into the Mid-Atlantic Comhaltas Hall of Fame in 2014 and into the Delaware Valley Irish Hall of Fame in November 2015. McDermott's Handy has two CDs, Come Take the Byroads and Bound for Amerikay and Dennis has many other recording credits in other genres with other artists as well. Besides presenting non-harp workshops at the festival, you'll frequently see Dennis being busy with festival logistics as part of our very dedicated festival staff.

Presenter website: McDermott's Handy

Playing in an Irish Session for Other Instruments
Level: Int. Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

Try the Tinwhistle
Level: Beg. Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

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