Erik Ask-Upmark
  Rhett Barnwell
  Debbie Brewin-Wilson
  Nikolaz Cadoret
  Dominique Dodge
  Madeleine Doherty
  David Eisner
  Edie Elkan
  Patrice Fisher
  Laurence Furr
  Maeve Gilchrist
  Robbin Gordon-Cartier
  Dennis Gormley
  Rachel Hair
  Gráinne Hambly
  Shyamali Hauth
  Nancy Hurrell
  William Jackson
  Liza Jensen
  Kathy Kasley
  Joanna Mell
  Sam Milligan
  Maire niChathasaigh
  Jocelyn Obermeyer
  Alfredo Rolando Ortiz
  Karen Peterson
  Kim Robertson
  Sunita Staneslow
  Tomoko Sugawara
  Anne Sullivan
  Carol Thompson
  Dennis Waring
  Janet Witman

2018 Presenters    Elkan > Gormley

Edie Elkan

edie elkan Sometimes a particular experience will connect with existing skills in such a way that a person will embark in an entirely new but inspired path. Such is the case for Edie Elkan, who with a strong background in music, experience as a teacher of piano, and an early grounding in playing the harp, found herself first, returning to the harp to assuage her own grief, and then discovering that the harp was being used in medical environments which in turn led her to found Bedside Harp in 2002, a New Jersey, hospital-based harp therapy program. In 2005 Elkan was recognized by the Society for the Arts in Health Care for her work at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s cancer center, where, in a research project, she discovered that patients who listened to live harp music while receiving chemotherapy were less anxious that those patients who did not. Edie has published Everything You Ever Wanted to Know (about Harp Therapy) and her master’s thesis: The Edie Elkan Method of Teaching Folk Harp as an Instrument of Healing. Also available is a 4-set CD Oodles of Noodles, a recording of a workshop on ‘noodling’ presented by Edie in 2006.

Presenter website: Bedside Harp

Therapeutic Harp By Ear
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Therapeutic Harp in Healthcare
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Thurs. 1-2:30pm   More Info   

Harpist, Heal Thyself!
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

Patrice Fisher

patrice fisher There are many sides to this New Orleans composer/harpist. It's not unusual to see her play a staid classical gig in the morning and a smoky music club at night. Primarily a jazz harpist, Patrice Fisher favors the music of Brazil and Cuba, saying that not only is the harp ‘comfortable’ harmonically with the music, but that she herself is drawn to the complexities and syncopations: “that’s what makes you want to dance.” Patrice is based in New Orleans where she has been composing and performing since the early 1980’s. In addition to her harping gigs, she is the producer of the Harptalk radio series.She has also appeared at numerous international jazz festivals with the band “Arpa” in locations such as Bolivia, Cancun and Guatemala. Patrice has 14 CDs of original music out, the latest being ‘Sunset’. She and her husband Carlos created the Arpas En Armonia project, a non-profit that since 2003 has created harp teachers, supported local harp-building, and a harp school for youngsters in Guatemala. She and Carlos will perform in her Arpa Quartet in the Saturday night concert.

Presenter website: Patrice Fisher

Amplification & Recording Strategies
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sun. 9-10:30am   More Info   

Improvising on Latin Dance Tunes
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Play the Blues
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Rhythmic Improvisation
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

Laurence Furr

Dr. Laurence Furr 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 getting his Ph.D in music and art history. He found his passion as a therapeutic musician, becoming a Certified Clinical Musician in 2014 through the Harps for Healing program and in 2016 became a Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner through IHTP, a program in which he now mentors. He works at JPS Health Network in Fort Worth, playing in Surgery, Emergency, ICU, NICU, Trauma, Cardiac, Oncology, and Psychiatric Units. He is on the Board of Advisors for Andrew Schulman’s Medical Musician Initiative. Surgeons at JPS requested Laurence record a CD of original improvisations, which he has now released, called Ylang Ylang, with each meditation being inspired by an essential oil. Laurence is a certified aromatherapist.This is his third year at Somerset as a presenter on therapeutic harp topics.

Presenter website: Laurence Furr Music Studio

Therapeutic Harp Improvisation & Synesthesia
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Therapeutic Celtic Circle of Modes
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Therapeutic Musician’s Workday
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Thurs. 3-4:30pm   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 her on the Somerset stage in numerous artistic configurations with other artists, including 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

Create and Compose
Level: Int. Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Fast Fingers
Level: Int-Adv Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

Modes Demystified
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Secrets to Effective Practicing
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 3:30-5pm   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: Sat. 10-11am   More Info   

Scintillating Special Effects
Level: Int. Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Scriptures from the Harp (The Heavenly Harp Sunday Special add-on)
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sun. 4:30-5:30pm   More Info   

Teacher's Symposium: Practical Teaching Guide #1
Level: Any Type: Lecture When: Fri. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Teacher's Symposium: Practical Teaching Guide #2
Level: Any Type: Lecture When: Sat. 3:30-5pm   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. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

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

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