Richard Ash
  Rhett Barnwell
  Angi Bemiss
  Bonnie Berk
  Debbie Brewin-Wilson
  Edmar Castañeda
  Jaque Davison
  Sarah Deere-Jones
  Candyce Dunham
  Edie Elkan
  Jakez François
  Melinda Gardiner
  Robbin Gordon-Cartier
  Dennis Gormley
  Gráinne Hambly
  Shyamali Hauth
  Deborah Henson-Conant
  Trista Hill
  William Jackson
  Liza Jensen
  Kathy Kasley
  Lynda Kuckenbrod
  Lynne Lapidus
  Tristan LeGovic
  Marianne McShane
  Joanna Mell
  Áine Minogue
  Alfredo Rolando Ortiz
  Kim Robertson
  Gerry Serviente
  Sunita Staneslow
  Carol Thompson
  Sharon Thormahlen
  Zoe Vandermeer
  Frank Voltz
  Dennis Waring
  Sarajane Williams
  Sylvia Woods


  Can't make it to Somerset?
You Gotta Have Harp invites you to the
Harpers' Escape Weekend
October 2-4, 2015


Presenters       Henson-Conant >Lapidus

Deborah Henson-Conant

deborah henson-conantSince one reviewer called her the ‘wild woman of the harp,’ Deborah describes herself as being "cross-genre: jazz-pop-comedy-blues-flamenco-celtic.” During her impressive career which includes a CD that was nominated for a Grammy, Deborah has brought the harp out of the demure background and into the electric limelight! Mixing music and theatre Deborah performs solo or with a symphony with equal ease. When orchestrating her own music, she often engages symphonic musicians in unexpected ways. Writes another reviewer “her life, her shows, her instrument, her workshops, and her music are all about transformation.” Expect Deborah to be a dynamic member of this year’s Somerset guest-performers and faculty--encouraging and challenging us to boldly go where no harper has gone before. In addition to her four workshops at Someset, the festival is also collaborating with Deborah to present her new Improv Immersion Experience special Sunday program add-on as part of our first full day on Sunday.

Presenter website: Deborah Henson-Conant

Funky Vamps
Level: Int-Adv Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 9:30-11am   More Info

Intro to the Blues
Level: Any. Type: Hands-On When: Fri. 1:30-3pm   More Info

Muse to Marketplace
Level: Any Type: Lecture When: Sat. 1:30-3pm   More Info

Perform with Passion
Level: Any Type: Hands-On When: Fri. 9:30-11am   More Info

Special Sunday Event: Improv Immersion Experience with Deborah Henson-Conant
Level: Int-Adv Type: Hands-on When: Sun. 9am-5pm More Info

Corrina Hewat

corrina hewatDue to illness, we regret that Ms. Hewat is forced to cancel her appearance. Look for her at a future festival.camac

Corrina's appearance is sponsored in part by Camac Harps.
Corrina Hewat, brought up in the Black Isle in the Highlands of Scotland, is Principal Scottish Harp Tutor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She wears many musical hats: being a singer, songwriter, composer and musical director, recording artist, collaborator and workshop presenter. In 2013 she won the Music Tutor of the Year at the Scots Trad Awards and is in demand teaching across Europe and the US. Corrina is a founder member of bands Bachué, Chantan, Shine and Scots 17-piece big band supergroup The Unusual Suspects (nominated Live Act of the Year 2005). She has been commissioned to write 14 large-scale works for ensembles, and now also runs HarmonySong courses across Scotland, having great success with groups of up to 150 people at one time. She has recorded over 40 albums under her own name, her bands and as a session musician and sung with numerous other recording artists like Eddi Reader, Peggi Seeger, and Bobby McFerrin. She has conducted and performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London; judges at the Inverness Music Festival, Royal National Mod, for the Scottish Harp Society of America,and Dinan Rencontre Harp Composer Competition.

Presenter website: Corrina Hewat

Corrina's workshop timeslots are being filled by Aine Minogue.

Cool Stuff on the Harp cancelled
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 9:30am   More Info

Creating Accompaniments to Your Own Singing cancelled
Level: Int. Type: Hands-On When: Fri. 1:30pm   More Info

Scottish Lullabies cancelled
Level: Beg-Int Type: Hands On When: Sun. 9-10:30am   More Info

Singing Harmony cancelled
Level: Any Type: Demo When: Thurs. 3-4:30pm   More Info

Trista Hill

trista hillCreativity forms the central tenet of Trista Hill's professional life both as a musician and as fine artist. She has two Bachelor degrees: one in art and the other in music as a board certified music therapist. Her extensive harp repertoire includes classical, Brazilian, jazz, popular selections, and her own compositions when she's not playing jazz and rock in some local bands around her home of Columbus. Ohio. Trista says she is primarily an improviser; her music and artwork being influenced by traditional methods and her exploration of movement, writing, and the inner workings of performance. She uses these elements to help individuals and groups discover new ways of creating in her coaching practice. In 2011, Trista toured with Deborah Henson-Conant, offering performances and a creativity workshop they developed together called Fireworks for the Creative Spirit. She is the US representative of the Jazz Harp Foundation, which will have a booth in the Exhibit Hall.

Presenter website: Trista Hill

Creative Composition
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sun. 9-10:30am  More Info

Harpy Little Big Band 1
Level:Any Type: Hands-On When: Fri. 1:30-3pm   More Info

Harpy Little Big Band 2
Level: Any Type: Hands On When: Sat. 3:30-5pm   More Info

William Jackson

william jacksonSimply listing William Jackson’s achievements, as musician, performer and composer can’t come close to capturing the brilliant spirit, musical intelligence, dry wit, and sympathy that he brings to every instrument he plays, piece he composes and class he teaches. Although the harp is his primary instrument, Billy’s knowledge and experience allows him to move comfortably from the bouzouki to the tin whistle. In 1976 he was a founding member of Ossian, a breakthrough Scottish band. His richly woven and bold compositions, The Wellpark Suite, St. Mungo, Inchcolm, and A Scottish Island, reveal him as a master of orchestration with a sensitivity to contemporary tastes and the traditional idiom. In 1999 his composition 'Corryvreckan' from the album Inchcolm was included on Fiona Ritchie's favourites collection, "The Best of The Thistle & Shamrock, Volume 1." More recently he composed “Fantasia on Scottish Themes” for the Asheville Symphony Orchestra” in North Carolina. He is now living in Ireland. His 2009 CD with Grainne Hambly debuted at Somerset. Besides many CDs he also has one book, Scottish Traditional Music, complementary to the CD The Ancient Harp of Scotland. In 2008 he joined the staff at You Gotta Have Harp's Harpers' Escape Weekend.

Presenter website: William Jackson

Accompanying dance music and song
Level: Int-Adv Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 3:30pm More Info

Ancient Prayers and Blessings from the Hebrides
Level: Int-Adv Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 1:30pm  More Info

Composing in a Traditional Style
Level: Int-Adv Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 9:30-11am More Info

Music Therapy Overview
Level: Any Type: Lecture When: Thurs. 9:30am More Info

Scottish Harp Music of the 18th Century
Level: Int-Adv Type: Hands-on When: Thurs. 3pm More Info

Liza Jensen

lisa jensenLiza has studied harp maintenance and mechanics privately under the tutelage of master harp builders Pat Dougal and John Pratt. She has worked out in California with Triplett Harps and is a warranty repair service for their company. She is the only American woman to be invited by Jakez Francois, president of Camac Harps, the most innovative harp manufacturer in the world, to become a warranty repair service for their company.

Liza will be doing harp regulation and string changing at the festival by appointment. You can contact her in advance at or call her at 917-696-5974

DIY Harp Maintenance 1: Knot Tying
Level: Any. Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 11:15am-noon   More Info

DIY Harp Maintenance 2: Tuning
Level: Any. Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 11:15am-noon   More Info

Harp Regulation Tutorial
Level: Any. Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 9:30-11am  More Info

Kathy Kasley

kathy kasleyKathy Kasley is a certified U.S. Water Fitness Association instructor, and has been teaching water exercise in the Williamsburg VA area. She plays Celtic harp and has become a certified music practitioner with MHTP and plays harp in hospitals and hospice in her area. As a harpist with arthritis, she has found that exercise can profoundly help hand articulation and the ability to continue to play with ease. This is Kathy's third year at Somerset leading this morning workshop at the pool for the early risers at the festival.

Presenter website: Kathy Kasley

Water Workout
Level: Any. Type: Swimming When: Fri. & Sat. 7:30am  More Info

Lynda Kuckenbrod

lynda kuckenbrodLynda Kuckenbrod is a multi-instrumentalist whose entry into the therapeutic harp world began serendipitously when she took her harp to play for her hospitalized mother and noticed its effects on her. She got started in therapeutic harp by enrolling in a training program and now has certifications as a Healthcare Musician, Clinical Musician, Vibro~Acoustic Harp Therapy Practitioner and a Holistic Sound Healer.She is the director of the Therapy Harp Training Program, LLC and has developed the Therapy Harp Training Program, which trains musicians in the techniques of playing healing music at the bedside, and has a self-guided course.The Therapy Harp Training Program will have a table in the Exhibit Hall at the festival.

Presenter website: Therapy Harp Training Program

Thursday Therapeutic Harp Forum
Level: Any Type: Lecture When: Thurs. 9am-5pm  More Info

Everything is Vibration
Level: Any Type: Lecture When: Sat. 9:30am  More Info

Lynne Lapidus

lynne lapidus“A harp wrapped in a Tallis” is planned for the cover of Lynne Lapidus’ first CD, which will be harp arrangements of liturgical Jewish music, including a melody she says ‘I literally learned at the left knee’ of Elie Wiesel. Descended from a long line of professional women musicians (her grandmother sang for the Tzar!) Lynne played piano from a young age, studied guitar in college and has been singing semi-professionally most of her life, including musical theatre and program music. Later, discovering the folk harp, Lynne studied with Odarka Stockert and immediately began using it in synagogue services. She is planning three CD’s, one liturgical, one Yiddish and one modern Hebrew. It's our pleasure at the festival to give loyal festival-goers the opportunity to present a music topic in which they have deep roots and feel very passionate about. This is Lynne's third year presenting on a Jewish music topic.

Presenter website: Lynne Lapidus

Jewish Holiday Music
Level: Beg-Int. Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 3:30-5pm  More Info

Jewish Wedding Music for Harp and Voice
Level: Beg-Int. Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 9:30-11am  More Info

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