2017 Presenters to be announced January 1
  Debbie Brewin-Wilson
  Nicolas Carter
  David Eisner
  Edie Elkan
  Melinda Gardiner
  Maeve Gilchrist
  Robbin Gordon-Cartier
  Dennis Gormley
  Gráinne Hambly
  Shyamali Hauth
  Deborah Henson-Conant
  William Jackson
  Liza Jensen
  Kathy Kasley
  Alfredo Rolando Ortiz
  Laurie Riley
  Kim Robertson
  Sunita Staneslow
  Carol Thompson
  Dennis Waring
Presenters       Harbison >Kasley

Janet Harbison

janet harbisoncamacJanet's appearance is sponsored in part by Camac Harps.
We are thrilled to collaborate with Camac Harps to present Ireland's Janet Harbison in her first appearance at our festival. For more than 30 years, Janet Harbison has been a leading exponent of traditional music on the Irish harp. She moved beyond winning all the major national harp competitions in Ireland to international competitions to performing internationally, went on to composing music for films, and then received a doctorate from Queens University in Belfast on Irish harp and the political life of Ireland in the late 18th century. She is probably best known for founding the Belfast Harp Orchestra in 1992 to bring together musicians from both sides of the border in Ireland to promote peace in Northern Ireland. The orchestra toured for ten years all over the world and recorded and toured with the Chieftains, which resulted in the Grammy-award winning album "Celtic Harp." She moved to the Republic of Ireland in 2002 and set up the Irish Harp Centre in Limerick. Janet has been steadily composing works for the Belfast Harp Orchestra and others and her huge repertoire of newly composed works and published CDs and books are way too numerous to mention here! Her work with ensembles is legendary so don't pass up the opportunity to take her ensemble workshops at Somerset.

Presenter website: Irish Harp Centre

Harp Aerobics with Chimes (added 6/22)
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

Irish Harp Ensemble 1
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Irish Harp Ensemble 2 (cancelled)
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

Learning by Ear
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Playing Harp in an Irish Session
Level: Int. Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Shyamali Hauth

shyamali hauthShyamali Roy Hauth is the founder of Mahari Yoga, a Yoga Teacher Training Program located in southern Illinois near St Louis. She teaches yoga and Indian classical dance as well as trains the next generation of yoga teachers. She has worked with a variety of musicians and dancers and has developed yoga techniques to enhance their performance as well as reduce chronic use stress. Born in India, she learned from Guru Pankaj Charan Das, and later was certified in the Himalayan Institute tradition through Omaha Yoga and Body Work Center. She has a Masters in Human Resource Management and spent 10 years on active duty in the US Air Force. As with all our presenters she has a harp connection, of course! Shyamali began playing harp late in life, when she and her daughter both took lessons with Kathy DeAngelo, now festival director.

Presenter website: Mahari Yoga

Performance Anxiety & Stress Reduction with yoga
Level: Any Type: Demo When: Fri. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Yoga in the morning 1
Level: Any Type: Demo When: Fri. 8am   More Info   

Yoga in the morning 2
Level: Any Type: Demo When: Sat. 8am   More Info   

Deborah Henson-Conant

deborah henson-conant Last year's workshop with Deborah were so well received, we've asked her to do it again! Since 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.” We welcome Deborah back to our faculty to challenge you to boldly go where no harper has gone before. She'll do four workshops for us and then present her own special Sunday program.

Presenter website: Deborah Henson-Conant

Amp it up!
Level: Any. Type: Hands-On When: Sat. 1:30-3pm   More Info

Arrange Yourself
Level: Any Type: Hands-On When: Fri. 1:30-3pm   More Info

Intro to the Blues
Level: Any. Type: Hands-On When: Fri. 9:30-11am   More Info

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

Sunday Special: Blues Improv Immersion
Level: Any Type: Hands-On When: Sun. 9am-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 Other Instruments
Level: Int-Adv Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 9:30-11am More Info

Composing in a Traditional Style
Level: Int-Adv Type: Hands-on When:Sat. 3:30-5pm More Info

Scottish Harp Music of the 17th Century
Level: Int Type: Hands-on When: Thurs. 1-2:30pm More Info

Using the Small Harp in Music Therapy
Level: Any Type: Lecture When: Fri. 1:30-3pm 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 lizacjensen@gmail.com or call her at 917-696-5974

DIY harp maintenance 1: Knot Tying
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 11:15am-12pm   More Info   

DIY harp maintenance 2: Tuning
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 11:15am-12pm   More Info   

Harp Regulation & Maintanence
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 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 fourth 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: Swim When: Fri. 7:30am   More Info   

Water Workout
Level: Any Type: Swim When: Sat. 7:30am   More Info   

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