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

Presenters       Layne > Robertson

Josh Layne

OrtizEqually comfortable on the lever harp as on the pedal, this young Canadian harpist has become familiar to many in the "virtual" harp community for his his blog and the popular Harp Tuesday bi-weekly "how to play harp" video series on YouTube. He has a number of CDs to his credit besides his busy touring schedule which has taken him through the Americas and Europe. He came to last year's festival as an attendee and was excited to take workshops and get a chance to meet up with many of his followers. After Somerset he embarked on an East Coast tour and toured Europe in the fall. We've asked him to take some of his popular Harp Tuesday topics and turn them into workshops, giving you the opportunity to go beyond the virtual and connect personally. This is Josh's first appearance as a presenter at Somerset. Here's one of his slow-motion technique videos; look to do this "live" with Josh at Somerset.

Presenter website: Josh Layne

Cracking the Nutcracker: Tchaikovsky's cadenza
Level: Int. Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Listening and Lead Sheets
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Music Between the Notes
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sun. 9-10:30am   More Info   

Technique Tune-up on Scales and Trills
Level: Beg.-Int. Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

Lisa Lynne

lisa lynneLisa Lynne is a multi-instrumentalist and performer, recognized for composing memorable and heartwarming melodies on the Windham Hiill/Sony music labels that have repeatedly placed in the Top 10 & Top 20 on the Billboard New age music charts. Lisa’s music is heard throughout the award winning PBS special “Alone in the Wilderness,” amongst many other soundtracks for commercial television and independent films. Her work in therapeutic music has gained recognition from the national press and she is founder and director of “Harps for Hearts” an innovative music program that places live music and musicians in several California hospitals, including City of Hope National Cancer Center and several Kaiser Permanente locations. Lisa tours year round and performs regularly with Aryeh Frankfurter, Patrick Ball and the Windham Hill tours. In spite of a busy tour schedule, she manages to find the time to run her own record label Lavender Sky Music. Her blog is full of fun videos and escapades from her travels. She'll be performing in concert with Aryeh Frankfurter.

Presenter website: Lisa Lynne

Creating Music for Therapeutic Settings
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 9:30-11am   More Info   

DIY Music Business
Level: Any Type: Lecture When: Fri. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Perform with Confidence
Level: Any Type: Lecture When: Sat. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

Joanna Mell

joanna mellJoanna Mell's musical journey spans early training in classical harp, to Celtic harp, to singing in the Irish sean nos style (where she was a finalist in the All Ireland competition), to story-telling and harp therapy. Her dedication to the harp as a therapeutic instrument has led her to found the Heart of God Foundation whose mission is to bring music to those need, both physically and spiritually. She trains and certifies therapeutic harpists, and is moving back to the Philadelphia area in May to rejoin Grand View Hospice. Besides teaching she has six CDs of harp music and songs, and 11 books of arrangements (one, Still Waters is a book/CD pair) and also including Peaceful Piece and Peaceful Christmas.

Presenter website: Deep Peace Music

Love Your Levers
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sun. 9-10:30am   More Info   

Alfredo Rolando Ortiz

OrtizCuban born Alfredo Ortiz is one the leading Paraguayan harpists and has a multi-cultural repertoire which covers the folk, classical and popular music of many countries, in addition to his own compositions. He began playing the Venezuelan folk harp at 15, four years after his family emigrated there, and he eventually used music to support his medical studies. Dr. Ortiz also has a background in music therapy and sensory motor integration, which he draws on in his body/harp workshops. His compositions and publications are used in many schools and by many harp ensembles around the world. In 2008, he was commissioned by the Tenth World Harp Congress to compose a piece, which was then performed by 232 harpists at the Congress, breaking a record in the Guinness Book of World Records. When not performing with symphonies and orchestras, doing concerts or recording, Dr. Ortiz is traveling and doing lectures and master classes. In 2011, in honor of his 50 years of contributions to the harp community, Alfredo was awarded the very first Lifetime Achievement Award by the Somerset Folk Harp Festival.

Presenter website: Alfredo Rolando Ortiz

Cuban Rhythms & Spice
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Latin music techniques & fun effects
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Prevent Injury & Play Better and Faster
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

Prevent Injury & Play Better and Faster
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sun. 9-10:30am   More Info   

Laurie Riley

Laurie Riley is a long-time multi-instrumentalist who has toured extensively wearing a number of musical hats. In 1981 she saw the unique music possibilities of the harp and immersed herself in that world and has the distinction of being a pioneer in two different areas of the harp realm. Laurie led in the teaching and practice of therapeutic music as a bedside service in hospitals, and founded accredited therapeutic music certification programs that train musicians for hospital work. She was a charter member of the National Standards Board for Therapeutic Music. Laurie was instrumental, literally, in the creation of the contemporary double-strung harp in 1990 and has been a leading player and teacher of this instrument, with a must-have popular instructional video and music collections. The volume of her published CDs, videos and music books on a variety of topics in her sphere of influence is astounding and you'll be able to get them all at her festival booth in the Exhibit Hall. We have her for workshops on topics for which she is undoubtedly a leading expert and one of the reasons why she'll receive our Lifetime Achievement Award this year.

Presenter website: Laurie Riley Music

Arranging Music for Therapy
Level: Int. Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Body & Harp: Pain Free Hands & Arms
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Body & Harp: Pain Free Shoulders, Back and Neck
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Double-strung harp: Take it to the next level
Level: Int. Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Kim Robertson

Kim RobertsonAs one of the pioneers of the American folk harp, Kim Robertson’s style and approach to the instrument is uniquely personal and original. Trained classically on piano and orchestral harp, she brings a contemporary touch to both her original compositions and her arrangements of Celtic music. Her skill and stage presence as a performer has brought her a loyal following and she is an experienced and sensitive teacher as well. She has many CD’s, among them Highland Heart, Shady Grove and Shall We Gather as well as numerous volumes of harp arrangements and several instructional videos. Though she makes her home in Wisconsin, she spends a good deal of the year touring both as a solo artist and with other performers. Kim has presented and performed at nearly every Somerset festival, and with good reason! She's got a clear style and can get everybody, seemingly effortlessly, working together and learning with humor and grace. No matter what the topic, her workshops are packed.

Presenter website: Kim Robertson

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

Ask Me Anything
Level: Adv. Type: Lecture When: Fri. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Modal Improvisation
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Scottish Sampler
Level: Int. Type: Hands-on When: Thu. 1-2:30pm   More Info   

Syncopation Secrets
Level: Int-Adv Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

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