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    Staneslow > Witman

Sunita Staneslow

sunitaVersatility and a willingness to explore—different musical genres, different types of harps and different settings in which to play, characterize Sunita’s career. At eight Sunita was already deeply interested in music, playing flute, harp and piano. The next twenty years were spent studying mostly classical music, with such eminent harpists as Lucile Lawrence, Lily Laskine, and Judith Liber. While living in Jerusalem during the mid-'80's, Sunita began arranging various styles of Jewish music for the harp. More recently she has been working as a therapeutic musician in a children's hospital near Tel Aviv. She has participated in two studies to measure the effect of music on premature babies. Sunita has played under the baton of conductors such as Phillipe Brunelle and Claudio Abbado but her passion is traditional music. With more than a dozen recordings to choose from and many books of arrangements from classical, sacred, Celtic and Jewish music, Sunita has something to offer to every aspiring harper.

Presenter website: Sunita Staneslow

Blissful Tone & Phrasing
Level: Int. Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Breakout Bass lines
Level: Beg-Int Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

Getting Past Your Mistakes
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Music for Shabbat & Jewish Weddings
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Psalms of David (The Heavenly Harp Sunday add-on)
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sun. 9:15-10:30am   More Info   

Tomoko Sugawara

sugawaraTokyo-born Tomoko Sugawara began playing Irish harp when she was 12 and graduated from the Tokyo University of Fine Arts with concert harp as her main instrument. And in one of those wonderful life's moments that can change the musical path one is on, she discovered the ancient angular harp, called the kugo, and began her quest to revive the instrument. In 2007 The Asian Cultural Council gave her a grant to research it in New York. She plays a modern rendition of the instrument, which disappeared from the music world more than 300 years ago. She has played the kugo at major international venues, such as the World Harp Congress (in Prague and Amsterdam), Columbia, Harvard, and Princeton Universities, as well as The British Museum. She has two solo CDs of concert harp and the first ever recording of the kugo "Along the Silk Road".

Presenter website: Kugo Harp

Along the Silk Road with the Kugo: Listening Room
Level: Any Type: Concert When: Fri. 3:30-4:30pm   More Info   

Japanese Folk Songs
Level: Beg-Int Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Ornamenting Music: First Steps in Composing
Level: Beg-Int Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Ottoman pieces for harp
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

Anne Sullivan

anne sullivanWhen she was just 2 years old, Anne heard a harp on the radio and was immediately bitten by the harp bug. She knew that's what she wanted to do. Supportive parents and a great teacher and lots of playing got her to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Ironically, it was nearly getting kicked out of Curtis because nothing seemed to go right with her playing that opened up her professional calling with her business Harp Mastery. She spent that summer figuring out what she was doing wrong with her practicing and learned how to learn and get results. When she went back in the Fall she had fixed her playing and performance problems, and then graduated from Curtis and ended up teaching music theory and ear training there for 19 years. She developed her successful and popular Harp Mastery program, aimed at creating harp happiness. She skillfully manages her online presence and uses social media to reach out to the harp world, so be sure to get all of her advice in her workshops here at Somerset. She has a number of CDs, including classical, romantic and chamber music. Anne has attended Somerset many times and this is her first year as a presenter. You'll also be able to connect with her at her table in the Exhibit Hall.

Presenter website: Harp Mastery

Chords with Character
Level: Int. Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Frustration Free Practice
Level: Beg-Int Type: Hands-on When: Sun. 9-10:30am   More Info   

Sight-Reading Shortcuts
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

Virtual Success: Making Music Online
Level: Any Type: Lecture When: Sat. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Carol Thompson

Carol ThompsonCarol Thompson began playing classical harp at age 13, but other genres soon spoke to her.  Although better known for playing Irish music, a lifelong interest in medieval and renaissance history also led her to Early Music. She has been a long time performer with the Moravian College Collegium Musicum, and a guest artist with the Baltimore Consort. She taught Irish harp at the Augusta Heritage Workshops for many years and has five solo CDs to her credit.  Active as a side musician, she played with Paul Winter on his Grammy-winning CD “Celtic Solstice.”  Carol teaches privately in her Frenchtown NJ studio. She and Debbie Brewin-Wilson collaborated on the programming for our first Beginners Boot Camp on Thursday.   In addition to teaching her workshops at Somerset this year, she also has a table from which she’ll sell her handcrafted jewelry. 

Presenter website: Carol Thompson

Beginners Boot Camp
Level: Nov.-Beg Type: Hands-on When: Thurs. 10am-4:30pm   More Info   

Building Muscle Memory
Level: Beg. Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

Pop Tunes in a Snap
Level: Beg. Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Dennis Waring

dennis waringDr. Dennis Waring is passionate about all kinds of music and ethnic cultures, from all over the world. Armed with a PhD from Wesleyan University, he's an educator, ethnomusicologist, author, instrument maker, collector, performer, and arts consultant. His World Music Teacher Institutes often take him from coast to coast and he has taken two four-month journeys around the world as shipboard ethnomusicologist with the University of Virginia’s Semester At Sea program. His multi-instrumental proclivities gives him a musical range that includes classical, folk, jazz, and ethnic idioms. That wide-ranging musical passion led him to create Waring Music to provide access to a broad spectrum of musical and multicultural resources to the general public as well as educational institutions. We welcome Dennis back as a vendor as well as a presenter with his popular Build-a-Harp workshop, in which he assists interested participants in building their own harps right at the festival.

Presenter website: Waring Music

Build a Harp 1
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Build a Harp 2
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

Janet Witman

janetwitman Janet Witman has been a dedicated teacher and performer of both classical and lever harps for over four decades. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and West Chester University in harp performance and music education. Her Scots-Irish roots piqued her interest in the celtic harp and in 2000 she won the U.S. National Scottish Harp Championship and Scottish Open at Loon Mountain, NH. Her love of harp ensemble led her to organize and arrange music for the Brandywine Harp Orchestra and in 2009, she led the ensemble to perform at the Edinburgh Harp Festival in Scotland. Janet’s arrangements for solo harp and ensembles are played worldwide. She has performed and taught at Somerset before in addition to the Southeastern Harp Conference, WAFHS Getaway, and Ohio Scottish Arts School, among others. She recently became a certified music practitioner from the Music for Healing and Transition Program. She has CDs and numerous music books of her arrangements, which you can get at the festival desk during the weekend.

Performer website: Brandywine Harps

Count Me In!
Level: Beg.-Int. Type: Hands-on When: Sun. 9-10:30am   More Info   

Healthy Harping Hands
Level: Int. Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Labyrinth Finger Experience
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When:  Fri. 1:30-3pm  More Info   

Music of Thomas Moore
Level: Any Type: Lecture When:  Sat. 1:30-3pm  More Info   

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