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       Rooney> Waring

Michael Rooney

michael rooneyWe're thrilled to have Michael Rooney back to Somerset. Michael performs with his wife, flute player June McCormick, and rhey have toured extensively as Draíocht, having performed throughout the States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Together as Draíocht, Michael Rooney and June McCormack have recorded two CDs: ‘Draíocht’ and ‘Land’s End’. Their last appearance at Somerset was in 2008. Michael Rooney is a prolific composer and is widely regarded as one of the foremost players of the traditional Irish harp. Originally from Scotstown, Co. Monaghan and now resident in Sligo, Michael has composed nine suites of music in the past 15 years, including ‘The Reconciliation Suite’ for Prince Charles’ Visit to Sligo (2015), ‘Boróimhe’ (2014), ‘The De Cuellar Suite’ (2011) and most recently Macalla 1916, commemorating the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, which was commissioned by Comhaltas Britain. Michael was just named the prestigious 2017 Gradam Ceoil TG4 Composer of the Year.

Presenter website: Draiocht Music

Composing & Arranging Tips & Tricks
Level: Int-Adv Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Irish Accompaniment Techniques
Level: Int. Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

The Jig is Up!
Level: Int. Type: Hands-on When: Thurs. 3-4:30pm   More Info   

New Tunes with Michael (cancelled)
Level: Int-Adv Type: Hands-on When: Sun. 9-10:30am   More Info   

Playing Harp in an Irish Session
Level: Int. Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

Reel Deal Reel Fast
Level: Int-Adv Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 9:30-11am   More Info   

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

Bass lines: going up, going down?
Level: Beg-Int. Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Blissful Tone & Timing
Level: Int. Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Fingering Tips & Tricks
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Professionals’ Toolbox: Working Well with Others
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sun. 9-10:30am   More Info   

Ellen Tepper

ellen tepperFor many, harps and harp music are deeply entwined with the deeper historical understanding that playing the instruments and music of earlier periods evokes. Ellen Tepper has made a career of combining historical and musical passions and expressing them through harps and harp music, by learning to play a variety of harps from the Irish wire strung to the Italian triple harp. Besides having a distinguished career as a performer in the early music field, Ellen also is a lively lecturer and authority on all things harp between 1300 and 1800.

Presenter website: Ellen Tepper

Medieval Dance Music for Everyone
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Play a Pavane
Level: Beg.-Int. Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Rounds in the Round
Level: Beg.-Int. Type: Hands-on When: Thu. 1:30-3pm   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.   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

Beginner's Renaissance
Level: Beg. Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

Building Muscle Memory
Level: Beg. Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Do It Yourself Rearranging
Level: Beg. Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Sharon Thormahlen

sharon thormahlenSharon started playing folk music in the 60s by teaching herself guitar. She played in bands that did a variety of music and toured the Northwest in the 1980s for a few years. Even after she had her first baby she continued to tour, write songs and put out albums with her husband Dave. Dave eventually began building harps and they both started attending the International Society of Folk Harpers & Craftsman conferences in 1992. Sharon started playing harp in 1996, completed her CMP for the Music for Healing and Transition Program (MHTP) in 2002 and by now has 13 music books to her credit, including Tis the Season of Christmas Carols and Shalom, a collection of Jewish tunes. Of course, she works at Thomahlen Harps, which for a harp player must be like being a kid in a candy store! When Sharon is not in the Exhibit Hall in the Thormahlen booth this weekend, she'll be presenting three workshops.

Presenter website: Thormahlen Harps

Comfort Chords
Level: Beg. Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Metronome is Your Friend
Level: Beg. Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Pick a Chord, Any Chord
Level: Beg. Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 1:30-3pm   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 ethnomusicologist, educator, 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 who will assist 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. 9am   More Info   

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

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