Erik Ask-Upmark
  Donna Bennett
  Eduardo Betancourt
  Debbie Brewin-Wilson
  Nicolas Carter
  Ron Cook
  Sarah Deere-Jones
  Dominique Dodge
  Edie Elkan
  Martha Gallagher
  Maeve Gilchrist
  Robbin Gordon-Cartier
  Dennis Gormley
  Gráinne Hambly
  Janet Harbison
  Shyamali Hauth
  Deborah Henson-Conant
  Corrina Hewat
  Ann Heymann
  Nancy Hurrell
  William Jackson
  Liza Jensen
  Carol Kappus
  Paul Knoke
  Tristan LeGovic
  Jen Narkevicius
  Jocelyn Obermeyer
  Alfredo Rolando Ortiz
  Karen Peterson
  Kim Robertson
  Sunita Staneslow
  Carol Thompson
  Sharon Thormahlen
  Dennis Waring
  Sarajane Williams

Presenters    Peterson > Williams

Karen Peterson

karen petersonKaren Peterson discovered the double-strung harp at Somerset over ten years ago. Her harp journey began in high school on the pedal harp, but Somerset turned her into a lever lover. After transitioning from pedal to a large, single-course lever harp, Karen was looking for something more portable for hospital work. She wandered into a double-strung harp workshop at the festival, and the rest, as they say, is harp history. Today, Karen uses her nine-pound, 48-string double-strung to play for patients at the bedside at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey. She has worked for eight years as a Certified Music Practitioner and has served on the Board of Directors for the Music for Healing and Transition Program since 2012. Karen’s goal is to help adult learners take pride in their achievements and have more fun at the harp. We're proud to have been the catalyst for Karen's career on the harp and welcome her back for her second year as a presenter at the festival.

Presenter website: Enjoy the Harp

Double Exposure: Adapting Music
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Double Your Repertoire
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 9:30-11am   More Info   

I Always Wanted to Play the Harp
Level: Beg. Type: Demo When: Fri. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Mode Magic for Songs You Already Play
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 1:30-3pm   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 CDs, 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

Celtic Hymns
Level: Int. Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 9:30-11am   More Info   

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

Feather Fingers
Level: Int-Adv Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 1:30-3pm  More Info   

Love Songs & Laments
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 1:30-3pm   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

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

Practicing and Playing for Gigs
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Simplify Your Music
Level: Beg-Int Type: Hands-on When: Sun. 9-10:30am   More Info   

Take My Advice: For Beginners
Level: Beg. Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 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: Thurs10am-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 with a band called the Swing Beans. Even after she had her first baby she continued to tour, write songs and put out albums with her husband Dave. Dave began building harps in the early 80s (even before he and Sharon met) and in 1992, with their new baby, they attended the San Diego International Society of Folk Harpers and Craftsman conference 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 16 music books to her credit, including Tis the Season, a collection of popular Christmas tunes, and Shalom, a collection of Jewish tunes. Her newest collection is Fiddlin' Around on Harp. 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

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

Memorization Magic
Level: Beg. Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

Pick a Chord, Any Chord
Level: Beg. Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 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   

Sarajane Williams

sarajane williamsSarajane Williams life is totally immersed in the world of harp. Williams is a founding member of The National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians. It's no wonder she is deeply involved in harp therapy, with over 40 years of experience in various roles in the healing arts as a psychologist, nurse, cardiopulmonary technologist, director of a cardiac catheterization laboratory and biofeedback therapist in a chronic pain center. She is a lecturer and author of The Mythic Harp and Good Vibrations: Principles of Vibroacoustic Harp Therapy, editor of The Harp Therapy Journal, and producer of the Therapeutic Harp: ancient legacy, sound science, clinical applications 3-DVD set. She is founding director of the Vibroacoustic Harp Therapy Home Study Training Program. As a professional harpist and teacher, she also performs with her classical guitarist husband Ted Williams. She and Ted can also be found at the Musiatry booth in the Exhibit Hall,where you might experience some of the good vibrations produced through the innovative vibroacoustic harp therapy that she developed.

Presenter website:
Vibroacoustic Harp Therapy

Vibroacoustic Harp Therapy
Level: Any Type: Lecture When: Sat. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

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