Somerset Folk Harp Festival
Somerset Folk Harp Festival

      Nancy Beal
      Eduardo Betancourt
      Debbie Brewin-Wilson
      Nicolas Carter
      Mairi Chaimbeul
      Carolyn Deal
      Dominique Dodge
      Edie Elkan
      Aryeh Frankfurter
      Maeve Gilchrist
      Robbin Gordon-Cartier
      Dennis Gormley
      Rachel Hair
      Gráinne Hambly
      Shyamali Hauth
      Deborah Henson-Conant
      Joy Yu Hoffman
      William Jackson
      Cass Jendzurski
      Liza Jensen
      Karen Loomis
      Lisa Lynne
      John Metras
      Alfredo Rolando Ortiz
      Christa Patton
      Laurie Riley
      Ailie Robertson
      Kim Robertson
      Sunita Staneslow
      Tomoko Sugawara
      Carol Thompson
      Sharon Thormahlen
      Dennis Waring

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Presenters    Staneslow > Waring

Sunita Staneslow

sunita staneslowVersatility 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

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

Simplify Your Music
Level: Beg-Int Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

Arpeggios 101
Level: Beg Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

Arpeggio Diversity
Level: Int. Type: Hands-on When: Sun. 9-10:30am   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

Cantigas de Santa Maria
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Along the Silk Road with the Kugo: Listening Room
Level: Any Type: Concert When: Fri. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Chinese & Japanese Court Music Rediscovered
Level: Beg-Int Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Japanese Folk Songs
Level: Beg-Int Type: Hands-on When: Sun. 9-10:30am   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. 


Beginners Boot Camp
Level: Nov.-Beg Type: Hands-on When: Thurs. 10am-4:30pm   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 book is a collaboration with Nicolas Carter called Melodias del Arpa.Of course, she works at Thormahlen Harps, which for a harp player must be like being a kid in a candy store! You'll mostly find Sharon in the Exhibit Hall in the Thormahlen booth this weekend, but check out her workshop.

Presenter website: Thormahlen Harps

Pick a Chord, Any Chord
Level: Beg. Type: Hands-on When: Sun. 9-10:30am   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 ever-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   

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