Archived Staff

williams emilyEmily Williams

WiemkenBBob Wiemken began his musical life as a French hornist many years ago and continued pursuing modern brass for some 18 years. Eventually, however, he became inexplicably enamored of the double-reed instruments and leapt at the chance to begin playing early reeds in the Collegium while a graduate student in Classics at the University of Pennsylvania. That began a long love affair with medieval through early Baroque double-reed instruments that has only crescendoed over the past 27 years of playing, exploring, studying, maintaining, servicing and, above all, making reeds for shawms, dulcians, bassoon, krumhorns and more, for himself and many others. As Artistic Co-Director of Piffaro, The Renaissance Band, he has performed worldwide, recorded extensively, built over 100 programs of Renaissance and early Baroque music and commissioned new works for early winds and chorus. He has been very fortunate to perform with many of the world’s leading early music ensembles, in festivals in North and South America and throughout Europe, and in spaces contemporary with the music that helped him define the role, sound and capabilities of double reeds in historic performance settings. He is an eager and well-appreciated teacher and lecturer in college and university settings, having directed the Early Music Ensembles at the Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University for 20 years, bringing the world of early reeds to modern players. He also teaches regularly at festivals and workshops throughout the country. Currently, in addition to his performing, researching, recording and educating responsibilities, he continues to attempt to plumb the depths of early reed construction, design and technique in an effort to understand the mysteries of these glorious instruments. www.piffaro.org/players/bob-wiemken

wesley maryMary Wesley is a dance leader, caller, and organizer for contras, squares, morris, and family and community dances. A native of Vermont, she travels throughout New England and beyond to follow and share her love of dance. She is a founding member of Burlington's Mad Robin Callers Collective, a group dedicated to fostering new callers. Mary also works in the Education Dept. at CDSS and makes radio and video documentaries. Her friendly enthusiasm is sure to please.

Harmony of Song & Dance at Pinewoods

Laura Swanson

smith janineJanine Smith calls Contra, Square, Family, and Ceilidh dances in the Washington, DC area. She shares her humorous (OK, sometimes goofy) and infectious passion for music and dance with dancers from Glen Echo, MD to Seattle, WA and specializes in whoopin' it up, regardless of dance formation. Known for her “Singing Squares”, she is one of the “Hot Square Babes”, a quintet of callers who throw a monthly Square Dance Party in College Park, MD, and a founding member of the DC Square Dance Collective.

schwab jacqueline cranePhoto by Ted CraneJacqueline Schwab (English dance music, piano) enjoys encouraging musicians of many ages and levels of experience to play with energy, confidence, flow and joy. She is a founding member of Bare Necessities and has been an English country dance musician for over 30 years and also has played for Scottish, contra, vintage, ballet and modern dance. She has been widely heard on the soundtracks to over a dozen of Ken Burns's PBS documentaries (including The Civil War, Baseball, Mark Twain, The War, and National Parks: America's Best Idea). She has performed on over 50 recordings, including more than 15 with Bare Necessities, as well as on three solo CDs and recordings with Scottish singer Jean Redpath and fiddlers Alasdair Fraser and Laura Risk. She has performed for former President Clinton at the White House and, with Jean Redpath, on A Prairie Home Companion and the Late Show with David Letterman. A longtime dancer, Jacqueline plays for and teaches English dance workshops with Bare Necessities around the country and abroad.

http://www.jacquelineschwab.com/

English Dance Musicians Course

Early Music Week at Pinewoods

sauber patrickPatrick Sauber is one of those astounding multi-instrumentalists who feels as at home on the 5-string as he does on the mandolin and guitar. Patrick works occasionally with Laurie Lewis, the Bladerunners and Loafers' Glory, adding a punch musically and vocally that everybody's talking about.

American Dance & Music Week at Pinewoods

sauber tomTom Sauber has been in the forefront of the traditional old-time music scene for more years than he cares to admit. An accomplished fiddle and 5-string banjo player, and a compelling singer, he has appeared on countless recording projects and movie soundtracks, and has a healthy teaching schedule to boot. Tom's love of the music has brightened up many sessions and performances with people like Alice Gerrard, Mike Seeger, Dirk Powell and Mark Graham.

American Dance & Music Week at Pinewoods

ryanMeg Ryan, from Northampton, MA, is an outstanding performer and teacher of both English and Anglo-American clog dance styles. She has studied under some of the masters of the traditions of English clog, including Pat Tracey and Alex Woodcock. Meg has performed in England, Canada and the U.S., and is a member of The New Dancing Marleys, who perform the routines of Anna Marley of Rockville, CT. She also teaches and performs Northwest Morris with Guiding Star Clog Morris from Greenfield, MA.

English Dance Week at Pinewoods

rowlands juneJune Rowlands is a yoga practitioner of nearly 30 years who believes ‘Yoga for All’ has far-reaching health benefits and can be enjoyed by anyone who wants to sample it. She is trained by, and holds a Diploma from The British Wheel of Yoga and teaches in a general Hatha style. June not only works with school teachers to integrate yoga into the school curriculum, but teaches yoga to private clients and regular weekly classes in her community. June has taught yoga in the U.K., New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and India. Her love of folk music and dance spans 40 years as she thrived in the role of Squire and Musician for Meridian Morris (London), Ring O’ Bells (New York) and Hong Kong Morris (Hong Kong). June is a fun-loving fiddler and along-side her accordion-playing husband John, continues to play and dance at many U.K. folk festivals and pub sessions. June first appeared on staff at Pinewoods running Children’s Games classes in 1981 and is thrilled to return as staff. She feels it is a ‘home-coming’!

English Dance Week at Pinewoods

     
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