Following are bios of current camp staff; more will be added as they become available.
Aaron Marcus is well-known throughout the country for his performances with Frost and Fire, Giant Robot Dance, and locally with The Turning Stile, and Keys to the Cellar. Aaron brings exuberant energy, danceability, subtle lyricism, and spontaneity to any band arrangement, whether an accompanist on piano or clogging while playing tunes on concertina. Aaron incorporates a variety of old and new styles into his playing and composing, including traditions of the British Isles, Sweden, New England contra dance, West Africa, classical piano, Cape Breton, and the Appalachians. His CD with Frost and Fire, Midwinter Spring, showcases a number of his original compositions. Aaron most loves to teach percussive step dance, and play for English, Scottish and contra dances locally in Central Vermont. When not dancing, Aaron works as an endangered-species botanist, and will happily tell you about all the cool plants of Pinewoods.
Abby Ladin grew up immersed in the traditional folk music revival of the ‘70s on the East coast. She was clogging by the age of six, performing with her sister Evie by age 10 and touring nationally at 18 with the renowned dance and music company Rhythm in Shoes. 20 years later she continues to teach the fundamentals and possibilities of clogging to all who crave rhythm in their feet.
Adina Gordon finds an outlet for her loves of travel, music, dance and silliness by calling and dancing at festivals throughout the U.S. and Canada, creating joy and minor chaos wherever she goes. Combining a voice that makes you WANT to do what she says with a commitment to using that power for good and not evil, Adina calls contras and squares both old and new that cause spontaneous eruptions of joy on dance floors. She counts it as a job well done whenever anyone says, "I don't really like squares, but I like your squares."
Alan Gasser is an experienced conductor, professional chorister, singer and voice teacher. He co-directs the Echo Women's Choir (since 1993), and has led countless choirs in Toronto over the past twenty years. Alan has sung Georgian folk music since 1985, with the Kartuli Ensemble, besides founding the Trio Kavkasia and the ensemble Darbazi. He worked with Village Harmony for many years in Vermont, and founded Worldsongs (in Canada) in 2005, as well as the hospice choir Singing Through Life.
Alex Cumming is a traditional singer, accordionist and dance caller hailing from Somerset, England who now lives in Boston, MA. He performs songs and tunes from around the UK and beyond with a great depth of knowledge for the traditions backed up by a Bachelor's Degree in Folk & Traditional Music from Newcastle University. Alex has made his mark on the folk scene with his rhythmic danceable accordion style, strong voice and his fun and engaging stage presence. As a dancer Alex is a member Maple Morris, Newcastle Kingsmen and Newtowne Morris and currently performs in several bands including award winning a Capella group The Teacups, Critically acclaimed duo Alex Cumming & Nicola Beazley and New England Contra Dance band Reelation.
Equally at ease on recorder and baroque flute, American/Canadian Alexa Raine-Wright has shared her passion and talent for early music with audiences across the U.S. and Canada in solo, chamber and orchestral performances. She is a graduate of McGill University, where she studied with Claire Guimond (baroque flute) and Matthias Maute (recorder). She has also studied with Cléa Galhano and Barbara Kaufmann (recorder) and Immanuel Davis and Beth Kelly (baroque flute). In 2015, Alexa won 1st place in the National Flute Association's Baroque Flute Artist Competition in Washington DC, as well as 2nd place in the Mathieu-Duguay Early Music Competition in New Brunswick, Canada. Alexa is a founding member of the ensemble Infusion Baroque, winner of the Grand Prize and Audience Prize in the 2014 Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition in Chicago. She is also a member of the celebrated recorder quartet Flûte Alors! She has made recent appearances with Ensemble Caprice, Arion Baroque Orchestra, I Musici and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Alexa has performed at music festivals across North America (including the Montreal Baroque Festival, Boston Early Music Festival and Berkeley Festival & Exhibition) and has recorded with Arion Baroque Orchestra and La Bande Montréal Baroque on the label ATMA Classique. www.alexarainewright.com
Alexander Mitchell, Berklee College of Music graduate, is an acoustic multi-instrumentalist who plays fiddle, mandolin, guitar and has an amazing singing voice! Alexander started playing fiddle in 1978 after hearing bluegrass music. Since then he has been cultivating such diverse styles as Appalachian, bluegrass, Celtic, Klezmer, traditional roots dance music, ballroom, sizzling hot swing and jazz.
Andrea Cooper’s first time at Pinewoods was at Family Week when she was 13, an experience that has remained a highlight of her life. Since then, her music has taken her to places as far as Eek, Alaska and as close as New Bedford, Massachusetts. She has had the pleasure of teaching banjo, tin whistle, art and children’s classes at various music and dance camps including the Friday Harbor Irish Music Week on San Juan Island, Maine Fiddle Camp, Algoma Trad in Ontario and Family Week at Pinewoods.
Andy Davis is a music educator in three Vermont public schools, dance musician, caller, storyteller and singer. Andy plays piano, accordion and banjo. He leads community contra and square dances, performs with Nowell Sing We Clear, and is a member of the New England Dancing Masters - publishers of books and recordings for teachers of traditional dance.
Andy Shore had been calling and teaching Modern Western Square Dancing (MWSD) since 1989. In 2005 Andy discovered the joys of Contra Dancing and, since attending the contra caller workshop at CDSS Pinewoods American Week in 2007, has been an avid Contra caller as well. Andy has taught hundreds of square dancers - from absolute beginners to Challenge level (C1) - and his knowledge of both squares and contras makes him uniquely capable of clearly and effectively relating new square dance moves to experienced contra dancers. Andy calls contras and modern squares regularly in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas of Northern California.
Anna Patton grew up in a musical family in northern Vermont and was immersed from a young age in an eclectic mix of jazz, classical, traditional and world music. These days she gets to incorporate many of those influences into playing clarinet for different kinds of dancing, including English, Contra, Swing, and Blues. For the last decade, Anna's innovative dance band Elixir has toured extensively around the U.S. and abroad. She also plays clarinet with other groups like the Julian Gerstin Sextet and the Dunham Shoe Factory. When not on the road, Anna spends her time teaching, arranging, and composing vocal music for the Jazz choir she directs and other choirs around Vermont. Anna also teaches workshops on playing for dancing, aural skills, and improvisation. She received her Masters from New England Conservatory in 2014, focusing on early jazz, free improvisation, and composition in the conservatory's Contemporary Improvisation program. She lives in Brattleboro VT with her husband, Ethan Hazzard-Watkins.
Anna Soloway has attended Pinewoods since 1991 and despite missing a few years in the early 2000s, she still managed to find a husband in the woods between Round and Long Ponds. She and Dennis live in Hillsborough, NC with a multitude of old instruments, a few of which they can actually play! She works at UNC Chapel Hill as a psychiatric nurse where, among other things, she coordinates schedules for almost seventy people. As such, she can say with confidence that you will either have a musician or a nurse at all of your classes.
Anney Barrett, soprano, holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame in Vocal Performance and Great Books and an MM in Vocal Performance from the Longy School of Music. An enthusiastic and adventurous musician, Anney is delighted to be a frequent collaborator with local composers in presenting and recording new solo and choral works, including a recent project with the Boston Composers' Coalition. She performs regularly throughout the greater Boston area with her professional quartet, Anthology, singing 40s jazz, folk, and world music. Recent collaborations include work with Cambridge Concentus, Labyrinth Choir, Schola Cantorum of Boston, The Boston Cecilia, Convivium Musicum, the Boston Concerto Soloists and the Boston Modern Opera Project. Anney co-owns and manages The Green Room, a new arts studio in Union Square, Somerville, where she also maintains a private voice studio. She is the resident soloist at Christ Church Andover, under the direction of Barbara Bruns. Anney is currently pursuing an MA in Mental Health Counseling at Lesley University.
Hailing from Honolulu, Audrey Knuth moved to Boston in 2008 to attend Berklee College of Music and to explore the thriving New England folk scene. After graduating, Audrey has made a name for herself in the music community, as a dance fiddler and audio engineer. With her bands, The Free Raisins, The Gaslight Tinkers and Audacious (with Larry Unger), she has travelled across the U.S. playing for dances and concerts. She’s equally adept at teaching workshops, and has been on staff at the renowned Pinewoods Music Camp among others. Audrey’s fiddle playing can be described as rhythmically lively; she's guaranteed to get you up and dancing.
Becky Tracy grew up dancing to her father's calling and scratchy 78s of Don Messer's fiddle playing. She has fiddled with the bands Nightingale and Wild Asparagus for the last 15 years and has played in many, many lovely places including Hawaii and France. Becky has a distinctive clarity of tone, a rhythmic attack owing much to French-Canadian playing and the melodic quality of Irish music. Her unmistakable sound has made her a defining presence among dance musicians.
Betsy Branch, from Portland OR, is a dance fiddler and private fiddle teacher. She plays both contra and English Country Dance music, and her reperatoire includes tunes from Ireland, Scotland, Appalachia and Quebec. She is also the Associate Music Director for Portland's Christmas Revels production, where she is the house fiddler, band leader, and frequent music arranger.
Bettie Zakon-Anderson has been dancing most of her life and enjoys sharing the fun of music and dance with people of all ages. She has taught a variety of couples dances, from hambo and waltz to swing and Zydeco, at camps and weekends throughout the U.S. for the past twenty years. She is the business manager of Vävstuga, a Swedish weaving school in Shelburne Falls, MA.
Bill Tomczak started playing clarinet at the age of 9. After a typical round of high school bands and concerts, he entered Northwestern University as a music major and studied under several teachers from the Chicago Symphony. In 1979, he discovered the world of International Folk Dancing and has been playing for folk dance of one kind or another ever since. The International repertoire provided a solid ground for all his subsequent work with Balkan, Klezmer, Greek, contra dance and jazz. He developed a reputation as a tasteful and innovative improviser who learned to blend seamlessly into a wide variety of fiddle styles, practically defining a whole new tradition for contra dance clarinet and saxophone playing. Bill now plays for contra dancing and English Country Dancing with The Latter Day Lizards, Corkscrew and Fine Companions. He has recorded with The Latter Day Lizards, BLT, Wild Asparagus and Yankee Ingenuity and appears on the recordings "Cascade of Tears" and "Gypsy Wine" with Mary Lea and friends.
Bill Wellington is a storyteller, fiddler, banjo player, songwriter, and dance caller who has entertained audiences throughout America for over thirty years. Widely known for his Radio Woof recordings and performances, he is a hit with kids and parents alike.
Recent 3Arts awardee and Violinist/Fiddler Brandi Berry, whose "four-string acrobatics" and "indispensable skill" (TimeOut Chicago) have been praised as "alert [and] outstanding" (Chicago Classical Review), has also been noted for her "riffs.. powered by a flashing blur of bow arm, [as they] rolled out with irresistible glee" (Washington Post). She has appeared with numerous ensembles including but not limited to Kings Noyse, Apollo's Fire, Newberry Consort, Ars Lyrica Houston, Bach Society Houston, Musica Angelica, Toronto's Classical Music Consort, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Mountainside Baroque, and Ensemble Phoenix Munich. Ms. Berry has also performed on numerous series throughout the U.S. and Canada including at the Library of Congress, a repeat performer on the Dame Myra Hess series, Ars Musica Chicago, the 2010 CMC Springtime Handel Festival in Toronto, the Boston, Berkeley, Chicago, Indianapolis, and Madison Early Music Festivals, Kansas City's Friends of Chamber Music, Early Music Now, Chicago's Classical Music Mondays at the Cultural Center, and the Academy of Early Music in Ann Arbor. She has also appeared with various bluegrass and country bands in Texas and in Chicago as part of the Chicago Barn Dance Company, the Irish American Heritage Center, Glenwood Arts Festival, and others. On the air, Ms. Berry has been heard on the Live and Impromptu series of Chicago's WFMT classical radio station, WNUR, and Wisconsin Public Radio. Brandi serves on the faculty of DePaul University as co-director of their Baroque Ensembles program, as string faculty for the Madison Early Music Festival and fiddle faculty for the Old Town School of Folk Music. A student of Stanley Ritchie and Cynthia Roberts, she holds degrees in violin performance from Indiana University and the University of North Texas. Ms. Berry is artistic director of the Bach & Beethoven Ensemble.
Bruce has been part of Boston's contra and English country dance community since the mid-70s as a dancer and musician. His rock solid piano and guitar accompaniment is sought after by many of New England's best contra dance musicians. Bruce also plays piano for English country dancing, appearing frequently in Jamaica Plain (MA), as well as other New England venues. As part of Boston's traditional music scene, he plays guitar at Irish sessions and in performance with the West Newton Ceili Band, and drives the rhythm at Old Time music jams on the banjo ukelele. In the early 90s, Bruce took up the button accordion, and has played for the Pinewoods Morris Men, Ha'Penny Morris, and the Commonwealth Morris Men. Bruce has collaborated on four recordings of New England contra dance music.
Madison, Wisconsin caller Carol Ormand is beloved throughout the dance community for her smooth and unflappable style, wickedly fun dances, and penchant for keeping all the dancers on the floor smiling. Carol’s enthusiasm, paired with her clear and efficient teaching, creates a delightful dancing experience for beginners and veteran dancers alike. Her relaxed style will keep you coming back for more. When she's not calling, you're likely to find her fiddling, taking photographs, singing, quilting, dancing, or examining beach sand through a hand lens.
A Maryland boy, Chris tramped off to the hills of western Pennsylvania to study books and banjos. There he woodshedded with old hill cats in barns outside of abandoned steel and coal towns playing any instrument he could take a turn on. Hitting mountain trails, biking over rough terrain, and rafting down rivers, all with a banjo on his back. Chris’s deep jazz pocket and graceful Kentucky-style banjo are only outmatched by the snarlyness of his beard.
Chris Rua( recorders, winds) has completed a 10 year world tour with Cirque du Soleil and is very happy to be home and looks forward to returning to Pinewoods. She graduated magna cum lauda from the Crane School of Music at Potsdam, NY with a focus in oboe. After moving to Boston in the late 70s, she became inspired by the teachings and approach to sound of Marleen Montgomery, an innovative music teacher of the time. Chris then became involved in early music and since has taught, performed, recorded and toured with such ensembles as the Early Music New York, The Christmas Revels, Piffaro, and Ex Umbris. Chris has played for English Country dancing from California to England, with Bare Necessities, at English Country dance Balls and at other dance weeks including the Berea Christmas Week, Buffalo Gap and English & American Week at Pinewoods. It has been one of her most favorite ways of making music. Besides teaching for many years at Pinewoods, Chris also directed Early Music Week from 1999-2001.
Christa Patton, historical harpist and early wind specialist, has performed throughout the Americas, Europe, and Japan with many of today’s premier early music ensembles including Piffaro the Renaissance Band, Early Music New York, The King’s Noyse, Folger Consort, Newberry Consort, Apollo’s Fire, The Toronto Consort, Parthenia, ARTEK, Pegasus, New York State Baroque Orchestra, and many others. As a baroque harpist specializing in 17th century opera, Christa has performed in many early opera productions including New York City Opera and Wolf Trap Opera. She can be heard playing baroque harp and a multitude of other instruments on recordings such as "Istampitta" [Lyrachord] "Chacona" and "Trionfo d'Amore e della Morte" [Dorian] and Nobile Donna on ATMA among others. Christa is on the faculty of Rutgers University and the Graduate Center at CUNY. She is also musical director of the Baroque Opera Workshop at Queens College, specializing in the works of early 17th century composers, which she started with co-director David Ronis.
Cis Hinkle has delighted contra and square dancers since 1985 with her skilled teaching, welcoming manner, playful enthusiasm and masterful selection of dances. She is in great demand at music and dance festivals all over the U.S., England and Denmark, and is currently coordinator for Dance Week at the Augusta Heritage Workshops in Elkins, WV. When not on the road, Cis teaches tai chi classes in her native Atlanta, GA.
Claudio Buchwald was born into a musical family and raised in Peru until age ten, and delighted in and adopted some of the new music forms he met here in the U.S. He has toured in Africa and South America with the David Holt Trio and plays old-time music with The Monks. Claudio plays also for contras and squares, English country dancing, morris and salsa. Claudio currently plays piano with dance bands The Cocks of the North and Evening Star. During the school year, he teaches first and second grade at the Harmony School in Bloomington, Indiana.
Crispin grew up with both parents morris dancing, and started dancing himself with Great Western Morris in 2006. Since, he has also performed with Morris Offspring, Maple Morris, and Hammersmith Morris Men. In 2014, he won the John Gasson Solo Jig Competition at Sidmouth Folk Festival, and returned to the competition to win the audience appeal prize in 2016. He has been foreman of Great Western Morris, has led morris workshops at a number of UK festivals, and is very excited to come and do morris at Pinewoods. He currently lives in Bristol, dances with Nonesuch Morris, and also enjoys playing fiddle and singing shape note.
Cristi Catt has performed throughout the U.S. Europe and South America, and is a founding member of the internationally renowned vocal ensemble Tapestry, winners of the Echo Klassik Choral Recording of the Year and Chamber Music American’s Recording of the Year. Her interest in the meeting points between medieval and folk traditions has led to research grants to Portugal and southern France, and performances and recordings with French folk band, Le Bon Vent, Balmus, HourGlass and most recently Telltale Crossing. The L.A.Times writes “the stunning solo excursions by Cristi Catt were as radiant and exciting as any singing I’ve heard all season.” As a teacher, Catt takes a kinesthetic approach, combining singing with imagery and physical work based on yoga to open the voice, ground the breath, and improve body alignment. A book on her methods, The Kinesthetic Singer is due for release in September. Catt currently serves on the faculty of New England Conservatory and the Berklee College of Music. She has recordings with Telarc International, German Label MDG, Canadian Label Epact and Erato/Time Warner. She has served as director/music director for numerous theatrical works. Next up is the US premiere of The Rosenbergs at Brandeis University and Boston Playwrights Theatre next season. www.cristicatt.com
Cynthia Shaw, pianist and singer, has been playing for English country dancing in New York since 1995 where she heads the highly successful ECD Musician’s Apprenticeship program. As one New England dance caller has noted, she plays '...springing and spirited backups for other instruments, and her solos positively sparkle…’. She has been on the faculties of Pinewoods, Buffalo Gap, The John C. Campbell Folk School, Third Street Music Settlement Chamber Music Program and The Brooklyn Friends School. She is the former musical director for the New York Christmas Revels and professional early music and choral church and concert singer and pianist in NY. www.CynthiaShawMusic.com
Hailing from Columbus, Dan Blim has been dancing English, Contra, Scottish for over 15 years, and enjoys dabbling in a handful of other styles. He has been a caller around the Midwest and Philadelphia area over the last 10 years. Off the dance floor, he teaches musicology at Denison University and makes a lot of puns.
Daniel Beerbohm, on clarinet, flute and penny whistle, spices his English and contra dance playing from a rich background of swing, Klezmer and classical music. He performs extensively with Hold The Mustard, A Joyful Noise, and Reunion, at dances along the East coast and occasionally westward.
Daphna Mor has performed throughout Europe and the U.S. as a soloist and as an ensemble player. Her appearances include solo recitals in Croatia, Germany and Switzerland; Recitals at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Trinity Church, New York; Soloist with The New York Collegium; Soloist with New York Early Music Ensemble; Soloist at Carnegie Hall with Little Orchestra Society, Orchestra member with the New York Philharmonic; City Opera, Mostly Mozart. Lincoln Center; Piffaro- The Renaissance Band and Repast. Awards include First Prize in Settimane Musicali di Lugano Solo Competition and two-time winner of The Boston Conservatory Concerto Competition. Ms. Mor received her Bachelor of Music degree from The Boston Conservatory with highest honors as Valedictorian of the class of 2000. Ms. Mor acts as musician to the education department of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is a frequent teacher in early music workshops around the U.S. Ms. Mor is frequently involved in performing of contemporary music. This season she was featured as a soloist with The Metropolis Ensemble, performing the world premiere of Tears, Puffes, Jumps, and Galliard by David Bruce. In 2009 she joined St Luke’s Orchestra to perform the NY premiere of The Flowering Tree, composed and conducted by John Adams. Ms. Mor is an active World Music musician as well. Ms. Mor has appeared on such prestigious stages as Summer Stage, Central Park, NY; and in festivals all over the U.S., Canada, Poland, Italy, Spain, Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Greece and Israel. She appears on Sting’s New CD If On a Winter’s Night on the Deutsche Gramophone label and is a musician at residence at B’nai Jeshurun Synagogue in New York City.
Fiddler and guitarist Dave Langford, a founding member of The Latter Day Lizards, also performs with Big Bandemonium, Les Z Boys and others. A veteran of 25 plus years of playing for public dances, concerts, weddings, late night sessions and anyplace there is fun to be had, Dave combines multiple styles of fiddling with fierce energy and drive. He has been a staff member for numerous music and dance weeks and weekends all across the U.S. and beyond.
Dave Wiesler began his musical journey as “the guy who could figure out the chords” in his high school garage band. Nearly 20 years later he discovered playing folk music for dances, and felt that the job description had been written just for him. At home in a wide range of styles, Dave is in demand for contra, English and Scottish country dancing, swing, waltz and vintage dance; and his music has taken him across the country and into Canada, Scotland, England, France and the Galapagos Islands. Dave is a prolific composer of tunes and songs, and is also a capable guitarist and singer. He lives in Newark, DE, with his wife and two young sons who don't let him practice nearly as much as he'd like.
David Macemon was fortunate to be introduced to dance when he was invited to help start a high school based performing group that demonstrated English Country Dance, Contra, Morris and Sword dancing. He has been dancing and teaching ever since. David is known for his patient and clear teaching style and communicates the joy of dancing through his teaching and enthusiasm. He has been on staff for dance weeks and weekends around the country including Pinewoods, Buffalo Gap, Mendocino, Hey Days, and Berea Christmas Country Dance School. He is a regular caller for the weekly Portland Country Dance Community's English dance, monthly advanced dance series, and teaches dance English, Contra, Morris and Sword at the Renaissance School or Arts and Sciences in Portland OR.
Debbie Jackson is a versatile pianist, singer and event organizer who has been playing regularly for contra and English country dancing for over 20 years. As a happy music collaborator, she enjoys composing new tunes, improvising with chording and interpreting music to connect with dancers. She also plays in various swing, folk and couple dance ensembles throughout the Midwest. Debbie has performed in Denmark, Austria, Turkey, France, Ukraine and the Slovak Republic. Her new solo CD will be available at camp.
Deborah Clark Colón
Laugh, and the fiddle laughs with you. Deborah Clark Colón has played her way across ten time zones, from a French pub to an Alaskan contra dance. She has performed, recorded, and taught Irish fiddle for over 25 years, and contributed three tracks to Gaelic Storm's Billboard World Music charting album Special Reserve, recorded on Nashville's Music Row. Where next? Adventure beckons.
Deirdre Murtha has been a music teacher for the last 15 years, and was a preschool and elementary classroom teacher in New York City for 10 years before that. Her music and dance programs for all ages bring her to preschools, libraries, camps, homeschooling groups and her son's elementary school. Deirdre is a member of the dance education group Pourparler; is certified in Level One Orff, Kodaly, and Dalcroize music education; and holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Hunter College in New York. Deirdre also performs, with her husband Sean, in Strange Potatoes, an Irish traditional and old-time music duo; and as a member of the maritime and sea chantey group The Johnson Girls (www.thejohnsongirls.com). She has also been a member of two Revels productions. Deirdre lives in Norwalk, CT with Sean and their sons Brendan and Graham.
For twenty years DeLaura Padovan has been honored to share her enthusiasm and joy at Family Weeks. She is a family dance leader, singer and organic farmer. A pioneer of living life the best way possible, DeLaura spends her time homeschooling two teenage daughters, playing ukulele and marimba, milking goats and creating one thing out of another. DeLaura is a dedicated local foods activist in the King George, Virginia region.
Dorothy Cummings has been participating in English county dance since March 1997, when the New York Times ran Linda Wolfe's article "In Step with Austen: English Country Dancing." She benefited from a calling apprenticeship at CDNY in 2009-2012 and leads ecd at CDNY, the NYC metro area, the Hudson Valley, and further afield. She is fascinated by the variety of ways that people learn and motivated to ease the learning process. To dance well, people need to keep dancing. With crisp diction, lively musicality, and personal warmth, Dorothy promotes an encouraging and rewarding ecd experience to keep dancers coming back.
Doug Creighton is an inspiring musician on the button accordion and flute. He has a wealth of experience as both dancer and musician for numerous display dance teams, plays in the English dance band Pleasures of the Town and joins in as a guest in numerous contra bands. Doug is internationally known as the guru of The Button Box, where he keeps the world safe for accordions and concertinas.
Earl Gaddis was originally trained as a classical violinist, with a special passion for Baroque music. But his orientation shifted when he discovered the excitement of small-ensemble improvisation for dancers, with its unique opportunities for creating interesting harmonies, countermelodies, and rich musical textures on the spur of the moment. He is now a full-time dance musician who has been playing violin and viola for various combinations of English, Scottish, American, and international dancing for more than fifty years. He plays at dance camps, workshops, balls, festivals, and dances throughout the U.S., in Canada, and abroad. As a member of Bare Necessities Earl has made eighteen recordings of English Country Dance music so far, and he has recorded with a number of other musicians as well. He lives in great contentment on ten acres of woods in Plainwell, MI with his wife, Sherry Brodock.
Eden MacAdam-Somer is one of the most exciting and versatile musicians performing today. Hailed by the New York Times as reflecting "astonishing virtuosity and raw expression," her music transcends genre through soaring violin, sweet vocals, and percussive dance, weaving in and out of the many cultures that have formed her experience. Her travels have carried her across the contiguous U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, to Afghanistan, India, China, Iceland, Israel, and the U.K. Eden is a full-time faculty member at New England Conservatory, where she teaches improvisation and serves as Co-Chair of the Department of Contemporary Improvisation. She also makes frequent visits to Kabul, Afghanistan, where she works with young Afghan musicians as guest faculty member at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music and collaborates with local artists. Her solo album, My First Love Story, was listed as one of the top ten jazz albums of 2015 in the Boston Globe. In addition to her work in Boston, Eden maintains an active international performance and recording career as a soloist and with such bands as Notorious Folk, the Klezmer Conservatory Band, and Hebrew National Salvage.
Ellie Grace was born into a deep musical tradition and began her life-long love affair with Appalachian clogging at the ripe old age of five. She has spent her life performing professionally as a singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and dancer, first as a young member of her family band and now as an independent artist. She has toured internationally with her sister duo (Leela & Ellie Grace), the Dirk Powell Band, the all-female old-time trio Blue Eyed Girl, and several percussive dance companies. Ellie is a passionate and dynamic teacher, having taught at camps, schools, and festivals across the country for well over twenty years. In May of 2015, Ellie will be the first Appalachian clogger to graduate from Smith College in Northampton, MA with an MFA in Dance. Whether she is performing for an audience of thousands or teaching one on one, it is apparent the joy she takes in sharing her love of dance and music with people of all ages!
Elvie Miller grew up immersed in the New England music and dance community. As a Watson Fellow, she studied traditional music in northern Europe, and subsequently moved to the music-rich County Clare, Ireland, where she now lives with her husband, fiddler Denis Liddy, and their twin daughters. She teaches both classical and traditional piano at a local music school.
Emily O'Brien is a native of Washington, DC where she played recorder from a young age. She studied recorder and french horn at Boston University, and recorder and Baroque flute at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, Germany. She performs and teaches in the Boston area, including the Society for Historically Informed Performance concert series, the Boston Recorder Society concert series, and in fringe events surrounding Boston Early Music Festival, as well as Early Music New York, Helios Opera, and the NEC Baroque Society. She teaches regularly at various summer music workshops including CDSS's Early Music Week and MidEast Early Music Week, and this summer will also be on the staff as a dance musician at Amherst Early Music's New London Assembly. Currently she is working with Friedrich von Huene on his "Well-tempered Recorder" project, a collection of recordings of the entire Well-tempered Klavier in arrangements for recorders. In addition to her early music activities, she plays frequently for English Country Dances in the Boston area. When not playing recorder, she makes instrument cases and bicycle gear for her own company, Dill Pickle Gear. In her spare time, Emily is an avid long distance cyclist.
Emily Troll plays fiddle and accordion and currently hails from Portland, ME. An avid lover of French-Canadian and Old-time traditions, she's spent many years at Pinewoods and Maine Fiddle camp honing her skills as informally as possible. You'll often see Emily playing with her all-girl band, Anadama. When she's not playing, she's probably dancing. When she's not dancing, she's probably teaching second grade, or taking a long walk on the beach.
A Brooklyn native, Emma Conroy was first introduced to yoga in high school by her mother. She was hit by the yoga bug years later, while living in Lima, Peru. There she began a daily practice and was inspired and amazed by the effect yoga had her body and chronic back pain. In 2012 she completed her first yoga teacher training in Samadhi Power Yoga, and has been teaching in English and in Spanish ever since.
Eric Haas has taught at New England Conservatory, Tufts University and Wheaton College, as well as numerous early music workshops, including Amherst Early Music, the Long Island Recorder Festival and the Mideast Workshop. Mr. Haas is well known for his many transcriptions and editions for recorder. He performs on recorder and early flutes with lutenist Chris Henriksen as Pentimento and with the Renaissance flute consort Travessada. He served for many years as Music Director of the Boston Recorder Society and manages the retail division of the von Huene Workshop, Inc.
Equally at home on fiddle and viola, Eric Martin is a dance musician who brings joy and soulful expression to many folk dance idioms. Through the freedom and improvisation inherent in traditional music, Eric enjoys the opportunity to break away from his Classical background while playing for English country dances, contra dances, festivals, balls, camps, and concerts throughout the U.S. and Canada with Alchemy, Axelrod-Martin duo, and Coincidance. Eric holds performance degrees from Ithaca College and University of Limerick, Ireland and lives and works at Gould Farm, a therapeutic farming community, in the Berkshires.
Eric Schedler plays accordion and piano for English and contras with the Cosmic Otters and with dance music legends Sam Bartlett and Claudio Buchwald in Cocks o’ the North. Eric grew up playing classical piano, studied harpsichord at Oberlin College and, since moving to Bloomington, IN, has been immersed in the Irish tradition with musicians Grey Larsen and Jamie Gans. He has played and taught piano, accordion, and led student dance band at camps and festivals including Wheatland (MI), Pickin' in the Pines (AZ), Cumberland Dance Week (KY) and Terpsichore's Holiday (WV). While not touring, Eric raises his daughters, Leda and Ruth, and runs a brick-oven bakery with his wife, Katie.
Erik Talvitie has attended Campers' Week since he was 6, and has attended most of those morning gatherings so he's totally qualified to be your host. He looks forward to getting out of the way so you can share your songs, stories, dances, special talents, and the finest in hand-crafted, artisanal announcements.
Erik Weberg has called dances and festivals around the country from Seattle to Boston, from Fairbanks to Tucson and most places between. Equally adept at contra and English calling, Erik chooses dances that are tailor-made for the occasion at hand, matching the dances to experience level of the crowd and providing a wealth of variety in the program. Erik’s ability to connect with dancers and his sly sense of humor insure an upbeat, congenial atmosphere on the floor as well as a terrific dance experience. This combination of attributes explains why he is in continual demand as a caller at week end and week-long dance camps as well as a favorite on Friday and Saturday nights in his home base, Portland, OR. Erik is also involved with the musical end of the dance world. He plays flute, harmonicas, bombardes (yes, plural), and Scottish small pipes.
Erika Roderick has been dancing her whole life. A graduate from Tom Kruskal’s “Rapper Academy”, Great Meadows Morris and Sword, where she was a founding member of Candyrapper, she now helps teach rapper and morris every week! She lives in Cambridge, MA and currently dances with Muddy River Morris, Orion Longsword, Candyrapper VSOP and Maple Morris. When she isn’t busy dancing, she is a Fifth Grade teacher in Boston. She is looking forward to being back at Ogontz this summer!
Ethan Hazzard-Watkins performs traditional and original music with infectious energy, passion and grace. His fiery, lyrical fiddling fuses elements of Irish, French Canadian and New England styles, along with influences from swing, blues and classical music. Based in Brattleboro, VT, Ethan tours extensively with the bands Elixir and The Figments. From April 2008 to April 2009 Ethan was Youth Projects Intern for the Country Dance and Song Society, where he worked to encourage young people to get involved in traditional dance and music.
Frances Conover Fitch has performed extensively in North America and Europe, and recorded for Swiss, German, Dutch, and French National Radio as well as for the BBC and NPR. Her ground-breaking ensemble, Concerto Castello, won critical acclaim as well an Honorable Mention in the Deutsche Schallplatten Preis of 1983. A particularly sensitive and inventive continuo player, she has worked and played with Spiritus Collective, Cantata Singers, Emmanuel Music, Aston Magna, Boston Cecilia, Handel and Haydn Society, Concerto Palatino, and the Boston Camerata, among others. Ms. Fitch has participated in major music festivals, including the Gilmore Festival, the Festival d'Art Lyrique/Aix-en-Provence, Pepsico Summerfare, Tanglewood, Boston Early Music Festival, Tage Alter Musik (Regensburg), the Castle Hill Festival and the Festival de Musica Antigua in Mexico City, where she also gave master classes at the National Conservatory. She has over twenty solo and ensemble recordings on the EMI-Reflexe, Titanic, Harmonia Mundi, Nonesuch, Centaur, Koch International and Wild Boar labels. Ms. Fitch teaches at Tufts University and The England Conservatory of Music and for many years was Chair of the Early Music Department at the Longy School of Music, teaching harpsichord, organ, chamber music, figured bass improvisation and bibliographic research. She has also served on the faculties of Wellesley College and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, and recently completed a semester as Guest Professor in Performing Arts at Ferris University in Yokohama, Japan. Ms. Fitch has degrees from Bard College and New England Conservatory, and pursued studies with Gustav Leonhardt and Veronika Hampe at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam. Her playing has been praised as “perceptive”, “stylish” and “spectacular”, and noted for its “precision and delicacy of wit”. www.francesconoverfitch.com
Fynn Crooks used to have a fear of hurdles, but she got over it. Oh, that’s terrible! As a storyteller, humorist, and teacher Fynn has been sharing bad jokes, tough riddles, and a healthy enthusiasm for life with her students, young and old, for a decade. She loves leading group games to encourage communication, cooperation and just plain goofiness. You might find Fynn launching a rubber chicken across camp, leading a silly circus, lifeguarding, telling a folktale, teaching the art of marshmallow catapults, or just dancing with wild abandon. Whatever she does, you’ll sure want to join in the fun - her energy is infectious, but don’t worry, she washes her hands often!
Gene Murrow has been an English country dancer and musician since 1965 and has taught and called since 1988 at clubs, workshops, festivals and balls throughout the U.S. as well as Britain, Europe and Japan. In 1996, he organized the Amherst Assembly, a week-long conference devoted to a scholarly and practical look at the origins and evolution of the country dance. Sought out for his deep understanding of both music and dance and for his exceptional clarity when teaching, Gene has written a resource guide and training curriculum on musicianship for English country dance leaders. He has also performed on four recordings as a member of MGM, produced the CDS Boston English Country Dance series featuring Bare Necessities and served on the Board of Directors of CDSS and Early Music America. Gene is the Executive Director and Founder of Gotham Early Music Scene.
Gillian has been teaching and performing sword dancing on both sides of the Atlantic since 2004. Hailing from the vigorous folk scene surrounding Boston, MA, she also indulges in morris, pub singing, percussive stepdance, and social dancing of many stripes. Her teaching has been described as "engaging, high energy, and accessible". She currently leads Orion Longsword and dances with Candyrapper VSOP and Muddy River Morris. In her copious free time she enjoys social singing, cooking for dance events, and recreational data analysis.
Graham Christian started dancing English and Scottish at Swarthmore College. He has taught English country dance all over the U.S. as well as in England and Europe. He has studied Renaissance and Baroque dance with Dorothy Olsson, Kaspar Mainz and Ken Pierce, and has created many reconstructions of Playford-era dance. In 2015, CDSS published, as part of its Centennial celebrations, The Playford Assembly, a major collection of more than 125 historical dances interpreted for modern dancers, with scholarly apparatus; that volume is now in its second printing. He is the author of the popular dance history column Tell Me More for the CDSS News. He is also a stage director: past projects include Trial by Jury, The Pirates of Penzance, H. M. S. Pinafore, Patience, Gianni Schicchi, Carmen, and Brigadoon. He is the co-founder of the acclaimed art song concert series Songs and Serenades with soprano Libby Maxey, and has recently begun concertizing as a solo pianist, with a repertoire that extends from Schubert and Bach to contemporary rags.
Hannah Naiman recently moved up to North Bay, ON where she leads early childhood music classes, as well as dance and music workshops for elementary school kids. A singer/songwriter in her own right, Hannah has recently released her second album of original Appalachian roots music called Know The Mountain. Hannah is an oldtime square dance caller, and a regular at Toronto's old-time square dance series, Hogtown Hoedown. A camper since the age of 7, Hannah is thrilled to be program director this year at Camper's Week!
Héloïse Degrugillier (recorder) has worked extensively as both a recorder performer and teacher throughout Europe and the U.S. She has performed with leading period ensembles, including the Boston Early Music Festival Opera, Newport Baroque, Harmonious Blacksmith, the Dunya Ensemble and L'Academie. Recent performances include a concert at the Indianapolis Early Music festival that was praised by the Indianapolis Nuvo: “Recorder players Justin Godoy and Héloïse Degrugillier blended their dissimilar-looking instruments to near perfection.” Héloïse also enjoys an active teaching career, working with the Boston Recorder Society, Recorder Guild of New York and others. She has recently completed her studies in the Alexander Technique and has a Masters in Music from the Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands. She studied recorder with Heiko ter Scheggett, Saskia Coolen and Pedro Memelsdorff. http://www.godoymusic.com/pgs/teachers.html
Jamie Platt has been running sound for dances, dance weekends, concerts, festivals, and other special events in the DC area and beyond for many years. He works hard to make sure that the musicians are happy, so they devote their attention to making great music. He’s honored to work with such a wonderful staff.
Jean Monroe, having been knocked flat by a Bare Necessities CD, went to hear them play live, was asked if she wanted to dance, and promptly fled. Within a short time she had discovered English country dancing anyway, followed by dance piano and a life-changing trip to a dance musicians’ course at Pinewoods English Week. For the past decade she has played for vintage, contra, English, and ritual dancers in the Northeast and beyond. A classically-trained pianist whose style has been described as “sprightly” and “thoughtful,” Jean enjoys adding hand-percussion and melodica riffs to dance accompaniment. Bands include contra/English band Gotham Carnival, Regency band Lady Jane’s Delight (both with fiddler Julia Hartman), and early-music-turned-dance-band Paradise Bird. Jean loves playing in historical contexts but also dreams of electro-English dances under black lights. When not at a dance she can be found singing anything choral, playing ragtime, and accompanying the music-hall singers of the Old Howard Troupe, courtesy of whom she once drove straight from church choir to a performance in a burlesque expo.
Jeanne Morrill has performed and taught voice for nearly forty years (yikes), working with all kinds of singers (from “tone deaf” to professionals) and styles (traditional, classical, pop, Broadway, you name it!). She loves providing the tools that can help each individual discover their own best voice, using her own bag of tricks (Alexander, Feldenkreis, yoga, vocal and theatre improvisation, classical training, what she has learned from her own voice teachers over the years, meditation, years of performing many kinds of music, and a little psychology thrown in!). In addition to giving private voice lessons, Jeanne has led workshops and classes at Pinewoods & Ogontz dance camps, NEFFA, and many festivals and other venues, working with all levels and age groups. She also teaches piano, loves to knit and dance (of course), creates mandalas and cozies up with her honey and our sweet kitty.
Jeremy Carter-Gordon grew up singing and dancing at Pinewoods. He recently completed an MA in Dance Knowledge, Practice, and Heritage, and currently studies at the Eric Sahlström Institute in Sweden. Jeremy sings with Windborne, a quartet that studies and performs polyphonic singing traditions from around the world. He is known for his banjo picking and powerful bass voice, along with a joyous enthusiasm for song and dance.
Jess Eliot Myhre
Jess is an American roots musician, drawing influences from early rural and urban sounds across the board. She performs swing and blues music on clarinet and voice, and likes to thump along to old time, bluegrass, and country on upright bass and guitar. A native Floridian, Jess grew up singing in church and swinging from banyan trees. After performing in hip hop and funk bands at Wesleyan University, she moved to New Orleans and became mesmerized by the big, uproarious glory of the old sounds of the street bands and second lines. She dusted off her lonely old clarinet, built herself her iconic frog washboard, and turned a 180 towards the traditional. She now performs all over this big country, playing American Roots music in performance halls, swing dances, contra dances, square dances, house concerts, and busking in your city's streets.
Joanna Reiner has taught English dance, Scottish dance and longsword for over a decade. Her calling has taken her from Amherst to Ann Arbor, from NEFFA to Hey Days, including several sessions at Pinewoods Camp. Joanna led the Philadelphia-based Germantown Country Dancers English dance demonstration team for many years, is an avid dance gypsy, and in her spare time, works to support her dance habit.
Jody Kruskal of NYC is known for his distinctive American sound on the Anglo concertina. His harmonic and rhythmic style has energized dancers with the contra bands Grand Picnic, Squeezology, Hog Wild, Dressed Ship, Ten Gallon Cat, The Thistle Biscuits and Strumbow Squeezeblow. Jody calls barn dances for wedding and community events and sings old songs at folk clubs and festivals across the U.S and Britain. He is a freelance educator, teaching music and dance in elementary schools, summer camps and pre-K programs. Jody writes new music too, composing original scores for theater and dance productions, concert works for gamelan with the new music ensembles Son of Lion and Music for Homemade Instruments, video games and gaming sites, as well as hundreds of fiddle tunes for traditional dancing.
John Devine is much loved by the Family Week community as the Pied Piper and as a solid mountain of rhythm guitar for all styles of country dancing from English to New England to Southern, with a not-so-secret leaning toward swing songs and joy. He has one of the most beautiful voices you'll ever hear. He brings a gentle power to all that he does, whether playing guitar, singing songs or tending his farm just over the ridge in northeast West Virginia.
John Roberts has been singing English folk songs since the early 1960s, when he joined a local folk club in his native Worcestershire. Coming to the U.S. as a graduate student in 1968, he soon joined with Tony Barrand to form a duo which has lasted ever since. While continuing to work with Tony, and with the seasonal performances of Nowell Sing We Clear, John has continued to work as a solo performer, accompanying a broad repertoire of British Isles songs on concertina and banjo.
Jonathan Jensen is an inspired pianist in musical styles ranging from English country and contra to ragtime and jazz. Jon is a composer of brilliant dance tunes and waltzes, a frequent performer at dance events and a bassist with the Baltimore Symphony. When not playing piano at camp he is often filling in on whistle, recorder, ocarina or mandolin and offering his original songs, both silly and serious.
Jonathan Van Gieson
Jonathan Van Gieson has attended Camper's week since 1986. With the exception of that first year, when he was 12, he has been a teenager for every one of those years, and is therefore an expert on the topic. Outside camp, he is a producer, performer, and emcee for shows off-Broadway, off-off-Broadway, and beyond, in places from his hometown of NYC to Las Vegas to Vienna, and is currently in grad school studying Creative Writing for Children.
Julie Metcalf, fiddler and violist, can often be spotted at contra and English dances in the Boston area, either on stage playing fiddle or on the dance floor. Coming from a family of musicians, she was encouraged to make music from an early age; Julie picked up the violin for the first time when she was 4 years old and has been playing ever since. Julie holds a degree in Violin Performance from Berklee College of Music, where she studied traditional and contemporary styles music. She has played Celtic chamber music with the Folk Arts Quartet and Mexican music with Boston's Mariachi Palenque. Julie currently performs with the Agnostic Fiddle Insurgency and The Gig Hunters. Julie is also an accomplished jawharp player. She plays jawharps from around the world, as well as other unusual instruments including the marxolin and mouth bow, in concert with Larry Unger.
Kappy Laning enjoys teaching English ritual dances (rapper, longsword, border morris and garland) to children, teens and adults. She has been inspiring her class participants to work together and create exciting performances at many dance camps over the last 25 years. Kappy is a contra and English country dance caller and has been CDSS's WV Camp Director since 1998.
Karen Axelrod is highly regarded for her creative piano playing at English, American and Scottish dance events around the country. She is in the band Foxfire, Alchemy with Eric Martin and Rachel Bell, and Peregrine Road with Rachel Bell. Karen plays accordion with 3rd String Trio, a band that plays old world cafe music. She also plays accordion for Orion Longsword. She loves the ensemble aspect of playing for dancing, as well as the close connection between what the musicians do and what the dancers do. When not playing music, Karen spends her time coming in last in marathons.
Kari Smith has been teaching adults and children various forms of seasonal display dance for 30 years. She is the foreman of Guiding Star Clog Morris, and a founding member of The New Dancing Marleys. When she is not at camp, she teaches educators to integrate the arts across the curriculum in addition to her anti-bias educational work around gender diversity. She loves to sing and dance, and to get others singing and dancing!
Karina Wilson is a Southwestern favorite fiddler, hailing from Santa Fe, NM. The daughter of a noted caller and organizer, Karina has been playing fiddle and going to dances since age five. Starting with classical violin, she has mastered Zimbabwean marimba on her way to swing dance fiddling, with a hot rhythmic style that rocks and rips at your heart strings at the same sweet time.
Karl Clark Colón
Changeling and Wild Rumpus guitarist Karl Clark Colón is the perfect Celt: a delicate cross between a scholarly monk and a professional wrestler. One moment he's quietly hunched over his guitar, eyes closed, creating intimate soundscapes to highlight a quiet tune, but in the blink of an eye he's stamping, shouting and leaping from the rafters in the spirit of a reel. His unstoppable sense of beat and dance floor fun make him a hit with dancers on both sides of the Atlantic.
Kate Barnes has been playing more instruments, in more genres, in more interesting locations, for longer than most of us can remember. She currently plays in the Latter Day Lizards, Bare Necessities, Celantrio and a myriad of pickup bands. Kate also keeps herself busy with teaching, recording, publishing music books, composing, ceramics and wisecrackery.
Kathy Anderson is widely admired for her exciting squares, quirky contras, and swift, clear teaching. She has long been a favorite caller across the U.S., Canada, England and Denmark. Kathy's smooth delivery and intriguing repertoire make for an entertaining and engaging dance experience.
Kathy Reid-Naiman is a full time children's performer, member of Mariposa in the Schools and the Children's Music Network. She has been working as a folk-musician since her early teens and comes from a musical family. She has been playing music with Arnie Naiman as Ragged but Right for many years. She is a multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, fiddle, Appalachian dulcimer, banjo ukulele, and autoharp. She has been on staff at Campers’ Week at Pinewoods and Family Week at Ogontz many, many times over the past 27 years.
Kathy Talvitie, from the Delaware Valley, is active in the dance community as a musician, dancer, organizer and composer. In addition to playing piano with Hold the Mustard and A Joyful Noise, Kathy plays guitar with the contra band Raise the Roof and is a member of the Fiddlekicks clogging team.
Katy German grew up in Berea, Kentucky - a community full of song and dance traditions from Appalachia, England, and Denmark. She was a member of the traveling youth performance team The Berea Festival Dancers, with whom she traveled to Denmark, England, Scotland, and Ireland. Katy's passion is working with youth, inter-generational, and beginning-level dancers. She's been on staff at many family dance weeks, including Pinewoods, Buffalo Gap, Cumberland Dance Week, and Lady of the Lake. During her six years in the Chapel Hill area, she helped coordinate monthly family dances. She now lives in Asheville, NC, singing, dancing, and calling family dances. She remains very involved with Christmas Country Dance School in Berea, as a program adviser, youth program coordinator, and class instructor. She is a current member of the CDSS Governing Board.
Keith Murphy has been immersed in music and dance since his childhood days in Newfoundland. His distinctive rhythmic sound on guitar, mandolin, piano and foot percussion has helped drive several great contra dance bands including Nightingale, Wild Asparagus and Assembly. Having performed at many dance events throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as overseas, he brings a wealth of experience and sophistication to his playing.
Kelly Bosworth is a singer, a songwriter, an obsessive harmonizer, a guitar player, and music teacher. Although she hails from the coolest town in the world - Portland, Oregon - she currently resides in another pretty cool place: Bloomington, Indiana. She is working towards a graduate degree in Ethnomusicology at Indiana University and she studies the complex intertangling mess of music, community, emotion, and identity.
Lawrence (Larry) Zukof (recorder and voice) has performed extensively with numerous renowned professional performing groups. He toured the U.S. and Europe with the Boston Camerata and has been a recorder soloist with Civic Orchestra of Boston, Orchestra New England, the Baroque Orchestra of Holy Lutheran and Trinity Church. He sang regularly with the Pro-Arte Singers, Connecticut’s pre-eminent professional chamber choir. As a singer and recorder soloist, Mr. Zukof has also performed with Cappela Cantorum and at the Yale Norfolk Summer Festival, the Yale Center for British. He currently sings with Yale Camerata, the Chamber Chorus and is the baritone section leader at the historic Center Church on the New Haven Green. Mr. Zukof teaches privately and is a regular workshop leader for various chapters of the American Recorder Society (ARS), including the Connecticut Recorder Society, Eastern Recorder Society of CT, the New York Recorder Guild, and Long Island. He has been on the recorder faculty at Amherst Early Music Festival, and has taught early music workshops at Westminster Choir College, Skidmore College, and Early Music Week at Pinewoods where he is the director (2015-16). He is currently a recorder teacher for the ARS national Traveling Teacher Program. Recently, Mr. Zukof stepped down as the Executive Director of the Neighborhood Music School (1996-2014), one of the ten largest community arts schools in the country. Before coming to New Haven, Mr. Zukof was the Director of Brookline Music School, MA (1984-1996). He received his Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music (Boston, MA) in early music and continues his musical journey currently focusing as well on viola da gamba and violin. www.lawrencezukof.com
Leslie Jeanne Devine Milbourne
Leslie Jeanne Devine Milbourne is our Earth Educator and Nature Goddess and an environmental educator who relishes exploring, discovering and learning how the earth works, and helping others discover the natural beauty around us. She has worked extensively in her field for over 15 years with preschoolers through college students. We are never separate from nature; Leslie helps us to open our senses to the world in which we live. With daughter, Chenaya, and husband, John Devine, she lives just down the road from Timber Ridge Camp where she and John operate their own nature and music camp.
Leslie Sudock has made community-building a way of life in all her endeavors as a public interest attorney, musician, artist and neighbor. A trained musicologist and early music specialist (voice and viol), Leslie’s musical life included performance as a professional orchestral choral singer with the Philadelphia Orchestra, ensemble soloist, and voice teacher. An exhibited textile artist, Leslie makes community art a way of life through textile, printmaking and “eco-art” instruction in Philadelphia’s schools, park recreations centers, and in her own community studio, Ready to Hand, where she specializes in teaching improvisational SAORI weaving and related textile arts. She has led numerous CDSS community quilt projects, and her all-camp indigo dyeing and weaving projects have inspired campers of all ages annually. Leslie and her family have attended CDSS family camps at Kinder Ring, Pinewoods, Buffalo Gap and Timber Ridge for two decades. She lives in Philadelphia with her sometime Morris-dancer Dan Drecksage and large “granddogs” Sadie and Solo.
Lily Leahy grew up dancing and singing at CDSS’ Family Week at Pinewoods and has been hooked ever since. She started dancing Longsword and Morris at age 10 on Hop Brook Morris, and continued on to dance with Boston-area based Orion Longsword for 14 years. She has taught longsword, morris dancing, and other traditional dances and songs to children for both Revels Education Programs and at the Wellesley Community Children’s Center After School Programs, where she worked full time up until having her first daughter 9 years ago. Lily currently resides in the Cork area of Ireland with her husband and two daughters. She is a music educator and conductor of a children's choir at a local school and enjoys singing with two choirs, one of which she has recently started and conducts. Lily has had the pleasure of teaching at Family Weeks at both Pinewoods and Ogontz and is very much looking forward to returning to Ogontz this summer!
Lisa Greenleaf has been treating dancers across the country to her high spirited, witty calling for many years, and is known for precise walk-throughs of zesty and flowing dances. Whether she is presenting cool contras, hot squares, or focused callers' workshops, Lisa engages the crowd with her humor and community spirit.
Lisa Terry (viola da gamba, violoncello) practices, performs and teaches viola da gamba and violoncello in New York City, where she is a member of Parthenia and the Dryden Ensemble (Princeton). Lisa is principal cellist and viol soloist with Tempesta di Mare, Philadelphia’s baroque orchestra, and she serves the Viola da Gamba Society of America as Vice President. Lisa teaches viola da gamba and cello privately in New York and at workshops around the country, with expertise in technique analysis and discovery; baroque viol solo repertoire; lyra viol; and ensemble coaching (especially ‘how to work well as a chamber ensemble’). She was a founding member of ARTEK, and has performed with the New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera, Juilliard Opera Orchestra, Opera Lafayette, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Winter Park Bach Festival, Bethlehem Bach Festival, Concert Royal, New York Collegium, American Classical Orchestra, Four Nations Ensemble, Santa Fe Pro Musica and Chicago Opera Theatre. http://www.learningmusician.com/gambalisa
Lucy Huzzard has been dancing clog since childhood and now tours with the hugely successful Demon Barbers/The Lock In as a clog dancer. She studied Folk and Traditional Music at Newcastle University on her trusty melodeon (now traded in for a bigger model) and spent a year in Sweden studying Swedish folk dance at the Eric Sahlström Institute. She has also competed at the Dancing England Rapper Tournament (DERT) multiples times as well as judging the competition in 2016 and has danced and played for Cotswold morris. She's thrilled to be invited to teach on this side of the pond and hopes to spread the folk dance love!
lydia ievins, from Montague, MA, plays fiddle regularly for English, contra and couple dancing. Her love for creating rich harmonic lines led her into exploring the vibrant traditions of Swedish fiddling; she has thus discovered that the nyckelharpa makes a striking addition to English country dance. As an avid dancer herself, she infuses her playing with rhythmic clarity and sensitive phrasing to produce eminently danceable music.
Mack Ramsey has been a lifelong specialist in performance on early instruments, playing sackbut, recorder, Renaissance flute and classical era trombones. He is a member of the early brass ensemble, Dark Horse Consort, and he frequently appears with baroque orchestras, such as Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra, Clarion Society, Apollo’s Fire and Mercury Houston. Other ensembles include New York’s Green Mountain Project, Tenet, Piffaro, Toronto Consort, and Pacific Musicworks. Overseas, he has performed and recorded with the Taverner Consort, directed by Andrew Parrott and with the Gabrieli Consort, directed by Paul McCreesh.
Mary Alice Amidon
Mary Alice Amidon is a warm and engaging music educator who is passionate and dedicated to song, dance and storytelling with young children. She is a multi-instrumentalist, an accomplished singer of traditional song, and a composer of new songs. As a performer she is gifted in forging a bridge between story, music and listener. As a song leader she inspires open-hearted, full throttle participation.
Soon after moving to Boston in 1978 Mary Lea encountered musicians who serendipitously became her musical trail buddies in the English country dance band, Bare Necessities, and in other bands that offered up music for contra, couple, international and vintage dancing. Playing both violin and viola, she is known for her tone, passion and creativity with the ECD repertoire and has played for dancers around the country, across the seas and on the seas for workshops, dance weekends, cruises and music and dance weeks. Surprisingly, playing for dancing and teaching fiddle became her day job, and she feels fortunate that that was the case. Along the way Mary has also been involved in numerous recording projects, including the CDS Boston English Country Dance series, Gary Roodman's recordings, and other projects of her own. Besides birding and reading, she has taken up painting in oils, studying Portuguese fiendishly, and helping run various long-standing dance events and concerts in her hometown of Brattleboro VT.
Guitar and mandolin player Max Newman has made a living as a practitioner of traditional music for the past decade and half. Dance music is his central focus, as well as the community that stems from it. In addition to making music, Max co-organizes several events, including Youth Dance Weekend, a camp dedicated to developing leadership among the next generation of contra and English participants. He also worked for CDSS as the Youth Projects Intern, leading workshops and developing materials for dance organizers, callers, and musicians.
Mia Bertelli hails from the mountains of New Mexico, where she grew up eating raspberries and singing at every chance she could get. Her love of song led her to Vermont at the age of fifteen, where she threw herself into the polyphonic singing camps of Village Harmony and never looked back. Since then she has been filling kitchens, streets, concert halls, vegetable gardens, and public restrooms with song, both in the northeast and overseas. Her irrepressible inclination to harmonize and great love of playful nuance have mostly gotten her into all the right sorts of trouble, so she counts them among her blessings. She has toured with choral groups, small group ensembles, and solo, performing a wide variety of musical genres spanning traditional polyphonic singing and fiddling, solo ballads, country harmony, Swedish cattle-calling, pop, soul, and jazz. As a musician, she and is known for her sensitivity, playfulness, and mellifluous ornamentation. As a teacher, she aims to impart the tools to sing out confidently, listen closely, fearlessly navigate improvised harmony, and build a library of songs that you can’t help but want to sing.
Michael Barrett (voice, chorus) is active in the Boston area as a professional musician and teacher. As a singer he has collaborated with the Boston Camerata, Huelgas Ensemble, Blue Heron, the Netherlands Bach Society, L'Académie, Seven Times Salt, and Exsultemus, and has performed in several recent operas produced by the Boston Early Music Festival. He can be heard on harmonia mundi and Blue Heron record labels. Mr. Barrett directs the Renaissance choir Convivium Musicum and the professional vocal ensemble Sprezzatura, and he serves on the advisory board of L'Académie, a professional ensemble for Baroque music. Mr. Barrett has worked as a conductor and music theory teacher at Harvard University. He is a faculty member of IMC, a New York-based company for music curriculum and instruction, and has served as a workshop leader for professional development courses. He also maintains a studio for private instruction in voice, piano, and music theory. Mr. Barrett earned an AB in music from Harvard University, an MM in choir conducting from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and First Phase Diploma in Baroque and Classical singing from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. In the fall of 2010 he began doctoral studies in choral conducting at Boston University.
The Mills family first came to this family camp in the year 2000, and fell in love. Having experienced camp from many different positions, they are all excited to get behind the wheel as program directors. As a family, they enjoy playing music together, dancing together, and singing together. They occasionally play string quartets, and they also occasionally play for contra dances under the name “Contrapositive.” As individuals, each brings a unique set of interests and skills to camp each Summer. Janet Mills is the mother and chief logistical strategist. She teaches elementary music, and enjoys a good book. She plays an impressive number of instruments at the fifth grade level, but she specializes in fiddle and viola. Robert Mills is the father and official piano accompanist of the family. He also plays accordion, fiddle, and viola. He enjoys English dancing, and has just started calling. He appreciates a funny joke and a good Beethoven Sonata. Imogen Mills is the older daughter, and punctuality manager. She is studying to be a music teacher at Ithaca College. She enjoys contra dancing, English dancing, and couples dancing. She loves to sing, play fiddle, and play the piano. She is also learning guitar. Cecily Mills is the younger daughter and head writer for the family. She enjoys English, contra, couples, and even Morris dancing. She is attending the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She sings and plays marimba, guitar, uke, and cello. The Mills family hopes to create a fun and inclusive environment at camp this year, and they are looking forward to seeing you there.
Naomi Morse grew up surrounded by music and dance in the folk communities of New England. She is known for her energetic and driving fiddle playing for both contra and English dancing in many bands, including Night Watch, Housetop and the mega-fiddle-band Childsplay. She has toured extensively with the world music ensemble Northern Harmony and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she sings professionally.
Natty Smith was raised in the New England folk dance community. He began Morris dancing on Tom Kruskal's children's team Hop Brook and then Great Meadows Morris and Sword in Sudbury, MA. He currently dances and plays for Candyrapper VSOP, Pinewoods Morris Men, Maple Morris, and Thames Valley International. Natty’s distinctive fiddle style, influenced by New England contra dance traditions traditional English styles, can be heard all over New England, Canada, and often England in the spring and summer. Since fiddling for morris and sword can’t pay the bills, Natty also teaches High School English in Salem, MA.
A member of the groups Genticorum and Crowfoot, as well as the Alex Kehler & Nicholas Williams Duo, Nicholas has earned a reputation as a versatile and innovative musician in the traditional music communities of Québec and New England. Equally at home on piano, accordion, and blackwood flute, his passions for musical exploration intertwine with his love of community connection through music and dance. He is becoming increasingly recognized as a song leader, having led sessions at the Northeast Heritage Music Week, and Ashokan Northern Week, as well as his weekly singing group in Waterville, Québec.
Nils Fredland has been singing in choirs since 1980, and calling dances since 2000. Respected for his expertise and clear leadership, and appreciated for his kindness and warmth, Nils is a popular caller for dancers of all ages and levels of experience. He is widely known as an engaging and skillful song leader; his primary goal is to create a welcome and safe environment for all participants, and to deliver a joyful, community-building experience through learning and singing together. Nils is the Artistic Director of Revels North, an independent arts organization based in Hanover, NH, with a 40-year history of building community through song, story, dance, and theater in the Upper Valley.
Owen Morrison is an accomplished rhythm and lead guitarist, at home in many styles of traditional music. His playing, laced with rhythmic power and skillful finesse, has made him popular among dancers and fiddlers alike. Owen has toured the U.S. and abroad with bands such as Elixir, Airdance, Night Watch and The Morrison Brothers Band. A frequent staff member and Program Director at Pinewoods, Ashokan, Augusta, and many other camps.
Patrick Swanson began his career in London as an actor at the Arts Theatre. In 1969, he toured Europe with La MaMa Plexus and subsequently got his world theater education from Ellen Stewart at La MaMa E.T.C. in New York. His numerous directing projects include opera, ensemble, music theater and circus. He was a founding stage director of Circus Flora and is currently Artistic Director of Revels. Patrick taught acting and improvisation at the London Academy of Dramatic Art, the London Drama Centre, and New York University. Directing credits include the Spoleto USA festival; Houston's Alley Theatre and Boston's Charles Playhouse. His Actor's Shakespeare Project production of King Lear with Alvin Epstein was nominated for three 2006 Elliot Norton awards. His most recent acting performance was for Gloucester Stage in their 20th anniversary production of Fighting over Beverley. For Revels, Patrick has directed a contemporary version of the medieval mystery plays. He writes and directs all Cambridge Revels scripts and with music director George Emlen, serves as consultant to the other nine Revels production companies.
Although new to the dance world since meeting his wife Lily, Paul Leahy has wholeheartedly embraced it. Paul has been a regular at dance weekends and camps over the past decade and a half. And although he started out by being dragged there, Ogontz Family week is now the highlight of his Summer. Paul is an enthusiastic singer and watcher of dancing (but has been known to partake in the odd twirl from time to time).
Paul Prestopino plays all the fretted instruments, plus harmonicas and the occasional recorder. He began his professional musical career in 1961 as accompanist with the Chad Mitchell Trio, played behind Peter, Paul & Mary for fifteen years, and has recorded with numerous folk, pop, and rock-and-roll artists. He currently divides his time between work as a designer/builder/maintainer of pro audio equipment, backing up various folk musicians, and playing for contra and English country dances. Paul has played with Hold The Mustard since its formation in 1980.
Peter Amidon fell into the world of traditional music in 1975 and has never turned back. He is thrilled to now be able to make a living as a freelance musician/educator/publisher: telling stories to all age groups, leading harmony singing with adults and teaching and leading dance with children, teachers and families. Peter Amidon, a founding member of New England Dancing Masters, publishers of books, CDs and DVDs of traditional dance for children and community dancing, leads workshops on leading dance with children and communities throughout the United States, often headlining (with Mary Alice Amidon) at state and national music teacher conferences. His choral arrangements are being sung by community, church and hospice choirs throughout the U.S. and the UK. He has led dancing and singing with children and adults at CDSS Camps for thirty-five years.
Ralph Gordon is a uniquely versatile musician, bringing more than 45 years of musical experience to the bass and cello. He is equally at home in folk, old time, swing, jazz, blues, bluegrass, klezmer, chamber group settings and all styles of music for dancers. Ralph, classically trained, studied music at West Virginia University and the Manhattan School of Music. He left Manhattan to perform with the New Jersey Symphony, then toured with Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians. He eventually returned to West Virginia where he joined the ground breaking folk ensemble, Trapezoid. Nine years and four recordings later he left the group in 1986 to become a free-lance musician. He toured with Freyda and Acoustic Attatude and has been a member of Childsplay for 20 years. Ralph has performed with many individuals and groups in a multitude of musical styles and settings from weddings and special events to Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Blues Alley and Strathmore Hall. Ralph has played at festivals across the country and venues around the world. He is a sought after freelance artist and session musician in the Washington/Baltimore metropolitan area. He can be heard on many recordings, often contributing to arranging and producing. He teaches bass and performance classes at summer and weekend camps across the country.
Having been a dancer since he was four, Robert Moir was introduced to English Country Dance by his wife Hazel when they moved from London to Newcastle upon Tyne in 1972. In due course he was recruited to join the calling team, and eventually led two weekly classes as well as being involved in dance events in the North East, Yorkshire, the Lake District and North Wales. When they moved south to Gloucestershire, Robert soon became known to the dance community in the South West and then nationally in the UK. He has called in most parts of the UK, and is currently involved in a series of special Sunday afternoon events at Cecil Sharp House in London. Robert has been invited to participate on several occasions in events in the US and also in Belgium and the Netherlands. Because of his dancer-friendly teaching Robert is much in demand to pass on his own love of dance to others. Both Robert and Hazel are members of the Pat Shaw Liaison Group which was set up initially to organize and encourage others to join in the centenary celebrations of Pat Shaw’s birth. See patshaw.info for more information.
Robin Davis has been participating in community folk music and dance activities much of her life, including healthy doses of Cotswold and Northwest clog morris. A retired professional baker, Robin now teaches preschool. She enjoys gathering children and adults together to DO ART, such as modular origami, Ukranian egg dying, bookbinding, printing and paper collage. She sings with the River Singers, a large multi-cultural choir, and a hospice singing group called Hallowell. She has led children's classes at Pinewoods, Ogontz and Lady of the Lake family weeks.
Robin Hayden leads English country dancing in her home community of Amherst, MA, and at workshops, weekends, camps, festivals, and balls across North America. The range of expressiveness in English country dance has beguiled and inspired her as a dancer going on 37 years now. As a leader, she is particularly interested in techniques for understanding, articulating, and improving the way we move, and thus the way we express ourselves within this idiom – individually, as partners, and as a set. Robin finds further outlet for her passion and eloquence as the Director of Development for CDSS.
Rodney Miller was designated a "Master Fiddler" in 1983 by the National Endowment for the Arts. He is widely considered to be the foremost exponent of New England style fiddling, a uniquely American blend of French Canadian and Celtic influences. Over the past 40 years, he has toured the U.S., British Isles, Australia and Denmark, performed and taught at hundreds of music and dance festivals, and recorded over ten fiddle albums. Rodney is currently playing in the contradance bands: Stringrays, Rhythm Raptors and Jigjazz.
In 1999, Rodney represented the state of New Hampshire, playing traditional fiddle music at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. He has also appeared on Garrison Keillor’s "A Prairie Home Companion," performed live with the Twyla Tharp Modern Dance Company at the debut of a modern dance choreographed by Ms. Tharp set to Rodney's fiddle music.
Sam Bartlett is an irrepressible mandolin, banjo and guitar player, known to dancers across the country for his fine musicianship and philosophy of stuntology. His original music has been profiled by NPR's All Things Considered and Sing Out! magazine declared him a member of “the rhythm players hall of fame.” The inventor and most distinguished practitioner of stuntology, Sam will amaze and delight us with his latest discoveries. Sam's community art projects bring the whole camp into the creative process. Mr. Bartlett has made large scale paper sculptures and puppets for more than 30 years, from the hills of West Virginia to the public school in Gustavus, Alaska.
Sarah Henry is a long-time member and leader of both Ring o' Bells Morris and Half Moon Sword. Sarah has been a creative force behind lots of fun stuff at recent Campers' Weeks -- everything from rapper, English clog, longsword, and morris to 'bacca pipes, string figures, giant puppets, and pysanky eggs. In "real" life, Dr. Sarah is a historian and museum curator and administrator.
Sarah Mead teaches, performs, and proselytizes polyphony in the Boston area. The 2007 recipient of the Thomas Binkley Award from Early Music America, she is Professor of the Practice of Music at Brandeis University, and has taught 16th-century theory and performance practice at the Longy School of Music. Her handbook on Renaissance Theory is used in historical music programs around the country. She has given master-classes, lectures and workshops in Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. She serves on the Boards of the VdGSA and EMA, and is Conclave Music Director for the Viola da Gamba Society of America.
Steve Hickman is a world class fiddler, a master hambonist, a passionate historian, and an organic homesteader, specializing in wild blueberries and Shiitake mushroom production. Since the 1970s, he has been the backbone of untold numbers of mid-Atlantic dance bands and has taught hambone to several generations of Family Week campers. He has toured internationally with groups including Childsplay.
Steve Pike, a recently retired teacher from Madison, WI, has been calling a variety of contras, squares and other dances for over twenty years at venues from Alaska to New Mexico to New York to Denmark. His clear, concise, laid-back teaching style emphasizes the joy of dancing while building a sense of community among dancers and musicians.
Steve Zakon-Anderson has been calling contras, leading workshops for callers and teaching couples dance for over 25 years. He has performed at dance camps and festivals in 36 states, including Pinewoods, Ogontz, Buffalo Gap, Lady of the Lake, Augusta and Brasstown. His own dance compositions are well known to dancers and other callers. Steve's clear teaching, energetic calling and sense of humor have made him a favorite of dancers of all ages and abilities.
Stuart Kenney is one of the most popular upright bass and five-string banjo players on the U.S. contra dance and acoustic folk music circuit. His regional musical interests sweep from Southwest Louisiana to Acadia and back to New England. Stuart toured with the late cajun master fiddler Mr. Dewey Balfa. He is a founding member of many great bands including The JEMS, StringRays, Tidal Wave, The Sevens, Airdance, and he spent 14 years touring with the legendary contra dance band Wild Asparagus. After contributing to more than 50 studio recordings, in 2014 he released his highly acclaimed solo recording, Red Case, featuring his original compositions--hauntingly beautiful melodies and ancient rhythms. In addition, Stuart's innovative teaching style has been presented at Jay Ungar’s Fiddle and Dance, Maine Fiddle Camp, Port Townsend Fiddle Tunes, Pinewoods American Week, Bay Area CDS American Week (where he was Program Director for 2015 and 2016), and countless folk music and dance events around the country and overseas. Although Stuart's music has brought him coast to coast and beyond, his musical home is at the Guiding Star Grange in Greenfield, MA, where he plays for and hosts the TopHill Music and Dance Series.
Sue Rosen has been dancing all of her life and attended her first callers workshop at Campers’ Week at Pinewoods in 1989. Since then she's become one of New England's favorite callers and has written contras that have become part of the standard repertoire of dance callers across the country and overseas.
Susan Michaels is a long-time dance caller from Los Angeles where she has been calling dances for more than 20 years! She will also a storyteller, delighting all with her heart-warming and wacky stories.
Tim Ball is a versatile fiddler and guitarist who grew up in Watkins Glen and currently lives in Newfield, NY. A staple of the contra dance and Irish music scenes in western New York for the better part of a decade, Tim has toured widely with contra dance bands such as Tempest and Tunescape, and performs with well-known rennaisance festival bands Empty Hats and Cantiga. He holds a degree from Ithaca College in classical violin performance, and has also studied early music, jazz improvisation, Suzuki Pedagogy, and the Creative Ability Development method. Tim maintains a private violin and fiddle studio in Ithaca, NY, and teaches regularly at camps including the Kanack School of Music fiddle camp and the Ithaca Suzuki Institute.
Tom Roby picked up folk dancing during undergraduate days at Swarthmore, and it turned into a lifelong addiction to a wide variety of dance styles. On the choreographed side, he has called English and contra dances and taught Balkan dances on both coasts and in the Midwest. On the improvisational side, he has taught regular classes in Hungarian dancing and waltz, including frequently at Mostly Waltz for Boston. He enjoys getting others moving to music as quickly as possible and helping them discover the invisible secrets of dancing well.
Tresne Hernandez has been bouncing and grooving ever since her brother first brought her to a swing dance in 2006. Then, in 2008, she fell in love - with blues dancing! Since then, her love has extended to Waltz, Contra, West African, Ecstatic, Contact Improv, and beyond. She delights in sharing her love of dance, and has been teaching since 2009. She is constantly amazed at the incredible opportunity dance gives us to connect with each other and be in community. Currently living in Oakland, CA, she hosts and teaches at a blues/fusion dance (Shades of Blues) in San Francisco. You can also find her miming and clowning, frolicking in the redwood forests, and leading improv workshops and theater of the oppressed gatherings.