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 is a product of the 1970’s folk music revival: clogging by age 6, performing with her sister Evie at 10, and touring nationally at 18 with the dance and music company, Rhythm In Shoes. For over 30 years Abby has collaborated with choreographers, composers, dancers, musicians (and aerialists!) on multimodal performance projects. She plays stand-up bass and sings harmony vocals in the Hogwire Stringband with master fiddler, Brad Leftwich. Abby and her husband, Sam Bartlett, also recorded with the late Garry Harrison on his now legendary album of original tunes, Red Prairie Dawn (2000).
Originally from the Cotswolds in South West England Adam Broome is a guitarist, bouzouki player and singer whose formative years were inspired by English traditional music and classical theatre. While in school his musical training began with choral music performance, primarily as a soloist. This collective mix of influences led to a self-made vocation rooted in the rural folk music of his homeland. An autodidact at heart, Adam has developed his own interpretation of guitar technique in the folk genre as a songwriter, tunesmith and accompanist. A founding member of the bands Crowfoot, and Maivish, he performs and teaches DADGAD tuned guitar and English traditional singing at music camps, festivals and dance weekends. He resides in the Eastern Townships of Quebec with his wife and musical partner, Jaige Trudel, and their son Aubrey.
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."
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.
Andy Davis calls traditional New England style contra and square dances. He plays accordion and piano for traditional dances. Andy’s specialty is calling community events inclusive of dancers of all abilities. For over thirty years Andy has taught music and dance in Vermont public schools, summer camps - and at weddings, parties and community gatherings. Andy is a founding member of “New England Dancing Masters,” publishers of dance books and recordings for the teaching of New England traditional dance. For 30 years he was part of the group “Nowell Sing We Clear,” a Vermont based group that performed and recorded mid-winter carols and customs.
Anna and Dennis Soloway
Anna Soloway has been a camper since age nine and is best known for being a highly energized pied piper in past years. When she's not at camp she is a nurse educator for the inpatient psychiatry program at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC. She recommends writing your evening gathering acts in the car on the way to camp! 2019 marks forty years at Pinewoods for Dennis Soloway. He may be best known for ruining improving pop songs in the early 2000s by playing them on the concertina after-hours in the Camp House. He and Anna look forward to getting you to the dance on time!
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.
Anne Timberlake has appeared across the United States performing repertoire from Bach to twenty-first-century premieres to Celtic tunes. She holds degrees in recorder performance from Oberlin Conservatory, where she studied with Alison Melville, and Indiana University, where she studied with Eva Legene and won the 2007 Early Music Institute Concerto Competition. Critics have praised her "fine technique and stylishness," "unexpectedly rich lyricism" (Letter V), and "dazzling playing" (Chicago Classical Review). Anne has received awards from the American Recorder Society and the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, and was awarded a Fulbright Grant. With Musik Ekklesia, Anne has recorded for the Sono Luminus label. She is a founding member of the ensemble Wayward Sisters, specializing in music of the early baroque. In 2011, Wayward Sisters won Early Music America's Naxos Recording Competition. Wayward Sisters released their debut CD on the Naxos label in 2014. Anne enjoys teaching as well as playing. In addition to teaching private, group and online recorder lessons, Anne has coached through Indiana University's Pre-College Recorder Program, the San Francisco Early Music Society, the Amherst Early Music Festival, Virginia Baroque Performance Institute, Mountain Collegium, and for numerous ARS chapters. http://www.annetimberlake.com
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.
Annie Fain Barralon
Annie Fain Barralon is a native of the crafts and music/dance community of Brasstown, NC. She teaches a variety of classes including book arts, clawhammer banjo, Appalachian clogging, and waltz clogging. Annie Fain plays banjo and banjo uke for the all-woman string band, Blue Eyed Girl, and has danced with both Loafers Glory Clog Morris and the Green Grass Cloggers. She continues to sell her handmade books, greeting cards, and original watercolors regionally and is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.
Hailing from the great state of Rhode Island, Armand Aromin and Benedict Gagliardi are seekers and singers of old songs, cultivators of local music, and chronic multi-instrumentalists. They are touted as strong tradition-bearers in their generation, and their genuine affinity for the music is evident in the emotion they draw from it. With a pair of oft-harmonizing voices tastefully garnished with fiddle, free-reeds, and tenor guitar, The Vox Hunters offer an all-natural connection to the living tradition of folk music. Their three mantras are: “Sing Local”, “Sing Often”, and “Roger Williams for President”. thevoxhunters.com
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, Audacious (with Larry Unger) and Wake Up Robin, she has travelled across the US and Europe, playing for dances and concerts. She’s equally adept at teaching workshops, and has been on staff at various camps including Pinewoods, Ashokan Northern Week, BACDS American week and Halsway Manor. 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.
Ben Sachs-Hamilton started contra dancing at 12 and started teaching dances at 15. Since then he has called and organized for dances across the northeast. He fosters a welcoming and inclusive space for diverse groups of new and experienced dancers, adding tips on style and safety into his teaching. He currently lives in New York City, where he is an organizer for Village Contra as well as the local shape-note singing group.
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.
Beverly Smith is one of the most respected players in old time music today, in demand as a singer, song writer, fiddler and dance caller, as well as a banjo, mandolin and guitar player. Besides her highly praised recordings of early country duets with Carl Jones, Alice Gerrard and John Grimm, her guitar playing has been featured on recordings of fiddlers Bruce Molsky, Rafe Stefanini, Tara Nevins and Matt Brown, and her singing with Mick Moloney, John Doyle, Laurie Lewis and others. She is known as a thorough, humorous, kind and patient teacher and has taught guitar, fiddle, singing and dance at Ashokan Southern Week, Augusta Heritage, Swannanoa Gathering, Blue Ridge Old-Time Music Week, Festival of American Fiddle Tunes and Summer Acoustic Music Week as well as Sore Fingers UK; Haapavesi, Finland; Nimble Fingers, British Columbia; and La Fuente del Musica in Spain. She co-directs the Roots of American Music Week in Mars Hill, N.C and is happy to call Marshall, NC home.
Brooke Friendly is known for her warm yet commanding personality, her clear and concise teaching, her creativity, and her sense of humor and whimsy. She has a strong sense of what makes for a good community and she makes the learning experience fun and relaxing. A dancer for more than 30 years, she co-leads a weekly English and Scottish dance in Ashland Oregon, teaches ECD callers workshops, calls contra and family dances, and teaches country dance in a variety of settings: college academic credit, older adults, and K-12 students. Brooke has been on staff at camps, weekends, festivals, balls, and workshops throughout North America and England, and is heading to Australia to teach this spring! A dance choreographer, she, with her husband Chris Sackett, has published five books of dances (Impropriety Vols. 1-5) and produced six CDs with the band Roguery (Shira Kammen, Jim Oakden, Anita Anderson, and Dave Bartley). Impropriety Volume 6 will be published this summer. Brooke recently started a longsword and border morris team and sings in a world music choir.
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.
Cedar Stanistreet grew up playing both classical violin and traditional fiddle music, and studied violin performance at the Crane School of Music. For the past ten years he has played for contra dances across North America with bands including Nor’easter, Cardinal Direction, Maivish, and Cloud Ten. His spirited, rhythmic playing and clear tone keep dancers on their feet. In between gigs, Cedar can be found at home in Brattleboro, VT, growing vegetables, baking bread, and birdwatching. He also repairs violins, violas, and cellos.
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.
Clayton Jennings has been social dancing for 15 years. Initially captivated with contra and other folk dancing traditions, he joined the UMass Ballroom Dance team where he placed in collegiate competitions and instructed newcomers in a variety of ballroom dances. Upon moving to Boston in 2014, he quickly fell in love with blues dancing and has completed the Boston Blues Instructor Training, facilitated by internationally acclaimed instructor, Julie Brown. Other dance instruction experience included teaching waltz lessons at the monthly Waltzdays social in Boston, as well as the Sparkle blues/waltz fusion events organized by the wonderful Julie Vallimont. As an instructor, he seeks to ensure that everyone can enjoy themselves on the dance floor and to inspire people to explore new dance horizons. Please ask him to dance!
Dan Meyers holds an MM in Early Music Performance from the Longy School of Music, where he studied recorder with Sonja Lindblad and Renaissance winds with Dan Stillman, and a BA degree in music and English literature from Whitman College, where he studied modern trombone with David Glenn. He spent two seasons as a musician with the Utah Shakespearean Festival, and has been a performer at several early music venues in the U.K. and Ireland, where he received a Watson Fellowship for ethnomusicology studies. He is a founding member of the English consort Seven Times Salt, and has performed with the Boston Shawm and Sackbut Ensemble, Schola Cantorum of Boston, and the Cambridge Revels. He also performs Irish traditional music on uilleann pipes, whistle, and flute; his piping was featured on the soundtrack of the award-winning documentary film "Rooters: The Birth of Red Sox Nation."
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.
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.
In the past nine years, David Sewell-McCann has written and told over 1,200 original children's stories (the equivalent of 40 novels!) for Sparkle Stories. Out of his experience as an elementary school teacher and parent of two lively boys, he developed a method of intuitive, transformative storytelling, which he now shares with others through keynote speeches, workshops, podcasts, and online courses. He lives in Austin, TX.
Diane Sutliff has worked in many art forms, from painting, drawing, and textiles, to costume construction, cigar box guitars, and Franken-fiddles. Right now, she is mostly focused on pottery and human potential. Since 1995 she has taught thousands of kids and adults to draw, both in public schools and at her own neighborhood art classes. She currently teaches pre-K through 8th grade artists at several schools in Chicago. She likes to give her students tips and tricks, provide lots of opportunity for choices, and then tries to get out of the way!
Elvie Miller grew up immersed in the New England music and dance community and attended Family Week at Pinewoods many times as a camper. A recipient of the Watson Fellowship in 2005, she studied traditional dance music in northern Europe, and subsequently moved to music-rich County Clare, Ireland, where she now lives with her husband, fiddler Denis Liddy, and their twin daughters. She keeps busy gigging at local castles and teaching secondary (high) school English and Music as well as teaching classical and traditional piano and piano accordion privately.
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 in recorder ensembles and historical chamber music, as well as English Country Dance bands. As a teacher, she works with private students and ensembles in the Boston area and at summer workshops. Emily's solo album "Fantasies for a Modern Recorder" explores the variety and possibilities over four centuries of repertoire offered by the Helder Harmonic Tenor recorder, including a variety of flute and violin music usually inaccessible to the recorder as well as new works commissioned for the project. In her spare time, she enjoys long distance cycling.
Emily Troll plays fiddle and accordion and currently hails from South 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 fifth graders to do long division.
Emma Whitla is an eager choral singer, and lover of folk songs. She was on tour with Northern Harmony in 2017 where she developed her teaching skills and stage presence. After that she spent some time in Cuba, studying dance, where she also directed a church choir. Now studying dance at York University, she continues singing with her family and with the Echo Women's Choir. Some of the styles Emma is familiar with are Georgian singing, shape note, American roots folk songs, and jazz standards. By working many times with Malcolm Dalglish at Ooolation, she has also learned many of his compositions. She loves rounds, and teaching other people songs. She's also an avid social dancer, and is very excited about Pinewoods and the exchanges that might bring.
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 contra and English country dancing with Midwest-based bands the Cosmic Otters and Supertrad. With his playing firmly rooted in traditional Irish music, Eric has performed and taught at camps and festivals around the country, and currently serves as program director of the all-ages Cumberland Dance Week, a project of the Lloyd Shaw Foundation, of which Eric is also a member of the board of directors. Eric lives in Bloomington, IN with his wife, Katie Zukof, where they run a family dance series, raise their two daughters and operate a brick-oven bakery.
Frances Conover Fitch has toured extensively in North America and Europe and performs with many prominent early music ensembles. She helped found the groundbreaking ensemble for 17th-century music, Concerto Castello, and has been described as a “delightfully inventive and compelling” continuo player. Ms. Fitch has participated in major music festivals, including Tanglewood, Aix-en-Provence, Pepsico Summerfare, Tage Alter Musik (Regensburg), the Boston Early Music Festival, and the Festival de Musica Antigua in Mexico. Ms. Fitch has made more than a dozen recordings, including a double CD of music by Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre, featuring something from every compositional genre she explored. Her playing has been noted for its “precision and delicacy of wit.” She was a member of the faculty of the Longy School of Music for nearly three decades, and served as Chair of the Early Music department there. In 2006, Longy awarded her the George Seaman Award for Excellence in the Art of Teaching. Ms. Fitch is on the faculties of Tufts and Brandeis Universities and The New England Conservatory. In 2012-13, she was Guest Professor at Ferris University in Yokohama, Japan. With Jack Ashworth of the University of Louisville, she is co-author of the figured bass workbook, Running the Numbers. She also maintains a private studio in the Boston area, and is Minister of Music at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Beverly Farms, MA.
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!
Gaye Fifer has been calling at dance weekends for many years. Her pleasant style and graceful teaching put dancers at ease and set the stage for a great dance experience. She has also taught numerous waltz workshops at virtually every dance weekend in the East. She now lives in Pittsburgh, PA. and travels whenever she gets the opportunity. Gaye is currently President of CDSS and has a passionate interest in organizing to support dance community leaders and organizers.
Géraud Barralon comes from Ardèche in the Rhône-Alpes region of France. Now married to a Brasstown native, he makes his home outside of Murphy, NC. With a background in Django Reinhardt style, rhythmic swing guitar, Géraud has performed for many swing dances in Lyon with a group, Djoukil. He sings original and traditional French song accompanying himself on guitar, fiddle or octave mandolin publishing his first album in 2012 called "Comment faire du feu....avec ce qu'il reste" (How to make a fire with what is left), and his second album in 2019 called "La trace du Poète" (The Poet's Trail). As part of the French Appalachian old-time band, Ida Red Trio, Géraud has played the bass for many contra and square dance both locally and abroad and is now the director for the Cherokee County Junior Appalachian Music program.
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.
Guillaume Sparrow-Pepin draws on jazz, traditional, and world music to play with an expressive and dynamic style melding the worlds of accompaniment and melody. A singer and pianist, he picked up the accordion in 2012 and, under the tutelage of Jeremiah McLane, found his way to the folk music scene. He studied computer science and music at the University of Vermont and is currently a systems administrator and teacher at The Putney School, as well as a freelance web developer.
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.
Jaige Trudel grew up studying classical violin and cello, and discovered traditional fiddle styles in her early teens. She is a full-time professional folk musician, performing at festivals, concert and dance venues, and giving workshops throughout the US, Canada and abroad. She has toured extensively with the band Crowfoot, which she co-founded, and in recent years has maintained a busy touring schedule with her current project, Maivish. She is also a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, and specializes in working with musicians, dancers and artists. Jaige regularly composes music inspired by the traditional influences of her French, Irish and American heritage.
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.
Jan Elliott began her recorder studies at age 3. Her first teachers were Ruth Guillard, student of Bernard Krainis (and wife of a founding Pinewoods Morris Man), and school music teacher and early music specialist Patricia C. Brown. Later she explored advanced baroque repertoire with W. Britt Wheeler at Wesleyan University, earning a BA in music and education. Her MA thesis from UCLA focused on dance/music relations, and she happily straddles both worlds. She currently maintains an active private studio and teaches music at elementary and middle school levels. She directs the Woods Hole Recorder Consort and performs with Ensemble Passacaglia, a quartet specializing in medieval, renaissance and world music, and Courante, a baroque ensemble that has performed across Cape Cod and at the Boston Early Music Festival. She has been a guest artist with numerous early music groups including Oyez!, Philidor, the Solstice Singers, Falmouth Chorale, Mastersingers-by the Sea and Proteus Consort. She also has an active life in the worlds of traditional music and dance, teaching morris and sword dance at the Waldorf School of Cape Cod, directing the Vineyard Swordfish and playing for the Pinewoods Morris Men and other teams. She also maintains a children's traditional dance troupe. She has been on staff at many Pinewoods sessions, and served for 12 years on the board of Pinewoods Camp, Inc.
Following many delightful years of leading the Teachers Course at CDSS’s Family Week at Ogontz, Jane Miller returns to her other great joy, teaching crafts, songs and games to children. Before joining the faculty at Antioch New England Graduate School in the 1990s, she founded and taught at Price Farm School, an independent elementary school in New Hampshire. For many summers, she taught children’s classes at CDSS’s Family Week at Pinewoods; she is thrilled to return, with two generations of family, to teach here again.
Janine 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.
Jeremiah McLane is a composer, accordionist, pianist and teacher with a diverse musical background including blues, jazz, Celtic, Québécois, French and other roots influenced music. He has performed throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, with The Clayfoot Strutters, Nightingale, and Le Bon Vent and other bands. He currently performs with Kalos, Triton and with his wife Annemieke in the Cassotto Duo. He holds a master’s degree in contemporary improvisation from the New England Conservatory in Boston and in 2005 he started the Floating Bridge Music School, devoted to teaching traditional music from the British Isles, Quebec and Northern Europe, and North America, all genres that have influenced the music of his native New England. Since 1990 Jeremiah has released over thirty recordings. He has served on the faculty of the State University of New York in Plattsburgh, and currently teaches the Summit School for Traditional Music in Montpelier, VT and at the Upper valley Music Center in Lebanon, NH. He also teaches regularly at summer music programs throughout the U.S.
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.
Jesse Ball spent his earliest years dancing in a sling around his parents’ shoulders. Beginning his musical adventures with classical piano, he eventually found his way back to traditional music after drawing influence from Jazz, Fusion, Andean Folk & Indian Classical genres. Now he plays for dances and concert all around New England and beyond. He's also an avid tunesmith, with compositions having found their way into the music of his bands Rift, Polaris, and Calluna. When he’s not playing music, he can be found dancing, working as a sound tech, or growing garlic.
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.
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.
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.
Jonathan Werk has played oboe with the Kanata Symphony Orchestra since 2007, when he joined as a way to continue playing music while studying engineering at university. Jonathan received his Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering in June 2011 from Carleton University, and in September 2012, he started a Bachelor of Music at the University of Ottawa, studying oboe with Charles Hamann. At the University of Ottawa, Jonathan has performed with the university’s wind ensemble, orchestra, choir, and played in the pit orchestra for the university’s opera production. Outside of his studies, Jonathan has played in many Ottawa musical ensembles, including the Ottawa Wind Ensemble, Ottawa Chamber Orchestra, Carleton University Chamber Music Ensemble, Carleton University Baroque Opera Ensemble, Sinfonia Ottawa, and the Ottawa Youth Orchestra. In addition to playing classical music, Jonathan’s love for music extends into many genres of folk and world music, and has led to him playing oboe, penny whistle, bombarde, and didgeridoo in the contra dance band “Stolen Goods”.
Julia Friend is a singer of pub songs, sea shanties, and ballads. She loves the power and vulnerability of the human voice. An occasional performer at small folk festivals, Julia is happiest swapping songs and blending harmonies in dark corners in the wee hours of the night. She co-authored CDSS's folk singing starter kit, helped launch Youth Traditional Song Weekend, and generally cheers for singing in all its genres. She lives in New Haven, CT where she hums incessantly and organizes semi-regular singing parties with friends.
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.
Julie Vallimont performs nationwide on piano and accordion for contra dances, English and Scottish dance, French bal folk, and concerts. She is known for her sensitive accompaniment, skill in matching the music to the dance, and music with heart. Drawing on teaching skills developed over fifteen years as a natural science educator, Julie enjoys leading workshops and teaching. She is also an experienced live sound engineer. When she has time, she makes crankies, paper art, and pottery.
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 Mid-Atlantic 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.
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.
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 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.
www.katiemartucci.com for more details on upcoming projects.Hailing from the rich musical history of the Catskill Mountains in New York State, Katie Martucci grew up singing, and playing fiddle and guitar. The daughter of a jazz pianist, she began performing with her father at a young age. By the first grade, she was writing her own songs and playing for tips. Her musical journeys led her to the Ashokan Western and Swing Week, vocal lessons with Laurel Masse of Manhattan Transfer, a brief stint of collegiate acappella at Skidmore College and ultimately, to the New England Conservatory. Since graduating NEC, Katie has toured the country with her trio The Ladles, founded the Tucci Swing Orchestra (a 9 piece jazz band playing Boswell Sister inspired arrangements of classic swing rep) and begun recording and performing under her own name. Visit
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. Katy is currently the Executive Director of CDSS.
Kelsey Wells came into the world with her feet still, her mouth shut, and her eyes wide open. Since then, she has discovered the joys of old-time fiddling, folk dancing, storytelling, and various other traditional arts. Though rooted in the heritage of Appalachian music, she works to create intercultural musical communities and has a keen interest in the fiddling styles of Western North Carolina, southern Sweden, and a few places in between. Kelsey plays fiddle, banjo, and mbira and currently performs in the popular contra dance band Turnip the Beet, with Vermont-based folk musician Brendan Taaffe, and as a musical accompanist for her ma, poet Kory Wells.
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Laurel Swift is an inspiring instigator of creative new projects and performances rooted in the folk arts. Laurel has choreographed and devised national touring dance productions for Morris Offspring, co-created and performed Under Her Skin with Debs Newbold, advised theatre and film companies on using folk music and dance material, performed and taught at festivals in the UK and America, founded an organization to develop youth folk arts projects, teaches and contributes to education projects in the UK, and performs on fiddle, double bass and clogs with her bands including Gadarene, Ben Moss, and The Gloworms.
Lauren Breunig grew up steeped in folk music and dance: attending Family Week at Pinewoods, singing Shape Note music in friends' living rooms, contra dancing often and energetically, and touring with Village Harmony singing camps. She is also a founding member of Windborne, a Vermont-based folk band that specializes in traditional vocal music from the US and around the world. When she's not making music, Lauren works as a circus artist and instructor, performing aerial fabric, trapeze, and partner acrobatics.
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 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.
Liza Malamut regularly appears as a sackbut specialist with the country's premier early music groups. Engagements have included performances with the Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Camerata, Music of the Baroque, Seraphic Fire, The Sebastians, Trinity Baroque, the Boston Early Music Festival, Piffaro, Baroque Orchestration X, Apollo's Fire, The Green Mountain Project, Mercury! The Orchestra Redefined, Dark Horse Consort, Boston Baroque, and others. Liza is the recipient of a 2017-2018 American Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the American Association of University Women for her work on the integration of historical performance practice with mainstream teaching. She looks forward to receiving the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Historical Trombone from Boston University in Spring 2018. Liza has given master classes and coachings at Boston University, Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, Tufts University, Loyola University, University of Central Oklahoma, and Northeastern University. In 2015, Liza served as Visiting Lecturer in Sackbut at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and she continues to teach students in her home city of Boston. Liza holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Boston University, where she studied modern trombone with John Marcellus and Don Lucas, respectively. After receiving her Master of Music degree, she spent a year touring the United States with her Indiana-based chamber ensemble, appearing with the Buffalo Symphony, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and at many other venues across America. Her work with children and students has inspired various large-scale outreach projects, including several family-friendly productions of Heinrich Schütz's Weihnachtshistorie, staged in New York and Boston in collaboration with the New York-based vocal collective Musica Nuova; and Singen und Sagen: Music for Hope in a Time of War, a concert of works by Michael Praetorius in collaboration with the Schola Cantorum of Rochester. For these and other projects, she has been the recipient of the Paul R. Judy Polyphonic Grant and the 2017 Early Music America Outreach Grant.
Margaret Bary performs rapper and longsword with Half Moon Sword and hosts the New York sword dance festival along with her team. An avid Contra and English country dancer, she is currently an apprentice caller at CDNY’s weekly English Dance. Margaret serves as Performing Arts Department Chair at Brooklyn Friends School where she teaches dance, incorporates folk and sword dance into her creative dance curriculum, and calls the annual family dance. She is active on the board of the New York State Dance Education Association and with Pourparler, a national organization of teachers of folk dance.
Mark David Buckles
Mark David Buckles is a conductor, composer, singer, music educator, and multi-instrumentalist. Mark David's many roles include serving as the Director of Music at Arlington Street Church in Boston, Music Director of The Sanctuary Boston, and Lecturer of Music Theory at MIT. In addition, Mark David is both a prolific composer and arranger of choral, vocal, and instrumental music, and an acclaimed performer and worship leader, leading worship and music services throughout the country with his reverent spirit and infectious energy. When he is not making music and/or spending time with his amazing daughter, Mark David enjoys chess, hiking, bread, and geocaching.
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.
Mary Cay Brass
Mary Cay Brass began her involvement with traditional music at the age of nine and hasn’t looked back. With a degree in ethnomusicology, Mary Cay won a Fullbright Scholarship to the former Yugoslavia, and for two years studied the language and cultures throughout the former Yugoslavia and conducted fieldwork in the singing traditions of the region. Mary Cay is an accomplished piano and accordion player for contra and other dance, and has, for 30 years, lead Village Harmony camps for teens and adults. The experience with Village Harmony led Mary Cay to form a local community choir, The River Singers, in Saxtons River, VT and later, Greenfield Harmony, in Greenfield, MA. Both groups are rollicking intergenerational choruses of about 70- 90 singers, that explore the vocal music cultures of many community-based world traditions – from the Balkans, the Republic of Georgia, Africa, the British Isles, France, and American folk traditions such as shape note, Appalachian and African-American gospel.
For most of her adult life, Mary Springfels had devoted herself to the performance and teaching of early music repertoires. She earned her stripes performing with many influential pioneering ensembles, including the New York Pro Musica, the Elizabethan Enterprise, concert Royal, and the Waverly consort. For 20 years, she directed the innovative Newberry Consort, and can be heard on dozens of recordings. In 2006, Mary moved to the mountains of New Mexico, where she is active in the formation of an intentional community called the Wit's End Coop. She continues to teach and perform extensively. The past year's highlights include appearances with the Folger Constort, the Tallis Scholars, and concerts of medieval music at the Dallas Museum of Fine Art, and in London, at Old St. Bartholomew's Church.
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.
Melissa Running discovered folk dance in college (PE credit! With music!) and hasn't stopped since. She plays piano for English, Scottish, and contra, plays nyckelharpa for English and Scandinavian dance and the occasional concert, and calls English across the country, most often locally in the suburbs of DC, Maryland side. Aside from music and dance activities, she works at linguistic precision as a technical writer and editor, and knits with the zeal of the newly converted.
Michael Barrett is a Boston-based conductor, singer, multi-instrumentalist, and teacher. He has performed with many professional early-music ensembles, including Blue Heron, the Boston Camerata, the Huelgas Ensemble, Vox Luminis, the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Nederlandse Bachvereniging (Netherlands Bach Society), L’Académie, Seven Times Salt, Schola Cantorum of Boston, and Exsultemus. He can be heard on the harmonia mundi, Blue Heron, and Coro record labels. Michael has served as music director of Convivium Musicum since 2007. He also directs the Meridian Singers, a vocal ensemble based at MIT, and has served as guest director of Cantilena, a women’s chorus in Arlington, and as a visiting lecturer in choral conducting at Bridgewater State University. Michael is currently an Assistant Professor at the Berklee College of Music, where he teaches conducting courses for undergraduates. He is also Lecturer in Music at Boston University, where he teaches seminars in Renaissance and Baroque choral repertoire for graduate choral conducting students. With his wife Anney he is co-owner of The Green Room, a multipurpose arts studio in Union Square, Somerville, where he maintains a private studio for lessons in voice and music theory. Michael earned an AB in music from Harvard University, an MM in choir conducting from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and a First Phase Diploma in Baroque and Classical singing from the Koninklijk Conservatorium (Royal Conservatory) in The Hague, The Netherlands. In 2015 he completed his DMA in choral conducting at Boston University.
Michelle L O’Connor (Levy) has been performing on and exploring the possibilities of bowed string instruments for over 27 years. O’Connor studied medieval vielle with Shira Kammen, earned a Masters in Ritual Chant & Song from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance (University of Limerick), and studied music at Brown University. She has performed internationally with an eclectic variety of ensembles, including Jordi Savall & Hespèrion XXI, Keltia Productions, and The Boston Camerata. She’s been a featured performer at the Vancouver Early Music Festival (2013) with Sequentia & The Elaine Adair Ensemble as well as at the Connecticut Early Music Festival (2010) with Istanpitta Early Music Ensemble, and at the New England Folk Festival 2013 (NEFFA) with her folk dance band, TriTonic. She enjoys playing fiddle for contra and English country dance camps in the woods as well as performing with Shira Kammen's Class V Music, an ensemble dedicated to creating music on whitewater rafting trips.
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.
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.
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.
Rachel Fifer was first introduced to contra dancing when her father dropped her on her head as a particularly wild neighbor swung him off balance. Gaye Fifer leapt dramatically off the stage, only to discover that baby Rachel was unharmed, yet would have a lifetime connection to contra dancing. Rachel has since sampled every dance and music style she could. She is fascinated by the history of our creative communities and the ways that we honor our roots by continuing to both remember our past and move towards intentional progress. Let's explore and celebrate our roots of movement and music together!
Renee Brachfeld is a professional storyteller and juggler, baker, long distance runner, glass artist, and cat lover. Her work has taken her from Anchorage to Miami, from London, England to Saskatoon Saskatchewan. Her performances combine the wonder of storytelling with the unbridled joy of juggling. Renee has taught many classes for both children and adults at CDSS and Lloyd Shaw dance camps. She is co-founder of The MultiFaith Storytelling Institute. Renee lives in Washington DC with her husband, Mark Novak, and Farfel, the wonder-cat, who is at home destroying the furniture.
Robbin Marcus is a well-known caller of contras, squares and community dances. She has been on staff for numerous CDSS weeks at Pinewoods camp (including a stint as Program Director for Family Week), and has also taught contras and play parties as well as Alexander Technique at Christmas Country Dance School in Berea, KY. Recognized for her choices of smooth, flowing dances and clear teaching style, she is much in demand by beginning and experienced dancers alike. Robbin serves as the Summer Kodály program director at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, where she teaches graduate level certification courses in Kodály pedagogy, Folk Dance, Appalachian dulcimers and Alexander Technique each July. Robbin gives Alexander technique lessons whenever she can in Atlanta, GA.
Sam Bartlett is a traditional musician known throughout the US for his mandolin, banjo, and guitar playing as well as his original music. His compositions have been profiled on NPR’s All Things Considered and his playing has been featured on the Thistle & Shamrock, and in two Ken Burns documentaries, Prohibition and The Dust Bowl. Sam has recorded with a virtual who’s who of traditional musicians, among them: Garry Harrison, Paul Brown, Eden MacAdam-Somer, Rafe Stefanini, Pete Sutherland, Dirk Powell, Rodney Miller, David Greely, and Rick Good. Sam is also a master entertainer, and author of The Best of Stuntology (Workman, 2008) which is sold internationally and translated into Finnish and German. As an artist, Sam has for the past 20 years played a role in the resurgent interest in the 19th-century entertainment form, the moving panorama, or “crankie show.”
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. She is a Professor of the Practice of Music at Brandeis University where she has directed vocal and historical instrument ensembles and taught music history since 1982; she currently chairs their interdepartmental program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. In 2007 she received the Thomas Binkley Award from Early Music America for outstanding achievement in performance and scholarship by the director of a collegium musicum. She served as Music Director of the annual Conclave of the Viola da Gamba Society of America for seven years and oversaw their 50th anniversary celebration. Overseas she has performed and taught in Brazil, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the UK, and is a sought-after lecturer and ensemble-coach in the US, where she is a founding member and music director of Nota Bene Viol Consort. Her editions and commentary on both recent and historical works for viols are published four times a year in the Newsletter of the VdGSA under the title "NewsMusic," and her original music for viol consort is published by PRB.
Sarah VanNorstrand has been calling, organizing and teaching contra, square, and family/community dances for over ten years. She has a clear and engaging teaching style and a great repertoire of dances to share. Instantly hooked from her first contra dance as a teen, Sarah’s love of social dancing and her joy in sharing it is evident and infectious. Above all, her goal as a caller is to make sure the dancers are having a wonderful time connecting with the music and each other.
Scott Higgs has been calling and composing English and contra dances for over 25 years -- delighting novices and experts alike. From Seattle to Antwerp, dancers praise Scott's engaging programs, dynamic presentation, and emphasis on fun. His business card says it all: Playful, spirited, elegant, zesty, joyful contra, English, morris, and couple dancing.
Sue Hulsether calls dances for groups of all ages and abilities, equally at home at a dance hall, school, barn, or camp. Her dance repertoire includes squares, contras, circles, reels, play parties, and singing games -- as well as teaching the rhythmic delights of flatfoot clogging and spoons. Following a career in music education, she has been working as a full-time caller for 12 years and is recognized for her clear teaching, welcoming manner on the mic, and engaging humor.
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 Kevra is a dance caller, musician, and singer who makes her home in Nashville, TN. She travels across the country and occasionally, around the globe to teach contra, square dances, English Country dancing and French dancing. She is an accomplished clarinetist and a member of the band, Old World Charm School, who perform French café music and English Country dance tunes. Inspired by tunes by her bandmate, Rachel Bell, she has choreographed a dozen English dances and counting, including Trip to Provence and Moonflower which are making their way onto dance floors and ball programs in the US and England. She is also a professor of French and American Studies at Vanderbilt University, where she teaches a class, American Social History through Dance.
Wade Bartlett is a family week veteran making his debut as a staff musician in 2018. He’s a classically trained violinist who studied at the Indiana University String Academy for nine years with internationally known professor of pedagogy, Mimi Zweig. He is currently the principal second violinist in his high school strings orchestra, and recently successfully defended his chair in a blind challenge. He has recurrent dreams of being able to use The Force.
Wendy Graham Settle
Wendy Graham Settle is a self-described "dance maniac." Her passion for music, song and dance caught fire in 1991 a youth dance tour in Denmark. Today, Wendy leads English, American, and couples dances in Durango, CO, across the country, and abroad -- as far away as Alaska, England and Denmark. She proudly served on the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS) board and is currently a Lifetime Contribution Award committee member.
Will Mentor is a contra and square dance caller from Northern Vermont known for his clear teaching, upbeat wit, and relaxed stage presence. He loves to choreograph evenings with a variety of dances and tempos that at times surprise and always delight, all the while keeping intact his guiding principle as a caller: "It's about the dancers!"