A Brillhart violin and a Bodach-Turner/ Orman bow are supporting mini grants for musicians who have lost the majority of their income to the pandemic.
Emerson Gale teaches joy-based music and outdoor education in the Upper Valley including Music Theory & Composition at The Sharon Academy, violin/fiddle and piano lessons at the Upper Valley Waldorf School, and cello and ukulele instruction at the Seven Stars Arts Center. He also provides musical accompaniment for local pioneering arts skill shops like Storytree, an interactive storytelling program for youth, seniors and families facilitated by Jools Skeet.
Emerson serves as the Treasurer of the Board of the Seven Stars Arts Center where he organizes the youth Fiddle Friends and the family All-Comers Jam. Emerson previously served as the Music Director and Camp Director of Camp Greenwoods in Hangzhou, China, which he co-founded as one of the first international youth camps in that country. You can find Emerson speaking Mandarin Chinese or playing cello for the Vermont Fiddle Orchestra and various contra/ square dance bands in New England.
Jacob Brillhart aims to build violin family instruments that are both exciting to play and are also objects of sculptural beauty. From his shop in central Vermont, Brillhart builds both violins and violas entirely by hand with carefully selected European wood. It is his goal to make instruments that possess a strong and powerful voice and display intricate and delicate craftsmanship. To achieve this, Brillhart personally designs every detail and shapes every piece by hand.
The voice of a violin is determined by the curves and shapes of the physical body. Thus form and function are inseparable. The smallest shavings must be removed carefully by knife, chisel, gouge, or plane in order to slowly turn raw blocks of lumber into the desired shapes, dimensions, and curves that give the instrument its strength, its beauty, and its unique voice. Brillhart believes that the voice and body of a violin should adhere to classical aesthetics and simultaneously project an organic personality and sense of life. A graduate of the North Bennet Street School in Boston, Jacob Brillhart studied violin making under master maker Roman Barnas.
One of the youngest violin professors at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Anick is considered “a rising star in the world of jazz violin and mandolin” (Downbeat Magazine). In addition to leading various groups under his own name and performing with the Rhythm Future Quartet, Anick has been touring and recording with Grammy award-winning Nashville guitar virtuoso John Jorgenson since 2008 when he was recruited while still a senior at the Hartt Conservatory.
A versatile musician and sought after side-man, Anick has also shared the stage with an array of artists like Stevie Wonder, Tommy Emmanuel, Hamilton de Holanda, The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, John Sebastian, Delta Rae, and Ward Hayden and the Outliers. With performances all over the world from China, Europe, and Japan and renowned venues like the Montreal Jazz Festival, Blue Note, Smalls Jazz Club, Scullers Jazz Club, Yoshi's, Iridium, TD Garden, Regattabar, NPR, and The Late Night Show, Jason has proven himself to be a leader in the ever-growing contemporary string world.
Seoyeon Im was born in South Korea.
Seoyeon began her musical studies as a Classical Violinist, starting at 7 years old. And She studied Classical music at SungShin Woman's University in South Korea.
After Graduation, Seoyeon started to play Jazz and decided to go America for studying music as Student of Berklee College of music. Seoyeon got Half Tuition Scholarship from Berklee College of Music. Now, She is studying Master of jazz Music at Queens College in New York.
Seoyeon has performed at Berklee Performance Center(Boston), Club Passim (Boston), Seoul Art Center(Korea), Sowol Art Center (Seoul) , Chugmu Art Hall(Seoul), Lefrak Concert Hall (New York) ,Bar Chord(NewYork), Diese Onze(Montreal).Seoyeon used to play with Cuban music group "DieVano" in Boston. She plays Gypsy Jazz music with franglais in New York.
Seoyeon has her own 38K Youtube Channel called "V.OLIN". She is sharing Pop and Jazz violin music videos every week with her subscribers. https://www.youtube.com/user/trendymusician
Eben Bodach-Turner made his first bow in 2000 with Lynn Armour Hannings. From the beginning, he drew inspiration from the beauty of the materials and the depth of the bow making tradition. The French makers of the 18th and 19th century have always been of particular interest.
In 2013 Eben began attending the Violin Society of America Bow Making Workshop at Oberlin College. Through this unique experience he had the opportunity to learn from some of the finest bow makers in the world.
Since 2002, Eben has worked with players, both local and distant, to find bows to serve their needs, restore a beloved older bow or maintain the one they play everyday. In addition he is an active classical double bass player in several local orchestras and has a small teaching studio.
Evan began his musical studies as a cellist, starting at 10 years old. Growing up in a musical household, Evan had early experiences with woodworking (in addition to being an acclaimed printmaker) with his father, who has built a number of violins, violas and guitars. After attending the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Banff Centre and the New England Conservatory of Music, he embarked on a career in music. Having been fascinated by instrument-making for many years, he finally focused his attention on bows and bow making.
Early in his bow making career, Evan's primary mentors and influences were Stéphane Thomachot, Eric Grandchamp, Morgan Anderson, David Forbes, Lee Guthrie and Tim Baker among others. Evan feels bowmaking has allowed him to retain his connection with the music he loves and it is also a beautiful art in and of itself - an elegant tool for the creation of music. Evan is a member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow makers, the British Violin Making Association and the Violin Society of America.
A Michigan native living in Boston, fiddler Rachel Reeds has immersed herself in the Cape Breton and Scottish musical traditions and has become a familiar face at sessions, camps, workshops, and house parties around New England.
Summer 2017 marked the release of her debut album, 'Sparkjoy' produced by acclaimed fiddler, Hanneke Cassel. Joined on piano by Cape Breton fiddler and pianist Andrea Beaton, the album also features Hanneke Cassel (fiddle, piano), Natalie Haas (cello), Yann Falquet (guitar, Genticorum), and Katie McNally (fiddle).
Rachel has performed at Club Passim, the Tamworth Lyceum, Big Rapids Festival of the Arts, and has played for dances at the Canadian American Club of Watertown and DEFFA. Rachel has been involved with organizing BCMFest (Boston’s Celtic Music Festival), andBoston States Fiddle Camp. www.rachelreeds.com
Originally from San Diego, California, violinist Kimberly Durflinger is based in Montréal, Canada where she is a substitute violinist for several professional orchestras in Canada, a contracted musician with RWS Entertainment Group, a session musician for recording projects, and a private violin teacher at Long and McQuade.
Classically trained, she holds a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance from the Schulich School of Music of McGill University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance from the Eastman School of Music.
Currently, Kimberly works as a substitute violinist for the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, I Musici de Montréal, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra.
Additionally, Kimberly has been newly contracted by the RWS Entertainment Group based in NYC. She is contracted to perform on one of Holland America’s cruise ships for a four month tour traversing Norway and the British Isles.
Kimberly is also passionate about being involved with genres of music outside the realm of traditional classical music. She is a member of the rock band Vaerisa, based in Toronto, where she composed and recorded violin parts for the band’s new albums Heliograph and Florilège. She can also be heard on the soundtrack for an episode of Star-trek, and recorded the theme song to the video game Renaine which will be released on the Nintendo Switch.
Fiddler Magazine: Columns, features & tunes for fiddlers of all levels and styles. www.fiddle.com
Cremona in America has produced over 250,000 cakes of the world famous premium rosin “ANDREA” since its establishment back in 2009. Cremona in America is starting a new Era in 2020, and all premium rosins from CiA are now produced and reintroduced with the new name CECILIA, replacing the previous rosin production line ANDREA. CiA strives to create something unique and special that will inspire these artists to create their own unique and exquisite masterpiece. For more information about the complete collection of CECILIA rosins, please visit the company website at www.cremonainamerica.com and follow Instagram @ceciliarosin_officia
Discovery, Encouragement & Support. Dedicated to helping musicians take the next step and to building the local music community. www.nineathensmusic.com
The Fiddle Hell Massachusetts Festival is a yearly gathering of fiddlers, cellists, mandolin/guitar/banjo players, and singers to meet, jam, learn, listen, and have fun. Now in its 16th year, it's both friendly and diverse, crossing all ages and levels, and covering traditional styles such as New England, Southern oldtime, Irish, bluegrass, Scottish/CB, swing, jazz, French Canadian, Cajun, Klezmer, and Scandinavian. Last year we had 500+ workshops and jams, and 13 concerts during 4 days in November. For more info, including repertoire CDs, please visit: www.fiddlehell.org or www.facebook.com/groups/fiddlehellmassachusetts
Sheffield Chamber Players is devoted to bringing world-class chamber music to diverse audiences in an intimate setting that builds community and demonstrates the power of music. With most of our concerts happening in the intimacy of a living room, we thrive on the creative energy that comes from performing within a few feet from our audience, as well as the engaging conversations afterwards. www.sheffieldchamberplayers.org
Baker Violin Shop offers an extensive selection of high quality instruments for sale and rental as well as professional repair. We stock a wide variety of strings and accessories, assist beginners and professionals alike with friendly knowledgeable service and help you find the instrument that fits your music and your budget. www.bakerviolinshop.com
Pure Dead Brilliant Fiddle Weekend started in 2007 as a small retreat/workshop for advanced fiddle players in the Scottish scene. It is the original vision of Hanneke Cassel, Jerry Bell, and Nancy Bell and has taken on a life of its own over the years. Hanneke remains as director and is surrounded by an incredible team of people who pretty much do everything. www.pdbfiddleweekend.com
“Creative Strings” initiatives with the founding of Camille Catherine, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the expansion and improvement of music education, with a focus on the development of curriculum and programs for classically trained string players and teachers to expand their skills as creative musicians. www.creativestrings.org
The Upper Valley Music Center is a community music school based in Lebanon, NH, serving over 1,000 students a year from across the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire. UVMC’s expert faculty work with beginning through advanced students and teach programs designed for ages birth through adulthood, including lessons, classes, ensembles, workshops and master classes. www.uvmusic.org
The Festival of Fiddlers on the Green is an annual effort to document a fiddler playing in every one of the 251 Vermont towns. www.fiddlersonthegreenvt.com
The Vermont Fiddle Orchestra is a community orchestra based in central Vermont, playing traditional and new fiddle and dance tunes from Europe, Scandinavia, the British Isles, Maritime Canada, Quebec, New England, Appalachia and beyond. Open to musicians of all skill levels and most instruments, we play for the joy of this rich and diverse repertoire.
The VFO plays two formal concerts each year in early winter and early spring. In addition, many members also get together in smaller ensembles to perform throughout the year for various events and fundraisers. www.vermontfiddleorchestra.org
TURNmusic is a group of professional Vermont musicians presenting chamber music of our time through innovative programs. Founder and director Anne Decker mixes her diverse musical taste and experience to create unique sets of live music. TURNmusic is dedicated to keeping concerts affordable and creating experiences for all people to participate. Reach out to learn more and visit our website: www.turnmusic.org
Since 1980 our camps have been a destination and a home-away-from-home for music and dance enthusiasts of all ages who are eager to delve deeper into tradition and self expression. Whether you are a beginner, a professional, or somewhere in between, Ashokan is a place to leave the cares of the world behind, expand your abilities, sing, dance, and play with new friends! Open to all folks, all ages, all orientations. Work exchange, youth discounts and scholarships are available. www.ashokancenter.org
Ensuring that children, youth and young adults have opportunities to be inspired by, learn about, and perform traditional music and dance, and to use traditional music and dance to serve their communities. www.youngtraditionvermont.org
Originally founded in 1925 as case and bag manufacturer GEWA music GmbH is meanwhile successful in many other fields of musical instruments. Despite all the other activities the true core and soul of GEWA is our passion for manufacturing cases and bags for all music instruments. This dedication drives us to constantly new developments that sometimes have become standards and more often it has been mimicked. Countless patents are registered under the GEWA name and simply show how we care about details and our open ear for the needs of our users. www.gewastrings.com
The Montpelier Chamber Orchestra is committed to elevating contemporary and classical music through intimate performances, outreach in schools, and connecting the Central Vermont community around music. Our members are dedicated volunteers who come together several times a year to provide engaging performances of both traditional and contemporary chamber orchestra repertory. Our Music Director, Anne Decker, has a vision to provide relevant programming that attracts and builds new audiences in Central Vermont to appreciate and make live classical music performances a part of their lives. www.mcovt.org
At Boston States, we offer a unique musical immersion by taking a week-long deep dive into Scottish and Cape Breton traditional music and dance. Our priority is to provide the world’s best instruction in Scottish music all while building our local community and fostering creativity and FUN across ability levels, age, and backgrounds. We offer classes in fiddle, piano, guitar, step dancing, and more. www.bostonstatesfiddle.com
The Champlain Valley Scottish Fiddle Club, an informal group, has been meeting monthly since 2010 to enjoy the rich tradition of Scottish fiddle music. All are welcome to join our gatherings, which are part social, part educational, and entirely musical. Other than playing for our own pleasure, we also offer occasional concerts in order to share the delight of this style of fiddling. More information can be found at www.cvsfc.org
Based in San Francisco, The Fiddle Mercantile is a violin shop uniquely designed with the fiddler in mind. Offering specifically curated instruments, bows and accessories, while focused on tradition, quality and community, they are your local fiddle shop. Visit them at: www.thefiddlemercantile.com
Scrag Mountain Music is a Marshfield, Vermont-based chamber music series founded in 2010 by Mary Bonhag (soprano) and Evan Premo (composer / double bass). Scrag’s mission is to connect communities in Vermont to classical music in a powerful way by presenting innovative, interactive, and affordable performances of top-tier chamber music. Six to eight times a season, Scrag invites guest artists to participate in carefully curated week-long artistic residencies in Vermont, comprising rehearsals, school programs, open rehearsals, pop-up concerts, and “pay what you can” public performances. www.scragmountainmusic.org
Established in 2005, Northeast Heritage Music Camp (NHMC) is now a non-profit, group-run organization. The week-long camp, located in the heart of Vermont's Green Mountains, celebrates and promotes the acoustic music and folk dance traditions of New England and eastern Canada, along with related traditions from Scotland, Ireland, England, Wales, France, the southeastern United States, and other parts of the world. www.northeastheritagemusiccamp.com
The Northeast Fiddlers Association (NEFA) is dedicated to preserving and promoting Old-Time Fiddling and its related arts and skills. Comprised of fiddlers and fiddle enthusiasts, they have had scheduled monthly meets for over 50 years in towns across northern and central Vermont. www.nefiddlers.org
Here at the Ministry of Folk we aim to bring you a clear directory of folk artists who are available to teach online lessons, and a compilation of financial assistance campaigns and other resources for the musicians of the folk community around the world who are facing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. www.ministryoffolk.com
Muskeg Music is a tax-exempt organization formed over forty years ago to support the traditional music and dance of northern New England. We sponsor Contradances at Tracy Hall on Second and Fourth Saturdays (Sept - June), summer dances at the East Thetford Pavilion (June-Aug), and both Fall and Winter English Dance series. We appreciate your support. www.muskegmusic.org
Caffè Lena offers extraordinary music in an intimate venue steeped in history. It has been in continuous operation longer than any other folk club in the USA. First opened in 1960 in Saratoga Springs NY, the Caffè's early years were entwined with the social movements of that era. Emerging artists such as Bob Dylan, The Freedom Singers, Arlo Guthrie, Emmylou Harris and Don McLean took their turn on the stage, alongside esteemed veterans such as Clarence Ashley, Mississippi John Hurt, Skip James and Pete Seeger. The venue has been called “An American Treasure” by the Library of Congress, and has received recognition from the GRAMMY Foundation for it’s contribution to American music. www.youtube.com/caffelena
Johnson String Instrument has served the Greater Boston string-playing community since 1976. Together with our bowed instrument sales division at Carriage House Violins, we form New England’s largest string instrument company, here to offer our customers—beginners through concert artists—the very best in bowed and fretted instruments sales and service. Visit: www.johnsonstring.com Facebook @johnsonstringinstrument
At John Keal Music we rent, sell, service and repair woodwind, brass, string & percussion instruments. Locally owned and operated since 1930, we offer free weekly service to many schools in New York State and beyond. Place your order over the phone and have it delivered right to your student's classroom. Need a service or repair? No problem! JKM offers free estimates and free loaners for instruments while they are being repaired. All of our technicians are N.A.P.B.I.R.T. certified and well-equipped to handle any kind of repair. JKM also offers payment plans on step-up and professional instruments from all the major manufacturers and carries the area's largest supply of reeds, mouthpieces and other band & orchestra accessories. www.johnkealmusic.com
The Country Dance and Song Society is a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote participatory dance, music, and song with English and North American roots. Its vision statement is "Communities strengthened by dancing, singing, and making music together." We connect and support people in building and sustaining vibrant communities through participatory dance, music, and song traditions that have roots in English and North American culture. www.cdss.org
The Boston Scottish Fiddle Club is devoted to educating the public about traditional Scottish music and culture, embracing musicians of all levels on any instrument, as well as listeners. While most of our members play the fiddle, many play other instruments, and we often have guitar, mandolin, banjo, flute, penny whistle, accordion, concertina and bodhran in our sessions. We are open to any instrument! www.bsfc.org
Participate Lab is a global design studio creating impactful frameworks that are interconnected, creative, and simple. We interweave science and design strategies to help our clients express their stories and products. This process creates authentic and intuitive experiences using the the most current technical knowledge.
Our work strives for clarity, curiosity and emotion. www.participatelab.com
Powers Music School. You have a goal - to learn your favorite song, to be as good as the kids in your class, to play alongside your granddaughter. Together we can make it happen. Powers offers private lessons in more than 30 instruments, voice, and composition, either onsite or online! Start your child's love of music with an early childhood or group class, or build skills with ensembles, orchestra, festivals, recitals, and more than 60 community events and performances. Visit our website to fill out an inquiry form and tell us what you'd like to do! www.powersmusic.org
Carriage House Violins is the instrument sales division of Johnson String Instrument. Located in Newton, Massachusetts, Carriage House Violins maintains its unique brand as a full-service violin shop, offering a wide array of both fine antique instruments and modern instruments by today’s best makers. Visit: www.carriagehouseviolins.com Facebook: @carriagehouseviolins
A podcast of conversations and collaborations with unique artists in traditional music, hosted by Neil Pearlman. www.tradcafe.org
The Monadnock Folklore Society (MFS) was founded in 1980, and incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1982. The original purpose of the organization was to increase the visibility of folk dance and music events in southern New Hampshire, provide new venues for performers, and provide educational services in the folk arts to the community. www.monadnockfolk.org