Orly Krasner loves to share the joy of English Country Dance as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She is a regular part of the teaching rotation in Westchester, NY and New York City and is a frequent guest for dance evenings, special events, and festivals both near and far. Orly has emceed balls and weekends across the US, Canada, and England. She has taught at Pinewoods Early Music Week with Graham Christian, and joined Gene Murrow for two trips to Japan where they taught ECD workshops under the auspices of the National Federation of Teachers of Folkdance.
Catherine Miller holds a degree in violin performance from the University of Iowa. She has been a member of the University of Iowa Baroque Chamber Orchestra, the University of Iowa Steel Drum Band, the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, and the Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra in Gloucester, and has performed in many other groups including the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, the Handel Society of Dartmouth, the New England Philharmonic, and Symphony New Hampshire. An interest in folk music and dancing led her to start playing fiddle for various folk dances with the Barn Owl Band and Cecil’s Harp in Iowa in 2005.
Jan Elliott has been dancing and playing music for most of her life, starting with recorder lessons at age 3. Her love of English country dance, morris and sword flourished when she first attended Pinewoods as a teen, and since then she has taught morris, longsword and rapper many times at Camp. She currently dances longsword with the Vineyard Swordfish and morris with Thames Valley International, coaches the children’s rapper team Nobska Lights, and plays concertina for the Pinewoods Morris Men and Orion Longsword.
New Zealand-born keyboardist Jonathan Oddie is in demand across the United States as a soloist and collaborative artist on harpsichord, fortepiano and continuo organ. He has performed as a featured soloist with the Northwest Sinfonietta and Saratoga Orchestra of Whidbey Island, and as a chamber musician with Gallery Concerts Seattle, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Whidbey Island Music Festival, and Salish Sea Early Music Festival. As an orchestral musician he performs regularly with the Portland Baroque Orchestra and the Seattle Symphony.
Miyo Aoki is a dedicated recorder player and teacher, performing music ranging from medieval to modern and teaching students of all ages and levels. She is a member of the Farallon Recorder Quartet and has performed in the US, Germany, and Poland, with groups including The Eurasia Consort, Utopia Early Music, and Gamut Bach Ensemble; and at the Bloomington Early Music Festival and Whidbey Island Music Festival. She has premiered works by contemporary composers Natalie Williams,
Ben Matus (winds) enjoys a varied career in music: bringing to life music regardless of whether it was written in the Middle Ages or yesterday. Ben performs with early music groups on various bassoons, dulcians, shawms, recorders, bagpipes, and whatever instruments he can get his hands on along the East Coast—including Alkemie, Early Music New York, New York Baroque Incorporated, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, The Clarion Society, Opera Lafayette, The Washington Bach Consort, The Handel and Haydn Society,
Niccolo Seligmann performs, composes, and improvises music that proves the past is still with us. They play over fifty acoustic instruments that span continents, centuries, and social classes; and code their own software instruments from scratch. As part of their 2020 Strathmore Artist-in-Residence program, Niccolo released their debut album, Kinship (released Split Log Productions, February 2020), using solo viola da gamba improvisation as a tool of multispecies resistance against the Anthropocene’s entangled systems of domination.
Gene Murrow has been an English country dancer and musician since 1965 and has taught and called since 1988 at clubs, workshops, festivals and balls throughout the U.S. as well as Britain, Europe and Japan. As a dance musician he performs on recorders and concertina, has made four CD recordings for dances of Fried Herman and Gary Roodman, and is the Producer of the series of English dance recordings featuring the Boston-based band Bare Necessities.
Lawrence Zukof (Larry) has performed extensively with numerous renowned professional performing groups on recorder, voice, and viola da gamba. He toured the US and Europe with the Boston Camerata and has been a recorder soloist with the Civic Orchestra of Boston, Orchestra New England, the Baroque Orchestra of Holy Lutheran and Trinity Church (NYC), and the Southern CT Camerata. He has sung with the Pro-Arte Singers, Connecticut’s professional chamber choir and with Yale Camerata,
Eric Haas has taught recorder and chamber music at New England Conservatory, Tufts University, Brandeis University and Wheaton College, and is a popular coach at early music workshops, including Amherst Early Music, the Long Island Recorder Festival, Pinewoods, and the Mideast Workshop. A talented composer and arranger, his ‘Five Variants on “Wondrous Love”‘ won both First and Audience prizes in the 1991 VdGSA Leo Traynor Competition for new works for viols. Mr. Haas has edited four volumes of solo repertoire for recorders and his many arrangements and transcriptions are played worldwide.