violinist/fiddler JULIE LYONN LIEBERMAN, World fiddle styles, 12-Key Practice, Blues, Gypsy Jazz, Finding Your Creative Voice, and more…
cellist STEPHEN KATZ, Cello Techniques, Flying Pizzicato, Looping, Groove Landscaping, Soulful Music-Making, and more…
violinist KATIE GLASSMAN, Swing, Western Swing, and Fiddle Styles
fiddler TOM MORLEY Irish fiddling extraordinaire
rocker ALISSA JACKMAN Rock techniques and soloing in a band
fiddler/guitarist DAVID FINCH Hootenanny on Saturday evening
violinist ANNE NAGOSKY Classical Techniques
Omaha Symphony Violinist
Private Studio Director
Alissa Jackman, Queen of Rockin’ Logistics
JULIE LYONN LIEBERMAN, Artistic Director
Julie is on the Eclectic Styles Committee for American String Teacher’s Association. She is the author of nine music books. Her newest book, Twelve-Key Practice: The Path to Mastery and Individuality (Hal Leonard) came out late 2018. Her other titles include The Creative Band and Orchestra, The Contemporary Violinist, How to Play Contemporary Strings: A Step-by-Step Approach for Violin, Viola, and Cello, Improvising Violin, Rockin’ Out With Blues Fiddle, You Are Your Instrument, Planet Musician, and Alternative Strings: The New Curriculum. She authored the “Creative Musicianship” section of the American String Teachers’ curriculum book, Standards, Goals, and Learning Sequences for Essential Skills and Knowledge in K-12 String Programs.
Her DVD titles include Alternative String Styles in the Classroom (written and produced for ASTA: American String Teachers Association and NAMM: National Association of Music Merchants); Rhythmizing the Bow; Techniques for the Contemporary String Player; The Violin in Motion; Violin and Viola Ergonomics; and Vocal Aerobics. She is also the author of StringsCentral, an app for iPad.
Julie Lyonn Lieberman was one of the first educators invited by Juilliard to teach improvisation to their students in the L&M Department. A dynamic, participatory workshop leader, her ability to stimulate participants to think and grow in new ways has earned respect for her work throughout the world through organizations and institutions like American String Teachers Association, The Starling-Delay Symposium at Juilliard, European String Teachers Association, National Orchestra Festival, Music Educators Association, International Association of Jazz Educators, Suzuki Institute, National String Workshop, International String Workshop, Django in June, The Juilliard MAP Program, National Young Audiences, the Carnegie Hall LinkUp Program and The Academy (a Carnegie/Weill Hall/Juilliard-sponsored program).
Julie has also created seven hours of programming for National Public Radio on jazz violin (The Talking Violin hosted by Dr. Billy Taylor, and Jazz Profiles: Jazz Violin hosted by Nancy Wilson), and over fifty articles for music magazines, including STRAD, STRINGS, Fiddler Magazine, and American String Teacher Journal. In addition, Ms. Lieberman produced four American Jazz String Summits in the eighties and nineties featuring many of the top improvising string players in America, and co-produced three alternative string festivals within American String Teachers 2003, 2004, and 2005 conferences, serving as the chair for the 2004 component.
Julie is a D’Addario Elite Clinician and an NS Design performance artist. She is on the American String Teachers Association’s Wellness Task Force. Her books and DVDs are distributed world-wide by Hal Leonard Publications and currently has a portfolio of over two-dozen string orchestra scores in American and world styles published by Kendor Music, Carl Fischer and Alfred Publications. Her original music is licensed by Cinephonix.
Julie is the recipient of the 2014 ASTA Kudos Award, over two-dozen ASCAP Plus Awards, and three American String Teachers Association’s National Citation for Leadership & Merit awards and was honored to be invited by ASTA’s Board to compose String Dreams for the opening ceremony at the 2015 American String Teachers Association’s Salt Lake City Conference. The score has been published and is now available through Carl Fischer Music.
Julie just finished creating a concert package for schools, Planet Strings Informance. It includes ten scores, video tutorials, and a script.
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Cellist, teacher, and award-winning composer STEPHEN KATZ has charted new territory for the rhythmic potential of the cello with the groundbreaking approach he calls Flying Pizzicato. The results are compositions that juggle two or three “voices” at a time, making music that simultaneously lays grooves, weaves tunes, and lifts spirits. He has performed his compositions at Carnegie Recital Hall and toured internationally as a soloist, and with the Paul Winter Consort, Rachael Sage, and the Essex String Quartet. Stephen is a veteran cello teacher, has been a regular workshop presenter at the New Directions Cello Festival since it’s inception in 1994, and has the distinction of being the most frequent guest performer at the Fest. He is also an improviser and composer in the Dance world. As a co-founder of the movement/theater company Seen & Heard with the late dancer and monologist BJ Goodwin, he literally danced with the cello while accompanying the dramas they played out on stage. Stephen has been featured on national radio broadcasts in the USA and is a National Endowment for the Arts grant recipient. As a film composer he won the Jury Prize Gold Medal for Best Impact of Music in a Documentary at the Park City Film Music Festival. He also scored films broadcast nationally on PBS/Independent Lens. A native of San Francisco, Stephen received a Master of Music degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and lives in Western Massachusetts.
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Classically trained with a degree in music education, Tom Morley’s career spans more than thirty years and a host of genres. He’s played Celtic, bluegrass, classical, swing, Americana, and country honky tonk, earning a gold album for his work with “new traditionalist” country artist John Anderson. But it is with Irish music—his focus for the past decade and a half—where Tom has truly found his passion, both as a performer, teacher, and book author. He performs as a soloist and with two groups: the Celtic/World music band, Mithril, and the Irish folk duo, Banna de dhá. Between those facets of his Irish fiddling career, he’s performed on concert series, Celtic Festivals, as guest artists with symphony orchestras, and been heard on public radio stations, and top-rated Irish & Celtic music radio programs and podcasts.
As an Irish fiddler, Tom has made multiple trips to Ireland to perform and research traditional Irish music (studying with and playing alongside legendary fiddlers including Manus McGuire, Maurice Lennon, Liz Carroll, Kevin Burke, Frankie Gavin, and Gerry O’Connor). He teaches privately and at fiddle workshops across the US, and has taught Irish fiddling for American Music Camps, O’Connor String Camps, SCOR! Adult String Camps, the Allegheny Mountain String Project, John C. Campbell Folk School, and for the Boston area annual 3-day workshop event known as the Fiddle Hell Gathering. In 2013 he took his adult fiddle group, the Irish Trad Explorers, on a tour across Ireland, where they performed in community centers, churches, and pubs, often alongside top Irish musicians. He is a regular contributor to iFiddle digital magazine and is the author of two well-received fiddle books: the tutorial Learn to Play Irish Trad Fiddle (reviewed in Fiddler magazine, Irish Music magazine and the American String Teachers Assoc. Journal) and Fiddle Club Favorites, a collection of fun tunes for beginning players.
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KATIE GLASSMAN is that rare musician who possesses a combination of instrumental virtuosity and powerful musical expression. She is one of the country’s most renowned and decorated Texas-style and swing fiddlers, as well as an accomplished songwriter, singer, and a highly sought after teacher.
Based in Boulder, Colorado, Katie currently tours and records with the Western Flyers, and leads her own band, Katie Glassman and Snapshot. She also maintains a thriving private teaching practice and travels to teach at music camps throughout the country.
Katie holds a Bachelor’s in Performance with a Jazz Certificate from University of Colorado, Boulder, and in 2007 spent a year studying jazz violin at the world renowned Centre Musique Didier Lockwood in Dammarie-Les-Lys, France.
In 2015, Katie won the National Swing Fiddle Championship in Weiser, Idaho, took first in both the Bob Wills and Open divisions at the Bob Wills Festival and Fiddle Contest in Greenville, Texas and is the three-time reigning Colorado state fiddle champion. Other notable victories were in 2013 at Rockygrass in Lyons, Colorado, and Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas, to name but a few.
While success in the contest arena is a testament to Katie’s lifelong dedication to her instrument, her singing and songwriting are increasingly taking center stage. 2011 saw the release of Snapshot, her first album of all original material. Katie has since continued to hone her creative process with the same focus and commitment to excellence that she brings to her fiddling. In 2014 she was awarded a prestigious Ucross Residency, where she spent a week in rural Wyoming writing. Her songs explore modern emotional landscapes with sensitivity and wit while still drawing from the deep well of traditional American styles.
VIOLINIST ALISSA JACKMAN IS is a multi-genre musician based out of New York City. You can catch her playing anything from classical to funk, jazz, fiddling, or rock. Alissa performs with her acoustic as well as her electric Viper violin. She has played in venues such as the Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, Symphony Space, and the LDS Conference Center. Alissa frequently freelances with bands and other artists playing clubs and bars in NYC and is also an active studio musician.
Alissa is a music education activist. She has performed in multiple benefit concerts to help support music education, such as the Muzart World Foundation We Are Hope concert and the Electrify Your Music Foundation kick off concert. She was also featured as a student spokesperson for the Electrify Your Strings program in an interview on ABC with the program’s founder.
DAVID FINCH is an actor, singer and multi-instrumentalist specializing in strings and horns. He began his classical training in the Suzuki violin method at the age of four and became a contest fiddler at nine, winning contests across New England. After earning a degree in theater, he furthered his training in NYC with Julie Lyonn Lieberman and in L.A. with bluegrass legend Richard Greene – among others. Although folk music is his forte, he’s been fortunate enough to play with internationally known artists in various genres from Lincoln Center to San Francisco’s Castro Theatre: Alan Cumming, Serj Tankian, Amanda Palmer, Dee Snider, Tony Bennett and Kylie Minogue. As an actor/musician Finch has appeared in several national and international tours, and appeared on Broadway in Cabaret and in London’s West End with Woody Sez. He’s been fiddling, strumming, plucking, and blowing a multitude of instruments for Woody since 2009. The show has had extensive runs in the US and abroad and continues to tour the world.
In 2015, he was a soloist on chromatic harmonica, appearing as the ‘Mock Turtle’ in the opera Alice in Wonderland with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the L.A. Philharmonic. Most recently he can be seen/heard on the PBS special Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs. He also strums the ukulele once in a while for his hula dancing wife.
ANNE NAGOSKY is the director of one of the largest private violin and viola studios in Nebraska and has been a full-time violinist with the Omaha Symphony since 1998. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, in music and psychology from Washington University in St.Louis, and a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from Northwestern University. Her principal violin teachers were Mimi Zweig, Nina Bodnar, David Halen and Gerardo Ribeiro.
In addition to her work with the Symphony, Anne is an active performer in the Omaha area and has appeared on numerous chamber music series. Her other professional passion lies in teaching and she is the director of a large private studio of pre-college violinists and violists, ranging in age from 3 to 18. Her students are featured regularly with the Omaha Symphony and in other local events, and they have won and placed in competitions at the local, regional and national levels. Anne is also involved with various educational and outreach programs of the Omaha Symphony and the Omaha Chamber Music Society. In 2008, she received the “Outstanding String Educator” award from the Nebraska chapter of the American String Teachers Association and in 2011 she accepted the “Teacher of the Year” award from the Nebraska Music Teachers Association, the state chapter of the Music Teachers National Association. More recently, her studio has been featured in articles in the Omaha World-Herald and Her Family Magazine.
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