violinist/fiddler JULIE LYONN LIEBERMAN, World fiddle styles, 12-Key Practice, Blues, Gypsy Jazz, Finding Your Creative Voice, and more…
fiddler TOM MORLEY, Irish & bluegrass fiddling extraordinaire
rocker ALISSA JACKMAN, Rock techniques and soloing in a band, JOE DENINZON (rock strings), ANDY REINER (composition & fiddle), RENATA BRATT (multi-style cellist), PATTIE HOPKINS KINLAW (bluegrass & more), and
VI WICKAM (fiddle styles).


• The Chemistry of Nervousness
• Five Approaches to Improvisation
• Playing Healthy
• How to Overcome Fear
• American and World Styles (choose a style or styles that match student composition or based on their areas of interest AND/OR the session can focus on “How to Capture the Style.”
• Creative Musicianship
• All About the Blues
• Swing, Gypsy Jazz and/or Jazz
Take advantage of Julie’s Planet Informance project. This project can take place live or via Zoom! Students will receive a script and music. Their parts can be edited together into a video for parents or performed live.

More advanced students can benefit from this project by learning to improvise and create their own parts for each piece of music. This multimedia project satisfies many of the National Standards for Music Education (composition, improvisation, multimedia, multi-style education, and more).

JULIE LYONN LIEBERMAN has helped develop the multi-style string field over the last forty+ years through her work as an educator, author, radio producer, composer, recording artist, journalist, and performer.

Julie is on the Eclectic Styles Committee for American String Teachers Association. She is the author of twelve music books. Her newest three books, A Festival of Violin & Fiddle Styles for VIOLIN, VIOLA and CELLO (Hal Leonard) include 24 American and world styles, backing tracks, and video tutorials that cover styles from around the world. Her other titles include Twelve-Key Pratice: The Path to Mastery and Individuality, The Creative Band and Orchestra, The Contemporary ViolinistHow 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.

Julie has also written over fifty magazine articles for publications such as STRAD Magazine, STRINGS Magazine, Fiddler Magazine, and the American String Teachers Association’s Journal.

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

Julie Lyonn Lieberman was one of the first educators invited by Juilliard to teach improvisation to their students in the L&M Department as well as world music in the MAP Program. She has been on faculty at Juilliard, The New School for Contemporary Music, William Patterson College jazz department and Manhattan School of Music, to name a few.

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).

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.  Her books and DVDs are distributed worldwide 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.

How to Play Contemporary Strings: A Step-by-Step Approach for Violin, Viola & Cello from Julie Lyonn Music on Vimeo.

Julie is a D’Addario Elite Clinician

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• Irish Tunes & Techniques
• Hot East TN Fiddle Tunes
• Top 20 Fiddle Tunes
• Performance Prep for Online
• The Fiddler’s Place in the Band
• Bluegrass Basics & Hot Licks

Tom Morley’s career spans over thirty years and a host of genres. He’s played Celtic, Bluegrass, classical, swing, Americana, and Country Honky-Tonk, earning an RIAA Certified Gold Record award for his work with “new traditionalist” country artist John Anderson. Classically trained with a degree in music education, Tom has followed his passion for Irish Traditional Music for the past two decades as a soloist and with various groups, including Mithril (an Alabama-based Celtic/World music quartet that released seven albums and performed concerts, including as guest artists with symphonies, across the US) and the Irish Folk trio Stringer’s Ridge, his newest project since moving to Chattanooga, TN in 2017. He has made multiple trips to Ireland, learning from and playing alongside master musicians of the genre, including Manus McGuire, Liz Carroll, Frankie Gavin, Maurice Lennon, Charlie Piggott, John Whelan and Thomas Walsh. He’s also opened for We Banjo 3, Solas, and the Brock McGuire Band and performed with Cherish The Ladies.

Tom teaches privately and has been on the faculty of fiddle workshops and string camps around the US, including the original O’Connor Method Camps, American Music Camp Maine, Strings Without Boundaries, Fiddle Hell Gathering, SCOR Adult String Camp Atlanta, Allegheny Mountain Virginia String Project and for the world renown John C. Campbell Folk School. He is the first International affiliate for the Online Irish Fiddle Certification Program for the Leinster School of Music and Drama at Griffith College Dublin. He’s has an online presence through his regular contributions to iFiddle e-magazine, and the library of video lessons he created for the online publication between 2014-2019 are now being shared on his YouTube channel as well.

Tom is the author of several popular fiddle instructional books (distributed through Shar Music), including Learn to Play Irish Trad Fiddle and the Fiddle Club Favorites for Strings series, a collection of folk and fiddle tunes for beginning players, available for violin, viola, cello, and mandolin.

Tom is a D’Addario Artist

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• Iconic Rock Riffs
• How to Play in a Rock Band
• Rock Techniques for Soloing

>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.

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• How to Configure a Pedal Board for Special Effects
• Which Special Effects Should You Use and Why?
• Live Looping 101
• Get in the Groove!
• How to Read Chord Charts & Lead Sheets

JOE DENINZON has been hailed by critics as “The Jimi Hendrix of the
Violin”. He has worked with Sheryl Crow, Bruce Springsteen,
Everclear, Ritchie Blackmore, Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin,
Les Paul, The Who, and as a soloist with the NY City Ballet and Jazz
at Lincoln Center.
Joe is the lead singer and violinist for the progressive rock band,
Stratospheerius (, and the Latin Jazz string
quartet, Sweet Plantain. In 2015, Joe premiered his “Concerto for
Seven String Electric Violin and Orchestra” with the Muncie
Symphony Orchestra.He regularly travels as a clinician and has
contributed articles to Strings, Downbeat, and Making Music
Magazine. He has taught at the Mark O’Connor String and
Mark Wood Rock Orchestra camps.

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• Chords, Chop, and Rhythm
• Fiddle Tunes on Cello (or bowed strings)
• Celtic Tunes on Cello (or bowed strings)

Cellist Renata Bratt is Kuumbwa Jazz Artist in the schools in Santa Cruz, California, a past chair of ASTA’s Eclectic Styles Committee and teaches classical styles, jazz improvisation and fiddling at national and international string workshops. Her string orchestra arrangements and fiddling cello books are published by Alfred and Mel Bay. Renata records and tours with Cindy Lee Berryhill (rock) and Reel of Seven (Scottish Dance) and has played back-up with luminaries such as Darol Anger, Liz Carroll, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Lyle Lovett, and Dionne Warwick. Rolling Stone dubbed her an “ace performer” for her work with alternative rocker Cindy Lee Berryhill’s Garage Orchestra and she received her Ph.D. in Music from UC San Diego.

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• Tune-Writing 101
• How to Improvise Over Fiddle Tunes

Andy Reiner, an award-winning fiddler, composer and educator, began playing at age five with the Reiner Family Band. He has since developed his own style featuring creative, rhythmic melodies, and thoughtful fusing of world styles. Earning a BM in Violin Performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston launched Andy into a flurry of touring and teaching around the globe – including Heavy Metal with Devil in the Kitchen, Folk/Hip-Hop with FiddleFoxx, Swedish/Appalachian with Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers, Electronic/Celtic with Firecloud, and Bluegrass with The Earth Stringband, which toured Southeast Asia on the 2011 American Music Abroad tour for the US Department of State. Andy currently tours both as a solo artist and with groups Half Pelican (featured in the soundtrack to the Netflix series, “Godless”), Darol Anger and the Furies, and Whitewater Ramble. He produces and hosts River of Suck podcast, interviewing musicians, scientists and more. Andy is a Yamaha Performing Artist and a Codabow Ambassador. 
Andy’s compositions for string orchestra have been performed by the Berklee World Strings at the Kennedy Center, the Berklee Performance Center, and national ASTA conventions. Three of his original pieces have been published by national music publishers – “Alpine Valley” and “Loonacy” on Wingert-Jones, and “Blue Sky Basin” on Grand Mesa Music. His tune “The Dissent” was the 2017 winner of the NeASTA Fiddle Tune Contest. Andy teaches students and leads teacher trainings in fiddle styles, improvisation, composition and rhythm fiddling at universities, public schools, privately, and at music camps across the US. 

Many of Andy’s string orchestra works, fiddle tunes and songs are influenced by mountains and nature. Also known as the “Skiing Fiddler,” Andy skis every month of the year and has skied while playing the fiddle top to bottom on double black diamond runs at Silverton, CO and Mt. Baker, WA. He plays his fiddle on 14,000′ mountain summits with his wife and musical partner, cellist Dr. Joy Adams, of Half Pelican.

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• B is for Bluegrass
• Scaleology: Drudgery to Fun
• Fast, Faster, Fastest
• Fills, Frills and Thrills
• Kickoffs & Tags for Tunes

Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw began playing the violin at age four and received her Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogue Certification from East Carolina University.  She is an extremely versatile musician and has a tremendous talent for American Music as well as Classical Violin. Currently she holds two private studios in North Carolina and is frequently invited to teach workshops throughout the United States for both Classical, Improvisational and Bluegrass instruction. Pattie performs regularly in the Eastern United States and is currently a member of multiple ensembles including The Long Bay Symphony in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Hank, Pattie & The Current an Americana Bluegrass Band based out of Raleigh, NC.

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