harpist and historian, brings life to 500
years of harp music. Ellen was born in New
York but spent most of her childhood in
Vienna, Austria, where she began studying
classical harp at the age of eight. Her
abiding interest in early music was inspired
by a childhood spent exploring ruins in
Europe and by her exposure to the multi-faceted
cultural life of Vienna. After returning
to the United States, she continued her
studies to earn a degree in Harp Performance
from the Philadelphia College of Performing
Arts (now The University of the Arts).
versatile performer, Ellen has performed
the traditional pedal harp repertoire but
now focuses primarily on music composed
before 1800, playing it on a variety of
harps, including the medieval harp, the
Irish wire strung harp, the Italian triple
harp, the Renaissance bray harp, and the
modern "Celtic" or lever harp.
Ellen has performed with the Historical
Harp Society, the American Harp Society,
Early Music at the University of Pennsylvania,
and with the iconic Philadelphia early music
ensemble Piffarro. She also performs for
"Music for All Seasons" (please
visit their site at http://www.musicforallseasons.org/),
and frequently appears as a soloist in the
historic homes of the Delaware Valley. .
Yoblick's directing credits at the Stagecrafters
Theater in Chestnut Hill include: Mauritius,
Don't Dress for Dinner, Laughter on the
23rd Floor, A Raisin in the Sun, A A Soldier's
Play, Jitney, Bus Stop, A Shayna Maidel,
Born Yesterday, Sherlock's Last Case.
Her acting credits at this theater include
roles in: The Tale of the Allergist's
Wife, Superior Donuts, Quartet, A View From
The Bridge, The Cemetery Club, Rumors, The
Odd Couple, Crossing Delancey. Marilyn
was President of Stagecrafters from 2005
through 2010. Marilyn has performed at other
theaters in the area. Her film credits include:
Shadowboxer, Rocket Science, Happy Tears,
The Greek American, The Tolltaker, Fallen,
Dave is a playwright, comic book writer,
director, amateur mixologist, and sometimes-actor
in the Philadelphia area. Dave has a Bachelors
Degree in Theater from Temple University.
He also attended the 2012 Summer Seminar
for Writers at Sarah Lawrence College, focusing
on graphic novel writing, taught by Scott
Snyder. His plays include: Task, Living
Space, The Church Bells All Were Broken,
Subdivision, and Redemption: a romantic
comedy. Dave was the resident director
for Theatre For Transformation from 2009-2011,
the artistic director for Diversion Productions,
and artistic associate director for HATG
Theater Company, which ran The Starving
Artist Monologue Slam at Fergies Pub
from 2006-2008. He is the co-creator and
writer of DASH, an ongoing comic
book series published by Northwest Press.
He lives right outside Philadelphia with
his husband Mike and his puppy Ernie.
Daniel Sean Kaye is the writer/illustrator
of Never Underestimate a Hermit Crab,
a childrens book about individuality
and creativity. Kaye has been a writer and
cartoonist for 20 years. His comic strip,
MILO K., hermit crab, ran weekly
in 12 weekly community newspapers for a
decade (and can currently be seen monthly
in GRID magazine). He is the
former editor of Parents Express magazine
(where he wrote a monthly parenting column,
Dadography, for more than 10
years); and House & Home and The Art
of Living Well magazines (where he continues
to write monthly articles). He is a monthly
writer for Philadelphia Life and Suburban
Life magazines as well as Suburban Family
magazine, an Abington School District school
board director, is on the board of the Abington
Educational Foundation, and works with the
Abington Community Taskforce (ACT) and Citizens
and Police Together (CAPT). He is also Director
of Life Enrichment at Rydal Park Continuing
Care Retirement Community. He and his wife,
Wendy, have one son, Aidan, 11.
is an occasional guitarist, songwriter,
singer and lifelong Philadelphian based
in Media, PA. His band, The Underwater Robots,
has been spotted playing living rooms throughout
the Greater Philadelphia Area. His style
focuses primarily in the Indie Rock/ Alt
Wildes has been singing and dabbling in
music education most of her life beginning
with flute and settling on guitar, eventually
minoring in classical guitar at Rowan University.
Since 2008 she has fronted the Philadelphia
girl punk band, Dear Althea, providing lead
vocals and rhythm guitar. She enjoys all
genres but tends to find herself somewhere
in between Blondie style punk rock and confessional
Paul Siegell is the author of wild life
rifle fire (Otoliths Books), jambandbootleg
(A-Head Publishing) and Poemergency Room
(Otoliths Books). He is a senior editor
at Painted Bride Quarterly, and has contributed
to American Poetry Review, Black Warrior
Review, Coconut, Redivider, and many other
fine journals. In 2015, the Pennsylvania
Center for the Book is featuring Paul in
the Public Poetry Project. Kindly find more
of his work - and concrete poetry t-shirts
- at "ReVeLeR @ eYeLeVeL" (http://paulsiegell.blogspot.com)
and educator Yolanda Wisher is the author
of Monk Eats an Afro and the co-editor
of Peace is a Haiku Song. Yolanda
is a multidisciplinary poet and educator
whose work merges the personal and political
through genealogical excavation, performance,
and community arts facilitation. Wisher
is a Pew Fellow (2015), Leeway Art &
Change Grantee (2008), Cave Canem Fellow
(1999-2000), and the first Montgomery County
Pennsylvania Poet Laureate (1999). Wisher
performs widely with her band, Yolanda Wisher
& The Quick Fixx.
Mark Palacio, sideman extraordinaire, is
a self-taught double bassist hailing from
Central America via Brooklyn, New York.
He has studied with some of Philadelphia's
most elite bassists and continues the tradition
through playing and teaching.
Karen L Smith is a playwright, director,
and percussionist who is based in Philadelphia
but hails from New York. She currently leads
two musical groups, Weez the Peeples and
Sistahs Laying Down Hands.
Medlin is a singer/songwriter living in
Ardmore, PA. Over the past decade, he has
played drums in several national touring
acts but has always written and released
solo material on the side. He is currently
playing drums in a punk band called Legendary
Divorce and working on the follow-up to
his full-length "Brian Medlin &
the Elk Band". His solo material has
been compared to Wilco, Neil Young, Bob
Dylan, and My Morning Jacket, among others.
for free at www.brianmedlinmusic.com.
Sandra Becker is the 2015 Bucks County,
Pennsylvania Poet Laureate selected by Kim
Addonizio. She has three published books:
Imperfect Matter, WordTech 2013, At the
Well of Flowers, Virtual Artists Collective
2011, Foreign Bodies, Carolina Wren Press
2004. Her new book Dread Islands will be
published soon. It reflects her care for
members of that community. She hopes these
new poems will serve as a window into the
daily lives and challenges that these individuals
and their families face. Her poem, .A City
Girl Feeds Country Cows was read by Garrison
Keillors Writers Almanac on
September 28, 2014. In 2000, she received
a first place award from the National League
of American Pen Women, Simi Valley Branch
for her poem, Honor the Stones.
She feels immensely blessed to be part of
the community of amazing and gifted poets
of Bucks and Montgomery Counties. She grew
up in-New York, lived in each of the boroughs
at one time or another except the Bronx
and now lives in Doylestown, PA.. Shes
amazed by the serendipity that led her to
Bucks County without knowing of the richness
of its poetry community.
Emmanuel Angel is a musician and a researcher
who has studied the personality characteristics
of musicians, particularly as personality
correlates with measures of occupational
stress, wellness, and coping.
For the past few summers, Angel has traveled
in Europe with his guitar, couch-surfing
and living as a street musician. From U-Bahn
tunnels of Berlin to pedestrian streets
of Copenhagen and Malmö, he has performed
and supported his travels using a battery-powered
amplifier and a compact looping device that
stores musical accompaniments. By taking
his music to the streets, he has been able
to find places to stay and has experienced
freedom and autonomy in music making. His
travels have inspired music and poetry.
Angels first electrified
guitar was his nylon-string Martin, to which
he secured a microphone from a reel-to-reel
tape recorder using rubber bands. He achieved
a primitive amplification system by jamming
the tape recorder into standby mode, and
performed with this setup in grade school.
Angels interest in musicians
personalities stems from his early observation
of the disparate expression and comportment
exhibited by musicians of various genres,
or as he thinks of them, musical tribes.
Coming from a family of musicians, he studied
classical piano early, gravitating soon
toward contemporary styles of American music.
Although his main instrument is the electric
guitar, he has also studied bassoon, performing
in college and community orchestras. Angel
has studied counterpoint and analysis with
the late composer, Nicolas Roussakis, former
president of The American Composers
Other interests include psychometric methods,
cognitive aspects of question design, self-generated
validity, statistical methods in social
science research, computer algorithms, the
design of programming languages, and the
philosophy of science. Angel holds a Ph.D.
in Policy Research, Evaluation, and Measurement
from the University of Pennsylvanias
Graduate School of Education, where he has
taught graduate courses in statistics. Angel
also holds a M.S. in computer science from
Rutgers University, and has created analytic
and statistical software for nuclear medicine
and the pharmaceutical industry.
Spataro is MFA program director at Rosemont
College and is the editorial director of
Philadelphia Stories and PS Books. She has
won a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grant
for fiction (back when they still gave those
out) and has been a finalist in the Mason's
Road Fiction Contest and the Philadelphia
City Paper Fiction Contest. Her work was
featured three times in the InterAct Theatre
Company's Writing Aloud Series and her short
stories have appeared in Painted Bride Quarterly,
The Baltimore Review, Mason's Road, and
is an early music group founded by two menestrelles
(or minstrels, if you prefer English!) hailing
from eastern Pennsylvania, sometimes joined
by like-minded friends. Our aim is to present
a historically informed, yet lively and
personable performance of the music of the
Middle Ages. We play a variety of instruments
that were heard during those times, echoing
from the feast halls of kings to the taverns
and village squares of the common folk.
Our repertory spans from the goliards of
the 12th century to the country dances of
Rankin is a native of Greece currently living
in Eastern Pennsylvania and has studied
music since the age of 4. She has a Performance
Diploma in Piano, and Conservatory degrees
in classical harmony and 16th century counterpoint.
She has been a member of rock bands, madrigal
choirs and early music consorts during the
last couple decades. Her favorite musical
instrument is "yes"; she sings
and plays the citole, rebec, hurdy-gurdy,
recorders, rauschpfeife and percussion.
Gale began playing flute as a young and
recalcitrant child, and is very grateful
for having been forced to stick with it.
Her instrument repertoire now includes recorder,
crumhorn, and rauschpfeife, and the occasional
tambourine. Wendy has performed with Burlap
Lute (folk and Renaissance music), Terra
Serpentis (neo-medieval/tribal), and the
Rock Lane Consort (a recorder group formed
through the Philadelphia Recorder Society).
She currently organizes the Bhakaili Branslers,
a group dedicated to providing live dance
music for revels and reenactment events,
which she has been part of for 20 years.
Butler is a singer and multi-instrumentalist
who researches, plays, and builds medieval
and Renaissance instruments. Originally
trained in classical violin and choral music,
he discovered folk and early music in college
and it rather stuck; since then he has offered
performances and presentations on historical
music at a wide variety of venues, including
Renaissance faires, museums, schools, and
civic associations. Paul plays with several
groups, including the folk ensemble Rabbit
Stampede and the Bhakaili Branslers.
Richter is an award-winning columnist, freelance
writer and professor of anthropology. She
holds an MA in Dance Anthropology from London's
Roehampton University and BA in History
and Dance from Goucher College. As a writer,
she specializes in dance criticism, travel
writing, personal essays and humor.
blog, Fieldwork in Stilettos, chronicles
her misadventures in online dating and home
renovations and her work has appeared in
the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Baltimore
Sun, Dance Magazine, Museum and Skirt. She
has also been featured on Good Morning America,
HuffPost Live and in Marie Claire Magazine.
In addition to her work as a writer and
teaching artist, Kat is Artistic Director
of The Lady Hoofers Tap Ensemble, a professional
all-female tap company based in Philadelphia.
the mid 70's, Craig Thomas has been one
of the most in demand bassists and bass
educator in Philadelphia. He is a graduate
of the Philadelphia Music Academy (now The
University of the Arts) with a Bachelor
of Arts in Music and also holds a Bachelor
of Arts Degree from Rutgers University.
Craig also received his Master of Arts Music
from Rowan University in May 2002.
has played with a vast array of jazz luminaries,
including Buddy Rich, Philly Joe Jones,
Mel Lewis, Pat Martino and Jimmy Bruno,
just to name a few. He has also accompanied
such pop icons as Vic Damone and Frank Sinatra.
He occasionally plays with various local
orchestras in a more classical venue.
has also recorded with a number of different
musicians, his most recent efforts being
on the 2011 CD release "Contagious
Words" with John Vanore and Abstract
Truth, and "Playtime" with Eve
Thomas, the CD of which he also produced
and arranged. He has also recorded four
CDs on the Concord Jazz label with Jimmy
Bruno, two live cds entitled "Live
at Birdland" with Bobby Watson and
"Live at Birdland Two" with Scott
Hamilton. His performances and compositions
have been reviewed in Downbeat, Just Jazz
Guitar, International Society of Bassists
Journal and Jazztimes magazines.
is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the
University of Delaware. Craig teaches private
lessons in acoustic/electric bass, improvisation,
theory and jazz history.
has been singing professionally for over
25 years. She is a graduate of the Esther
Boyer College of Music at Temple University
with a degree in Jazz vocal performance.
She has performed at a variety of venues
from Atlantic City to Penn State. In 2011
she recorded her CD Playtime
with her husband Craig and a whos
who of jazz players in the area supporting
is the first time that Craig and Eve will
be performing live as a duo and they are
very excited about the opportunity to do
Russell opened her needlepoint design business
in 1971. Now forty four years into this
career, her designs are sold nationally
and she was an innovator of needlepoint
as sculpture. Currently she is transitioning
from designing needlepoint to writing poetry,
and working on a memoir, which makes prose
is on the Board of Musehouse and received
the 2014 Ronald Johnson Poetry Award. Experimenting
with blending needlepoint and poetry, some
of her poems explain what she is aiming
for in her visual art or try to compliment
Escobar-Martín is the product of
spoken word and written poetry. A Philadelphia
Youth Poetry Movement Alumni, David has
performed at poetry slams since the age
of fifteen. David's current goal is to earn
a spot on his college's CUPSI team for 2016.
He now studies at Temple University and
majors in Latin American Studies and Spanish
enjoys reading and writing poetry in English,
Spanish, and French and often considers
foreign languages to be the reason why he
began writing poetry for audiences beyond
the stage. His blog is a testament to his
efforts to grow outside the realm of spoken
word and his chapbook, Eden, defines his
love of both styles.
Bender's passionate but playful music springs
forth from his deep and sensitive listening
to the pulse of life expressed through human
joys and sorrows. His artful playing of
guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, harmonica,
clarinet, and violin reveals mines of dazzling
beauty culled from folk ballads, blue grass,
blues, gypsy, jazz and classical music.
achieved a Master of Arts in Music and Painting
at New York University during which he studied
classical guitar with Juan de La Mata, a
concert classical and flamenco guitarist
as well as professor of music from the Royal
Conservatory of Madrid in Spain. This foundation
enabled him to integrate melody, harmony
and diverse timbre into his musical palette.
has played banjo with the Americana band
Wild Mustard and has composed and performed
instrumental music with the River Poets.
He is currently completing a new compact
disk of his solo instrumental compositions.
Bender is also an artist and architect who
has been writing about the floodplain ecosystem.
He presently lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania
not far from the scenic Delaware River.
Moser is a singer/songwriter and writer
of flash fiction. She has the unique gift
of being both achingly insightful and poignantly
clever. Her songs have been compared with
the early work of Joni Mitchell, Kate Wolf
and Dar Williams.
Right Now, Denise's second CD, was released
with positive reviews, and songs from it
have been played on various traditional
and internet radio stations, including WXPN
in Philadelphia. In response to Here Right
Now, No Depression's website called her
"the Norman Rockwell songwriter."
songs shine a mindful light on the everyday
things of our lives, reflecting on their
deeper meanings. Her voice is direct, honest,
lovely and she leaves you feeling like you've
found a new friend." (Anne Hills, singer/songwriter).
word Smith is an avid fisherman with a creative
writing habit: He has been published in
Apiary number six, The River anthology,
The River poets journal, Live at Karla's,
an anthology of thirteen New Hope poets.
Phantom Billstickers Cafe Reader, FZQ quarterly
online journal. The Bucks county Herald.
and some others that he has forgotten! His
poetry and short stories and not so short
stories are eclectic in nature yet always
seem to bloom from the earth. He resides
in New Hope Pa and you can often find him
by his computer with his orange tabby cat,
Buddy by his side.
C. Meashey is the president and owner of
the PERFORMING ARTISTS TAX SERVICE, INC.
located in Conshohocken, PA. For over 30
years she has prepared tax returns for area
Producers, Performing Artists and Craftsmen.
graduate of Fordham University in NYC, Claire
is very active in the theatre community
and started her tax company to serve the
needs of her fellow performers. Through
referrals and word of mouth, her business
continues to grow and flourish.
works as a consultant for various groups
and organizations. She specializes in the
unique tax needs of the self-employed and
has conducted seminars for Screen Actors
Guild members, alumni and students of the
Arts Institute as well as smaller groups
for casting directors and agents.
not calculating tax returns, Claire is an
historic storyteller and actress for Historic
Philadelphia, Inc. This will be her 5th
season with HPI and she is looking forward
to telling their wonderful stories in Philadelphia
and Valley Forge this year.
Goldstein enjoys a love affair with music
and believes it a bridge from the heart
to the soul. Neil has performed on numerous
stages as well as in religious settings
as an actor and a vocalist. Utilizing poetic
song to inspire and rejoice, he has performed
in many company productions from Gilbert
& Sullivan to Shakespeare, from Broadway
to Folk music. In addition, Neil is a professional
sports announcer. A renaissance man, he
brings a repertoire of international melodies
for your enjoyment.
Zuber is a classical guitarist and both
composes and accompanies various artists.
He is well known around the Bryn Athyn area
for his innovation and stylistic musical
patterns. He is also a master craftsmen
and specializes in period middle ages stone
Chapell (vocalist/guitarist) performs a
unique mix of originals, folk, jazz and
international music, including songs in
up to 13 languages from the U.S., Brazil,
Latin America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle
East. Her American repertoire covers a wide
range of music from jazz and folk, to pop
standards, as well as originals. Phyllis
Chapell has performed in concert throughout
the U.S., in Brazil, Latin America, and
Europe. She has released 2 solo CDs, and
4 CDs with her internationally known world
jazz ensemble Phyllis Chapell & SIORA.
Chapell has been named as one of the top
500 jazz vocalists of all time by Scott
Yanow (writer for Down Beat, Jazz Times
and AllMusicGuide). She has also won song
competitions for her original music; and
was chosen to be one of Indie- Musics
can check out her website: www.siorajazz.com.
~ Photographer ~ House-Sitter ~ Teacher
Halscheid's previous poetry collections
include Powertalk, Without Home, Uncommon
Geography, which won a finalist award for
the Paterson Poetry Book Prize; and Greatest
Hits, a chapbook award from Pudding House
Publications. Her poetry, essays and short
stories have appeared in magazines such
as The Gettysburg Review, Tampa Review,
Sou'wester, Tiferet, among others. She has
received Fellowships from The Geraldine
R. Dodge Foundation and NJ State Council
on the Arts.
her new collection Frozen Latitudes, the
barren and timeless landscape of Alaska
becomes a metaphor for places frozen in
time when her father Charles, suffered brain
damage. Woven among these pages are journey
poems of other locales, which share the
interchangeability of nature and human nature.
For the past two decades, she has been an
itinerant writer by way of house-sitting,
caring for others' homes and animals. This
mobility, along with simple living, has
helped her to sustain her writing life.
Her photography chronicles her journey,
and has been in several juried shows.
cultural exchange programs Therese has traveled
widely, and taught in England and Russia.
She frequently visits schools to engage
students in the creative writing process,
and offers professional development workshops
to teachers, grades K-12