Thursday, January 13, 2000

ARCHIVE - 2013 Staff

Sunita Staneslow
Trained classically, but with a passion for traditional music, Sunita has become one of the leading Celtic harpists of today. She has been teaching and arranging harp music for over twenty-five years and  her numerous books of arrangements have become standards for teachers, students, and performers. 

Originally from Minnesota and now a resident of Israel, Sunita's life is filled with music, travel and adventure. She is a featured performer and presenter at the major folk harp festivals in the USA and Canada, and also travels to Europe and South Africa.

Sunita has a masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music, is a certified clinical musician and works as a therapeutic harpist in two Israeli hospitals. Sunita also tours with her fiddle and harp duo, Tzalool in addition to her busy schedule of performing, teaching, recording, and producing new books of arrangements.


Nicolas Carter
Nicolas Carter was raised in Paraguay where he learned to play the Paraguayan harp, the national folk instrument. He has been composing, recording and performing harp music for more than 20 years and has recorded nearly a dozen albums in the United States, Europe and South America, both as a solo artist and with Latin American and world music ensembles.

In addition to teaching and performing at national and international harp festivals, Nicolas has recently been a teaching artist at the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Minnesota. He provided  hands-on instruction to help teachers learn ways to integrate arts into their teaching of other core subject areas.

Nicolas holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in theatre directing from the University of Minnesota and was a Fulbright scholar in France.


Jill Rogoff
Whether accompanying herself on guitar and troubadour harp or singing a cappella, Jill Rogoff lives in Jerusalem and brings to her audiences a rich tradition of music from around the world.

Jill'd repertoire embraces traditional Celtic and British Isles songs, Jewish music from many communities, early music, and contemporary material that also includes her own songs.

 IN 2006, she featured at the International Festival of Bards. She has appeared on several radio and television programs in Israel, North America, Great Britain, Germany, Spain and New Zealand. While she usually sings solo, she has also sung with many musicians in Israel, Great Britain and Europe.


Andrea Stern
(Andrea unfortunately is no longer able to come) Andrea Stern was principal harpist with the Maracaibo Symphony in Venezuela, has performed with the Hong Kong Symphony and the Minnesota Opera, and been a featured performer on cruise ships sailing to exotic destinations.

The ensemble, Willow Brae, features Andrea with Laura Mackenzie on wind instruments and pipes, and offers traditional Scottish and Irish Music at festivals and concerts.

Andrea's has taught workshops and classes in the USA and Serbia and performed at the Fifth International Harp Festival in Belgrade. She currently serves as adjunct faculty at Augsburg College in Minnesota, and harp instructor at MacPhail Center for Music and Saint Paul Conservatory. Andrea trained at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the New England Conservatory and the University of Arizona.


Ruthann Ritchie
(Ruthann unfortunately is no longer able to come) Ruthann Ritchie is a Board-Certified Music Therapist working as a Psychiatric Music Therapist at Western State Hospital, Tacoma, WA. She is a freelance performer on both the classical pedal harp and the Celtic harp.   She has performed and presented workshops at music  therapy conferences and therapeutic harp conferences throughout the USA and Ireland.

Ruthann holds music degrees from University of Evansville (Indiana), University of Colorado (Boulder) and Augsburg College (Minneapolis, MN).  Living in Tacoma, WA, Ruthann is also Director of Sacred Music at Creator Lutheran Church.

She and her harp duo partner, Cyndi Bickel, together produced a CD entitled "Joy!" and Ruthann has also published articles on music therapy in professional journals.