RICHARD SAVINO, Grammy nominated Guitarist/Lutenist, has been a featured performer throughout the US and abroad. He is the recipient of a Diapason d’Or (a French Grammy) and in 2010 his collaborative project with Ars Lyrica of Houston also received a Grammy nomination. An active opera enthusiast, Mr. Savino has been principal theorbist/lutenist for the Santa Fe, Glimmerglass, San Diego, Dallas, Denver, Central City, Portland, San Francisco and Houston Grand Operas. Early in his career Mr. Savino was chosen twice by Maestro Andres Segovia to perform in master classes at the Conservatoire de Musique in in Geneva, Switzerland, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and twice at the International Segovia Fellowship Competition sponsored by New York University. In 1985 he became the first solo guitarist to be chosen a winner at the Artists International Carnegie Recital Hall Debut Competition. Mr. Savino has appeared on the CBS and PBS television networks, had been heard “in recital” on National Public Radio’s Performance Today, Morning Pro Musica, Off The Record, England’s BBC and the CBC’s Music from Montreal and Music from Vancouver programs and has been the subject of a one hour special on NPR’s Harmonia. He is contributing author to the Cambridge University Press Studies in Performance Practice series, has edited the complete works of Fernando Sor for Editions Chanterelle and a collection of secular monodies by Francesca Caccini for Indiana University Press. In 2008 Mr. Savino participated in a series of concerts and a cd/dvd recording project with the renowned vocal ensemble Chanticleer, which featured music from historic missions throughout California. In 2011 he performed throughout North America, lectured at Cambridge University and guest directed Milano Classica.
Mr. Savino has studied with Oscar Ghiglia, Eliot Fisk, and Albert Fuller and received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from SUNY at Stony Brook where he studied under Jerry Willard. He is presently a Collegiate Professor at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Professor of Music at the California State University at Sacramento where in 1994 he was the first member of the music faculty to be awarded an Outstanding and Exceptional sabbatical, in 1996 became only the seventh CSUS faculty to receive the prestigious Semester Leave Research Award and in 2001 was granted a Best Sabbatical Award. Summer 2014 and 2015, and Spring 2016
SHARON BERMAN has performed with ensembles specializing in early, traditional and new music. She has studied early music performance as well as the musical traditions of Québec and West Africa. She holds master's degrees in ethnomusicology and visual anthropology, and plays recorder, accordion, and hurdy-gurdy. Summer 2014 and 2015, Spring 2016
Polly Tapia Ferber is a performer, educator and recording artist specializing in hand percussion from the Middle East, Turkey, North Africa, the Balkans, and Spanish Andalucia. She has traveled regularly to the Middle East, Africa, and Europe to study and work with renowned musicians, most recently to Tunisia in 2014 doing research for a book on music and Sephardic Jews.
She performs with the New York Middle Eastern jazz band Taksim, Turkish music with Dolunay NYC, Latin world music with Nacha Mendez and Trova, and is a member of the Iberian ensemble ¡Viva La Pepa! Her recordings include Near East Far West, Shaman Song with Joan La Barbara, Our House with Dolunay NYC, ¡Viva La Pepa!, and more.
Polly has been on faculty in the Contemporary Music Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design (previously the College of Santa Fe) since 1995 where she teaches courses in world music, private lessons in percussion, and directs the Balkan/Mideast Ensemble. She has taught at yearly Balkan and Mideast music and dance camps around the country since 1979. Summer 2015, Spring 2016
DAIN FORSYTHE has taught bodhrán and whistle throughout the Southeast and Southwest, and has been privileged to accompany on bodhrán some outstanding musicians such as fiddler Randal Bays, bouzouki master Roger Landes, and Irish flute players John Skelton and Turlach Boylan. Dain performed and taught bodhrán at New Mexico's ZoukFest Irish weekend in 2009 and the ZoukFest week-long world music camp in 2010. In addition to periodically providing accompaniment both for Roger Landes and Randal Bays, Dain regularly performs traditional Irish music in small local ensembles. Dain teaches Irish music and rhythm privately, at the Albuquerque Academy Summer School, and at Apple Mountain Music. Summer 2014
CATHERINE HARLOW has a Bachelors Degree in Cello Pedagogy and a Masters degree in Music Education from the University of New Mexico. For the past 35 years, she has performed on cello, mandolin, accordion, and viola da gamba in numerous symphonic, chamber, early, folk, Flamenco, and improvised music ensembles throughout the southwest. Since 1997, she has been on the performing arts faculty at Albuquerque Academy. In addition to her teaching career, she is an active composer and arranger. She lives in Albuquerque with her husband, percussionist Joseph F. Sabella. Summer 2014 and 2015, Spring 2016
ANDREAS TISCHHAUSER moved to the Southwest in 1997 when he served on the faculty at Fort Lewis College (Durango, CO) as visiting professor of flute, voice, and academia. In 2008 Andreas left the mountains to serve on the faculty of the College of Music at Florida State University. No stranger to Santa Fe or surrounding areas, Dr. Tischhauser previously served as principal flutist of the Santa Fe Symphony and San Juan Symphony, and sang with the Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe Pro Musica, and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. Throughout the world Dr. Tischhauser has had the fortunate opportunity to perform with some of the finest musical minds of the last century including Mandy Patinkin, David Brubeck, John Corigliano, Sir Collin Davis, Bobby McFerrin, Yo Yo Ma, Helmut Rilling, Garrison Keillor, Robert Spano, James Galway, Philip Glass, and Robert Shaw. Andreas received his education from Wichita State University, the University of Colorado-Boulder, the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and Florida State University. Summer 2014
JUAN WIJNGAARD was born and raised in Buenos Aires and subsequently lived in the Netherlands, Switzerland and England, where he first heard and fell in love with medieval and later French folk music. He made his first hurdy-gurdy in 1976 and taught himself to play it by ear. Shortly after moving to New Mexico, he and Berman, his wife, met Tom Lozano and his wife and joined their group, Crisol Luz, which was reincarnated as ¡Viva la Pepa!. Wijngaard also plays border and Flemish bagpipes. Summer 2014 and 2015