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Milwaukee Irish Fest School of Music Instructors:

Amy Richter - Bodhran

Amy Richter - Bodhran

Amy Richter first picked up the bodhrán at the Irish Fest Summer School in 2003. Since then she has gone on to become the drummer for the popular Milwaukee band áthas, win the Midwest Fleadh, and compete in the All-Irelands.

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Brett Lipshutz - Flute, Tin Whistle - Milwaukee Irish Fest School of Music

Brett Lipshutz - Flute, Tin Whistle

Brett Lipshutz has been playing various flutes for over 30 years and Irish and Baroque music since 1994. He played twice at the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil and has toured with the Trinity Irish Dance Company.

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Heather Lewin - Fiddle

Heather Lewin - Cello, Viola, Violin

Heather Lewin teaches violin, viola and cello. She has been playing string instruments for over 30 years and has been teaching since 1998. In addition to teaching, Heather has performed and recorded with many local and national bands.

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James Reilly - Flute, Tin Whistle - Milwaukee Irish Fest School of Music

James Reilly - Flute, Tin Whistle

James attributes his love of Irish music to his family. Born into the NYC traditional Irish music scene, he quickly developed a taste for pure drop trad.

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Jeff Ksiazek - Flute, Tin Whistle, Bouzouki - Milwaukee Irish Fest School of Music

Jeff Ksiazek - Flute, Tin Whistle, Bouzouki

Jeff Ksiazek, a member of Milwaukee band áthas, has been playing wind instruments for two decades. Jeff offers instruction on bouzouki, Irish flute, whistle, and silver flute in Irish music.

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Kaitlin Hahn - Fiddle - Milwaukee Irish Fest School of Music

Kaitlin Hahn - Fiddle

Kaitlin Hahn began playing classical violin at the age of six, and at eighteen began studying Celtic fiddle. Kaitlin frequently travels to Cape Breton to study the music and has also studied with Liz Carroll. She has recorded several CDs. Kaitlin is a recipient of the Ed Ward Scholarship and a graduate of UWM with a music education degree. She plays with the group Atlantic Wave.

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Kathleen Congleton - Piano - Milwaukee Irish Fest School of Music

Kathleen Congleton - Irish Piano, Ensemble

Kathleen has taught Irish traditional piano accompaniment privately for many years, and more recently has begun to teach Irish melody as well. She studied with noted traditional performers Geraldine Cotter and Patsy Broderick in Ireland and Donna Long in the United States.

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Kim Robertson - Harp - Milwaukee Irish Fest School of Music

Kim Robertson - Harp

Kim Robertson is a renowned performer, arranger, and recording artist who has stretched the boundaries of the harp for a new generation of performers and audiences.

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Maria Terres - Fiddle - Milwaukee Irish Fest School of Music

Maria Terres - Fiddle

A three-time All-Ireland qualifier on fiddle and senior céilí band, Maria has taught fiddle to all ages since 1986. She plays for céilí and set dancers (with Cream City Céilí Band) and New England Contra dancing (with Last Gaspe).

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Patrick Roe - Bodhran - Milwaukee Irish Fest School of Music

Patrick Roe - Bodhran

Influenced by some of the great jazz drummers, Patrick began drumming in his teens. Drawn to the bodhrán, he learned the fundamentals at the Irish Fest Summer School. He developed his style as an avid session player and has played with such diverse groups as Anam Ri, Americay, Leahy's Luck, Stone Ring, Frog Water, Different Drums of Ireland and Ceol Cairde.

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Randy Gosa - Banjo, Guitar - Milwaukee Irish Fest School of Music

Randy Gosa - Banjo, Guitar, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Ensemble

A string musician since the age of 12, Randy is a graduate of Visual Art and Celtic Studies at UWM. Randy has studied music with Liz Carroll, Niall Keegan, Sandra Joyce, Andy Irvine, Tony Nother, and studied abroad at the University of Limerick, Ireland. He plays regularly for céilí and set dancers and is a member of the band Myserk. He teaches by ear and is a strong believer in passing tunes and technique person to person.

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Adjunct Instructors

The Milwaukee Irish Fest School of Music works with some amazing local and regional Irish musicians to bring you even more educational possibilities! The following instructors can offer additional instruction locally and in neighboring communities.

Aislinn Gagliardi - Harp

Aislinn Gagliardi is a highly sought-after Irish harp teacher, performer and recording artist.  She studied extensively with various Irish and Celtic harpers including Michael Rooney, Fionnuala Rooney and Grainne Hambly.  Aislinn has given workshops at the Milwaukee Irish Fest School of Music (MIFSM), the Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School, the Great Lakes Harpers (GLH) 2006 Regional Conference, and in Nashville, TN. She has also taught private lessons at Chicago's World Folk Music, and currently teaches from her private studio in Chicago and via Skype. Aislinn has frequently performed at the Milwaukee Irish Fest and Chicago's Celtic Fest, and co-leads sessions in and around Chicago.  Aislinn is a valuable collaborator in many styles of music, and was recently featured on Candace Corrigan's (singer/songwriter) O'Carolan, Songwriter recording project.

John Ceszynski - Uilleann Pipes - Milwaukee Irish Fest School of Music

John Ceszynski - Uilleann Pipes, Tin Whistle, Bodhran

John Ceszynski has been involved with Irish Traditional Music since 1981. He has performed, taught, and competed across the Midwest and in Ireland. Lessons will be arranged between the student and teacher in both the Milwaukee and Appleton areas.

John Nicholson - Guitar - Milwaukee Irish Fest School of Music

John Nicholson - Guitar

For over a dozen years John has been busy teaching Celtic and finger style guitar and performing with noted area bands. He is currently a member of two-time WAMI award winner Frogwater. John is in great demand at festivals and workshops throughout the Midwest and teaches regularly at the Irish Fest Summer School.

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