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Robin Hayden has been dancing for over 30 years. She lives and dances in Western Massachusetts and began leading English country dancing there in 1993. In the intervening years, Amherst has grown into a flourishing community of eager dancers and skilled musicians. Known for her clear teaching and ability to analyze and articulate what makes good dancing, Robin has participated in weekend events, workshops and festivals across North America and in the U.K.
Jon Berger has played fiddle and concertina for morris, sword, English country, and contra dance in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1976. Formerly with Berkeley Morris, he now plays for Apple Tree Morris in Sebastopol. Jon also plays in Flashpoint, a Santa Rosa-based contra dance band. He is well known for his powerful music, and, while playing for morris, his ability to maintain a connection between the music, the dancers and the dance. His recordings include two albums with Persons of Quality. Jon is also a former member of Tempest, a Celtic rock band that plays for an entirely different style of dancing.
Rebecca King is a versatile dance pianist, conductor, and composer, whose strong classical training and love of jazz show in her rhythmic and lyric piano accompaniments. Rebecca plays for English and contra dance in the greater San Francisco Bay area and has been on staff at west coast dance camps, weekends, and balls and at Pinewoods. By day, she teaches music in the Sonoma Valley schools. Rebecca can be heard on Cowboy Dancing by Ray Bierl, on BACDS' CD Swinging On The Gate in which she was executive producer, and Farnicle Huggy and Next of Kynaston with Persons of Quality. www.rebeccakingmusic.com
Mindy Rosenfeld is fluent in the music of several eras, playing early and modern flutes, whistles, fifes, crumhorns, harp, and diminutive bagpipes called Hümmelchen (“little bumblebee”). She is a founding member of the highly respected Baltimore Consort, with whom she tours extensively, and since 1989, of San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (“the nation’s premier early music ensemble”—New York Times). Mindy has recorded extensively, and appeared in Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, the Berkeley Early Music Festival, BBC Proms (Royal Albert Hall), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), and both Carnegie and Disney Halls. Principal Flutist and soloist with both the Symphony of the Redwoods (California) and the Mendocino Music Festival (California), as a guest artist Mindy has performed with American Bach Soloists (San Francisco), Portland’s Trinity Consort, Magnificat (San Francisco), the San Jose Symphonic Choir, San Francisco Bach Choir, Golden Gate Men’s Choir, Ukiah Symphony (as soloist), Modesto Symphony and numerous other Bay Area ensembles. www.mindyrosenfeld.com
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