Instructors 2017-08-09T15:14:49+00:00
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Clare Adkins Cason began violin studies at the age of 4, having been born into a family of musicians. She attended the University of North Texas, where she was chosen as Outstanding Undergraduate in Music. Presently she holds leadership positions in the Sherman Symphony, East Texas Symphony, and the Dallas Bach Society. She became interested in Celtic music as a teenager through the recordings of Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser, and since then has had the opportunity to study with several well-known fiddle players including Matt Cranitch and John McEvoy. Clare has taught Irish fiddle at both the O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat and the O’Flaherty Irish Music Youth Camp, and plays regularly with the Dallas-area performing group known as the Trinity Hall Session Players. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Traditional Irish Music Education Society, and as assistant director of the O’Flaherty Irish Music Youth Camp

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Allison Johnson teaches our Gaelic Youth Chorus and is a private lesson teacher for singing and guitar. Alli received an early start in her music education.  She comes from a family of musicians and was singing harmonies with her mother and siblings for as long as she can remember.   A member of several performance choirs and ensembles throughout her youth, by the age of 16, Alli began performing professionally, singing and playing guitar in venues around the Dallas area. Since then, she’s worked as a demo singer and played in numerous bands, largely focusing on acoustic-driven music. In 2013, she became the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the popular Celtic group The Selkie Girls.  In 2015, the critically-acclaimed Selkies were honored to win a Celtic Radio Music Award for their version of “The Gaelic Song.”  The Selkie Girls have been featured performers at premier festivals throughout the state of Texas, such as the Austin Celtic Festival, San Antonio Highland Games, Texas Scottish Festival, and North Texas Irish Festiva l.  In addition to her work with the Selkies, her vocals have been featured on several instructional publications for Hal Leonard Corporation,  including Guitar for Kids – Book 2, Ukulele for Kids, Bass for Kids, and How to Record at Home on a Budget.

Rick began his 40-year drumming career at an early age and was exposed to a wide variety of musical styles. Since graduating with a degree in Music Education from Troy University in Alabama, he has been performing in bands and as a freelance percussionist in rock, jazz, blues, country and classical performances. He is also an instructor at the annual O’Flaherty Irish Music Youth Camp.

Janis Deane has been playing Irish flute/whistle for 25 years and played with the bands Mad Sweeny and Tir Na Nogh in North Carolina and Ohio respectively. She currently performs with the Trinity Hall Session Players. Recording credits include Morning Star, Transilience and Confluence with husband Christopher Deane on the Quiet Hall Music label, and Music from Trinity Hall with the Trinity Hall Session Players.

Michelle Feldman has over thirty years of experience as an Irish fiddler, including performance and teaching. She became an Irish session fiddler while attending California State University at Sonoma, and has played for contra and ceilidh dancers and performed with Shannon, the only all-girl Celtic band in Los Angeles. Since coming to Texas, Michelle has played Celtic music for festivals, parties, and pub gigs with several Dallas area groups, and is currently performing with the eclectic/Celtic acoustic band, 5 Second Rule. She is also a composer in both traditional and folk/pop styles and has performed and recorded her tunes and songs with several bands.

David is a young multi-instrumentalist from the Dallas area, performing professionally on violin and piano and teaching a growing music studio. He is the fiddle player and frontman for the Irish/Celtic band Flashpoint (www.facebook.com/flashpointirish), as well as a member of the Trinity Hall Session Players, for whom he is the performance scheduler. In 2009 he was awarded the Byron D. Cameron Music Scholarship by the Southwest Celtic Music Association, and in 2011 he was awarded scholarships for both the Friday Harbor Irish Music Week and the Swannanoa Gathering’s Celtic Week. Through these camps and others, he has studied with some of the best Irish fiddle players in the world, including Oisín Mac Diarmada, Randal Bays, Kevin Burke, Martin Hayes, and Liz Carroll. In 2009 David started Flashpoint with his brother Daniel and their friend Joseph Carmichael, and together they have performed multiple times at the North Texas Irish Festival, the Austin Celtic Festival, and numerous other venues. In the winter of 2011-2012 they recorded their first album, “Jammed.” Outside of performing, David teaches a growing music studio on piano and violin, and composes and arranges music for his own enjoyment. He is also a current board member of the Traditional Irish Music Education Society.

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Pam Copus is a harp and tin whistle teacher at the school in Carrolton. She has extensive performance and teaching experience playing flute for over 45 years as well as harp, tin whistle, bagpipes, and keyboards. She has been a member of the award winning ensemble 2002 that sold over 1 million albums, and charted 11 albums on Billboard for a combined total of 275 weeks in the top of the charts including two CDs in the past 2 years featuring songs in the Irish language. Music from her CDs were played over 83,360,000 times on Pandora alone last year. Pam is also a founding member of the Colin College Harp Ensemble.
Pam received her Texas teaching certificate in 1987 and has taught in Texas primary schools as well as Colin County Community College . She has also taught Spanish for a variety of municipal governments. Pam received her B.A in Spanish from the University of Cincinnati with honors.
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