Instructors

2024 Summer Wheat Instructors

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The following instructors will be at the 2024 Summer Wheat Music Camp.
(Class details to be updated.)

WE APPRECIATE YOUR PATIENCE AS WE BEGIN TO INCLUDE UPDATES FOR 2024. Always check the official website for details and registration.

Annette Barton

Annette Barton shares her passion for all things dulcimer with her students. She will be teaching Lap Dulcimer Explorations.

Tina Bergman

Tina Bergman Hammered Dulcimer Camp Mid Michigan Learn Lessons Dulcimer Classes Summer Fun Adults Happy Wheatland Music

Tina Bergmann is a fourth generation musician raised in a family that played music in the aural tradition.  Performing since age eight and teaching privately and in workshops since age 12, Tina has decades of experience playing music for a wide range of events, including festivals, weddings and corporate events. In solo performance, as a duo with bassist Bryan Thomas, with her stringband Hu$hmoney, and with Cleveland’s world-renowned baroque orchestra, Apollo’s Fire, Tina’s expressive musicality and driving rhythm bring the American old time, Celtic, Classical, and world music she plays to life. . She will be teaching Hammered Dulcimer.

Rich Coats

Rich Coats is a singer and songwriter. He will be presenting a Merle Haggard tribute on Friday night (June 16).

Michael Dwyer

Michael Dwyer is offering Tai Chi on the Main Stage every morning. He has been teaching for decades with the Rochester Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan Institute whose mission is to promote optimal health and physical well-being for all people regardless of fitness level through comprehensive application of Wu style Tai Chi Chuan principles.

Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan Rochester

Bruce Gartner

Bruce Gartner is teaching Beginning Fiddle, Old Time Band Class, and Old Time Fiddle.

Bruce Gartner has been playing music for over 50 years beginning with clarinet, saxophone, and bassoon in public school. As a child, Bruce’s father played mandolin and keyboard with a country band and those memories sparked a lifelong interest in playing traditional music.

Bruce is adept with both mandolin and fiddle playing in the genre most commonly referred to as Old Time music. Bruce currently gives lessons through B’s Music in Mount Pleasant. Additionally, Bruce plays traditional Irish music and has competed in all Ireland competitions in 2002 and 2003. Bruce is a member of the Old Time string bands “Rhythm Billies,” and the “Palooka Brothers.” He has played at festivals and taught workshops at Wheatland, Bliss, Alaska Folk Festival, and Hiawatha. The Rhythm Billies completed a tour of Ireland in the summer of 2011 playing American Old Time music. In addition to teaching and performing, Bruce is a composer. 

David Greely

David Greely is teaching Cajun A Capella Ballads, Cajun & Creole Fiddle Tunes, and Harmony Sing.

David Greely has for years been assembling a repertoire of uncommon Cajun music. He uses old and rare tunes, new companion pieces to the old ones, and striking new melodies that meld Cajun roots with fiddle sounds he’s heard in his travels worldwide, and arranges them with novel instrumentation and rich harmonies.

David was born in Baton Rouge of Cajun and Irish ancestry, and learned Cajun music on dance hall stages throughout South Louisiana, in the archives of Cajun and Creole music at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, and from his apprenticeship to Cajun fiddle master and National Heritage Fellow Dewey Balfa. As a founding member of Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, David toured Folk Festivals worldwide for 23 years, and was nominated for four Grammy Awards. He has received the Louisiana Artist Fellowship Award for Folklife Performance, and is an adjunct instructor of Cajun fiddle at the University of Louisiana.

Hannah Harris Ceol

Hannah Harris Ceol is presenting Irish Fiddle Tunes. She’s a traditional Irish fiddler and singer based in mid-Michigan and both performs and teaches Irish traditional music.

When she left Cork City in February 2018 with a Masters in Ethnomusicology, she knew there would be many others like her coming from outside Irish traditional music who wanted to find a way to make their fiddling style sound true to tradition while also showcasing their unique personality.

Hannah came from a classical music background, but after a lot of listening, attending workshops, and applying what she learned in the practice room, she was able to develop her version of a traditional lilt and take her music to a professional level.

This is exactly why Hannah decided to focus on teaching fiddlers how to master the real feel or lilt of Irish traditional music.

https://www.hannahharrisceol.com

Drew Howard

Drew Howard is teaching Blues Guitar, Bottleneck Slide, and Dobro.

Drew Howard is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist with 40+ years of stage, session and music production experience in multiple genres. Performances range across the US to Western Europe, from Alaska to Amsterdam, Copenhagen to Chicago, New York to New Orleans. Appearances on over 136 album releases. Production and session experience also includes national and regional TV and radio ad campaigns for Meijer, Michelin, GM, Ford, etc. In 2010 Drew was honored with a Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Country Instrumentalist, and nominated again in 2014 and 2017. Published by BMG. Drew teaches private music lessons and class instruction forMSU Community Music SchoolElderly InstrumentsWheatland Music Organization and Interlochen Center for the Arts.

https://drewhoward.com

Don Julin

Don Julin will be teaching Exploring the Mandolin, Improve Your Groove: Find the Back Beat, and Mandolin Tunes.

Don Julin, author of the best selling Mandolin For Dummies has developed a reputation for being one of the most eclectic mandolin players/teachers on the scene today. His original compositions have been used on many network and cable television programs along on NPR’s All things Considered.

https://www.donjulin.com

Hanno Meingast

Sound 1o1 will be presented by Hanno Meingast. Details coming soon.

Carol Palms

Carol Palms will be presenting Upright Bass, Music Theory for Vocalists, and Harmony Sing.

Mark Palms

Mark Palms is teaching Beginning and Old Time Guitar, Clawhammer Banjo, and Cajun Accordion.

Josh Rose

Josh Rose Michigan Songwriter Music Camp Adult Camp mid Michigan Fun Traditional Story telling storytelling arts

Josh Rose is teaching songwriting.

Josh Rose, a craftsman of songwriting, hails from the northern woodlands and honed his craft in the borderlands. With a decade of Midwest touring and a passion for injecting his soulful creations into listeners’ very essence, Josh intricately weaves words to etch melodies into the fabric of the soul.

Dan Seabolt

Dan Seabolt will be presenting Bluegrass Ensemble, Improv on the Fiddle, and Beginning to Intermediate Fiddle.

Daniel Seabolt, known affectionately as Danny, is a multi-faceted musician, instructor, and master luthier, boasting over three decades of captivating audiences across the United States and Europe. From mastering string instruments to crafting bespoke violins, mandolins, and double basses, Danny’s boundless energy and expertise shine through in every note he plays and every instrument he creates. With a knack for teaching and a patient, supportive approach, Danny inspires students of all ages and levels, sharing his passion for music in workshops spanning Michigan to the picturesque Lanquedoc region of southern France.

danielseabolt.com

Nicholas James Thomasma

Nicholas James Thomasma is a songwriter and plays harmonica.

Traveling around in a bright orange 1973 Volkswagen Bus, singer songwriter and Earthwork Music artist Nicholas James Thomasma combines stories and songs for a show that can be enjoyed by patrons of all ages. Whether he’s performing with his backing band Nicholas James and the Bandwagon or as a solo acoustic act, Nicholas charms the audience with his playful sense of humor and real life stories. Nicholas is also a facilitator at several songwriting retreat weekends, the curator of a monthly songwriter in-the-round concert series called the Songtellers at the Midtown in Grand Rapids, MI and sits on the Board of Directors as the Secretary for the Michigan Music Alliance.

https://nicholasjamesthomasma.com

Matt Watroba

Matt Watroba is teaching Improving Overall Performance, Community Sing, and Harmony Sing.

Many know Matt Watroba as the voice of folk music in Michigan for his work with WDET–Detroit Public Radio. As producer and host of the Folks Like Us program, and the nationally syndicated, Sing Out Radio Magazine and Folk Alley, Watroba has come in contact with many aspects of folk music and culture. This has helped shape a repertoire and presentation that is unique on stages across the state and country. He is committed to inspiring the world to sing– one town at a time. In 2019, Matt, along with his life-long musical partner Robert Jones, Co-founded the Detroit Non-Profit, Common Chords. Also in 2019, Matt Was inducted into the Folk DJ Hall of Fame at the Folk Alliance International conference in Montreal.

https://www.mattwatroba.net

Howard Wilson

Howard Wilson was taken with the guitar at about age 9.  He played acoustic and electric guitars growing up and while at GVSU he studied classical guitar with Argentinian guitarist Guillermo Fierens. He played full time after college and then served as  Director of Bands for Tri County Area Schools from 1985-2015.  All the while, gigging on electric and acoustic guitar whenever possible.  Finally retired, he is playing solo acoustic and electric with several Michigan bands.  He likes just about anything to do with,  and anybody who plays fingerstyle guitar. Howard will be sharing guitar styles including Swing Guitar.

Frank Youngman

Frank Youngman will be teaching Music Theory, Beginner Ukulele, Swing Guitar, and Intermediate Ukulele.

Frank has been playing all types of music his whole life.  A multi-instrumentalist, he has performed in places as diverse as The Improv Comedy Club in New York City to A Prairie Home Companion.  A founding member of The Lost World Stringband, The Pets, and Jive at Five, he continues to keep a busy recording and performing schedule.  He has just finished up his 35th year of teaching, the last seventeen years as the Director of Instrumental Music for the Lake City Area Schools.  The Uke was his first instrument.

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