Teachers

Eve Watters

Eve Watters

Eve Watters has traveled the world with her Celtic harp, sharing tales-with-a-twist, wonderful songs, and an array of instruments, celebrating timeless tradition with new spirit and sparkling style. Now in her 17th year as a Virginia Commission for the Arts Touring artist, Eve is a two-time Governor’s Award for the Arts nominee. She has been a Virginia Artist-in-Education since 1986; originated the Musician-in-Residence program at UVA Medical Center and continues to dazzle audiences of all ages, as only Eve can!

Kate Tamarkin

Kate Tamarkin

Ms. Tamarkin has enjoyed a long and successful career as a symphony conductor, musician and teacher. She has a special interest in the relationship between music and healing, and is a Certified Music Practitioner on the harp. Kate is the creator and Program Coordinator for Music by the Bedside, a very successful program at Hospice of the Piedmont. She recently retired from UVA’s College of Arts & Sciences and music director of the Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra. One of Tamarkin’s favorite sayings is “Where words fail, music speaks.”

Howard Bryan

Howard Bryan

World-renowned harpmaker, generously shares his knowledge gained while restoring harps from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries including crochet action, single action, double action and lever harps. Howard shares his vast knowledge and expertise with us as he shares critically important practices required to maintain and protect our harps.

Virginia Schweninger

Virginia Schweninger

Virginia Schweninger is a harpist and instructor. She has a large studio of harpist students of all ages in Charlottesville and Nelson County who so enjoy performing together in ensemble and as soloists. She was previously Adjunct Harp Professor at Lynchburg College and Sweet Briar College. Her CD, Somewhere in Time won the 3rd Place Just Plain Folks Indie Music Award for Best Solo Instrumental 2006 to 2009. Her Harps of Gold Concerts, featuring Harp Song of the Blue Ridge, have raised thousands of dollars for charities. Harp Camp Virginia began five years ago and has thrived every summer in the foothills of the Blue Ridge.

Sherry Whaley

Sherry Whaley

Sherry Whaley will lead us every morning in Floor-Barre which is dance-inspired conditioning which helps harpists develop grace, balance and agility. Sherry has been an active student, teacher, dancer and advocate in the dance community in Central Virginia since her move to Charlottesville. The Zena Rommitt Floor-Barre® is a training method that promotes body alignment for dancers and non-dancers, athletes, the injured, elderly and everyone desiring the alignment, strengthening, and health benefits of this gentle technique.

Robin Eastham

Robin Eastham

Robin Eastham is a Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique who shares this valuable tool with performers and musicians of all types. She is also a Certified Animal Rehabilitator where she lives with quite a cadre of exotic and loving critters including a very grand camel, Jacob, two elderly yaks, alpacas, a donkey, Harold, the gentle Emu and her sweet mini therapy horse.

 Melissa Capone

Melissa Capone

Melissa Capone, our much beloved House Mother, works as an elementary school Special Education Teacher in Waynesboro, Virginia. She and her husband, Gary, enjoy their harp-playing daughter, Emily’s harp music which she already uses to teach youngsters about the harp. This will be Melissa’s fourth year at Harp Camp where she has gained quite a reputation for her amazing patience and joyful creative approach to everything! (She says she can’t read music, but keeps coming back because it is so relaxing.)

Bridgid Eversole

Bridgid Eversole

Soprano Bridgid Eversole has made a career as both performer and teacher. She has appeared as a soloist in venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York and Washington D.C.‘s Constitution Hall and Kennedy Center. She has been on the faculty of Frostburg State University, Garrett College, The UNC Wilmington, UVA, NSU and currently Piedmont Virginia Community College. She received a BM from UNC, an MM from The University of Minnesota, and a DMA from Catholic University, all in vocal performance.