Mid-Winter Festival 2015


  • 2:20-2:45 Women's singing group



1:30 pm – 2:15 pm -  Building a piezo-based pickup, Katie Morrison

Learn how to make a simple and very inexpensive piezo pickup. You can amplify just about anything! It's fun and easy. If you are even a little bit handy and you can handle a soldering iron and two tiny wires, you can do it!  I'll bring supplies to demonstrate the process and make a pickup then plug it in and show how it works. I'll supply a list of resources and handy websites to learn more about it.

2:30 pm – 3:15 pm – Garage Band on iPad, Jane Gillman

Get friendly with tech. Garageband software is an amazingly creative tool for musicians of all levels. This workshop is an overview of some of the fun ways you can create and record musical ideas on your iPad. Longtime Austin musician Jane Gillman teaches ongoing Garageband classes at UT and ACC.

3:30 pm – 4:15 pm -  Singing with Joane Rylander

In this workshop, I will cover some basic singing techniques. Then we’ll learn a song or two from Bulgaria that has three-part harmony. All levels welcome.


1:30 pm – 2:15 pm -  Traditional Jazz, David Jellema

David will demonstrate classic stylings on what to look for when accompanying blues and jazz vocalists on the trumpet as well as via recordings of Louis Armstrong and more.

2:30 pm – 3:15 pm - Making a Crankie, Sharon and Maggie Isaac Helton and William Hudson

WHAT IS A CRANKIE SHOW?  Crankie Shows or Moving Panoramas enjoyed widespread popularity in the 19th century.  A Crankie Show is a long pictorial roll moved in front of the audience by means of a Crankie Box. The Crankie Show was a popular medium to communicate a journey, story, song or long poem.

In this workshop we will share with you our experience with making a crankie.  We will also suggest ways to get started with the planning of a Crankie Show and lessons we learned along the way.  We will also pass along some pointers on how to make a Crankie Box.

3:30 pm – 4:15 pm -  Mountain Square Dance, Sharon Isaac

Sharon Isaac was born in Magoffin Co., Ky. her grandmother played the banjo for many mountain square dances.  Mountain square dance, unlike Western Square Dance, does not require special clothing or previous experience.  Mountain square dancing is a social and high-energy activity that is taught as you dance it.  Come and learn a left allemande, right and left grand, wind the ball of yarn, mow the wheat and sow a little clover.  We’ll have fun and get a some exercise! 


1:30 pm – 2:15 pm -  Sing, Dance and Play! Malissa Mollberg

This interactive workshop will include a variety of musical activities designed to delight elementary age children ages 7 to 77.  Your child will be introduced to a play party, a camp rhythm-making challenge and singing games. Bring Your Feet, Hands and Voice!  Let's sing, dance and play!

2:30 pm – 3:15 pm - Clawhammer banjo (intermediate), Austin Rogers

For the advancing old time banjo players wanting to take their frailing to the next level.  Topics will vary based on attendees' needs and interests.  Possible topics include:  Resolving timing issues, drop-thumb and double-thumbing, double-time frailing and The Galax Lick.

3:30 pm – 4:15 pm -  Beginner Old-Time jam,  Mike Savercool & Pattie Epps

For beginners transitioning from solo practice to jam playing, we will identify some common obstacles (and solutions) to help make your transition easier, and demonstrate a preparatory method using slowed backup recordings.