Amy has been folk dancing longer than she can remember and has been calling dances since 1987. She calls traditional American folk dances: contras, squares, circles and play party games for all ages and ability levels. She has called at public square and contra dances, preschools, elementary schools, weddings, bars, grange halls, auctions, birthday parties, the Northwest Folklife Festival, the Washington State Old Time Fiddlers Workshop and worked as a dance artist-in-residence at the elementary level. Given 8 people, 5 minutes, and a few dozen square feet, Amy can create a dance. She works as a music teacher at Stevens Elementary in Seattle and incorporates dance into music instruction all the time. She has a vast repertoire of singing games and dance activities suited to the youngest and most reluctant of dancers. In addition to being a professional music teacher and dance caller, she co-runs the Seattle Family Dance, plays piano for contra dances in several bands (The Coffey Party, The Voyageurs) and has taught piano at Centrum's Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, WA and plays also plays old time guitar with the Carroll Family Band.
Brian Oberlin is an internationally acclaimed mandolin player and educator. During his 15-year professional career, Brian has been playing swing, bluegrass, and Italian classical as a solo mandolinist and vocalist. Along with the myriad of award-winning bands (Ger Mandolin Orchestra with Mike Marshall) and ensembles he has collaborated with throughout the United States and Europe, Brian is also the founder and director of the River of the West Mandolin Camp and the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra. Most recently, Brian was a top ten finalist at the 2013 Telluride Troubadour Contest, an instructor/performer at the 2012 & 2013 International Mandolin Academy in Italy, a featured soloist at the 2014 EuroFest Plucked String Festival in Bruchsal, Germany, and a featured soloist at the 2015 Mandolin Upgrade festival in Berlin, Germany. When he is not performing, Brian teaches music to children and adults at art centers, cultural events, festivals, camps, music schools and academies. Originally from Rockford, Michigan, Brian now lives in Portland, Oregon. www.mandoberlin.com
After hearing her aunt play a fun and lively fiddle tune one day, Katelyn Osborn knew she wanted to learn the fiddle. And so, at the age of seven she got her first violin and has been practicing ever since! Although she is classically trained and plays in numerous orchestras, Katelyn has a passion for fiddle music and is a strong performer in her family’s band, for which she plays fiddle, piano, guitar, mandolin, and upright bass. She has a thriving music studio in Coeur d’ Alene where she teaches a dozen students her favorite instruments.
Katherine Beck is a 27 year-old elementary teacher from Boise, Idaho. She grew up taking lessons from Roberta Pearce, and she is the Great-grand daughter of Mannie Shaw, a co-organizer of the Idaho Old Time Fiddlers Association. She is normally a teacher to 5th grade students in Caldwell, Idaho, however she has taught private lessons previously, and continues to learn on her own. This will be her second year returning to the WOTFA Workshop, where she will be teaching the Intermediate Fiddle class.
Originally from north central Washington, Jim spent numerous years performing and playing in the beautiful mountains of western Colorado. Returning to the Pacific Northwest in 2009, Jim has been busy as bassist for the award winning Bluegrass band "Kevin Pace and The Early Edition." He is the past chairman for district #2 of the Washington Old Time Fiddler's Association and the artistic director and president of the Lilac City Homeschool String Orchestra in Spokane, Washington. When he’s not onstage holding his bass up, Jim spends his time home-schooling his six children with his wonderful wife Jen, teaching strings and piano, repairing and building string instruments, and woodworking. Jim holds a B.A. in music from Western State Colorado University where he studied under Dr. Laura Shumann and Mr. Kenneth Todd and has received numerous awards and citations for outstanding musicianship in jazz and classical music. He has performed in the Crested Butte Summer Music Festival, the After 5 Jazz Quartet, the Western Slope Ramblers, the multi-national group "Manjaro", the Western State College Community Orchestra, and was music director for Rocky Mountain Christian Ministries. Jim and his family reside in Reardan, Washington.