2021 Faculty

Virtual Folk College Schedule

Check out the schedule for this year's Virtual Folk College.*


*Schedule subject to change


Attached is a printable version of this schedule (grid).




Friday, May 28, 2021



5:30-6:00 pm Zoom Tutorial

We’ll be using the Zoom platform for all events.
If you aren’t used to using Zoom, you can get on early to learn how to navigate it.


6:00-7:00 pm Social Hour

See old friends and meet new ones.
We'll start out all in one big group, then break into smaller groups.


7:00-8:30 pm Open Mic

This is your chance to perform for all! Have one song or tune ready, and sign up via Zoom chat once we start. Practice ahead of time to make sure you and your instrument are visible in your camera, that you're well-lit and that your background doesn't detract from the visuals. Set Zoom to "high fidelity music mode" and "echo cancellation" - select "Zoom preferences" and then "Audio" to get to the settings. We’ll have sound checks during Open Mic to help you set up.


8:30-9:00 pm Staff Concert

Judy Minot will play her newly-written tune, Arpeggio Garden, which was inspired by long-time festival attendee, Diana Wagner. Then Henry Koretzky will sing one of his favorite songs, and finally Simple Gifts members Karen Hirshon and Linda Littleton will play a mini-concert.


9:00-10:00 pm Jamming
with Simple Gifts & Henry Koretzky

Simple Gifts will lead instrumental tunes, and Henry will lead singing. We'll probably stay all together, or might split into two groups depending on numbers. Bring your requests!


Saturday, May 29, 2021


9:30-10:00 am Zoom Tutorial

We’ll be using the Zoom platform for all events.
If you aren’t used to using Zoom, you can get on early to learn how to navigate it.


10:00-11:00 Workshops

Henry Koretzky

Jamming is a social event where we all play our instruments together. Henry will give tips to get you started.

Simple Gifts

Learn a few interesting tunes in minor keys.

We'll work by ear with music available if needed.



11:15-12:15 pm Workshops

Judy Minot

Tips on how to practice from a music practice expert who just released the book "Best Practice".

Aubrey & Elwood

How to take a song or tune and put your own personal stamp on it to make it truly special.



12:30-2:00 pm Open Mic

More open mic, your chance to hear and perform for each other. See the notes for Friday's open mic for info on setting up Zoom. Priority will be given to those that didn't get a turn on Friday.



2:15-3:15 pm Workshops

Henry Koretzky

There are plenty of really cool tunes that are easy to learn and easy to play. Henry will share his favorites. We'll work by ear with music available if needed.

Aubrey & Elwood

The only thing better than singing is singing in harmony with others! Come learn how and get tips for making your harmonies stronger.



3:30-4:00 pm Workshops

Simple Gifts

Whether you're a beginner contemplating playing for friends or a professional prepping for a big gig, this workshop will have something for you.

Henry Koretzky

Learn old time instrumental tunes from the Southern Appalachians.

We'll work by ear with music available if needed.



4:45-5:20 pm Student-Run Workshops

Laura Alexander

Balfolk is a vibrant musical and dance tradition in France and surrounding countries. Many of the tunes are simple to play. Sheet music will be provided.

Michael Carr

This introductory songwriting workshop will offer a hands-on lyric-writing experience and will serve as a springboard into creating memorable melodies. The use of journal prompts and journal therapy tools will be used extensively in our time together.



5:25-5:55 pm Student-Run Workshops

Ukulele - Karen Hirshon

Autoharp - Larry Mutti

Mountain Dulcimer - Dianne Bowser

Hammer Dulcimer - Ken Sharp

Harmonica - Mel DeYoung

Bowed Psaltery - Linda Littleton


All of these instruments are fairly easy to play. You’ll get to hear each one, get tips for how to start on it, and hear the pros and cons of playing each instrument.



6:00-6:35 pm Student-Run Workshops

Janet Leise

How to use music performance to connect and interact with audiences from preschoolers to seniors, with emphasis on adaptations for those with special needs. sFor vocalists and instrumentalists.

Phil Capp

Expand your knowledge of chords and learn to play using the entire fretboard of your guitar.



6:45-7:30 pm Socializing

Stay online to socialize while eating your dinner.



7:30-8:15 pm  Concert
Aubrey Atwater & Elwood Donnelly

Banjo, guitar, mountain dulcimer, vocal harmonies presented by this year's festival headliner.


8:15-9:00 pm Jamming
with Aubrey Atwater & Elwood Donnelly

Aubrey and Elwood will lead us in informal playing and singing.

Bring suggestions of songs and tunes you'd like them to lead.