August 7-9, 2009

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Information: Festival Staff
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The Great Lakes Folk Festival is produced by the Michigan Traditional Arts Program/Michigan State University Museum

Marsha MacDowell: Festival Founding Director

C. Kurt Dewhurst: Festival Founding Director

Jilda Anthony: Festival Associate Director, Administrative Services and Development

Lora Helou: Festival Associate Director, Marketing and Communications

Mike Secord: Festival Associate Director, General Operations and Management

LuAnne Kozma: Festival Associate Director, Folklife Programs

Julie Levy-Weston: Festival Associate Director, Technical Operations

Patrick Power: Coordinator, Music Programs and Photographer

Lynne Swanson: Curator for Folklife Programs

Mary Worrall: Curator for Folklife Programs

Scott Wozniac: Coordinator, Children's Area

Lori Hagadorn: Smithsonian Affiliates Intern

Sunny Wang: Coordinator, Computer Technology Services

Pearl Yee Wong: Coordinator, Documentation and Photographer

John McDaniel: Sound Coordinator

Annika Otto: Volunteer Coordinator

Tim Bugenske: Assistant, Technical Operations

Dan Secord: Coordinator, Food Operations

Daniel Chen: Assistant, Computer Technology Services

Stephanie Palagyi: Assistant, Marketing and Communications

David Cooper: Photographer

Raymond Holt: Volunteer Photographer

Ami VanAntwerp: City of East Lansing Festival Liaison

Additional assistance provided by:
Juan Alvarez, Tristen Anthony, Julie Avery, John Beck, Natalie Brown, Beth Donaldson, Francie Freese, Kaitlyn Hinman, Annie James, Lindsey Konzman, Katie Martinez, Sue Schmidtman

Tom Ball, Bob Blackman, Wanda Degan, Ron Eggleston, LuAnne Kozma, Steve Kwiecinski, John Moe, Doug Neal, Yvette Robinson, Eileen Roraback, Corrina Van Hamlin, and Mary Worrall.

The Michigan Traditional Arts Program at the Michigan State University Museum, a partnership program with the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, advances cross-cultural understanding and equity in a diverse society through the documentation, preservation, and presentation of folk arts and folklife in Michigan. For more information, call 517-355-2370 or write Michigan Traditional Arts Program, Michigan State University Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1045.

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GLFF Music Selection and Community Advisory Committees

Selection of performers for the Great Lakes Folk Festival is made by a core curatorial committee consisting of a small group of music specialists from Michigan State University, Elderly Instruments, and The Ten Pound Fiddle. These individuals are well acquainted with a wide array of traditional music forms and have extensive experience with what music forms the GLFF audiences enjoy hearing.

Members of the Great Lakes Folk Festival Music Selection Committee for 2009 are:

Dr. Yvonne Lockwood, Senior Folklife Specialist, MSU Museum (specialist in Eastern European and Middle-Eastern music)

Dr. Marsha MacDowell, Coordinator, Michigan Traditional Arts Program

Patrick Power, MSU Museum/Great Lakes Folk Festival Booking Coordinator, singer/songwriter and former booking coordinator for the Ten Pound Fiddle
In addition to the above, the Great Lakes Folk Festival staff relies heavily on suggestions from colleagues who are specialists in traditional music of both the region and the nation.

For the 2009 Great Lakes Folk Festival, we gratefully acknowledge the assistance of:

Dr. Isaac Kalumbu, Assoc. Professor, MSU Department of Music (specialist in African music), musician

Dr. Michael Largey, Assoc. Professor, MSU Department of Music (specialist in Haitian music and music of the African diaspora in the Caribbean)

Dr. Laurie Sommers, Asst. Professor, Valdosta State University, Georgia; former ethnomusicologist/folklorist for Festival of Michigan Folklife

Dr. Deborah Smith Pollard, Asst. Professor, University of Michigan-Dearborn; Host, "Strong Inspirations," WJLB-FM 98; specialist in African-American gospel music

Josh Kohn

Dr. Jim Leary, Director, Upper Midwest Humanities Center/University of Wisconsin-Madison, co-co-producer, "Down Home Dairyland" radio program (

Lucy Long

Dr. Timothy Lloyd,
Executive Director, American Folklore Society; ( former director of CityFolk Festival, Dayton; and board member, National Council for Traditional Arts
Dr. Richard March, Folk Arts Coordinator, Wisconsin Arts Board and co-producer, "Down Home Dairyland" radio program (

Doug Miller

Phil Nusbaum

Julia Olin, Executive Director, National Council for theTraditional Arts (

Dr. Dan Sheehy, Director, Folkways, Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage; ethnomusicologist and mariachi musician (

Dr. Nick Spitzer, Host, "American Routes" (

Lisa Stafford
               Dr. Mark Sullivan, Assoc. Professor, MSU Department of Music

The Great Lakes Folk Festival Community Advisory Committee also provides invaluable input into the music selection process. Because of their interest in helping to make the Great Lakes Folk Festival our region's best offering of traditional music, these individuals bring to the process either an understanding of local audience preferences or their own special niche of expertise in music.

Members of the Great Lakes Folk Festival Community Advisory Committee for 2009 are:

Rootsmon Bird

Bob Blackman,
host- The Folk Tradition on WKAR-FM

Tony "Chayo" Cervantes
, Host "Ondas en Espanol," WKAR-AM (

Wanda Degen, East Lansing Arts Festival music programmer, musician

Ronald Eggleston, Capital Area Blues Society (

Irene J. Henry, Michigan Department of Management and Budget/Office of Design and Construction

Meegan Holland, Booth Newspapers and the Creole Gallery

Dr. Peter Knupfer, MSU MATRIX/H-Net, Wisconsin champion fiddle player

Steve Kwiecinski, polka music specialist

Doug Neal, Host, "Progressive Torch and Twang" WDBM 88.9 FM (

Chris Rietz, Elderly Instruments (

Yvette Robinson, a musician and Director of the East Lansing Public Art Gallery (located on the 2nd floor of the Hannah Community Center, East Lansing, Michigan).

Ami Van Antwerp, City of East Lansing

Stan Werbin, owner, Elderly Instruments  (

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The Great Lakes Folk Festival staff welcome your suggestions of traditional artists you think would be good for the festival. The core selection committee will review suggestions and, if appropriate, adds those suggestions to the list of potential artists. Please feel free to call or send your suggestions to Patrick Power, Booking Coordinator, at 517-432-GLFF or glffbooking [at] gmail dot com

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