OSAS 2022 Instructors: 

(Instructors for 2023 have yet to be determined)
Our 2022 Instructors and Staff
Please Note:  Instructors are subject to change based on enrollment

Highland Dance

Gemma Baillie – Dance

Gemma Baillie is a member of the BATD and represents Granite City festivals as a deputy delegate on the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing. She is an RSOBHD registered adjudicator and was an RSOBHD competitor for 22 years for which she danced with Wilma Tolmie, she won many championship titles over the UK including the UKA, BATD, British Open and European Championships. She also qualified to dance in the world championship finals 14 times and finished in the top six in the adult world championships in 2003, 2008 and 2009. After finishing competing, Gemma enjoyed dancing at the 2013 Basel International Tattoo and more recently, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo when it was on tour in Australia and New Zealand. Together with Rachel Mclagan, Gemma organised the 2010 charity highland dancing concert, assemble and leap to honour the 60th anniversary of the board whilst raising over £8000 for action Duchene and the MS Society Scotland and in 2013 ran a charity highland dancing competition in Aberdeenshire in aid of breast cancer campaign.

Eleanor Belton – Dance

Eleanor Belton has actively been teaching for over 40 years and in 1995 became owner and Artistic Director of Aspects of Dance in Burlington, Ontario. Most of the students at Aspects of Dance, train in Highland, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Theatre and Acrobatics. Many of the competitive highland dancers have travelled throughout Canada, United States, Australia and Scotland winning many awards and Championships, some of her students have gone onto professional careers with the National Ballet School of Canada, the San Francisco Ballet, Disney and Carnival Cruise Lines.
Eleanor is a member of the World-Wide Judges Panel, Royal Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing (R.S.O.B.H.D.) she is also a Fellow, Life Member and Examiner with the British Association Teachers of Dance (B.A.T.D.) Eleanor has travelled throughout Canada, United States, Australia and Scotland, adjudicating and conducting Highland and Choreography Workshops.

Jennifer Miller – Dance

Jennifer Miller has been involved in Highland dance since the age of 5. Jennifer was very successful in competition, winning several championships across the US and Canada. She was the US National Champion twice (1987 & 1988) and placed in the overall top six in the US for thirteen consecutive years (1986-1998). Jennifer received her degree in dance from Oakland University, where she was a scholarship student and the recipient of the Jakob Decker Dance Award for outstanding performance. Jennifer has danced on the Central Michigan University Dance Team “Chippettes”, the Oakland University Dance Team “Images”, Oakland Dance Theatre and the OU Repertory Dance Company. She has danced professionally with Patterson Rhythm Pace Dance Company in Michigan and the Celtic Dance Theatre of Arizona where she was selected to be a soloist in the west coast tour of “Fire and Grace”.
Jennifer has been teaching dance for over 17 years. Along with teaching Highland, “Miss Jen”, as her students call her, has also taught jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, modern and lyrical at many different schools and studios and has also taught classes at Oakland University. Jennifer is an adjudicator for the Michigan Educational Theater Association and is an accomplished choreographer. She has choreographed over 30 musicals for several different theater companies in Michigan including the Groves Performing Arts Company, where she worked for four years with Evan Kasprzak, finalist on the hit FOX TV show “So You Think You Can Dance” and currently performing in the Broadway musical “Newsies”.
Jennifer is a member of FUSTA and the BATD and is the chairperson for the St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit Annual Highland Games dance competition. She opened her own dance school, the Lakes Area School of Highland Dance, in 2003 where she went from having only 3 dancers to having 42 dancers in just three years. Her students perform annually at the Michigan Renaissance Festival and have also performed at the Magic Kingdom inside Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Her students have won many awards and scholarships and she has had dancers representing the Midwest Region at the US National Championships for the past three years. She was honored to receive the Max MacLeod Memorial Award for Excellence in Highland Dance Instruction in 2009 and is thrilled to be teaching at the Ohio Scottish Arts School this year! Jennifer lives in Highland, Michigan with her husband, Greg Combs, and their six children, Henry, Nate, Maddie, Tucker, Caden and Ellie.

Joy Tolev – Dance

Joy (Allen) Tolev started dancing at the age of 3 under the instruction of Mrs. Evelyn Murray in Toronto, Ontario.  During her competitive days she successfully competed in many highland dance competitions and championships throughout Canada and the United States.
She has been teaching at her own school of highland dancing in Toronto for the past 30 years and has produced many dancers of high caliber who have captured titles in various championships including the Ontario, Canadian, Scottish, Commonwealth and World Championships.   There have been over 25 Canadian Championship Titles, many Scottish and Commonwealth Championship titles and runner-ups, and a World Champion who holds 10 World Titles.
She is a Fellow and Examiner of the B.A.T.D., North American Co-ordinator of the B.A.T.D., and adjudicator on the S.O.B.H.D. Judges panel.
Joy teaches annually at the Ohio Scottish Arts School which is a week camp in June, the Delco Workshop in February and travels across Canada, United States, Scotland, Australia and New Zealand, judging, examining and conducting workshops.

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Fiddle

Alasdair White – Fiddle

Alasdair White is an exceptional exponent of West-coast Scottish music and is widely regarded as one of the foremost Scottish fiddler players of his generation.

He was born and brought up on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, a chain of islands of singular importance to Gaelic Scotland’s musical heritage and is perhaps best known as having been a member of Scotland’s seminal Battlefield Band for over 16 years, touring extensively in that time throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.
Now resident in New York, Alasdair has performed and recorded as a guest with many of the most well known names in Scottish, Irish and Breton traditional music including Kathleen MacInnis, Julie Fowlis, Eddie Reader, Allan MacDonald, Manus Lunny, Nuala Kennedy, and Arnaud Ciapolino. Current ongoing projects  include Daimh, the Alan Kelly Gang and of course Battlefield Band. Alasdair also recently premiered a major commission at the Hebridean Celtic festival in Stornoway, an hour long original piece entitled ‘an Iuchair’.

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Harp

Seumas Gagné – Harp

Seumas Gagné has been playing the music of the Highland and Irish Gaels on the Celtic harp for over thirty years. A fluent speaker of Scottish Gaelic, he competed in the Royal Scottish National Mòd in 1997 where he won the Elspeth Hyllestad Trophy for solo clàrsach (Celtic harp). Seumas helped found Slighe nan Gaidheal, Washington’s Gaelic language and cultural society in 1997 and serves on its Board. In 2001, he returned to the Mòd in Scotland with four friends and won the first-ever waulking song competition. His first solo CD, Baile Àrd, was released in February 2012.

 

Corrina Hewat – Harp

Corrina Hewat was brought up in the Black Isle in the Scottish Highlands.  Growing up surrounded by music and song, art and stories in an expansive landscape helped to shape her musical narrative.  She is a harper, singer and composer and celebrates ten years as Principal Scottish Harp Tutor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
She has recorded around 50 albums, 13 under her own or band name and composed many large-scale commissions for ensemble. Her most recent work is MD/co-producer of the Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show run of Moon Dragon which is a new pre-school children’s interactive stage show, with harp, song, characterful puppets, and a colorful story journey.
She is also one of the musicians compiling the 100 Women Composers in Trad tune-book, for release on Faber Music.  Corrina also directs the Scots Folk 60-strong choir Sangstream.  Her other focus is The Song of the Oak and the Ivy, a 10-harp, 6 player piece, commissioned jointly by the EIHF and The Clarsach Society, which is to be recorded for posterity in 2022.

Sharon Knowles – Harp

Once Scottish immigrant Sharon Knowles discovered the harp in her twenties she immediately plunged into acquiring the necessary skills to play, teach and perform music. From studying with harpers such as Mary Macmaster, Patsy Seddon and Judith Peacock Cummings, to playing in ‘innumerable’ sessions, to taking three years of college courses in music theory, singing, chorus, music history and piano as well as many workshops, Sharon devoted herself to becoming a serious musician. With her customary thoroughness, she took the time to acquaint herself with the pedal harp, to better enable her help students making the transition from pedal to lever harp. Sharon, who is most comfortable playing by ear, is a masterful accompanist and has performed with several duo partners and in several bands. These ensembles performed Scottish traditional music, Irish traditional music and Old Time music. Sharon recently joined the Maggie’s Music record label having performed with Maggie and many other musicians on the label for several years. Sharon has taught and performed at harp retreats such as Somerset Harp Festival, Edinburgh Harp Festival, Celtic Connections and the Ohio Scottish Arts School. She is National Scottish Harp Champion and a respected adjudicator with the Scottish Harp Society of America. Sharon runs a nationally recognized concert series out of her home near Gettysburg PA and a host of other events in the same venue. Her latest CD is with an Irish band called The Morning Star. She has five additional CDs available at CD Baby.

Jen Narkevicius – Harp

Perpetually surprised by what comes out of her mouth, Jen Narkevicius prefers to let her harp do the talking – sometimes.  From the Washington DC area, where talk is cheap, she leverages wit to bridge the gaps between the two.  Jen enjoys teaching and performing. She also is taken with traveling through Scotland with others, pairing the music with the places, people and events that inspired it.  She is Co-Director of Harp Camp in SE Pennsylvania and is beyond delighted to be invited to OSAS.  Currently Competition Committee Chair of the Scottish Harp Society of America, Jen is a credentialed SHSA judge.  She has been privileged to play for “important people” and to be part of the Harpa tours, but she will be even more fortunate to share some tunes with you! She blogs weekly on topics that range from touring Scotland with a harp to staying healthy and fit as a musician, on to fulfilling your promise as a harper on http://www.jeniuscreations.com/blog/ and she especially enjoys writing about herself in the third person.

Harp Class information

Pipes

Andrew Duncan – Pipes

Andrew Duncan began piping at age ten. His first teacher was his mother, Ann Marie Duncan. He has studied with John Cairns for over 18 years. Drew won the P&PBSO’s Champion Supreme award for Grades II and I light music. Drew has won several professional prizes in North America including the 2004 Winnipeg Knockout Championship and the 2005 John Ure Anderson Memorial Gold Medal for Piobaireachd at Ligonier. He began competing with Grade I bands at age 15. Andrew was a member of the highly successful Windsor Police Pipe Band Organization. As a nine year member of the Windsor Police Organization he was; a member of the Grades One and Two bands, pipe major of the Grade Three band, and the primary instructor and organizer for the piping school. Andrew is currently a member of the Peel Police Pipe Band. Andrew also teaches piping at Alma College. Andrew is a past president of the Windsor-Detroit Branch of the Piper’s and Pipe Band Society of Ontario. Andrew is the Director of Piping at Alma College and the Co-Director of Alma College’s Highland Arts Program.  He and his wife Jodie own and operate Duncans Highland Supply and reside in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Craig Munro – Pipes

Craig Munro is the Master Craftsman and Director of Wallace Bagpipes. He started learning the chanter at the age of 8 through the Linwood Caledonia Pipe Band under tuition from Gordon Lawrie before joining the Renfrew District Association (latterly Paisley Pipe Band) at the age of 10 under Pipe Major Colin Johnstone where he won various RSPBA Major Championship titles in Novice Juvenile and Juvenile until joining the Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band Under Pipe Major Robert Mathieson at the age of 15. He has played at the top of grade 1 for 20 years with the last 10 years as a member of the St Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band where he currently runs their Scottish branch of the bands pipe corp. As well as his commitment to St Laurence O’Toole, Craig is in demand as a guest player and mentor for bands worldwide where he has also won Championships in Europe, Australia, South Africa and North America.
He is in high demand worldwide for his teaching and adjudication services such as Europe, North America and South America. His Understand & Appreciate Your Bagpipes lecture which takes the audience on the journey of an African Blackwood seed through the plantation and harvesting process in Tanzania then a virtual tour of his factory is the highlight of any workshop!  He is also an approved IPBA Adjudicator as well as an SQA Assessor for the National Piping Centre.
Out with the competing circuit, Craig is also a member of the Red Hot Chilli Pipers touring the world and performing to crowds as large as 60,000 at venues including the SECC Hydro and BT Murrayfield Stadium. As a keen golfer, his favourite Chilli Pipers gig is performing at the 2014 Ryder Cup in Gleneagles, Scotland. He has featured on the Disney Pixar “Brave” soundtrack as well as the DreamWorks “How To Train Your Dragon 2 & 3” soundtrack.

Palmer Shonk – Pipes

Palmer Shonk has been the Director of Piping at the College of Wooster since 2017. Palmer played with one of the top pipe bands in North America, the Grade 1 Toronto Police Pipe Band, for eight years, during which time he performed at the Festival Interceltique in Lorient, France, the largest Celtic music festival in the world, competed in the finals of the World Pipe Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, and recorded an acclaimed CD album. Currently, Palmer competes solo in the professional ranks in Canada, the U.S., and Scotland. Beginning his studies at the young age of 10 in Ligonier, PA, Palmer has been lucky to study with some of the best performers and tradition-bearers from Scotland (Jimmy McIntosh, Alasdair Gillies, Willie Morrison, and Duncan Watson.) In addition to performing regularly, he teaches four different pipe bands weekly in OH and PA, along with maintaining a large private lesson studio. Palmer was the 2017 Professional Piper of the Day at the Ohio Scottish Games.

Laureano Thomas-Sanchez – Pipes

Laureano Thomas-Sanchez (they/them) started piping at the age of 11 under Wayne Holscott, followed by Michael Crawley, Barry Conway, and Andrew Duncan. They have played with The 87th Cleveland Pipe Band (2011-2012), The Great Lakes Pipe Band (2012-2019) and the Alma College Pipe Band (2016-2021). They currently play with The St. Thomas Alumni Band. Over the past 13 years, Laureano has competed in solo events across the U.S., Canada, and in Scotland placing in at least top 3 in events for their grade in each association, including the North American Championships and several invitational contests such as the Nicol-Brown Amateur Invitational. They have been piper of the day four times at the Ligonier Highland Games and twice at the Ohio Scottish Games, among others. They also currently play with Celtic Fusion band, Tartanic. Laureano grew up in the Cleveland, OH area and attended Alma College, where they studied Music Performance. Ohio Scottish Arts School has been part of their journey from the start, attending as a student from 2011 until 2016, then becoming an instructor in 2017.

Bob Worrall – Pipes

Bob Worrall is one of North America’s leading teachers, adjudicators and performers. Bob is a respected composer, having published three successful collections of bagpipe music. He is featured on three solo piping recordings and was a member of the folk group “Scantily Plaid”.
After a piping career with a number of Ontario’s leading pipe bands, including the City of Toronto Pipe Band and the General Motors Pipe Band, Bob retired from competitive piping in 1983. His solo accomplishments were extensive, both in North America and Scotland. He won the North American Professional Championship an unprecedented 7 times and the Ontario Professional Championship Supreme title for 12 of his 13 years in the professional class. He was also the 1977 winner of the March and Strathspey/Reel events in Inverness. He was a pupil of Bill Millar, Willie Connell and the late John Wilson.
A member of North American and the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association’s judging panels, Bob has been selected to judge the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow on fourteen occasions. For the last twelve years he has been the colour commentator for the BBC’s broadcast of the World Pipe Band Championships. He is a member of the Piobaireachd Society’s Senior Judges list and has adjudicated major competitions throughout the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, Brittany and South Africa. Bob’s recent overseas piping ventures have included teaching and performing engagements in Zimbabwe, Australia and Italy. His M.C. skills have been called upon by the Field Marshal Montgomery, Scottish Power, Inveraray and District, and Toronto Police Pipe Bands.
Bob was the senior instructor at the Gaelic College in Cape Breton for 15 years. More recent piping camps have included Kingston (Ontario), the Ohio Scottish Arts School, Lake Diefenbaker (Saskatchewan), Washington State and Oregon, Vancouver Island, Uruguay, Australia and South Africa. Weekend workshops, adjudicating and recitals provide him with a schedule that has taken him to virtually all of the Canadian provinces and 36 U.S. States.

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Snare Drum and Tenor/Bass Drum

Duncan Millar – Snare Drum

Snare Drum:   Duncan Millar played snare drum with the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band under P/M Terry Lee and D/S J. Reid Maxwell for twenty years. With them he won four World Championships and four World Drum Corps Championships. Duncan also won the North American, South American, New Zealand, and Australian championships during his career. Duncan began drumming with The House of Scotland (San Diego) then played with the Los Angeles Scottish (Laguna Niguel), SFU (British Columbia), Canterbury Caledonian Society (Christchurch), New Zealand Police (Wellington) and the South American Pipers Association (Buenos Aires) pipe bands before retiring from competition in 2017.

Duncan performed at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, and made several appearances in the final round at the World Solo Drumming Championships. Duncan is a business immigration lawyer in Seattle and Vancouver and adjudicates for the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (drumming) and the British Columbia Pipers’ Association (drumming and ensemble).

Owen Russell – Tenor/Bass Drum

Tenor/Bass Drum:  Owen Russell is excited to return to OSAS as an instructor for the second time in 2022. Owen began playing tenor at age 7 in Minneapolis, MN under the tuition of Joe Hickey. Currently, Owen is a member of the six-time world Champion Simon Fraser University Pipe Band. Owen has taught students all over the US and Canada and has taught students that have won at the highest level in their respective grades. Teaching has been a passion for Owen and he looks forward to sharing that in-person with students this summer!

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