2020 TUTORS

Áine Minogue

Born and raised in Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Ireland, Áine Minogue is an award-winning harpist, singer, arranger and composer who has entertained Presidents and Prime Ministers, as well as traveled extensively to perform at concerts across the United States and around the world. 

At the age of 12, while at boarding school in County Galway, Áine discovered her true love - the harp. After completing school, she spent three years developing her incomparable talent as a harpist at Bunratty Castle, one of Ireland’s most treasured landmarks and the perfect setting to accentuate the harp's emotional and lyrical connections to Irish history.

With a dozen solo album recordings to her credit, Áine has been nominated for several awards for her work as a record producer. Her recordings include Were You at the Rock, To Warm the Winter's Night, The Mysts of Time, Between the Worlds, Circle of the Sun, The Twilight Realm, Celtic Meditation Music, Celtic Pilgrimage, Celtic Lamentations, and Close Your Eyes, Love. She also has collaborated on a series of music videos with filmmaker Michael Yip entitled Winter, A Celtic Meditation.

Áine’s music, in varying styles including Celtic, World, Folk, Spiritual and New Age, has appeared on compilations for industry labels such as BMG, Decca, Universal, Virgin Records, Windham Hill and Putumayo. Many of these albums have topped Billboard Magazine’s World, New Age and Classical Charts for months at a time. In addition, she has completed extensive soundtrack work for PBS, NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, and MTV.  

She has a Master’s Degree in Traditional Irish Harp Performance from the University of Limerick, Ireland.

Kelly Stewart
Kelly Stewart holds a BMUS and a Masters Diploma in Harp Performance and Musicology from the University of North Wales. She has taught and performed throughout Europe and the US. Kelly lives in Atlanta where she maintains a large teaching studio and performs both classical and Celtic music.
Her CDs include:In The Bleak Midwinter, Y Dydd, Beyond Measure (with her musical partner Rosalind Buda).  Her music books include: Welsh Music for Lever Harp, Scottish Music for Lever Harp.
Kelly is also a weaver and a homeschooling parent. In her spare time, she teaches via skype.


Jaimee Leigh Joroff


Jaimee is the 3rd generation harpist in her family and the first generation harper. Starting with pedal harp around age 10, she accompanied a friend to a Celtic harp lesson and that was the beginning of her involvement with the world of the lever harp. 


Trained by Aine Minogue in Irish harp and experiencing various Scottish harp teachers at the Edinburgh Harp Festival, Jaimee has combined harp with various aspects of her life: music of Henry David Thoreau, Jane Austen, therapeutic music, duets with Bodhran, etc. But always it is the Celtic Music that calls to her.

Timothy Cummings

Timothy Cummings is a Vermont-based composer and multi-instrumentalist (chiefly a piper) who enjoys an uncommonly diverse repertoire.  His music spans from the contemporary and sacred to the traditional melodies of the British Isles, Appalachia, Cape Breton, Brittany, and beyond.  He is also a recording artist, writer, and publisher of piping music.


Tim operates Birchen Music & Publishing, a cottage industry devoted to publishing a diverse array of new music for Scottish-style pipes. He also writes for the National Piping Centre’s Piping Today magazine.


Recent projects have included his first solo album, The Piper in the Holler: Tunes from Appalachia (2012); composing the original score for the indie Scottish film ‘To Kill a Kelpie’ (2013); publishing "How Can I Keep from Singing?", a collection of songs arranged for voice & smallpipes (2014); The Wind Among the Reeds, an award-winning duo album with Jeremiah McLane (2016); and On This Day Earth Shall Ring (2017), an extensive collection of traditional carols arranged for pipes.


Tim has been a tutor for the Spanish Peaks Pipe Retreat for the past several years. He and his students have played with the harpers on the streets of La Veta & Walsenburg.