Alaska City Folk Arts Camp


2020 Folk Arts Camp - Local Artists

• Elsa Aegerter
• Jade Aldridge
• Tyson Alteri
• Brian DeMarcus
• David Devlin
• Shonti Elder
• Bennett Hilsgen
• Harrison Jennings

• Amanda Kerr
• Jim Kerr
• Angela Oudean
• Miriah Phelps
• Chris Richardson
• Adam Stewart
• Ian Wahl


• Director - Mary Schallert
• Assistant Director - Merideane Kennison
• Evening Events Coordinator - Jill Brubaker
• Volunteer Coordinators - Sheila Hanson & Lisa DeBerard
• Head Counselor - Spencer DeBerard
• Peace and Harmony - Janet McLaughlin


Joy Adams

Joy began playing the cello in Spokane at age 15 and is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music. After a string of classical adventures, Joy ultimately returned to her old-time band roots. Recipient of a Mancini Fellowship at the Frost School of Music (where she also taught bluegrass songwriting, contemporary improvisation, and led the Frost Fiddle Band), Joy completed her Doctorate in 2016. She teaches, and has made classical and festival appearances, and shared the stage with such artists as Bruce Hornsby, Bobby McFerrin, and Chic Corea. Recent highlights include releasing Trifecta, a CD of Indian fusion music, publishing Fiddle Club Favorites for the Cello, and touring with partner, Andy Reiner, in their duo, Half Pelican.

Janie Cowan

Upright bassist Janie Cowan grew up in Anchorage. She graduated from The Oberlin Conservatory of music where she was trained classically, but was drawn to numerous international, and also more modern traditions. Janie’s diverse background has allowed her to cultivate a diverse and authentic sound and approach. She has made appearances on Dutch national TV, Bulgarian National Radio, NPR, and BBC. You might find her busking on the streets, playing for dance and music festivals, or at sold out venues. She loves a pure acoustic sound, but also pursues experimental projects using electronics to process the upright bass. After years of travel, she resides in California where she teaches, performs, and does remote recording and studio work

Andy Reiner

Andy hails from Lexington, Massachusetts, where he joined the Reiner Family Band at age 5. He is an award-winning fiddler, composer and educator with his own style featuring creative, rhythmic melodies, and thoughtful fusing of world styles. Earning a degree in Violin Performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston launched Andy into a flurry of touring and teaching around the globe – visiting the far flung genres of heavy metal, folk/hip-hop, Swedish/Appalachian, electronic/Celtic, and bluegrass. Andy loves skiing, and many of his compositions are influenced by mountains and nature. Andy currently tours as a solo artist and with groups Half Pelican and Whitewater Ramble. He teaches improvisation, composition, and fiddle styles privately and at music camps across the US.

Larry Schallert

Larry plays with the California based acoustic band Sierra Highway, serving up contemporary, original, and traditional music. The 5 member band includes vocalists, bass, harmonica, fiddle, guitar, the occasional banjo, and mandolin. Over the years Sierra Highway has appeared on recordings, radio, and toured throughout California and North America. Larry teaches band and songwriting at Folk Arts Camp. He was named the 2019 California Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers, and is the Assistant Director of Student Health & Wellness/Mental Health Program at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita – a great background and combination of skills for teaching and songwriting!

2021 Summer Camp is Canceled
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Anchorage Waldorf School
3250 Baxter Road
Anchorage, AK 99504
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Mailing Address:
Alaska Folk Arts
P.O. Box 233634
Anchorage, Alaska 99523

Phone: 907-351-3791

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