2024 Artistic Work Study Students

Our esteemed Artistic Work Study program not only provides a platform for the next generation of Trad professionals to showcase their skills, but also offers them invaluable opportunities to learn from and collaborate with industry professionals. The contributions of these artists diversity and enrich our community in a multitude of ways, and we can’t wait to welcome them!

Lillian Chase

19-year-old fiddler and vocalist, Lillian Chase, grew up enveloped in the old-time and bluegrass scene in and around Asheville, North Carolina. Her early love for traditional mountain music led her to take up the fiddle at the age of six, and by that time she had already been asking for a violin for two years. Lillian’s fiddling draws from both old-time and bluegrass styles, and she placed 4th in the 2022 Open Old-Time Fiddle Contest at Clifftop. She has performed at well-known southern venues including Merlefest and Song of the Mountains, and studied fiddle with masters including Arvil Freeman, Brittany Haas, and Bruce Molsky. She is now studying Music Performance with a minor in American Roots Music at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Lennart Jansson

Lennart Jansson is a viola d’amore, tin whistle, and concertina player from Seattle, WA. He began taking cello lessons from the age of 4 and holds a music degree in cello performance, but has spent the last several years focused solely on Irish traditional music. Lennart is a frequent performer of Irish music in Seattle and is active in the session scene there, regularly playing with acclaimed musicians such as Tom Creegan and Dale Russ. Lennart’s musical style is particularly inspired by the sound and techniques of uilleann piping.

Madelyn Morrell

Violinist and fiddler Madelyn Morrell hails from the “wilds of Maine” where diverse traditions and styles of music meet. Beginning violin at age five, she quickly gained a love for the music of the cultures that surrounded her. Through playing at sessions, contra dances, and festivals at a young age, she was instilled with the value of music as an intergenerational and cross-cultural bridge. Madelyn embraces music’s potential to bring community together and has hosted many musical gatherings in her home. Her “Hope” project in 2020 brought both virtual and in-person music to people in isolation. Madelyn seeks to both contribute to the evolving traditions and honor the wisdom of the past. She has explored the solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire of violin as well as various traditional fiddle styles, specializing in Irish traditional music. Madelyn has studied with internationally renowned fiddlers Brian Conway and Winifred Horan and is now a sought-after violin and fiddle teacher, teaching and performing regularly throughout New England. Madelyn is certified in the Suzuki method of teaching, which emphasizes aural learning and the belief that all people have the ability learn the violin. She also holds the teacher’s certificate, Teastas i dTeagasc Ceolta Tíre (Certificate in Folk Music Teaching) from Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, an international organization for the promotion of Irish traditional arts. She holds a B.M. in Performance (violin) from Gordon College.

Sammy Wetstein

Sammy Wetstein is a musician, composer, and teacher intent on fusing styles of folk and jazz music with improvisational creativity. While initially classically trained on cello and piano, he has gone on to perform and record in a variety of folk styles including Celtic, New England, bluegrass, and old time fiddle music. As a multi-instrumentalist fluent in playing accordion, guitar, violin, and viola he has performed at such venues as the Newport Folk Festival, The Shalin Liu Performance Center, and the annual International Bluegrass Music Association conference, and has appeared alongside artists such as the Grammy winning 8 Bit Big Band and Guster, jazz icons such as Joe Levano and Kenny Barron, and world renowned string players including Eugene Friesen, Darol Anger, and Jason Anick. He is currently a student at Berklee College of Music, focusing on jazz cello performance.

Sammy frequently performs with a variety of bands and musical projects ranging from jazz combos to contemporary bluegrass, celtic, and contra dance bands. As an advocate for furthering the role of the cello in traditional music, he has been featured on Bluegrass Today and Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction with his contemporary folk quartet, Catfish in the Sky. His Celtic trio, Carroll Sisters, was voted one of the top 5 Celtic bands of 2022 by Irish and Celtic music podcast, and has performed at numerous venues throughout New England. Sammy has dedicated himself to learning the music played by different communities of musicians, and his travels have lead to him getting hired as faculty at Maine Fiddle Camp and The Swannanoa Gathering by the age of 20. Sammy’s love of music stems from his dream to find belonging and bring others together, and in his teaching he hopes to encourage string players of all ages and backgrounds to find freedom in their music, explore alternative string styles, and to play music as a means to find/build community while better understanding one’s self.

Yasi Zeichner

Yasi Zeichner is a fiddler, singer, and percussive dancer from the hills of central Vermont. After starting out on classical violin, she discovered traditional music – Irish music and percussive dance in particular – in her early teens, and for the past 15 years has been immersed in and mentored by the rich traditional music community of her state. She has performed at festivals and venues around New England (often with her sibling band the Zeichner Trio) and she teaches Irish fiddle and sean nós dance. Yasi is a nature educator at the Vermont Farm and Forest School in Roxbury, VT, and when not occupied with her day job or with music, she might be found wandering through the woods, weaving baskets from natural materials, reading, journaling, or feeding the resident chickadees out of her hand.

Photography and Videography – Dylan Ladds

As a person of many interests, Dylan often finds a way to merge his various curiosities to produce meaningful documentations of beautiful experiences. He discovered video and photography early in life and they have always been his primary mediums. He has also played music since childhood, but was swallowed – very willingly – into the trad music world in his mid twenties, picking up fiddle and slowly adapting his rock/jazz piano and guitar experience. Naturally, Dylan loves to capture this music both visually and aurally and has collaborated with many traditional/folk musicians and camps in New England and beyond. He is also a sailor and outdoor educator, working primarily with Atlantic Challenge in midcoast Maine. You can follow his work on instagram, @dladds, @doosterfilm, and @atlantic_challenge_usa.

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