Doria Howe, President
Doria Howe, a longtime denizen of the DC area folk music scene, has worked in the management of non-profit organizations as her career for the past 25 years. Doria became a fiddle student in her adult years. She was thrilled to discover that just trying to play an instrument made her suddenly hear all kinds of music in a different, richer way.
Charlie Pilzer, Vice-President
Musician. Producer. Sound engineer. Event organizer. Charlie Pilzer is a busy man, always devoting himself to creating award-winning Scandinavian, Celtic, folk, and acoustic music and sharing his love of the traditions with audiences, listeners, and other musicians around the world. As a performer, Charlie plays bass with several Scandinavian bands and piano with a contra-dance band. When not performing, Charlie is chief engineer at Airshow in Takoma Park, MD. Charlie has mastered hundreds of CDs and tracks and mixes acoustic music. In addition to mastering a dozen GRAMMY-nominated projects, Charlie received a GRAMMY for mastering and restoration on the Anthology of American Folk Music (1997). Charlie provides organizational and technical support and advice for Freyda’s Hands. He has recorded, edited and mixed musical selections for Old Doors/New Worlds and is currently completing the audio work for the upcoming CD & DVD release.
Paul Runci, Secretary
Paul Runci began his musical journey as a rock guitarist and jazz saxophonist while growing up in Boston. After moving to Maryland, he discovered the Irish flute and the DC area’s thriving Irish music scene. He has continued to delve deeper into the rich Irish tradition over the past ten years. Under the influence of his daughter, a student of Andrea Hoag, he has recently taken up the fiddle as well and is discovering the rich Scandinavian folk music tradition. When not playing at Irish pub sessions or ScandiaDC folk dances, he can occasionally be found working as a science policy advisor at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Andrea Hoag, Treasurer
Andrea Hoag, a Seattle native and long-time DC area resident, has been a professional musician and teacher since 1984. A GRAMMY nominee for her Swedish fiddling, she studied with master elders in Sweden and graduated in Folk Violin Pedagogy from Malungs Folkhögskola, and has performed and taught Swedish music across the U.S. and beyond. She is passionate about artistic collaborations of all kinds, from performing Irish music with hammered dulcimists Maggie Sansone and Karen Ashbrook to co-teaching the SummerTunes workshop for contra dance musicians. Andrea has been given a Maryland Individual Artist Award and a Wammie (Washington Area Music Association) for best folk instrumentalist. She is a founding member of the Dovetail Ensemble and founder of Freyda’s Hands.
Tina Chancey, Member-at-Large
TINA CHANCEY is director of HESPERUS. She plays medieval and modern fiddles, viola da gamba and pardessus de viole on roots music from Sephardic and Irish to medieval and contra. A member of Toss the Feathers and Trio Sefardi, and a former member of the Folger Consort, the Ensemble for Early Music, New York Renaissance Band, Blackmore’s Night, she teaches, performs, records, improvises, produces recordings, writes articles and directs the SoundCatcher workshops teaching musicians how to play by ear and improvise. Dr. Chancey has been given an Special Education Achievement Award by Early Music America and three Wammies for best classical instrumentalist by the Washington Area Music Association.