MARY AMATO is an award-winning children’s and Young Adult book author, poet, playwright, musician, songwriter and ukulele advocate! Her books have been translated into foreign languages, optioned for television, produced onstage, and have won the children’s choice awards in Ohio, Minnesota, Utah, and Arizona. She teaches popular workshops on writing and the creative process around the country -- and is widely acclaimed as a teacher of the ukulele and songwriting, working closely with Carpe Diem Arts and "Ukes on the Move." Her latest series of books are about Lucy McGee. Learn more about Mary, her award-winning books, workshops and residency offerings at www.maryamato.com
LIZ SAFLEY BRINKER
Liz's love of music started with dance. Ballet was her first love, studying with Hermione Latham in Oklahoma City through her youth. Choral singing came next, followed almost immediately by musical theater which she enjoyed throughout high school and college in Oklahoma. Show choir was a guilty pleasure. In young adulthood Liz started teaching herself to play guitar and, as a young mother, took her children to Music Together classes in Montgomery County, MD. She has been teaching early-childhood music classes for Music Together Montgomery since 2002 and plays guitar, ukulele and mandolin. In recent years, Liz has played in two local bands, The Whippoorwills (guitar, mandolin and vocals) and Sisters Uke and Friends (ukulele, mandolin and vocals). She continues to share her love of music through her teaching, as well as the joy of making music with as many people as possible. She still loves to dance.
Victoria Vox has taken the artful sound of the ukulele into eclectic new directions. Her music ranges from upbeat and clever to honest and moving, while incorporating her signature “mouth trumpet” and occasionally singing in French. Her whimsical song-writing uses a unique palette of sounds and beats that delight audiences of all ages. Featured recently on the front page of the “Wall Street Journal,” on the cover of UKULELE Magazine, and on the Jay Leno show, Victoria is taking the world by storm! A recent highlight of her career was performing in New Zealand with 2,500 children playing ukulele and singing along on Victoria’s original “Bird Song!” Victoria has participated in "Ukes on the Move" residencies with the African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation (AIRF) summer Youth ArtBeat program, at Tilghman Elementary School on the Eastern Shore, at the Community Public Charter School in Charlottesville, and in various adult and teen community workshops.
Lea Morris's music is described as SoulFolk, a seamless blend of gospel, jazz, country, R&B and contemporary folk. Stylistically between the earthy tones of Tracy Chapman and the urban/ethereal sound of India.Arie, Lea has been featured at the Kennedy Center, The Music Center at Strathmore, and at festivals, schools and other venues in the US and Europe. She has shared the stage with Mavis Staples, Dar Williams, Anthony Hamilton, Vivian Green, and the legendary Odetta. Her latest recording is titled “Let You In” and features harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy. A seasoned performer and educator, Lea particularly enjoys teaching songwriting to children and adults, and is also excited to share her love and appreciation of the ukulele. thisislea.com