Cookie Segelstein is a veteran teacher at KlezKamp, famed for being able to teach music by ear even to people who say they absolutely MUST have printed music.
1. Tell us about your work and interests.
I play with Veretski Pass, a trio specializing in traditional European Jewish music. I also teach violin and viola, and have a business called The MacMama, which provides in home/office Apple computer support. I am a certified Apple pro.
2. What’s your favorite new project right now?
The new Veretski Pass project, an opera, Lilith the Night Demon in One Lewd Act. Josh composed almost all of it, although I composed about 4 or 5 of the instrumentals, and one aria with soprano, piano and viola, and Stu Brotman wrote a Balkan type tune. The libretto is very explicit, and the artwork for the illustrated libretto was brilliantly done by North Carolina artist Phil Blank.
3. What kinds of classes will you teach at A Biselle KlezKamp and winter KlezKamp?
I’ll be teaching a fiddle class as well as the group taught dance type tunes. It will be fun to have Josh there, and I am really looking forward to teaching with Kurt and the gang.
4. What do you do when you’re not teaching at KlezKamp?
I teach violin 2 days a week, operate a Mac support business called The MacMama, walk my dog, shoot pictures and eat.
5. You’ve been to Madison before. What’s your favorite thing about visiting?
The people! And frozen custard.
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