Allegheny Ukulele Soirée

Allegheny Ukulele Soirée Join us April 29 - May 1, 2022 for the Allegheny Ukulele Soirée! The annual Allegheny Ukulele Soiree, usually an in-person event, is a great way to spend an entire weekend around the music and culture of the ukulele!

Curious about the Ukulele? Give one a strum or two and learn about the different sizes and styles available. Nestled in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains in central Pennsylvania, the Allegheny Ukulele Soiree will be held at the Laurel Lodge just outside of Altoona, PA. Dedicated to sharing the ukulele with both the local and ukulele communities, the Soiree blends practical workshops with cu

Curious about the Ukulele? Give one a strum or two and learn about the different sizes and styles available. Nestled in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains in central Pennsylvania, the Allegheny Ukulele Soiree will be held at the Laurel Lodge just outside of Altoona, PA. Dedicated to sharing the ukulele with both the local and ukulele communities, the Soiree blends practical workshops with cu

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05/14/2021

Save the date! The next Allegheny Ukulele Soirée is April 29 - May 1, 2022! See you there (and in person to boot)!

Did you register? Don't miss out this Saturday.
04/27/2021

Did you register? Don't miss out this Saturday.

Did you register? Don't miss out this Saturday.

MEET THE ARTIST: Amber Rozel has been teaching musicians of all ages for over 20 years. She has been making the magic ha...
04/22/2021

MEET THE ARTIST: Amber Rozel has been teaching musicians of all ages for over 20 years. She has been making the magic happen on ukulele for 5 years and recently received the coveted Level 3 Teachers Certificate from the JHUI program. She performs with regional orchestras, the Bay Chamber Players, her (new!) band Evergreen Road, and with anyone that wants to have fun.

MEET THE ARTIST: Amber Rozel has been teaching musicians of all ages for over 20 years. She has been making the magic happen on ukulele for 5 years and recently received the coveted Level 3 Teachers Certificate from the JHUI program. She performs with regional orchestras, the Bay Chamber Players, her (new!) band Evergreen Road, and with anyone that wants to have fun.

The Virtual Allegheny Ukulele Soirée is coming up fast! Be sure you register. 👉  https://ukulelesoiree.com
04/15/2021
2020 Welcome | Virtual Allegheny Ukulele Soirée

The Virtual Allegheny Ukulele Soirée is coming up fast! Be sure you register. 👉 https://ukulelesoiree.com

Join Us May 1st, 2021 For our first Virtual Allegheny Ukulele Soirée! We're in new & uncharted waters - with the COVID-19 pandemic finally beginning to be contained, we're still not ready to meet in close quarters. But so many people missed our festival last year. So we're doing our best to bring t...

MEET THE ARTIST: A Vaudeville inspired act, Mim combines elements of circus, novelty, and forgotten favorites! Expect th...
04/13/2021

MEET THE ARTIST: A Vaudeville inspired act, Mim combines elements of circus, novelty, and forgotten favorites! Expect the unexpected! Her show is a high-energy, smile inducing set that takes the audience along on a musical journey that will have them laughing and singing along! She always brings something new to the stage with a fresh group of songs, jokes, and tricks every season. The audience helps Mim’s dreams become a reality as they participate as her own personal back up singers.

With her unique take on songs, Mim always leaves the audience with something to talk about the next day!

MEET THE ARTIST: A Vaudeville inspired act, Mim combines elements of circus, novelty, and forgotten favorites! Expect the unexpected! Her show is a high-energy, smile inducing set that takes the audience along on a musical journey that will have them laughing and singing along! She always brings something new to the stage with a fresh group of songs, jokes, and tricks every season. The audience helps Mim’s dreams become a reality as they participate as her own personal back up singers.

With her unique take on songs, Mim always leaves the audience with something to talk about the next day!

MEET THE ARTIST: The Birdwatchers (formerly the Naked Waiters) is a unique, ukulele-centric, acoustic trio. Kim Bjerga, ...
04/08/2021

MEET THE ARTIST: The Birdwatchers (formerly the Naked Waiters) is a unique, ukulele-centric, acoustic trio. Kim Bjerga, Clark Holmes, and Andy Nufer have carved out a niche for themselves in their local music scene, and for good reason. Their tight, three-part harmonies, combined with interestingly composed arrangements are refreshingly diverse, both in musicianship and content. With various ukulele ranges (tenor, baritone, and bass ukulele, as well as guitar), the three have managed to produce a wide, varied sound an equally varied set list. The Naked Waiters are bridging musical gaps for all ages and ears.

Kim and Andy have been friends for years, beginning with their high school years in southern Utah, and later living together as roommates while attending a university in the same small town of Cedar City. Having previous musical experience together in a rock band called Apollo’s Army, they were pleasantly surprised when they met Clark at a crepe party hosted at their apartment, where Clark found Kim’s ukulele and began to jam. Kim and Andy decided to learn a few songs with Clark for fun. The three came together when a mutual friend, Ben, asked them to serve dinner to him and a date wearing nothing but Speedos. They decided to take it one step further; the trio stripped, and instead of Speedos, wore only aprons and bowties. Dinner was served! To conclude the meal, they had the idea to sing love songs to Ben and his shocked date. That night the trio inadvertently become a band. Later, while filming a simple video to put on YouTube for fun, the question arose – what to call themselves? The Naked Waiters was the obvious choice. Word got out, and people started hiring the trio for weddings, festivals, galas, parties, corporate events, resorts, etc. They have also won music competitions and headline their own concerts.

In 2015 they found an adventurous music scene in the northern Utah city of Provo. The Naked Waiters’ original tunes stray from the typical love song trend, and broach more authentic topics like the town where they met, childhood nostalgia, beautiful locations filled with memories, and even something as simple as a relationship with a pet cat.

In 2020 (right before Covid really hit) they were flown out to LA to be taped auditioning for America’s Got Talent. They received all 4 yeses from the celebrity judges, and even though the audition didn’t end up being aired and they didn’t continue in the competition, they had a worthwhile experience. They perform regularly around Utah, as well as other states and sometimes other countries. A few places to mention are The Ukulele Festivals of Nanaimo (Canada), Antelope Valley (CA), Scotland, Aurora (IL), and even at the Blue Mountains and Port Fairy Folk Festivals in Australia. They spent most of 2019 in Oahu to get inspiration from the island, to perform, as well as to finish their first original album entitled The Naked Waiters, which is currently available through online streaming and purchasing services. They are now back in Utah continuing to make more music and enjoying life.

MEET THE ARTIST: The Birdwatchers (formerly the Naked Waiters) is a unique, ukulele-centric, acoustic trio. Kim Bjerga, Clark Holmes, and Andy Nufer have carved out a niche for themselves in their local music scene, and for good reason. Their tight, three-part harmonies, combined with interestingly composed arrangements are refreshingly diverse, both in musicianship and content. With various ukulele ranges (tenor, baritone, and bass ukulele, as well as guitar), the three have managed to produce a wide, varied sound an equally varied set list. The Naked Waiters are bridging musical gaps for all ages and ears.

Kim and Andy have been friends for years, beginning with their high school years in southern Utah, and later living together as roommates while attending a university in the same small town of Cedar City. Having previous musical experience together in a rock band called Apollo’s Army, they were pleasantly surprised when they met Clark at a crepe party hosted at their apartment, where Clark found Kim’s ukulele and began to jam. Kim and Andy decided to learn a few songs with Clark for fun. The three came together when a mutual friend, Ben, asked them to serve dinner to him and a date wearing nothing but Speedos. They decided to take it one step further; the trio stripped, and instead of Speedos, wore only aprons and bowties. Dinner was served! To conclude the meal, they had the idea to sing love songs to Ben and his shocked date. That night the trio inadvertently become a band. Later, while filming a simple video to put on YouTube for fun, the question arose – what to call themselves? The Naked Waiters was the obvious choice. Word got out, and people started hiring the trio for weddings, festivals, galas, parties, corporate events, resorts, etc. They have also won music competitions and headline their own concerts.

In 2015 they found an adventurous music scene in the northern Utah city of Provo. The Naked Waiters’ original tunes stray from the typical love song trend, and broach more authentic topics like the town where they met, childhood nostalgia, beautiful locations filled with memories, and even something as simple as a relationship with a pet cat.

In 2020 (right before Covid really hit) they were flown out to LA to be taped auditioning for America’s Got Talent. They received all 4 yeses from the celebrity judges, and even though the audition didn’t end up being aired and they didn’t continue in the competition, they had a worthwhile experience. They perform regularly around Utah, as well as other states and sometimes other countries. A few places to mention are The Ukulele Festivals of Nanaimo (Canada), Antelope Valley (CA), Scotland, Aurora (IL), and even at the Blue Mountains and Port Fairy Folk Festivals in Australia. They spent most of 2019 in Oahu to get inspiration from the island, to perform, as well as to finish their first original album entitled The Naked Waiters, which is currently available through online streaming and purchasing services. They are now back in Utah continuing to make more music and enjoying life.

Thank you to our donors, Kala Brand Music, Ohana Ukuleles, and Kanile'a 'Ukulele! We have four ukuleles to be giving awa...
04/07/2021

Thank you to our donors, Kala Brand Music, Ohana Ukuleles, and Kanile'a 'Ukulele! We have four ukuleles to be giving away during the Virtual Allegheny Ukulele Soirée. Be sure to donate to our educational programming when you register to enter to win the K-1 Concert Deluxe by Kanile`a!

https://ukulelesoiree.com/door-prize-ukes

MEET THE ARTIST: Award winning artist and Maui, HI native Neal Chin, has been both an ‘ukulele educator and performer ov...
04/02/2021

MEET THE ARTIST: Award winning artist and Maui, HI native Neal Chin, has been both an ‘ukulele educator and performer over the course of his musical career of 19 years. His clear and direct enthusiasm for music has come to life in countless workshops, concerts, and private instruction. While his heart is in jazz, Neal has played with many musicians of different genres including Hawaiian, folk, rock, and hip-hop.

His contribution to the collective The Akira Project, won his first Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award in 2014 before moving up to the Pacific Northwest. Since then he has been nominated for the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for ‘Ukulele Album of the Year two years consecutively for ‘Ukulele Paintings and The Spotless Mind in 2017 & 2018, started his own ‘ukulele practice in the Pacific Northwest, and has toured from Vancouver Island BC to Milwaukee to his home state, Hawai’i.

Neal currently lives, teaches, and performs in Seattle, WA.

MEET THE ARTIST: Award winning artist and Maui, HI native Neal Chin, has been both an ‘ukulele educator and performer over the course of his musical career of 19 years. His clear and direct enthusiasm for music has come to life in countless workshops, concerts, and private instruction. While his heart is in jazz, Neal has played with many musicians of different genres including Hawaiian, folk, rock, and hip-hop.

His contribution to the collective The Akira Project, won his first Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award in 2014 before moving up to the Pacific Northwest. Since then he has been nominated for the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for ‘Ukulele Album of the Year two years consecutively for ‘Ukulele Paintings and The Spotless Mind in 2017 & 2018, started his own ‘ukulele practice in the Pacific Northwest, and has toured from Vancouver Island BC to Milwaukee to his home state, Hawai’i.

Neal currently lives, teaches, and performs in Seattle, WA.

Did you see our 2021 logo designed by Lightning Bug Gift Co.? Yes! The snails are wearing tiny masks and we are thrilled...
04/01/2021

Did you see our 2021 logo designed by Lightning Bug Gift Co.? Yes! The snails are wearing tiny masks and we are thrilled about it! 😷 Don't forget to register for the Virtual Allegheny Ukulele Soirée!

Did you see our 2021 logo designed by Lightning Bug Gift Co.? Yes! The snails are wearing tiny masks and we are thrilled about it! 😷 Don't forget to register for the Virtual Allegheny Ukulele Soirée!

MEET THE ARTIST: Heidi Swedberg was born in Hawaii, the youngest in a family of of four girls where music was a regular ...
03/30/2021

MEET THE ARTIST: Heidi Swedberg was born in Hawaii, the youngest in a family of of four girls where music was a regular part of family life. Singing at church, in the car or around the piano are her most treasured memories. When she was 5 years old the Easter Bunny left ukuleles for all four Swedberg girls, and she has played one ever since. Her family relocated to New Mexico, where she grew up in suburban Albuquerque.

Her love of literature led her to acting, and she studied at the University of New Mexico before moving to Kentucky to study as an acting apprentice and costume intern at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. While there, she was cast in her first film, Norman Jewison’s “In Country”, launching a 20+ year career in film and television. Having children re-focused her life. Singing and playing ukulele with them brought her so much joy that she found herself drifting away from auditions and into the classroom. Teaching led to recording which led to performing.

Collaborating with Daniel Ward opened vast musical doorways. Heidi enjoys sharing music with all ages. She especially loves performing in schools, museums and libraries, which she considers the saviors of the universe.

To learn from Heidi, register at https://ukulelesoiree.com/!

MEET THE ARTIST: Heidi Swedberg was born in Hawaii, the youngest in a family of of four girls where music was a regular part of family life. Singing at church, in the car or around the piano are her most treasured memories. When she was 5 years old the Easter Bunny left ukuleles for all four Swedberg girls, and she has played one ever since. Her family relocated to New Mexico, where she grew up in suburban Albuquerque.

Her love of literature led her to acting, and she studied at the University of New Mexico before moving to Kentucky to study as an acting apprentice and costume intern at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. While there, she was cast in her first film, Norman Jewison’s “In Country”, launching a 20+ year career in film and television. Having children re-focused her life. Singing and playing ukulele with them brought her so much joy that she found herself drifting away from auditions and into the classroom. Teaching led to recording which led to performing.

Collaborating with Daniel Ward opened vast musical doorways. Heidi enjoys sharing music with all ages. She especially loves performing in schools, museums and libraries, which she considers the saviors of the universe.

To learn from Heidi, register at https://ukulelesoiree.com/!

Meet Daniel Ward! Daniel Ward is an accomplished musician, composer and educator, who has become one of the country's to...
03/27/2021

Meet Daniel Ward! Daniel Ward is an accomplished musician, composer and educator, who has become one of the country's top clinicians and performers on the ‘ukulele circuit’. He is known for his command of Latin styles and teaches right hand techniques, adapting his style and knowledge from the classical and flamenco guitar.

He has been a featured performer and workshop instructor at festivals across the country, including: Reno Ukulele festival, West Coast Ukulele retreat, Wine Country Ukulele Festival, San Diego Ukulele Festival, Port Townsend Ukulele festival, Albuquerque Ukulele festival and many More. With his partner Heidi Swedberg, he has performed as an artist in residence at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix AZ, and performed at Children’s Music Festivals around the country, including concerts in Los Angeles, New York City, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, and the Austin City Limits Festival. Heidi and Daniel were also featured performers at Music China in Shanghai in 2012.

As a guitarist, Daniel has toured the world playing flamenco guitar with Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra (1997-2000) as well as performing with the flamenco dance ensembles of Maria Benitez, Dance Espana, and Yjastros (1994-present), and 20 years playing rock-n-roll electric guitar for Celebrity Enterprises corporate entertainment (1994-present).

Read more about Daniel and register on our website: https://ukulelesoiree.com/

Meet Daniel Ward! Daniel Ward is an accomplished musician, composer and educator, who has become one of the country's top clinicians and performers on the ‘ukulele circuit’. He is known for his command of Latin styles and teaches right hand techniques, adapting his style and knowledge from the classical and flamenco guitar.

He has been a featured performer and workshop instructor at festivals across the country, including: Reno Ukulele festival, West Coast Ukulele retreat, Wine Country Ukulele Festival, San Diego Ukulele Festival, Port Townsend Ukulele festival, Albuquerque Ukulele festival and many More. With his partner Heidi Swedberg, he has performed as an artist in residence at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix AZ, and performed at Children’s Music Festivals around the country, including concerts in Los Angeles, New York City, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, and the Austin City Limits Festival. Heidi and Daniel were also featured performers at Music China in Shanghai in 2012.

As a guitarist, Daniel has toured the world playing flamenco guitar with Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra (1997-2000) as well as performing with the flamenco dance ensembles of Maria Benitez, Dance Espana, and Yjastros (1994-present), and 20 years playing rock-n-roll electric guitar for Celebrity Enterprises corporate entertainment (1994-present).

Read more about Daniel and register on our website: https://ukulelesoiree.com/

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Put a little spring into your step this Spring by coming to the 6th annual Allegheny Ukulele Soirée! Spend an entire weekend around the music and culture of the ukulele! Curious about the Ukulele? Give one a strum or two and learn about the different sizes and styles available. Nestled in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains in central Pennsylvania, the Allegheny Ukulele Soiree will be held at the Laurel Lodge just outside of Altoona, PA. Dedicated to sharing the ukulele with both the local and ukulele communities, the Soirée blends practical workshops with cultural exploration. The Soirée was established in February of 2014 as a way to introduce ourselves to the community and to grow our membership. We had such a good time we decided to do it again! Our primary goal is to share our love of the Ukulele with the local community. The Soiree also presents an opportunity for us to bring in top talent in the Ukulele world to central Pennsylvania.

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Hello A.U.S. Ukulele Friends, I wish I could say I was coming to PA in 2020! But alas, we can meet up online! My fall webinar schedule is out and I'm really excited about next weeks Lead Belly Ukulele Webinar on August 28th 10:30am CTZ We'll explore 13 tunes, riffs, strums, history, boogie patterns, ephemera and much more for the ukulele blues enthusiast. To register, go to www.lilrev.com and look for the Lead belly calendar date. Hope to see you, Lil Rev www.lilrev.com
My son liked that last jam
Thanks to all attendees and organisers. This event was great fun and a chance to learn and share. I’m so looking forward to next year.
Gospel Jam this morning....
So excited for the soiree!!! Friday night is the Charlotte Jam!!! Welcome to 80’s FUNK!!!! Wear your 80’s gear!!!!! WoooooooHooooo!!!!
From Craig and Sarah's fabulous performance at the Saturday night concert.
Hello AUS! I'd like to put together an impromptu blues group for the punny song "Breakfast Blues" for the group open mic. It's a 12 bar blues in A. There is a simple riff that can be played or a jammer can just play the basic chords. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXejTmEfz4c https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Zsd2S1U4QTs-l3hqB7PiEWE4vbM2KMLE Looking for some fearless ham jammers who like to have fun!
Hi, Mike! I'm sure I missed it, but what are we using for the jam book this year? I cannot wait, btw! :)
Whoo hoo, I'm going! And we have a whole cacophony of ukesters representing Philadelphia Main Line Ukulele Group and Funky Frets. Paul P and Patrice Chan will also be there! YOLO!