Callers and Musicians

Updated March 9, 2020


Joanna Reiner-Wilkinson is a nationally-known caller of exceptional skill and elegance, with a wicked sense of humor. She has taught ECD for over two decades. Her clarity and insight into dance choreography, coupled with her enthusiasm, make all of us better dancers.

Scott Higgs calls and composes both contra and English Country Dances, and has been a featured caller and teacher at Pinewoods Camp for more than twenty years.  His clear and cogent calling is energetic and joyful.

Melissa Running is a skilled writer of dances and composer of tunes, and is particularly adept at introducing contra dancers to the joys of English Country Dance. She has a clear instructional style and an ever-expanding repertoire of fascinating dances.


An English Trifle is proud to feature eight splendid musicians:  Josh Burdick (violin); Tina Chancey (violin, viol da gamba),  Sophie Chang (cello), Bruce Edwards (bassoon, concertina) Jonathan Jensen (keyboard, ocarina, penny whistle), Carrie Rose (flute), Kathy Talvitie (piano), and Miranda Weinberg (violin). 

Our goal is to have a different combination of musicians for each workshop — trios and quartets during the day, and quintets in the evening. (From time to time, particularly on Monday, we dancers have looked up to discover that all eight of the musicians have decided to “sit in.” It’s absolutely splendid.)