Isaac Alderson


Artist info

Isaac Alderson grew up in Chicago, surrounded by all kinds of music. At the age of 12, he discovered Irish traditional music and began obsessively practicing the uilleann pipes, learning from such players as Al Purcell, Patrick Cannady, Kieran O'Hare, and many others. At 14, he began to study the flute and whistle with Laurence Nugent from Co. Fermanagh. Many trips to Ireland over subsequent years helped to fan the flames of his enthusiasm for the music and gave him the opportunity to study and play with many outstanding musicians. At 18, Isaac moved to New York in order to attend college and dive into the city's phenomenal Irish music scene. In 2002, Isaac won the All-Ireland Senior Championships on all three of his main instruments. After finishing college, he toured for two years with Eileen Ivers as part of her band, Immigrant Soul, and afterwards with such diverse groups as Jameson's Revenge, Runa, Millish, and many others, and also played extensively around New York with fiddler Gráinne Murphy and guitarist Alan Murray. He currently performs with his band The Yanks, and also the international quartet Comas, the touring show Celtic Crossroads, Irish bar band The Bronx Boys, and the chamber folk group Ensemble Galilei. He has toured in the US, Canada, Ireland, Colombia, much of western Europe, and recently did a three-month tour of China as the piper in the famed show, Riverdance. Other major industry gigs have included pit orchestra work on Sting's musical, The Last Ship, and sub work in the show Celtic Woman. As a teacher, Isaac has led workshops in flute, whistle, and uilleann pipes at the Great Northern Irish Pipers' Club tionól, the St. Louis Tionól, the Re-Jigged Festival in Nova Scotia, the O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat in Texas, MAD Week in the D.C. area, the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival in Canada, Common Ground in Maryland, the Corofin Trad Fest in Co. Clare, and also had led small workshops for students in Rio Negro and Villa de Leyva, Colombia. He also teaches private lessons online and in person, mainly to advanced students. He is known for his patience and compassion in teaching students of all levels.

Years taught2017, 2016
SpecialtyIrish Flute

Teaching schedule
Irish FluteMTWThF (week 1) 2:00–2:50pmUCPC Fellowship Hall2017
Tin WhistleMTWThF (week 1) 3:00–3:50pmUCPC Fellowship Hall2017
Celtic SessionsMThF (week 1) 4:00–5:15pmUniversity Community Presbyterian Church2017
Celtic Sessions by the day4:00–5:15pmUniversity Community Presbyterian Church2017
Tin Whistle for Absolute BeginnersMTW (week 2) 10:00–10:50amUCPC Fellowship Hall2016
Intermediate/Advanced Tin WhistleMTWThF (week 2) 11:00–11:50amUCPC Fellowship Hall2016
Irish Flute - week 1 onlyMTWThF (week 1) 1:30–2:20pmUCPC Fellowship Hall2016
Irish Flute - week 2 onlyMTWThF (week 2) 1:30–2:20pmUCPC Fellowship Hall2016
Irish FluteMTWThF (week 1) 2:00–2:50pmUCPC Fellowship Hall2016
Tin WhistleMTWThF (week 1) 3:00–3:50pmUCPC Fellowship Hall2016
Celtic SessionsMThF (week 1) 4:00–5:15pmUniversity Community Presbyterian Church2016
Celtic Sessions by the day4:00–5:15pmUniversity Community Presbyterian Church2016

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