Music Staff

  • Elke Baker
  • David Courret-Knight
  • Liz Donaldson
  • Dan Emery
  • Tim MacDonald
  • Jane Roberts
  • Dave Wiesler

  • Up Elke Baker, fiddle

    Elke Baker

    ELKE BAKER - MUSIC DIRECTOR (Glenelg, MD), is a veteran dance musician and concert performer. Since discovering Scottish country dancing while in college, Elke Baker (fiddle, music director) has performed at dance and music events across North America and around the world, including TAC Summer School, Pinewoods, Scottish Weekend, Asilomar, IB Event in Italy, Scotland, England, Ireland, Japan, West Africa, and the upcoming New Zealand Summer School. 1995 U.S. National Scottish fiddle Champion, Elke taught at the Washington Conservatory of Music, as Artist-in-Residence at Montgomery College, as a panelist at Harvard University, and has taught monthly workshops for the Potomac Valley Scottish Fiddle Club for more than 30 years. She has played concerts at venues such as the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Honolulu Academy of Arts, and countless festivals. Elke's recordings include three SCD albums with band Terpsichore; Better Days, a waltz and couple dance album featuring four ensembles; On a Cold Winter’s Day with Ken Kolodner; and the world premiere recording of the pibroch The Fingerlock on fiddle. Playing music for dancers is one of her very favorite things…although dancing runs a close second. Instagram @elkebakerfiddlemusic

    Up David Courret-Knight, fiddle

    David Courret-Knight

    DAVID COURRET-KNIGHT (Washington, DC). David has been instigating dance up and down the East Coast and beyond since 1991, primarily fiddling in the Scottish, American, and English dance traditions with bands such as Thistle House and Waverley Station. He also has been known to compose (Fleeting and The Art of …), perform, and record (Waverley Station: First Stop!,” More Memories of Scottish Weekend, and Ellen Gozion: Awake, Awake). David has placed in regional Scottish fiddle performance and composition competitions, qualifying him to compete at the US National Scottish Fiddling Championships in 1997. A native of South Carolina, David lives in the District of Columbia, where he works for the Internal Revenue Service. For information on upcoming gigs and products, see

    Up Liz Donaldson, piano and accordion

    Liz Donaldson

    LIZ DONALDSON (Bethesda, MD). LIZ DONALDSON (Bethesda, MD) is a full-time musician and dance caller, and has been playing piano for dancing for many years. She is known for her innovative back-up style incorporating exciting rhythms, textures, and harmony lines in her music. In addition to playing for Scottish, English and American contra and square dances, Liz teaches all these styles, and dances, too! She is a member of Terpsichore, Waverley Station, The New Hipsters, Gyrations, The Treble Makers, and Elegant Echoes. Liz’s newest recordings are "English Echoes II: More English Country Dance Favorites" with Becky Ross, Colleen Reed, and Bruce Edwards, and another Scottish Country Dance CD "A Dancer’s Best Friend" with Elke Baker and Ralph Gordon. “A Dancer’s Best Friend” is a welcome addition to “Caledonian Muse” and "Terpsichore, Scottish Dance Music.” Liz also joins David Knight and Ralph Gordon on "Waverley Station: First Stop!" She is the Artistic Director and pianist on the hot live Scottish Country Dance recordings "Memories of Scottish Weekend (‘98) and "More Memories of Scottish Weekend ('02). Liz has published two books of Scottish tunes: "Scottish Dance Class Tunes" (revised in 2021) and "Scottish Tune Medleys" which have become mainstays for Scottish Dance Player’s libraries worldwide. She has also composed many wonderful tunes, including a host of waltzes. Liz has taught and played at numerous dance weekends and music workshops including Scottish Weekend, Pinewoods, Asilomar, and TAC Summer School.. Her travels have taken her across the US as well as to Great Britain, Canada, France, and Japan. Liz performed for the Smithsonian Institution's Piano 300 exhibition in ’00 and has performed with Terpsichore at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage in Washington, DC. In 2017 she was awarded the Scroll of Honour from the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society for her contributions to music and dance. In addition to playing and teaching music, Liz is a caller of Scottish Ceilidh, English Country, and Community dancing. She particularly enjoys working with dancers of all ages and experience levels. Website: Photo by Ken Graham.

    Up Dan Emery, pipes and flute

    Dan Emery

    DAN EMERY (Fort Washington, PA) has been the designated piper at Scottish Weekend since the first session at Buffalo Gap in 1989. He has been the piper at Pinewoods Scottish sessions many times since 1986, where he got his first taste of piping for RSCDS. As well as the Highland pipes, Dan plays the Scottish small pipes, Border pipes and flute with the band Thistle House. He can also be heard playing all those instruments (and occasionally fiddle) at socials and parties around the Delaware valley. When not piping, Dan is a fine Scottish country dancer, retired highland dancer.

    Up Tim MacDonald, fiddle

    Tim MacDonald

    TIM MACDONALD Praised for his “thrilling” fiddling (Chicago Classical Review), Tim has been fiddling, dancing, and fiddling for dancing for almost two decades. Originally from the US, he's played for concerts and Scottish country dance balls throughout the country and for Pinewoods's Scottish Sessions and ESCape (English-Scottish-Contra) Week. He moved to Edinburgh in 2021 to get a master's degree by researching Scottish fiddle history, and he has played for four SCD weekends in France and Sweden, a lecture-concert at Winter School, the RSCDS's Centenary Weekend, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and other dance and music events throughout Scotland and the US with Muriel Johnstone, Susie Petrov, Andy Imbrie, Liz Donaldson, Dave Wiesler, and many others. Learn more at

    Up Jane Roberts, cello

    Jane Roberts

    JANE ROBERTS Jane has been playing Scottish music since 2000, when she first encountered it at Susie Petrov’s workshop. Once discovered, she was hooked. She sought guidance from Natalie Haas, Pete Clark, George Meikle, and took every opportunity to play for classes and dances. She’s attended Boston Harbor Fiddle School weeks as well as many RSCDS St Andrews Summer School music courses. Jane keeps busy as the music organizer for the Delaware Valley Branch and can be found playing for weekly RSCDS dance classes and at DelVal events and dances, often with her bandmates from Mind The Gap.

    Up Dave Wiesler, piano and guitar

    Dave Wiesler

    DAVE WIESLER (Newark, DE) has been playing for Scottish country dancing since 1993, dancing it since 1995, and on staff at Scottish Weekend every year since 1996. Dave is highly regarded for his deep knowledge and spirited piano playing of Scottish dance music, and he now performs regularly with his band Thistle House and with fiddlers Hanneke Cassel and Mara Shea, among others. He has played at concerts and dance and music camps across the country, and his music has taken him to Hawaii, Canada, England, Scotland and the Galapagos Islands. He appears on nearly 20 recordings, many featuring his own compositions. He is also a capable guitarist and singer, a writer of silly ceilidh songs, and a stay-home dad of two young boys.

    Dave is at home in a huge range of other styles of music and folk dance besides Scottish music -- including contra dance, English country dance, swing, vintage dancing, Viennese waltz, and couple dancing. He has been on staff at Pinewoods, Augusta, Ashokan, Buffalo Gap, Sierra Swing, Timber Ridge, and the Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School, and has performed at the Kennedy Center and at the Smithsonian. Check out his book of original melodies, DaveTunes, and his CDs, including Cracks and Shadows and two Scottish dance recordings, Many Happy Returns with Hanneke Cassel and Heather Hills with Mara Shea. Note also that Dave has a new Scottish dance cd out: Delaware Valley Gold, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Delaware Valley branch of the RSCDS available here. You can also find out more about Dave on his website at

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