Guest artists & instructors

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                    Jim Beloff

Jim Beloff is the author of The Ukulele—A Visual History (Backbeat Books) and author, arranger, and publisher of the Jumpin’ Jim’s series of ukulele songbooks with over 1,000,000 copies in print. This series is available worldwide and includes The Daily Ukulele and The Daily Ukulele: Leap Year Edition, two of the biggest and best-selling ukulele songbooks ever published. All Jumpin’ Jim’s songbooks are distributed by Hal Leonard LLC. In the Fall of 2021, Backbeat books will release Jim’s memoir, UKEtopia—Adventures in the Ukulele World.


Jim produced Legends of Ukulele, a CD compilation for Rhino Records, and has made three how-to-play DVDs for Homespun. He is also an active songwriter and has released a number of CDs. His two-CD set, Dreams I Left in Pockets, features 33 songs he wrote or co-wrote with uke legends, Herb “Ohta-san” Ohta and Lyle Ritz. His most recent album, The Wind and Sun, was released in August 2020.


In 1999, Jim composed and premiered Uke Can’t Be Serious, a concerto for solo ukulele and symphony orchestra. Since then, the piece has been performed with both high school and professional orchestras, including the Michigan Philharmonic in 2016. He has also performed it many times with a string quartet. His second concerto for ukulele and orchestra, The Dove Tale, premiered in 2017 with the Wallingford (Connecticut) Symphony Orchestra.

Jim and his wife, Liz Maihock Beloff, own Flea Market Music, Inc., a company dedicated to the ukulele and they play their family’s Fluke, Flea and Firefly ukes. They have toured Japan, Australia and Canada and believe in their company’s motto, “Uke Can Change the World.”

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      Amy Kucharik

Kerrville New Folk winning songwriter and performer Amy Kucharik energizes swing dance, folk festival and listening room audiences alike. Drawing from blues, folk and Vaudeville traditions and with a street-smart stagecraft honed in the subways of Boston, Amy transports her audience to a place both timeless and familiar, but nevertheless innovative. She tours and performs as a one-woman band with ukulele, foot percussion, mouth trumpet and harmonica, or with her Boston-based bands Friends With Benefits and Tiger Moan. Combining poignant, witty lyricism and an infectious, danceable swing, Amy’s music has drawn comparisons to Maria Muldaur, Lake Street Dive, and Anais Mitchell. Amy was a formal showcase artist at SWRFA in 2015, and WFMT Folk DJ Rich Warren’s pick for the DJ showcase at NERFA in 2016. Amy’s albums include her 2014 debut “Cunning Folk” and “Until the Words Are Gone” released in 2018.  Learn more at




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    Grant Fryburger

15 year old Grant Fryburger

has been playing ukulele since he was 5 years old. The 10th grader is one of 6 siblings in a very musical family. Grant works weekends in his family's ukulele shop, Brave New Uke, in Dundee, NY which is in the heart of the Fingerlakes region of the state. His  favorite artist and inspiration is Jake Shimabukuro, having seen him in concert several times.

Grant has a passion for learning his renditions of  many of his most famous songs. Grant is a lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol and loves playing many sports, especially volley ball. His dad describes him as a "really fun

loving guy that is a joy to be around". 



         Bob Sneider

Guitarist/composer/educator Bob Sneider is currently the Jazz Guitar Professor at the world-renowned Eastman School of Music. Sneider performs a multi-faceted role at Eastman as Instructor of Jazz Guitar at the Eastman's Community Education Division and Jazz & Contemporary Media. Before joining the Eastman faculty in 1997, Bob toured with two-time Grammy Award Winner Chuck Mangione for nearly four years and has performed with many notable performers.and frequently appears with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Pops (guitar/ukulele/banjo)

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   Sungmin Shin​

Korean American guitarist and composer Sungmin Shin maintains a vigorous schedule divided between performing and teaching in a wide variety of musical settings. As a musician, Dr. Shin finds a unique balance between his classical training and deep roots in popular guitar styles. Dr. Shin is a devoted educator and shares his passion for music with students of all ages and levels. He is currently on faculty at The University at Buffalo (SUNY) where he directs the UB Guitar Ensemble and teaches acoustic, classical and electric guitars. He is an adjunct professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology teaching guitar and history of popular music and is the director of the Penfield Guitar Studio.  For full bio and more information, please visit -