Vocal Instruction, All Levels: Patt Plunkett and Val Mindel - Patt Plunkett first heard traditional music as played by her grandfather Carl Voorhees, an old-time fiddler from Western Illinois. A professional choral music director with a Masters degree in vocal performance, Pat also calls square dances and plays piano accompaniment for some of the finest fiddlers in the Midwest. Val Mindel is a longtime musician and workshop leader, specializing in the close, buzzy harmony that makes American old-time, bluegrass and country harmony so compelling. She and Patt Plunkett have taught the singing class at Allegheny Echoes for many years. Val also performs in various combinations, including with California-based Any Old Time and with daughter and old-time country musician Emily Miller. For more info, visit www.valandemmy.com. Patt and Val will provide a program based on traditional secular and gospel old-time songs, small ensemble work, harmony and improvement of singing technique.