Instructors

Las Cruces UkeFest 2018 features some of the ukulele world’s most sought-after instructor/performers, so you’ll want to be sure to sign up early so you won’t miss working with them here in the Land of Enchantment!

Join us to learn from Craig Chee, Sarah Maisel, Mark Baker, Lil’ Rev, and Rachel Manke. Each instructor has a page featuring biographical information so you can learn more about them. As we get closer to festival time, we’ll also post their workshop offerings.

Victoria Vox

With a passion for songwriting, Victoria Vox began writing songs when she was ten. She furthered her music education at the Berklee College of Music, as a vocal principle with an emphasis in Songwriting. A few years after graduating, Vox took up the ukulele. Her music style shifted to chanson tinged with jazz, which, over … Continue reading Victoria Vox

Kevin Carroll

Kevin Carroll is a certified State of Texas Elementary Educator, who instructs at ukulele workshops internationally and teaches both private and group music lessons to all ages and levels in Austin, Texas. Kevin is also a performing and recording artist in his own right. He has launched a ukulele-based music education company called edUKEcation.com which brings lessons and instruments to … Continue reading Kevin Carroll

Abe Lagrimas, Jr.

Abe Lagrimas, Jr.

Abe Lagrimas, Jr. is a musician, composer, educator, and author who plays the drums, vibraphone, ukulele, and studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2012, he competed in the highly prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Drums Competition and has worked with many different artists such as Eric Marienthal, Eric Reed, Kamasi Washington, … Continue reading Abe Lagrimas, Jr.

Gorton Smith

Gorton Smith will be the first to tell you he is not an instructor, but a workshop leader. He will be guiding the festival’s Sunday morning “Gospel According to Uke” sing-along session, which he has conducted with great success at the last two Albuquerque Ukekopelli Festivals. One of the Las Cruces Ukes board members, Gorton is a retired … Continue reading Gorton Smith

The Quiet American

The Quiet American

The Quiet American is husband and wife duo, Aaron and Nicole Keim. In Hood River, Oregon, they live an artistic life, making music, building musical instruments, writing books, crafting folk art, and raising their four-year-old son, Henry. Their connection to folk tradition is undeniable, even as they find new ways to sing old songs and … Continue reading The Quiet American