Fiddle Faculty

Alyssa Rodriguez

Fiddle, Suzuki fiddle, Suzuki violin, Suzuki viola

Alyssa Rodriguez is a classically trained violinist gone fiddle player who holds a degree in Music Composition from Ithaca College. She discovered her love of fiddle music in Ithaca’s vibrant Contra dance and Irish music scene, and discovered Ball Folk and other European fiddle music while studying abroad in Vienna, Austria. She has studied Irish fiddle with Tim Ball and Scandinavian fiddle with Laurie Hart of Ithaca, NY, and enjoys performing for live dance events. She plays a myriad of European fiddle styles, and is passionate about teaching fiddle and about all things violin. She also studied Suzuki pedagogy with Carrie Reuning-Hummel.

Daphne Kanack-Pickens


Daphne Pickens has studied the violin at the Kanack School of Music for approximately sixteen years, and plans to pursue a career in music education. Daphne has served as concertmaster in the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. She won the RPYO concerto competition with the Scottish Fantasy by Bruch. She is classically trained by her mother, Alice Kanack, and was raised in a fiddling environment since the age of five. Daphne now teaches fiddle and violin at the Kanack School of Music. She is very involved in the rochester contradance community as a musician, and frequent dancer.


Tim Ball

Fiddle, Suzuki fiddle, Suzuki violin

Tim Ball grew up playing both classical violin and fiddle music, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance from Ithaca College, where he studied with Susan Waterbury. While there, Tim dove headfirst into the contra dance and Irish music scenes, and is fortunate to have been mentored by David Kaynor, Ed McGowan, and many others. He has also studied Suzuki teaching with Carrie Reuning-Hummel. Tim has performed at numerous contra dances and festivals throughout the Northeast with his band Tunescape, and plays around central New York with the contra dance band Tempest, the Irish band Traonach, and many others. Passionate about introducing authentic fiddle music to classical musicians, Tim has taught at camps including the Ithaca Suzuki Institute and the Kanack School’s fiddle camp. Tim’s schedule and recordings are available at his website,

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