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Early American Music and Arts

Welcome to Early American Music and Arts. We are musicians, artists, and historians who are passionate about bringing the past into the present. Bringing the past into the present? How is that even possible? Is it even possible? With Early American Music and Arts, it is. We are dedicated to preserving many of the arts and skills that helped define pre-industrial American culture. From performing music on the harpsichord and flute that Washington enjoyed to offering hands-on demonstrations of how 18th century people made cosmetics, embroider clothes, we present the ingenuity of yesteryear. Please explore our site to learn more about our many offerings, and feel free to contact us regarding booking a program. We are more than happy to work with you to create the ideal presentation for your organization. Eric Lichack, Eliza Vincz and Peter Cutul offer a variety of their own separate programs as well as programs done together.

Erik Lichack holds his BA in Music Education, with a concentration in harpsichord. His teachers include Gwendolyn Toth and Kenneth Hamrick. Originally a percussionist, he studied with Mitch Erwin and Barry Centanni. Erik researches, collects, and performs popular music from America and England during the last quarter of the 18th century. Also a researcher of Revolutionary War military music, he is the main contributor and co-author of Military Music of the American Revolution, which is now used by the West Point Band, and various living history groups.

Erik has experience teaching music in private and public schools and has also worked at Fort Montgomery State Historic Site, assisting with educational programs from fourth grade student field trips to Army staff tours and demonstrations. He constructed the site’s reproduction clothing for the interpretive staff, helped care for a colonial garden, and demonstrated eighteenth century music and crafts. Erik is also part of 3rd New Jersey Regiment, Fife and Drum Corps Performing from the unit’s surviving fife book and other period sources on antique and reproduction instruments, the band is dedicated to preserving the memory and music of the fifers and drummers who served in the 3rd New Jersey Regiment, the “Jersey Greys.”

Eliza Vincz holds her BA in History of Art from Rosemont College focusing on the social, political, and economic aspects of late 18th century fashion in America and Europe. In addition to studying the fashion, she also creates her own period clothing using materials and techniques used in the late 18th century. Eliza does research on period hairstyles and cosmetics implementing her research into her overall look and presentation. Eliza is a ballet and Ceili Irish dancer and does research on dances practiced in late 18th century America and England. She is also knowledgeable on the history of tarot card reading in the late 18th century and does historical tarot card readings with reproduction cards. With experience in musical theatre, Eliza brings enthusiasm to her living history presentations that makes history fun for all ages. She currently works at the Library Company of Burlington where she is in charge of the children’s story time.

Peter Cutul has worked as Head Interpreter at Fort Montgomery State Historic Site for the past 8 years, where he has designed and led school programs, group tours, and many of the site’s special events and living history programs, including the ever popular Evening Lantern Tour and the site’s summer camp program. Peter specializes in Revolutionary War Era Drumming, Gardening, and Woodworking, in addition to regional Native American skills. He is a graduate of Bates College where he majored in History and Anthropology. Since graduating, over a decade ago, he has also worked with Children and Adults alike teaching wilderness skills and campcraft. Peter is also part of 3rd New Jersey Regiment, Fife and Drum Corps Performing from the unit’s surviving fife book and other period sources on antique and reproduction instruments, the band is dedicated to preserving the memory and music of the fifers and drummers who served in the 3rd New Jersey Regiment, the “Jersey Greys.”

Contact Information: Erik Lichack or Eliza Vincz at [email protected] or by phone 201-221-6843 or 609-500-2740

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