Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Tim Van Egmond

Tim Van Egmond blends together folktales, tunes, and songs to share their wellspring of wisdom, humor, and warmth. Music flows in and around his stories though his singing and playing on a wide variety of traditional instruments. including hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, guitar, conga drum, and limberjack (a dancing wooden rhythm puppet). His dynamic style of voice and movement brings stories to life, his gifted playing and singing moves and inspires, and his knack for encouraging participation makes for high-spirited and engaging programs for all ages.

Additional Links: 
Select "Tim Van Egmond" from the list of storytellers on this page of the web site to hear my retelling of this Sufi tale. I learned it from renowned storyteller Gioia Timpanelli, and it can be found in Tales of the Dervishes by Idries Shah.
An explanation and demonstration of basic playing techniques with a jig.
Telling the traditional Irish tale (interwoven with playing the hammered dulcimer) at the Three Apples Storytelling Festival in Bedford, MA.
"Singing Games For Language Arts" Description and Learning Standards

I Have Worked With

  • September 2021

    Mary Makuc, Director - montereycommunitycenter@gmail.com

    Hour and a half performance of "The Landscapes of Hope," my program of songs and a story or two about community ties that draw people together. This program was supported by a grant from the Monterey Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

    The Community Center agreed to be the venue for the performance, while I organized and publicized it in consultation with Mary Kate Jordan, a friend who lives in Monterey.

  • August 2021

    Judy Walker, Executive Director, judywalker419@gmail.com

    My third performance in seven years for the Arts Trek Series for children in Ticonderoga, NY (postponed from 2020). I performed "Hearing Nature's Voice," my program of participatory songs and stories.

  • March 2020

    Cathy Buntin, Director,

    Performance of my "Young Fogies & Old Whippersnappers" intergenerational program for seniors and grades K-6 students at Sanderson Academy in Ashfield, MA. This program was supported by a grant from the Ashfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.


  • NEFA Grantee
  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Folksinger, Storyteller & Caller
Mailing Address: 
118 East Chestnut Hill Road
PO Box 253
Montague, MA 01351-0253
Physical Address: 
118 East Chestnut Hill Road
Montague, MA 01351
Last Name: 
Van Egmond


Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Theater - Storytelling
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - Folk
Music - General
Music - Children's
Music - Traditional
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
General Public
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Curriculum Development
Performance / Concert / Reading
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Wedding / Parties / Private Gatherings
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
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Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Northeast Storytelling
American Federation of Musicians, Local 1000
Voted "Best Children's Storyteller" in Valley Advocate's 1996 "Best of Valley" Awards.Selected for New Hampshire State Library's "Kids, Books, and the Arts" Project 4 times.Awarded 2 Professional Development Grants by Mass. Cultural Council.
Mass. Cultural Council Professional Development Grant (Hammered Dulcimer)
Family Adventures In Reading Grant, Mass Humanities
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
6' by 8' area in which to set up, electrical power (if sound equipment required)
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I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Community Site / Center
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - Foreign Languages
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
Certifications / Training: 
Storytelling Intensive, Lesley College Graduate School
Residency Artist Trainings, Very Special Arts Massachusetts
Arts Provider Workshops, Hartford Performs
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