Cookie Segelstein received her Masters degree in Viola from The Yale School of Music in 1984. She is the founder and director of Veretski Pass, a founding member of The Youngers of Zion with Henry Sapoznik, and plays in Budowitz. She has also performed with many famous and many obscure musicians. She presents lecture demonstrations and workshops on klezmer fiddling all over the world, including Living Tradition’s Klezkamp, KlezCalifornia, KlezKanada, American Festival of Fiddle Tunes,Yale University, University of Wisconsin in Madison, and other places where smarties congregate. Her favorite hobby is photographing wildlife in places that there is no cellphone service. Cookie lives in Berkeley, California with her husband Josh Horowitz, two cats, a dog and her occasionally visiting adult children.