Richard H. Hulan, contrabass balalaika, earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology/Folklore at the University of Texas at Austin. He has worked for a number of Smithsonian Folklife Festivals, for the National Council for the Traditional Arts, and for numerous museums and cultural agencies prior to retirement. The Makers of the Sacred Harp, which he co-authored with David Warren Steel, is to be released later this month by the University of Illinois Press as part of their prestigious series, Music in American Life. In the early 1990s, when it was difficult to buy fine Russian instruments, Dr. Hulan made his contrabass balalaika from scratch at his workshop in Arlington, Virginia. He also made the sekunda balalaika played in the Beltway Balalaikas by his wife, Kathy.