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25-30 June, 2017KENTUCKY MUSIC WEEK Bardstown, KY

KENTUCKY MUSIC WEEK

25-30 June, 2017

Details

KENTUCKY MUSIC WEEK is an exceptional five days of instruction in both mountain and hammered dulcimer, and a large variety of other instruments, vocal classes, craft and fine art classes, Kids Camp (separate from adult classes - for ages 6 - 12), and so much more! KMW brings together over 50 of the finest instructors- both names you know well, and others you may not know. Our evening events continue the learning experience in a relaxed way with instructor concerts, jams (including snail jams for beginners), and much, much more!

Instructors this year include MOUNTAIN DULCIMER - Janita Baker, Ken Bloom, Sue Carpenter, Bill Collins, Sam Edelston, Mark Gilston, Tull Glazener, Dana Gruber, Dave Haas, Lorinda Jones, John Keane, Karen Keane, Erin Mae, Anne Lough, Aaron O'Rourke, Debbie Porter, Kevin Roth, Stephen Seifert, Susan Trump, Hunter Walker, Pam Weeks, Nina Zanetti. HAMMERED DULCIMER - Karen Alley, Cathy Barton, Pam Bowman, Ken Kolodner, Anne Lough, Dan Landrum, Ilace Mears, Sam Rizzetta, Rick Thum. See our web site for complete list of classes and instructors!

Times/hours/schedule: KMW begins on Sunday evening, June 25, with a Welcome Party and Jam, and festival check-in. Classes begin June 26 and depend on your schedule. A full five class day begins at 8:45 AM and ends at 5:00 PM. Evening activities begin at 7:30 PM with concerts ending about 10:00 PM and jams going as late as you want! Jams are also scheduled during the day as part of the festival schedule.

Cost: Costs depend on the number of classes you take. 4 or 5 classes each day for the entire five days is $285.00. 3 classes each day for the entire five days is $250.00. 1 or 2 classes each day for the entire five days is $210.00. Kids Camp cost is $150 for the entire five days. Non-participant (those not taking classes) cost is $50)

Getting more information

Website: http://www.kentuckymusicweek.com
Contact: Nancy Barker
Call: 502-388-2011
Email: info [at] kentuckymusicweek [dot] com

Venue Information

Bardstown Schools, 420 North Fifth Street
Bardstown, KY
United States

Directions: Please see our web site for maps and directions to all events.
www.kentuckymusicweek.com

Other comments: We hope you can join us for this wonderful week of experiencing classes with a wide variety of instructors, learning new techniques and tunes, exciting jams, and meeting new friends and seeing folks you know in a friendly and fun atmosphere.

26 June, 2017Keynote Lecture: Fake News and the Decline of Cibility Westminster, MD

Keynote Lecture: Fake News and the Decline of Cibility

26 June, 2017

Details

More than ever before, your personal news source(s) are most likely indicators of your political identity. What is journalism’s future? How shall we find common ground? How do we re-establish credible journalism in this age of fake news?

Times/hours/schedule: 8:00 PM, doors open at 7:30

Cost: $10 tickets, available at the gate

Getting more information

Website: http://www.commongroundonthehill.org/tw_PM_events.html
Contact: Maria Wong
Call: 443-622-2369
Email: maria [at] commongroundonthehill [dot] org

Venue Information

WMC Alumni Hall, 2 College Hill
Westminster, MD 21157
United States
7-8 July, 2017Dutchland Dulcimer Gathering III Willow Street, PA

Dutchland Dulcimer Gathering III

7-8 July, 2017

Details

A low key gathering for dulcimer players of all skill levels - from what side do I play - to experienced players. 6 instructors...good food...good people...beautiful country.

Times/hours/schedule: Friday July 7th - 2 - 8 PM
Saturday July 8th - 8:30 - 4:30 PM

Jam Session Friday Night

Cost: Registration: $20.00
Workshops: $15.00/workshop. Paid directly to instructors.

Getting more information

Website: http://lancasterdulcimer.com
Contact: Jeffrey Hamilton
Call: 717 419 1152
Email: dutchland2017 [at] gmail [dot] com

Venue Information

1730 Hans Herr Drive
Willow Street, PA 17584
United States

Directions: Just south of Lancaster PA. Take 222 South in Willow Street. Hans Herr Drive is on your right - just past the third traffic light.
From the south, take 272 north, turn left on Penn Grant Road. Hans Herr Drive is on your left.

Other comments: This is a great, low key event. The size is limited to 125 - so you may want to register early.
Bing Futch, Susan Trump, Dave Haas, Aubrey Atwater, Butch Ross and Wendy Songe will be there...still looking for a hammer teacher.

17-22 July, 2017Ozark Roots Dulcimer Week Mountain View, AR

Ozark Roots Dulcimer Week

17-22 July, 2017

Details

The City of Mountain View, Arkansas is hosting the first annual Ozark Roots Dulcimer Week, a hammered dulcimer and mountain dulcimer festival. Workshops, jams, performances, and many other events will be held in the Court Square.

There will also be a Dulcimer in the Caverns concert on Thursday evening. The acoustics of Blanchard Springs Caverns are perfect for the sounds of the hammered and mountain dulcimers.

Go to http://mvmeetingplace.com/ozark-roots-dulcimer-festival/ for information and registration forms.

Getting more information

Website: http://mvmeetingplace.com/ozark-roots-dulcimer-festival/
Contact: Christopher Smith
Call: 870-214-2049
Email: csmith13364 [at] gmail [dot] com

Venue Information

Mountain View Court Square
Mountain View, AR 72560
United States
27 July, 2017Ken and Brad Kolodner - hammered dulcimer, banjo, fiddle West Jefferson, NC

Ken and Brad Kolodner - hammered dulcimer, banjo, fiddle

27 July, 2017

Details

Thu, July 27, 2017 - West Jefferson, NC (rescheduled from Jan. 7th) – hammered dulcimer, banjo and fiddle!
Ken & Brad Kolodner Trio with guest Michael Bell
Ashe County Arts Council

Background info from originally scheduled performance at: http://ashecountyarts.org/event/ken-and-brad-kolodner-concert/

Times/hours/schedule: 7:30-9:00pm

Getting more information

Website: http://ashecountyarts.org
Contact: Ashe County Arts Council
Call: 336-846-2787

Venue Information

303 School Ave
West Jefferson, NC 28628
United States

Directions: from Virginia to North Carolina.....Hwy 77 S. to 421 West. Go approx. 25 miles to 221 N. Go 15 miles north to Hwy 194. Turn left toward W. Jefferson downtown. Turn right on E. Main St and go 3 blocks to t-intersection. The Arts Center will be on your right (gray stone building).

Other comments: this event has not been posted as of 2/11/17

10-13 August, 2017Gateway Dulcimer Music Festival Belleville, IL

Gateway Dulcimer Music Festival

10-13 August, 2017

Details

Instructional classes for Mt. & Hammered dulcimer players & autoharp with jamming and evening concerts by the instructors.

Times/hours/schedule: 9am - 11 pm daily

Cost: Varies - see registration form on web site.

Getting more information

Website: http://www.gatewaydulcimer.org
Contact: Sharon
Call: 618-651-8271
Email: gdsmf98 [at] gmail [dot] com

Venue Information

National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows 442 S. DeMazenod Dr.
Belleville, IL 62223
United States

Directions: from the West, turn right into Shrine entrance on Rt. 15 or go South on I-225 to Rt. 15 exit - go East to Shrine entrance.

Other comments: All players welcome. Plenty of class choices, jamming and vendors available.

11-13 August, 2017Fort New Salem Dulcimer Festival Salem, WV

Fort New Salem Dulcimer Festival

11-13 August, 2017

Details

Fort New Salem is a representative log house settlement of the frontier period (1800-1900) of West Virginia. It is located in Salem, WV on US Route 50 between Parkersburg and Clarksburg. It is currently owned and operated by the Fort New Salem Foundation.

The dulcimer weekend features hands-on music workshops during the day for all levels of players. The workshops will be primarily on mountain dulcimer and hammered dulcimer with additional workshops on other folk instruments. Our workshop leaders/performers are experienced musicians from Ohio, West Virginia and beyond. They include TBA.

There will be concerts on Friday and Saturday evening. The Friday concert with feature short sets by several of the workshop leaders. The Saturday evening concert will feature Wendy Songe on mountain dulcimer followed by additional short sets by several of the workshop leaders.

Vendors will be available throughout the weekend to sell dulcimers and supplies. There will also be books and CDs available from many of the workshop leaders.

Times/hours/schedule: Friday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Cost: $45 for full weekend

Getting more information

Website: http://www.lindasigismondi.com/fnsdulcimer.html
Contact: Linda Sigismondi
Call: 7404469244
Email: lsigismondi [at] att [dot] net

Venue Information

81 settlers Ln
Salem, WV 45631
United States

Directions: Just off US Route 50 between Parkersburg and Clarksburg, WV.

14 August, 2017A Day with Wendy Songe DuBois, PA

A Day with Wendy Songe

14 August, 2017

Details

Four hour-long workshops in mountain dulcimer, guitar, ukulele, and all instruments, plus an evening concert.

Times/hours/schedule: 10:00 Beginner guitar & ukulele -- combined class. Everything you need to get playing today: easy chord charts, tab, strum patterns, finger picking, fretting, harmonics, tuning, care & more.

11:15 All instruments/all levels -- Dynamite Dynamics: ideas for making your music more expressive, identify and sculpt the many beautiful voices of your instrument, learn dynamic notation for your music scores, etc.

2:00 All instruments/all levels -- Easy Essential Theory: learn basic music theory in this FUN class! Time signature, note values, endings & repeat signs, dynamic markings. You DON'T have to know how to read music to take this class! Join us! It will be fun! I promise!

3:30 Mountain dulcimer/adv. beg/int. -- Touch & Techniques: HOW we touch our instrument is as important as playing the 'right' notes. Learn techniques for smoothing out your playing for gentle tunes, chopping it up for spunky tunes, and adding texture and variety through embellishments and rockstar status stunts :)

7:00 Concert

Cost: $20 for one workshop, $35 for two, $45 for three, $50 for all four workshops

Concert: We'll "pass the hat."

Getting more information

Contact: Ginny Schott
Call: 814-371-4627
Email: ginnyschott [at] gmail [dot] com

Venue Information

875 Sunflower Drive (Off Maple Ave.)
DuBois, PA
United States

Directions: See the Christ Lutheran Church's website for directions: http://christdubois.org/im-new/#location

Other comments: This event is hosted by the Sandy Lick Mountain Dulcimer Players, based in DuBois, PA.

1-2 September, 20175th Annual Homer Ledford Dulcimer Festival Winchester, KY

5th Annual Homer Ledford Dulcimer Festival

1-2 September, 2017

Details

The 5thAnnual Homer Ledford Dulcimer Festival will be held at the Campbell Jr. HS at 620 Boone Ave. Winchester, KY.

Cost will be 80.00 this includes your ticket for the concert on Saturday night. There will be no Pay Pal this year. If you wish you can send a check or money order made out to Dana McCall 3320 Ecton Rd. Winchester, KY 40391 and put in note for Homer Ledford Dulcimer Festival and I will register you that way. Anyone doing this will get a 5 dollar discount. Enroll for 75.00! You can also include a list of the classes you wish to take if you want, simply include the schedule with the classes circled. Our registration will take place Friday evening during set up and Saturday morning before classes. Best Western in Winchester will be giving a discount for those who stay with them, just let them know you are with the Homer Ledford Festival!

Times/hours/schedule: Friday, 5:00pm till ?
Saturday, 8:00am, concert @ 6:30pm

Cost: $80

Getting more information

Website: http://www.homerledforddulcimerfestival.com/index.htm
Contact: Dana McCall
Email: jmwmccall [at] msn [dot] com

Venue Information

Campbell Jr. HS at 620 Boone Ave.
Winchester, KY
United States
7-10 September, 2017The Way of the Dulcimer Retreat Littlt Switzerland, NC

The Way of the Dulcimer Retreat

7-10 September, 2017

Details

Traditional and Contemporary music for dulcimer, Dulcimer History, gentle relaxation exercises at a beautiful Retreat Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Great food and lodging.

Times/hours/schedule: Starts 4:00pm Thursday and continues to 11:00am Sunday.

Cost: $340. includes Classes, Concerts, Lodging (double occupancy), and meals.

Getting more information

Website: http://www.donpedi.com
Contact: Don Pedi
Call: 828-689-9126
Email: donpedi [at] hotmail [dot] com

Venue Information

1565 Wild Acres Rd
Littlt Switzerland, NC 28749
United States

Directions: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/''/wildacres+retreat+nc/@35.8246067,-82.1766261,...

Other comments: The Way of the Dulcimer Retreats take place twice yearly.
One in the Spring and one in the Fall.
The dates change from year to year.
Saturday night concerts feature Legendary Traditional Mountain Musician, and collector Bruce Greene together with Don Pedi.

14-17 September, 2017Wallowa Fall Dulcimer & Uke Retreat Joseph, OR

Wallowa Fall Dulcimer & Uke Retreat

14-17 September, 2017

Details

This gathering features Mark Nelson (past National Dulcimer Champion and author of Celtic, fiddle tune and Hawaiian music books for Mel Bay) and Northwest musicians Heidi Muller and Bob Webb teaching mountain dulcimer classes, with extra offerings for ukulele, mandolin and guitar. It is held at a comfy camp in the woods at beautiful Wallowa Lake in northeast Oregon (near Idaho border, midway between Boise and Spokane).

Times/hours/schedule: 3:00 pm Thursday, Sept. 14 - registration opens
8:30 am - 11:00 pm - Classes, jams, activities
1:00 pm Sunday, Sept. 17 - fond farewells

Cost: $160 plus meals and lodging. Lodging ranges from tent camping to deluxe cabins available onsite.

Getting more information

Website: http://wallowadulcimer.com
Contact: Heidi Muller
Call: (304) 382-9422
Email: wallowadulcimer [at] gmail [dot] com

Venue Information

Wallowa Lake Camp
Joseph, OR 97846
United States

Directions: Interstate 84 to State Highway 82 to south end of Wallowa Lake (about 77 miles). Details given with registration.

Other comments: Small groups, individual attention, free time to explore the scenic area or visit shops and galleries in town.

24-30 September, 2017The 14th Annual Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreat - Week #1 for Intermediate Players Sandbridge, VA

The 14th Annual Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreat - Week #1 for Intermediate Players

24-30 September, 2017

Details

For the last thirteen years, I have conducted four weeklong workshops for intermediate and advanced players in Sandbridge, VA with three weeks in the fall and one in the spring. In 2016, 75 players plus 18 spouses/guests attended from 25 states. Our houses are large ocean front beautiful beach houses! There is no moving your instrument and all food is included (with a chef). All you have to do is get there!
These are intensive workshops in a wonderfully relaxed and supportive environment. It is all about developing a community of players. Expect a minimum of approximately 5-6 hours of daily group instruction as well as informal individual instruction. Evenings include special sessions as well as jamming which is sometimes “structured” and sometimes informal. Additional special sessions include a Wednesday evening “coffeehouse” featuring student performances (100% optional participant) and a “beautiful tunes” jam on Friday. And fiddle lessons!

Topics include arranging, accompaniment, technique, ear training, jamming skills, developing of listening skills, application of chord theory, improvisation and much more
Written music for all versions of the pieces.
Comprehensive summary video (DVD and private youtube links)
Chef prepared dinners
Swim in the ocean which is just a stumble outside our door
Dolphins & pelicans and other creatures!
Lots of fun & games like foosball, ladder toss, pool, hot tub, bocce ball on the beach
Airport pickup and drop off
Instruments provided
Private lodging
Lots of jamming

The Spring week is be a mixed level group of intermediate through advanced players – comparable to the fall week #2 in terms of pace. The fall first week will accommodate mostly an intermediate level while fall week #2 is geared more toward a mix of strong intermediate and advanced level players while the last week is designed primarily for advanced players. However, there is usually a mix of levels at each week. Enrollment is limited to 18-20 participants per week (but is sometimes less, depending on the week). Spouses/guests are welcome for an additional fee.

Times/hours/schedule: All day!

Cost: $900 for shared room - includes workshop, ALL food, lodging
$1050 for private room - includes workshop, ALL food, lodging

Getting more information

Website: http://www.sandbridgedulcimer.com
Contact: Kenneth Kolodner
Call: 4107468387
Email: kenkolodner [at] aol [dot] com

Venue Information

3556 Sandfiddler Rd
Sandbridge, VA 23456
United States

Other comments: September 24-30, 2017 (Intermediate week) – THREE spaces available
October 1-7, 2017 (Intermediate/Advanced week) – TWO spaces available
October 8-14, 2017 (Advanced week) – ONE space available

SPRING WEEK! April 2-8, 2018 (Intermediate/Advanced)

1-7 October, 2017The 14th Annual Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreat - Week #2 for Intermediate/Advanced Players Sandbridge, VA

The 14th Annual Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreat - Week #2 for Intermediate/Advanced Players

1-7 October, 2017

Details

For the last thirteen years, I have conducted four weeklong workshops for intermediate and advanced players in Sandbridge, VA with three weeks in the fall and one in the spring. In 2016, 75 players plus 18 spouses/guests attended from 25 states. Our houses are large ocean front beautiful beach houses! There is no moving your instrument and all food is included (with a chef). All you have to do is get there!

These are intensive workshops in a wonderfully relaxed and supportive environment. It is all about developing a community of players. Expect a minimum of approximately 5-6 hours of daily group instruction as well as informal individual instruction. Evenings include special sessions as well as jamming which is sometimes “structured” and sometimes informal. Additional special sessions include a Wednesday evening “coffeehouse” featuring student performances (100% optional participant) and a “beautiful tunes” jam on Friday. And fiddle lessons!

Topics include arranging, accompaniment, technique, ear training, jamming skills, developing of listening skills, application of chord theory, improvisation and much more
Written music for all versions of the pieces.
Comprehensive summary video (DVD and private youtube links)
Chef prepared dinners
Swim in the ocean which is just a stumble outside our door
Dolphins & pelicans and other creatures!
Lots of fun & games like foosball, ladder toss, pool, hot tub, bocce ball on the beach
Airport pickup and drop off
Instruments provided
Private lodging
Lots of jamming

The Spring week is be a mixed level group of intermediate through advanced players – comparable to the fall week #2 in terms of pace. The fall first week will accommodate mostly an intermediate level while fall week #2 is geared more toward a mix of strong intermediate and advanced level players while the last week is designed primarily for advanced players. However, there is usually a mix of levels at each week. Enrollment is limited to 18-20 participants per week (but is sometimes less, depending on the week). Spouses/guests are welcome for an additional fee.

Times/hours/schedule: All day!

Cost: $900 shared room, includes ALL food, workshop, lodging
$1050 private room, includes ALL food, workshop, lodging

Getting more information

Website: http://www.sandbridgedulcimer.com
Contact: Kenneth Kolodner
Call: 4107468387
Email: kenkolodner [at] aol [dot] com

Venue Information

3556 Sandfiddler Rd
Sandbridge, VA 23456
United States

Other comments: September 24-30, 2017 (Intermediate week) – THREE spaces available
October 1-7, 2017 (Intermediate/Advanced week) – TWO spaces available
October 8-14, 2017 (Advanced week) – ONE space available

SPRING WEEK! April 2-8, 2018 (Intermediate/Advanced)

5-8 October, 2017Winter Creek Reunion Dulcimer & Acoustic Music Festival Bennington, OK

Winter Creek Reunion Dulcimer & Acoustic Music Festival

5-8 October, 2017

Details

16th Annual Dulcimer & Acoustic Musical Festival
Free workshops
Free concerts
Jamming all day
Specialty classes Thursday

2017 Headliners:
Tull Glazener
Max ZT & House of Waters
Neal Hellman
Kendra Ward & Bob Bence
Karen & Chuck Daniels
Ciarran & Collette Dalton (direct from Ireland)

~Fri & Sat dinner supports the festival

Times/hours/schedule: Thursday 1p-4p specialty classes
Thursday 7p old fashioned barn dance
Friday - Saturday 9am - 10p
Sunday Morning Worship Service

Cost: FREE Friday - Sunday*


*Thursday specialty class fee paid directly to instructor
*$2.00 off meal tickets purchased before September 25th

Getting more information

Website: http://www.rrvdc.com/wcr2017/index.shtml
Contact: Lynda Bowers
Call: 215-622-6394
Email: rrvdc.ok [at] gmail [dot] com

Venue Information

654 Acorn Lane
Bennington, OK 74723
United States

Directions: Approximately 25 miles east of Durant, OK Hwy 70. North on Acorn Lane in Bennington, OK.

Other comments: WCR has become one of the premier festivals to attend with nationally known performers and top-notch instruction.

Visit our facebook page for even more festival information and updated scheduling or changes.

8-14 October, 2017The 14th Annual Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreat - Week #3 for Advanced Players Sandbridge, VA

The 14th Annual Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreat - Week #3 for Advanced Players

8-14 October, 2017

Details

For the last thirteen years, I have conducted four weeklong workshops for intermediate and advanced players in Sandbridge, VA with three weeks in the fall and one in the spring. In 2016, 75 players plus 18 spouses/guests attended from 25 states. Our houses are large ocean front beautiful beach houses! There is no moving your instrument and all food is included (with a chef). All you have to do is get there!

These are intensive workshops in a wonderfully relaxed and supportive environment. It is all about developing a community of players. Expect a minimum of approximately 5-6 hours of daily group instruction as well as informal individual instruction. Evenings include special sessions as well as jamming which is sometimes “structured” and sometimes informal. Additional special sessions include a Wednesday evening “coffeehouse” featuring student performances (100% optional participant) and a “beautiful tunes” jam on Friday. And fiddle lessons!

Topics include arranging, accompaniment, technique, ear training, jamming skills, developing of listening skills, application of chord theory, improvisation and much more
Written music for all versions of the pieces.
Comprehensive summary video (DVD and private youtube links)
Chef prepared dinners
Swim in the ocean which is just a stumble outside our door
Dolphins & pelicans and other creatures!
Lots of fun & games like foosball, ladder toss, pool, hot tub, bocce ball on the beach
Airport pickup and drop off
Instruments provided
Private lodging
Lots of jamming

The Spring week is be a mixed level group of intermediate through advanced players – comparable to the fall week #2 in terms of pace. The fall first week will accommodate mostly an intermediate level while fall week #2 is geared more toward a mix of strong intermediate and advanced level players while the last week is designed primarily for advanced players. However, there is usually a mix of levels at each week. Enrollment is limited to 18-20 participants per week (but is sometimes less, depending on the week). Spouses/guests are welcome for an additional fee.

Times/hours/schedule: All day!

Cost: $900 shared room
$1050 private room
All food, lodging and workshop included in prices

Getting more information

Contact: Kenneth Kolodner
Call: 4107468387
Email: kenkolodner [at] aol [dot] com

Venue Information

3556 Sandfiddler Rd
Sandbridge, VA 23456
United States

Other comments: September 24-30, 2017 (Intermediate week) – THREE spaces available
October 1-7, 2017 (Intermediate/Advanced week) – TWO spaces available
October 8-14, 2017 (Advanced week) – ONE space available

SPRING WEEK! April 2-8, 2018 (Intermediate/Advanced)

13-14 October, 2017Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival Milford, CT

Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival

13-14 October, 2017

Details

3 featured acts, 2 concerts, over 50 workshops and scheduled jams. Mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, and "other." The 2017 artists haven't been announced yet, but see website for last year's information. One of New England's only two dulcimer festivals, and the only one that includes hammered dulcimers.

Times/hours/schedule: Friday, 2 workshop periods beginning at 3:30. Concert at 7:30.
Saturday Gathering 9:00, first workshop 10:00. Concert at 7:00.

Getting more information

Website: http://www.NutmegDulcimer.com
Contact: Sam Edelston
Call: 2036610503
Email: info [at] NutmegDulcimer [dot] com

Venue Information

168 Broad Street (Mary Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church)
Milford, CT 06460
United States

Directions: Near I-95, Merritt / Wilbur Cross Parkways, and I-91.

Other comments: Nutmeg features all kinds of music -- both traditional and non-traditional -- on dulcimers.

15-20 October, 2017Fall Hammered Dulcimer Chord Camp Framingham/Marlborough, MA

Fall Hammered Dulcimer Chord Camp

15-20 October, 2017

Details

It's all about the chords! Learn how to identify, play and use chords for both ensemble backup and creating beautiful HD solo arrangements. Intense, participatory workshops limited to a small number of intermediate and advanced students.

Cost: Around $1100 for the week including meals and lodging. See website for details

Getting more information

Website: http://www.jonweinberg.com/ChordCamp
Contact: Jon Weinberg
Email: jon [at] jonweinberg [dot] com

Venue Information

Framingham/Marlborough, MA
United States

Directions: Will be provided upon enrollment

Other comments: Annual event held each fall in New England

3-4 November, 20178th Annual New Mexico Dulcimer Festival Albuquerque, NM

8th Annual New Mexico Dulcimer Festival

3-4 November, 2017

Details

Approximately 40 workshops focusing on mountain and hammered dulcimers, but also Celtic harp, bowed psaltery, penny whistle, guitar, ukulele, and other folk instruments. Jams, open mic, on-site lunches, on-site music/instrument vendor, and public concerts.

Instructors will include Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly (MD), Joe Collins (MD), Wes Chappell and Randy Marchany of No Strings Attached (HD), David Ellison (MD), Tina Gugeler (HD), and Irma Reeder (MD).

Times/hours/schedule: Both days starting at 8:30am, concerts 7:00-9:00pm

Cost: $105 early bird, $130 after Oct 4. See website for other options.

Getting more information

Website: http://www.NMDulcFest.com
Contact: Debbie Velasquez/Festival Registrar
Call: 505.292.6030
Email: NMDulcFest.register [at] gmail [dot] com

Venue Information

Albuquerque Academy, 6400 Wyoming Blvd, NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
United States

Directions: Use south entrance, stoplight at Academy Rd and Moon St

Other comments: No RV/camping at site, see website for lodging/camping options and host hotel.

4-5 November, 2017Mystery of Modes Workshop Downers Grove, IL

Mystery of Modes Workshop

4-5 November, 2017

Details

A workshop exploring modes used for relaxation, in therapeutic music, and in Celtic and American traditional music. We'll cover defining characteristics and basic chord progressions as well as improvising. This workshop is geared to hammered dulcimers and harps, but other instruments are welcome.

Times/hours/schedule: 11/4 8:45 am-5:15pm and
11/5 9:00 am- 2:00 pm

Cost: $225 if registered before August 15, 2017
$260 after August 15

Getting more information

Website: http://karenashbrook.com/lessons/mystery.html
Contact: Karen Ashbrook
Call: 301-655-0103
Email: mail [at] karenashbrook [dot] com

Venue Information

Tobias Music, 5013 Fairview Ave, #2
Downers Grove, IL 60515
United States

Directions: Just west of Chicago, less than an hour from O’Hara and Midway. On the subway! From Chicago’s Union Station by train take the Burlington North to Fairview Train Station, Downers Grove.
Free parking at store and in the neighborhood.

Other comments: Registration and the schedule for the event is here:
http://karenashbrook.com/lessons/mystery_il.html

11-12 November, 201723rd Annual Fall Harvest Festival of Dulcimers Costa Mesa, CA

23rd Annual Fall Harvest Festival of Dulcimers

11-12 November, 2017

Details

Festival for both mountain and hammered dulcimers plus other acoustic instruments, presented by Southern California Dulcimer Heritage. Workshops, jamming and concerts, this year featuring Ruth & Steve Smith (hammered dulcimer + more) and Heidi Muller & Bob Webb (fretted dulcimer + more) and many others, teaching workshops for ALL levels of dulcimer playing plus other instruments (below). There is a festival motel with group rates for visitors and other options as well.

Times/hours/schedule: 8 AM to 8 PM Saturday + small group 'focus' workshops Sunday morning

Cost: Ticket types vary. See web site (below) once prices are posted.

Getting more information

Website: http://www.scdh.org/SCDH/Welcome.html
Contact: Bobbi Adler
Call: 714-534-2855
Email: arnmiraadler [at] sbcglobal [dot] net

Venue Information

Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 2850 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
United States

Directions: This is in Orange County, just south of Los Angeles.
From I-405 go south on Fairview Road for under a mile. Church is on left.
(From south bound 405 - to San Diego - south on Fairview = right turn.
From north bound 405 - to Los Angeles - south on Fairview = left turn.)

Other comments: Workshops by the featured performers and many others at all skill levels of hammered and fretted dulcimers, plus selected workshops in other folk instruments, this year including ukulele, guitar, bowed psaltery and more. Open jamming all day - all acoustic instruments welcome!

Lunch hour concert (TBA) is free. Evening concert, 6 - 8 PM, with the featured performers is ticketed. On Sunday morning, 11/12, there will also be small group 'focus' workshops with the featured performers - a chance to really pick their brains!

1-7 April, 2018The 15th Annual Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreat - Spring Week for Intermediate/Advanced Players Sandbridge, VA

The 15th Annual Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreat - Spring Week for Intermediate/Advanced Players

1-7 April, 2018

Details

For the last thirteen years, I have conducted four weeklong workshops for intermediate and advanced players in Sandbridge, VA with three weeks in the fall and one in the spring. In 2016, 75 players plus 18 spouses/guests attended from 25 states. Our houses are large ocean front beautiful beach houses! There is no moving your instrument and all food is included (with a chef). All you have to do is get there!

These are intensive workshops in a wonderfully relaxed and supportive environment. It is all about developing a community of players. Expect a minimum of approximately 5-6 hours of daily group instruction as well as informal individual instruction. Evenings include special sessions as well as jamming which is sometimes “structured” and sometimes informal. Additional special sessions include a Wednesday evening “coffeehouse” featuring student performances (100% optional participant) and a “beautiful tunes” jam on Friday. And fiddle lessons!

Topics include arranging, accompaniment, technique, ear training, jamming skills, developing of listening skills, application of chord theory, improvisation and much more
Written music for all versions of the pieces.
Comprehensive summary video (DVD and private youtube links)
Chef prepared dinners
Swim in the ocean which is just a stumble outside our door
Dolphins & pelicans and other creatures!
Lots of fun & games like foosball, ladder toss, pool, hot tub, bocce ball on the beach
Airport pickup and drop off
Instruments provided
Private lodging
Lots of jamming

The Spring week is be a mixed level group of intermediate through advanced players – comparable to the fall week #2 in terms of pace. The fall first week will accommodate mostly an intermediate level while fall week #2 is geared more toward a mix of strong intermediate and advanced level players while the last week is designed primarily for advanced players. However, there is usually a mix of levels at each week. Enrollment is limited to 18-20 participants per week (but is sometimes less, depending on the week). Spouses/guests are welcome for an additional fee.

Times/hours/schedule: All day

Cost: $925 shared room
$1075 private room
Includes food, lodging & workshop

Getting more information

Website: http://www.sandbridgedulcimer.com
Contact: Kenneth Kolodner
Call: 4107468387
Email: kenkolodner [at] aol [dot] com

Venue Information

3556 Sandfiddler Rd
Sandbridge, VA 23456
United States

Other comments: SPRING WEEK! April 2-8, 2018 (Intermediate/Advanced)