Aug
19
8:00 AM08:00

17th Annual Redwood Dulcimer Day

This event offers beginning to advanced music workshops on playing the mountain dulcimer, a magical sounding instrument that anyone can learn to play and some have taken to lofty heights. Even if you are a complete beginner and do not own a dulcimer, come anyway. We will lend you an instrument and provide beginning level instruction to get you started. And if you already play, come prepared to make musical leaps. Redwood Dulcimer Day offers a low-pressure, low stress environment where everyone can relax and have fun playing and learning about the mountain dulcimer and just making music.

Featuring special guest artist Aaron O'Rourke. Also teaching will be locals Neal Hellman, Janet Herman, Peter Tommerup, Steve Eulberg, and Laura Devine. Children's program with Shelley Phillips.

Loaner dulcimers are available - let us know in advance if you need one...
Got an extra dulcimer you wouldnt mind loaning to a novice for the day? Bring it along! 
You may also like to bring a music stand, notetaking supplies, and extra picks, but we will have extras of all these things too.
Free stringing, tuning and small repairs available as well.

Tuition:
$75 (advance), or $80 (at the door)

Schedule:
Saturday August 19th: Workshops from 9:30am-5:00pm, with breaks at noon and 3 for performances and song circle.
Sunday August 20th: We have an opportunity to play for the 10 AM Episcopalian service at our venue (rehearsal at 9:30).

Young Persons Program
We will be making and decorating our own cardboard dulcimers and learning to play a bit. Class size limited - you must RSVP to shelley@communitymusicschool.org (sorry no drop-ins) - children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Light lunch provided, or enjoy the local restaurants. 
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16th Annual Redwood Dulcimer Day
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9:30 AM09:30

16th Annual Redwood Dulcimer Day

This event offers beginning to advanced music workshops on playing the mountain dulcimer, a magical sounding instrument that anyone can learn to play and some have taken to lofty heights. Redwood Dulcimer Day offers a low-pressure, low-stress environment where everyone can relax and have fun playing and learning about the mountain dulcimer and just making music. Featuring special guest artist Stephen Seifert and local teachers Neal Hellman, Janet Herman, Peter Tommerup, Steve Eulberg, and Laura Devine. 

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7:30 PM19:30

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