Hammered Dulcimer Teachers
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Aubrey Atwater

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Aubrey Atwater

Aubrey is an award-winning vocalist. Aubrey started playing music at the age of five when she tapped out "Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush" on the piano. Her only formal musical training was the seven years of classical piano lessons that followed. Near the end of high school, she started to play the guitar and sing popular folk songs of the '60s and '70s. At Brown University, she studied psychology, history, and French, and played often in coffeehouses and campus rallies.

After Aubrey met her husband. Elwood Donnelly, at the Stone Soup Coffeehouse in Providence, her career developed dramatically. They formed a duo, Atwater~Donnelly, in the fall of 1987, which quickly gained regional and then national popularity. Atwater~Donnelly specializes in American and Celtic traditional folk music and dance as well as original material. Since 1987 Aubrey has learned to play the Irish tin whistle, Appalachian mountain dulcimer, old-time banjo, mandolin, a variety of small percussion instruments as well as Appalachian clogging (step-dancing). The duo performs widely in the United States in coffeehouses and concert series, festivals, radio stations, television, colleges, libraries, and other events and their recordings receive international air play.

Watch this introductory video by Aubrey, as she tells the story of how her teaching method evolved. Use this link to contact Aubrey directly.

Larry & Elaine Conger

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Larry and Elaine Conger

Larry is a graduate of The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), Larry has been involved with music as a vocation for over 35 years. Besides being a popular performer and instructor at various dulcimer festivals around the country, Larry has also served as a Church Music Director for several Baptist churches. He has also been involved with the Tennesse Arts Commission's Arts in Education program and the Kentucky Arts Council's Teacher Incentive Program, presenting dulcimer programs in the public schools.

In 1995, Larry won the Southern Regional Mountain Dulcimer Championship at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas. In 1996, he teamed with Jim Curley of Kansas City to win the Southern Regional Dulcimer Ensemble Championship at the Folk Center. In 1998, Larry won the prestigious National Mountain Dulcimer Championship at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas.

Larry often performs with his wife, Elaine, who plays bass dulcimer, and she is also featured in a couple of our lessons

Enjoy Larry's video, as he tells how evolved from a dulcimer builder to a dulcimer player. and explains his approach teaching a person to play an instrument.
Steve Eulberg

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Steve Eulberg

Steve earned a Master of Music Education degree from Boston University.  Steve teaches dulcimers in his studio in San Mateo, CA, and is in demand at festivals, weekend and week-long dulcimer workshops across the USA.

For the past 30 years Steve has been weaving old-timey music with blues and contemporary tunes adding original songs into a tapestry of “smile-inducing, toe-tapping folkgrass” that captivates and energizes audiences of all ages.  His music has been featured on United Airlines’ Inflight Audio, PBS’s Roadtrip Nation and National Public Radio. An active touring musician, film and theater composer, he has had several songs in the Top 10 Independent Country Chart reported by The Music Review.

Steve has prepared a video for you, telling a bit more about himself.

Robert Force

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Robert Force

Robert is a performer and composer on the Appalachian dulcimer. He is also a producer, and the author of In Search of the Wild Dulcimer, Wild Dulcimer Songbook, and Pacific Rim Dulcimer Songbook. You can listen to the first video in Robert's new series" "Rhythm," by clicking here.

You can get to know Robert a little better as he introduces himself in this video.

Deborah "DJ" Hamouris

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Deborah "DJ" Hamouris

Deborah (DJ to her friends) is a performer, songwriter, teacher, recording artist, choral director, and community music organizer. She teaches mountain dulcimer classes at Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse; directs the singing group Women & Song; and teaches private voice, mountain dulcimer, and songwriting. Deborah founded the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering at The Freight in 2013 and, with Steve Eulberg, co-founded the Berkeley Dulcimer Orchestra in 2014. Musically versatile, she performs as both a jazz vocalist as well as a traditionally-influenced songsmith on her dulcimer.

Deborah’s current musical project is 1 in 8, songs & stories inspired by successful breast cancer treatment. It is a theatrical piece with collaborator and guitarist Mimi Fox, recorded in 2017. Previous recordings include Snapshots, also recorded with Mimi Fox, and The Green Man recorded by The DulciMates, her vocal & dulcimer duo with husband, Buffalo. Deborah is the founder and Executive Director of the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering held annually at The Freight. In her spare time, and when the cat allows, she knits. http://djhamouris.com/

You can get to know Deborah a little better as she introduces herself in this video.

Neal Hellman

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Neal Hellman

Neal is a nationally acclaimed performer and teacher of the mountain dulcimer, and has been active in performing, writing, teaching, and recording acoustic music for the past 30 years.

Neal’s latest recording, Emma’s Waltz, is a colorful dance through traditional and contemporary acoustic music styles. Featuring seventeen different musicians playing compositions from Ireland, Scotland, Finland, America and France.

As founder, director and one of the primary artists of the Gourd Music record label, Neal has produced over forty albums, including Simple GiftsThe Fairie RoundTender ShepherThe World Turned Upside Downand Jefferson’s Fiddle, creating a uniquely distinctive sound, featuring a variety of acoustic instrumental ensembles, rich in texture and tonal color.

Watch Neal's video as he introduces himself.

Erin Mae Lewis

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Erin Mae Lewis

Erin is the youngest person to win the Mountain Dulcimer Contest - being only 17 in 2004 when she won. She is part of Scenic Roots, a duo with her sister, Amber, and has been a favorite teacher at the Colorado Dulcimer Festival for 3 different years.

Erin teaches an excellent lesson on the technique of flatpicking for mountain dulcimer players, Angeline the Baker, and St. Anne's Reel. In addition, she has contributed several lessons on the chromatic mountain dulcimer. You can contact her by email here.

Don Pedi

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Don Pedi

Don was born into a musical family in Chelsea Massachusetts. On weekends, his grandfather, who died before Don was born, would close his barber shop for business, and open his home in the back as a gathering place for family and friends to share homemade food, fellowship and live music. Don's grandfather played guitar, mandolin and banjo. Don's uncle Frank made his living singing and playing music. Another gifted singer is Don's dad. He'll burst into song at the drop of a hat.

Don first laid eyes on a dulcimer being played by Richard Farina at a live performance by Mimi and Richard Farina in 1964, at the old corn Coffee House in Boston. Don was convinced that someday he would get himself a dulcimer and play it. And he did! At Fiddler's Grove, he won with such consistency, that in 1980 Don was declared "Master Dulcimer Player" and removed from future competition. Watch Don's video as he tells us a little more about himself. You can contact Don by email at donpedi@dulcimercrossing.com.

Butch Ross

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Butch Ross

Butch transforms the lowly mountain dulcimer into a virtuoso's instrument, drawing from it unexpected power and expressiveness. He mixes old country and Appalachian songs with his own wordy, literate, poetic ballads about people, places, and situations you might read about in a good book of short stories. He has a strong clear voice and a stage presence of boyish charm." (Minstrel Coffeehouse)

"Butch Ross is a rockstar. He plays the mountain dulcimer and in case you're thinking "Rockstar? Mountain Dulcimer? Doesn't compute," let me fill you in on a little something. Butch Ross does something that no one else can touch. What he does is amazing. His genius is in the fact that he found something unique to him and he just worked it to a point where no one can come close to matching it. He's seriously brilliant." (Hayley Graham)

Watch Butch's video as he tells us a little more about himself.

Nina Zanetti

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Nina Zanetti

Nina is the 2008 National Mountain Dulcimer Champion.  She comes to the mountain dulcimer from a diverse musical background, including choral music, violin, viola, piano, and shape note singing.  She plays regularly at churches, historic sites, and community events and has taught workshops at dulcimer festivals throughout the country, including Western Carolina University, Arkansas Dulcimer Jamboree, Dulcimerville, Colorado Dulcimer Festival and Kentucky Music Week. 

Nina is especially fond of the “softer side of dulcimer” and has produced two books of gentle, finger-style solo arrangements for mountain dulcimer, as well as three books of duet arrangements with Beth Lassi.   She is featured on "Masters of the Mountain Dulcimer Play Music for Christmas" (CD) and has also recorded a CD of solos and duets with Bill Collins. In  June, 2011, she released her first solo CD, “Beside Still Waters.”

Nina has prepared a video, telling more about herself. You can contact Nina by email here.



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