April 20-23, 2020

Registration will open in the fall

Come to Menucha for 3 nights and 4 days of music-making with three of the top teacher/performers in the mountain dulcimer world. Players of all levels will learn new techniques during three 90-minute workshops of their choice each day and enjoy an instructor performance each night.

Workshops, concerts, jam sessions, great food, great people, great views – all here in one festival!

 

 

Logo Menucha Mountain Dulcimer Festival

Amazing 2020 instructors/performers

Steve Eulberg

Joellen Lapidus

Janita Baker, Artistic Director

 

These are the 2019 costs, 2020 costs will be posted soon!
Community Lodging: 3/room, bathroom in hall or room Program Fee $260 + Meals $132+ Lodging $153 = $545 3 Nights & 8 Meals
Semi-Private Lodging: 2/room, bathroom in room Program Fee $260 + Meals $132 + Lodging $253 = $645 3 Nights & 8 Meals
SOLD OUT! Private Lodging:  1/room, bathroom in room, bath in hall or room
Program Fee $260 + Meals $132 + Lodging $353 = $745 3 Nights & 8 Meals
Commuter: no lodging; lunches & dinners only Program Fee $260 + Meals $88 + Facility Fee $120 = $488 2 Lunches & 3 Dinners
Non-participating Spouse/Partner (includes semi-private housing, all meals)

If you’re spouse/partner will be coming with you (but not taking classes), register yourself first, then click on the link to register him/her which will be in your confirmation email.

 Meals $132 + Lodging $253 = $385 3 Nights & 8 Meals

 

Cancellation Policy 

If 90+ days out, canceling a registration results in a full refund minus a $50 handling fee.

If 46-90 days out, 65% refund.

If 30-45 days out, 50% refund.

If fewer than 30 days out, there is no refund available.

Payment Plan Option 

You may choose to divide the cost across several months, depending upon how far in advance you are registering. Options will automatically appear in the online registration process. The cost is only $5 per month.

2020 Instructors

Steve Eulberg

 

Joellen Lapidus

Janita Baker

janitabaker_biopicJanita Baker has been playing mountain dulcimer for over 30 years. Through her recordings, books, and appearances at festivals and workshops across the United States she has become well-known for her teaching skills and Blue Lion Dulcimers, which she builds with her husband Robert.

As a solo performer, Janita also presents her audiences with a wide range of musical experiences including classical, traditional, delta and country blues, ragtime, swing, and original instrumental pieces. A gifted storyteller, Janita delights her listeners with a warm and personal sharing of her music and introduces to her audience and her students the incredible complexity, variety and beauty of the mountain dulcimer.

More about Janita Baker.

2019 schedule

2020 schedule will be posted closer to the event!

Monday
Arrive, Check-in at Wright Hall 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Welcome, Orientation & Instructor Introductions 5:00 pm
Volunteer Servers report to the Dining Hall 5:50 pm
Dinner 6:00 pm
Getting Started!

Intro to Jamming with Janita Baker

Let’s Play! with Don Pedi & Linda Brockinton

7:30-8:30 pm
Tuesday
Volunteer Servers report to the Dining Hall 7:50 am
Breakfast 8:00 am
Workshop #1

Wayne Jiang -Tunes from Movies

Linda Brockinton -Beginner Fingerpicking (Beginner)

Don Pedi -Traditional Fiddle Tunes & Songs of Appalachia (Advanced)

9:00-10:30 am
Free Time 10:30 am
Group Photo 11:30 am
Volunteer Servers report to the Dining Hall 11:50 am
Lunch 12:00 noon
Workshop #2

Wayne Jiang -Tunes from Movies

Linda Brockinton- Playing Well with Others (I)

Don Pedi- Little Songs from Appalachia (B)

1:00-2:30 pm
Workshop #3

Wayne Jiang- Tunes in DGD

Linda Brockinton- Tools and Tips to Make You a Better Player (A)

Don Pedi- Old-Time Music for Dulcimer (I)

2:45-4:15 pm
Workshop #4

Wayne Jiang -Bluegrass Dulcimer

Linda Brockinton- Who Was O’Carolan?

Don Pedi- Pre & Post Folk Revival Approaches to Playing Mountain Dulcimer

4:45-5:45 pm
Volunteer Servers report to the Dining Hall 5:50 p.m.
Dinner 6:00 pm
Instructor Performances -Janita Baker and Don Pedi 7:30 pm
Organized Jams 8:15 pm
Wednesday
Volunteer Servers report to the Dining Hall 7:50 am
Breakfast 8:00 am
Workshop #5

Wayne Jiang -Tunes from Musicals

Linda Brockinton- Playing Well with Others (I)

Don Pedi- Little Songs from Appalachia (B)

9:00-10:30 am
Workshop #6

Wayne Jiang -Bluesgrass Dulcimer

Linda Brockinton- Who Was O’Carolan?

Don Pedi- Pre & Post Folk Revival Approaches to Playing Mountain Dulcimer

10:45 – 11:45 am
Volunteer Servers report to the Dining Hall 11:50 am
Lunch 12:00 noon
Workshop #7

Wayne Jiang – Tunes in DGD

Linda Brockinton- Tools and Tips to Make You a Better Player (A)

Don Pedi- Old-Time Music for Dulcimer (I)

1:00-2:30 pm
Workshop #8

Wayne Jiang -Tunes from Movies

Linda Brockinton -Beginner Fingerpicking (Beginner)

Don Pedi -Traditional Fiddle Tunes & Songs of Appalachia (Advanced)

2:45-4:15 pm
Open Stage 4:30-5:45 pm
Volunteer Servers report to the Dining Hall 5:50 pm
Dinner 6:00 pm
Instructor Performance -Linda Brockinton 7:30 pm
Thursday
Volunteer Servers report to the Dining Hall 7:50 am
Breakfast 8:00 am
Workshop #9

Linda Brockinton- Who Was O’Carolan?

Don Pedi- Pre & Post Folk Revival Approaches to Playing Mountain Dulcimer

9:30-10:30 am
Go Out Singing!

Closing Gathering – bring your dulcimers!

10:45-11:00 am
Festival Ends 11:00 am

 

2019 Workshop Descriptions

Download page for class handouts

 

Don Pedi

90 MINUTE WORKSHOPS

Little Songs from Appalachia (Beginner)
Uncomplicated and clever songs, passed down from person to person, for generations.

Old-Time Music for Dulcimer (Intermediate)
Secular and Sacred Songs, Tunes and Ballads.
Appalachian music from the mid nineteenth century.

Traditional Fiddle Tunes and Songs of Appalachia (Advanced)
Straight and Crooked melodies from the Southern Mountains.

ONE HOUR WORKSHOP (all levels)

Pre and Post Folk Revival Approaches to Playing Mountain Dulcimer (All Levels)
A lecture/demonstration on key points of the development of playing styles and techniques for the mountain dulcimer. We will also play a song or two.

Linda Brockinton

90 MINUTE WORKSHOPS

Beginner Finger Picking (Beginner)
Beginner finger picking which includes left and right hand instruction. How exactly does finger picking work? How does it compare to strumming. You will be surprised to know that the melody numbers are exactly the same. Chord Shapes will be introduced not to complicate but to make things easier. Understanding how the dulcimer works is the biggest part of learning to play the dulcimer. Because it is a modal instrument, like a harp it has some things that you have to learn to be able to understand it, like where are all the notes? I can play all the songs in the hymn book without retuning but they will all be in the same key, why is that. So I have answers to lots of questions that make playing much easier and a lot more fun. Will have some great music, Celtic, hymns and old time. Come and join us for the fun.

Playing Well With Others (Intermediate)
We will be working on some beautiful Irish pieces with parts. It will be a mixture of strummed, flat picked or finger picked. Mixing these together along with single notes makes your
music come alive and have texture instead of all of it sounding alike. Chords add a lot to your music so we will spend some time on chord shapes and how to play out of the chord and move smoothly along the fret board. I will have 2 parts for each piece so we can also learn to count and listen to play well with others. Finger picking is not a requirement but I will be giving tips on how that works. Also, helpful tips on how to make things more playable for you if something seems too hard.

Tools And Tips To Make You A Better Player (Advanced)
When we get to upper intermediate and advanced level it’s time to make sure you have the
right tools to be able to make your arrangements or at least be able to change things that don’t work for you. I will bring an assortment of music to teach several things to make those type searches easier. Also how to find chords very quickly when you need the same chord in a different place. Finding better chords to use instead of what’s on the tab you have can often make things flow easier or even sound better if you know where there are. We will also talk about finding the same note in different place to make your playing smoother. I have several Celtic pieces, Waltzes etc. to help demonstrate these things. I look forward to seeing you there.

ONE HOUR WORKSHOP (all levels)
Who Was O’Carolan?

This will be workshop discussing and playing some of O’Carolans beautiful Harp Tunes. I will have tab for you, will play a few for you and tell of some of the interesting background of the man and his written work and his music. Look forward to seeing you there.

Janita Baker

90 MINUTE WORKSHOPS

It’s a Minor Thing Level (Beginner)
Minor melodies can be hauntingly beautiful and on the dulcimer can be inherently simple to play; most of the tunes we will play are “one finger” songs which are ideal for beginners. We will talk a little bit about the history of the dulcimer and the modes and play a variety of songs in different tunings. For starters, come tuned DAD.

Songs of Stephen Foster Level (Intermediate)
Stephen Foster was a prolific composer of over 200 songs and many have become an essential part of the American musical heritage. This workshop will present a mix of both his well-known and obscure (but lovely) compositions. Come tuned DAD.

Duets, Trios and Rounds Level (Advanced)
This workshop will explore the joys of “playing well with others” as we perform songs requiring two or more players. The arrangements will cover a variety of musical genre and playing styles to both challenge and delight you! Come tuned DAD

ONE HOUR WORKSHOP (all levels)

Ensembles for All Levels

Playing arrangements for four different “voices” is a great way to experience the beauty (and fun) of being part of an “orchestra”. The arrangements will have parts for all skill levels and will mostly be single note picking; if you have a bass dulcimer be sure to bring it! [If you are interested in using your baritone dulcimer please let Janita know by March 1st so she can have baritone voiced handouts available. Otherwise, all the arrangements will be for standard and bass dulcimers tuned D A D.]

Dulcimer Player Descriptions

For our festival, we are employing the following descriptors for  workshops:

BEGINNER
You should be familiar with:

• Tuning your dulcimer
• Reading and playing from tablature
• Basic right and left hand techniques for strumming and fretting
• Strumming basic rhythms
• Playing notes on the melody string
• Simple two finger chords

INTERMEDIATE
You should be comfortable with all of the above plus:

• Fingering more complex three finger chords
• Basic fingerpicking technique
• Basic flatpicking technique
• Playing more intricate rhythm patterns
• More complex timing, use of dotted quarter and eighth notes, etc.
• Use of embellishments (hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides)

ADVANCED
You should be comfortable with all of the above plus:

• Playing in different keys

• Using alternate tunings such as DGD, DAC, etc.
• Adding melodic variations to simple melodies
• Playing 5 or more tunes from memory
• Performance skills and musicality
• Basic chord theory and its application