April 8-11, 2019

 

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!

 

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Amazing 2019 Instructors

Linda Brockinton

Don Pedi

Janita Baker, Artistic Director

 

 All Prices are per person.

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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
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.

2019 Instructors

Neither one travels to our side of the country very often (if ever); this is a rare and exciting opportunity to study with two of the best! – Janita Baker, Artistic Director

Don Pedi

Don Pedi is a dulcimer legend! Winner of so many Fiddler’s Grove competitions that he was declared a Master Dulcimer Player and removed from further competition, Don has appeared in films, on CBS This Morning, and in countless festivals around the country. He has received awards for significant achievement in mountain music and honored for the preservation and perpetuation of traditional music.

“Simply put, his playing is stunning in every respect.” – Dulcimer Players News review by Neal Walters of Don’s CD Bound to Have a Little Fun

More about Don Pedi.

Linda Brockinton

Linda Brockinton is known for playing a full chord fingerpicking style on the mountain dulcimer. In 2001, Linda was the first woman to win first place in the National Mountain Dulcimer Championship as well as the first to win playing a full chord fingerpicking style. She is a sought-after teacher/player for dulcimer, folk and Irish festivals across the USA; she’s also a poet and song writer.

Read more about Linda Brockinton.

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.

We are at work on the 2019 schedule, but if you’re wondering what the festival days will likely look like, here’s an example. Workshop titles will be added soon.

Wednesday, April 8, 2019
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
One-hour Workshops 7:30-8:30 pm
Thursday, April 9, 2019
Volunteer Servers report to the Dining Hall 7:50 am
Breakfast 8:00 am
Workshop #1 9:00-10:30 am
Free Time 10:30 am
Volunteer Servers report to the Dining Hall 11:50 am
Lunch 12:00 noon
Workshop #2 1:00-2:30 pm
Workshop #3 2:45-4:15 pm
Workshop #4 4:45-5:45 pm
Volunteer Servers report to the Dining Hall 5:50 p.m.
Dinner 6:00 pm
Instructor Performance 7:30 pm
Organized Jams 8:15 pm
Friday, April 10, 2019
Volunteer Servers report to the Dining Hall 7:50 am
Breakfast 8:00 am
Workshop #5 9:00-10:30 am
Workshop #6 10:45 – 11:45 am
Volunteer Servers report to the Dining Hall 11:50 am
Lunch 12:00 noon
Workshop #7 1:00-2:30 pm
Workshop #8 2:45-4:15 pm
Free Time 4:30 pm
Open Stage 5:30-6:30 pm
Volunteer Servers report to the Dining Hall 6:50 pm
Dinner 7:00 pm
Instructor Performance 8:30 pm
Saturday, April 11, 2019
Volunteer Servers report to the Dining Hall 7:50 am
Breakfast 8:00 am
Workshop #9 9:30-10:30 am
Go Out Singing!

Final songs- bring your dulcimers!

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

 

Workshop Descriptions are in progress!

Workshop selection will take place in February. Registered participants will be sent a link to choose their classes prior to arrival for the festival. A schedule with workshop titles will be posted before the email with link is sent.

Dulcimer Player Descriptions

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

NEW PLAYER
•  Little or no experience playing the dulcimer
•  Ready to start from scratch

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

BEGINNER/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)

INTERMEDIATE/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