Redwood Dulcimer Days 2014

14th Annual Redwood Dulcimer Days - August 8-10, 2014
a full weekend of workshops and concerts on mountain (lap) dulcimer for novice to advanced players, all ages. Loaner dulcimers are available.

dulcimer day photo.

Pre-enrollment must be received by August 4th.

About Redwood Dulcimer Days

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 Steve Eulberg, as well as locals Neal Hellman and Janet Herman, celebrating the release of their new book of international dulcimer music, plus Peter Tommerup, Deborah Hamouris, Paul Furnas and Ron Beardslee. Song circle with Laura Devine. Childrens program with Richard Standard and Shelley Phillips.

When: Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, August 8, 9 & 10, 2014

Schedule for August 8th: 8:00pm The Santa Cruz celebratory debut of the indie film Hearts of the Dulcimer by Patricia Delich and Wayne Jiang. This fascinating and beautifully shot documentary traces the counterculture history of dulcimer playing and making in the Santa Cruz Mountains and Big Sur. A special Q&A with filmmakers and cast follows the screening.

Schedule for August 9th: 9:30am-5:30pm workshops; 7:30pm faculty concert

Schedule for August 10th: 10 AM - we have been given an opportunity to play for the Episcopalian service at our venue (rehearsal at 9:30),12:30pm-5:30pm private lessons by appointment (make arrangements on Saturday with the teacher and pay them directly), free open mike and playing circles.

Where: St. Philips Episcopal Church, 5271 Scotts Valley Dr. Scotts Valley, CA 95066 in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains

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.

Interested in the childrens program? We will be making and decorating our own cardboard dulcimers and learning to play a bit. Class size limited - you must RSVP to (sorry no drop-ins) - under 10 years old with parent please.

How much: Friday Night Dulcimer Documentary Film - $10 (suggested donation at the door)
Workshops: $60 (advance, see below), or $70 (at the door)
Concert: $15 adult /$10 student (suggested donation at the door). All event pass is only $75!
Lunch and dinner provided on Saturday, so spend the whole day enjoying and making music!

2014 Schedule

Session I: 10-11:30
Intro to Dulcimer/Novice/DJ
Aeolian Mode/Beginner/Neal
Technical Skills/Intermediate/Ron

Session II:1-2:30
Building on the Basics/Beginner/Peter
Simple Duets/Advanced Beginner/DJ
Scottish Strathspeys/Intermediate/Steve
Music of the World/Int/Advanced/Neal

Session III: 3:30-5:00
Dulcimer Orchestra/All levels/Steve
Renaissance- style Fingerpicking/All levels/Paul
New World Fiddle Tunes/Int/Advanced/Peter
Shape note hymns/Int/Advanced/Janet

Advance registration: Fill out the on-line form by clicking here: ONLINE FORM, or print and fill out the paper form by clicking here: PRINT FORM, then click the "Buy Now" button below to pay, or send your check to Community Music School, P. O. Box 531, Santa Cruz, CA 95061.

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