You can contact us here:

Lois Hornbostel

135 Pine Meadows Rd.

Bryson City, NC 28713


FROM A DULCIMERVILLE PARTICIPANT: "A great inexpensive vacation, and the bonus was I brought home the ability to enjoy music much more!" 

DULCIMERVILLE CONCERTS - Open to the public! See Special Features page.

DULCIMERVILLE DRAWINGS! Gorgeous premiums. See Special Features page.


SHARE A RIDE? If you are willing to share a ride (and expenses) to Dulcimerville or from area airports, some very nice dulcimer folks need a little help that way. Just email Lois Hornbostel if you can help.




Instructors, Performers & Other Personnel


Our 2013 Dulcimerville staff will feature exciting new performer/teachers along with “A-Team” returning favorites who have helped build our event! We choose all of them because of their love of the mountain dulcimer, their talent at teaching and playing music, and because they take pride in seeing you succeed and enjoy the instrument as much as they do! They truly represent many of the colorful playing styles that make up the multi-faceted and versatile mountain dulcimer! 
DULCIMERVILLE gives you the opportunity to learn in classes from up to six of these staff members, and to join in jam sessions with almost all of them! For details on our staff’s courses and classes, visit the CLASSES tab of this website.

Register now and save your spot in DULCIMERVILLE!

LOIS HORNBOSTEL, Bryson City, NC. Producer of DULCIMERVILLE, instructor of “Traditional Music for Mountain Dulcimer” morning course, concert performer. It’s not unusual to find Lois playing her dulcimer with old-time, Irish, Cajun or Scandinavian musicians. For over 30 years she has been an innovator of mountain dulcimer playing technique and repertoire – and has introduced the instrument’s voice in new musical settings. Her recordings include an “Indie” Award finalist in the World Music category - “Vive le Dulcimer.” Lois learned to play Southern Appalachian style from traditional NC dulcimer players Frank Proffitt, Jr. and Stanley Hicks, and has won first place in dulcimer competitions at the Galax, Mt. Airy, Dublin VA, and Fiddlers Grove old-time music conventions. She tours nationally playing and teaching mountain dulcimer. In addition to Lois’s own recordings, she is featured on the “Masters of the Mountain Dulcimer” Volume I and Christmas albums. Mel Bay Publications has published eight of Lois’s books for the mountain dulcimer, and chose her to edit their “webzine.” She has organized outstanding mountain dulcimer weeks for 26 years (13 years establishing the first mountain dulcimer week curriculum at Appalachian State University founding/producing Western Carolina University Mountain Dulcimer Week for 10 years.) DULCIMERVILLE is the culmination of all those years of experience and reflects Lois’s ongoing enthusiasm as a mountain dulcimer “pilgrim.  www.DulcimerMusic.Net



New Dulcimerville Staff for 2013: 

SARAH MORGAN, Sharps Chapel, TN. Electives instructor, concert performer. Sarah is the current National Mountain Dulcimer Champion, having won the title at the age of 18. She has also won multiple state and regional titles. Our 2012 Dulcimerville participants will remember she was the recipient of last year's Performer Scholarship. Sarah started her musical journey at 7 years old and through the years has fallen in love with traditional and folk music. A native of East Tennessee, Sarah has incorporated the rich musical heritage of the area into her music. She is a fine arranger and player of music on the mountain dulcimer and her vocals are pure and heartfelt. In July 2010 she released her first self-published debut album, Simply Sarah, and more recently her second album, Run to the Window. Sarah has performed here and at numerous festivals and venues across the country, enthusiastically sharing the joy of the dulcimer with many workshop students.


JESSICA COMEAU, Pensacola, FL. Electives instructor, concert performer. Jessica, twice a youth scholarship recipient when we were at WCU, has been playing mountain dulcimer for 10 years. She loves to explore musical artistry, interpretation, and self-expression through singing and through the dulcimer, using both a traditional strumming style and a unique flatpicking style. Jessica enjoys composing, discovering, and arranging music that she finds personally meaningful and spiritually resonant, especially music within the Celtic, British, Medieval, and Appalachian folk traditions. She also privately explores music through the keyboard, a pursuit that enriches her dulcimer playing. Jessica won 2nd place in the Louisiana State Dulcimer Championship in 2006, and she placed 1st in 2007. She was also a finalist at the National Mountain Dulcimer Championships in Winfield, Kansas in 2007. She currently serves as a cantor and choir member at two churches. Jessica was also an active member of the Dogwood Dulcimer Association for the past ten years, and she continues to perform, learn new music, and teach new dulcimer players in her community. Besides this, she holds a B.A. degree in English and a minor in General Communication, and she is certified to teach English 6-12 and Humanities K-12 in the state of Florida. She will also complete a master of education degree in Curriculum and Instruction (specializing in Secondary Education) in Fall 2013. Jessica enjoys sharing her passion for music, literature, art, and the humanities and the ways in which these disciplines mutually enrich each other, and she looks forward to both teaching and learning from other players this year as an elective instructor.


Returning Dulcimerville Staff in 2013 (in new roles!):


LINDA BROCKINTON, Alexander, AR. Instructor of Progressing Intermediate morning course and electives, concert performer. 
Linda Brockinton started playing flute at age eleven and has played flute and piccolo previously with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. As a music major in college, she won First Chair in several regional orchestras. Linda began playing mountain dulcimer in 1988. She started teaching dulcimer lessons in 1990. Four years later she formed the Heartstrings with some of her music students. Linda also plays harp, guitar, hammered dulcimer, and Irish bodhran with the group. Linda continues to teach private dulcimer and flute lessons as well as teaching at numerous venues across the country. Since she began playing the dulcimer, Linda has won numerous awards. In 1999, she won the Southern Regional Mountain Dulcimer Contest at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas. In 2001 she won the National Mountain Dulcimer Championships, the first woman in 30 years of the contest to accomplish this. Linda's classical guitar-like style on the dulcimer lends itself well to her quiet, relaxing concerts. Her classes are very popular, and her students praise Linda's focus, excellent demonstrations, warmth, sense of humor, and her caring for her students.


STEPHEN SEIFERT, Signal Mountain, TN. Advanced Skills morning course and Intermediate-into-Advanced Skills morning course co-instructor, electives, concert performer.
 Stephen's teaching and playing have made him a favorite with dulcimer players across the country since 1991. He's been a featured performer at hundreds of dulcimer festivals and other music events, including all three summer Dulcimerville events.
Stephen was dulcimer soloist with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra for over 10 years and was featured on their Warner Classical recording of Conni Ellisor and David Schnaufer's Blackberry Winter, a concerto for mountain dulcimer and string orchestra. The piece continues to be in regular rotation on many classical stations around the U.S. (The recording album is titled Conversations in Silence and can be sampled and purchased on iTunes.) Since the recording, Stephen has performed Blackberry Winter at least a couple times a year with orchestras all over the country. In 2012, he will premiere a new work by Conni Ellisor for mountain dulcimer and full orchestra with the Tucson Symphony. 
Stephen was Adjunct Instructor of Mountain Dulcimer with David Schnaufer at Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music from 1997 to 2001. He also taught, performed, and recorded with David as a duo throughout the country. Stephen has authored ten books, four CDs, and 16 instructional videos. He plays and teaches a wide variety of mountain dulcimer techniques and musical styles and is a very responsive and articulate instructor. Stephen lives with his wife and two children in Signal Mountain, TN.


BING FUTCH, Orlando, FL. Instructor of Early Intermediate morning course and electives, concert performer. Bing Futch returns to Dulcimerville, and we appreciate his well-planned and sharing teaching style.  He has been playing the mountain dulcimer since 1986 and is one of its most high-profile performers. He was a founding member of techno-punk trio “Crazed Bunnyz,” which enjoyed success in the underground music scene with college radio and international airplay in the mid to late 80's. In 1999, he founded Americana band “Mohave,” a free-wheeling, good-timing collective of musicians that has performed at numerous festivals and county fairs, played to audiences at venues such as Hard Rock Live Orlando and the House Of Blues at Walt Disney World, and opened for several national, all while keeping the dulcimer front and center. 

Over the years, Bing has also worked steadily as a composer of music for film, television, theater, commercials and themed attractions.

As a solo performer, Bing’s high-energy performances engage the audience. His original songs are rooted within international folk music, mixing African and Native American rhythms and melodies, blues, bluegrass, funk, jazz, Dixieland, Celtic, country/western, middle eastern and latin influences with original rock and pop grooves. His clear and expressive tenor vocals alternately whisper and wail from smooth, soulful depths to powerful high harmonies, all wrapped in imaginative arrangements that are as unique as they are catchy and memorable.



NEAL WALTERS, Greencastle, PA. Intermediate-into-Advanced Skills course/Advanced Skills course, electives, concert performer. Neal has been playing stringed instruments and performing for more than 30 years. He loves to sing and typically accompanies himself on the mountain dulcimer, guitar and autoharp but he also plays fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and bass. He was a member of the Mill Run Dulcimer Band for over 20 years and recorded eight albums with that band. Currently he is a member of Doofus, joining his wife, Coleen, and Connecticut residents John and Heidi Cerrigione. Doofus has released four albums, and Neal owns a recording Studio called Basement Music. He has several mountain dulcimer books to his credit. It might be said that Neal is a "well-kept secret" of the mountain dulcimer world. His knowledge of the instrument, his outstanding arrangements of music, and his singing make him an important player of the mountain dulcimer - and he has one of the slickest and coolest playing styles around. His students have a great resource of playing techniques and repertoire in Neal! 


Neal's missus, COLEEN WALTERS, wil be helping out in classes and performing with the group "Doofus" in concert. She is a talented fabric artist as well as musician. Coleen and Neal were recently inducted into the Autoharp Hall of Fame.


DON PEDI, Marshall, NC. Instructor of "Traditional Music for Mountain Dulcimer" morning course and electives, concert performer. Don Pedi has been collecting, preserving and performing traditional Appalachian music for more than four decades. He has spent most of his life working, playing music and living alongside old-time country musicians in North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. He's developed a playing style that translates the older style fiddle and banjo tunes, ballads and songs to the dulcimer, while maintaining the traditional rhythms and stylistic sensibilities. Don won first place in the first contest he entered at the 1974 Fiddler's Grove Festival, in Union Grove, NC. By 1980 he'd won first place with such consistency that he was declared "Master Dulcimer Player" and removed from future competitions. By the time Don retired from entering contests in 1982, he'd amassed close to forty first place ribbons and trophies from throughout the Southeast. Don also has been awarded the" Most Outstanding Performer Award" at America's oldest ongoing folk festival, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in Asheville, NC. He's received the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Award for significant contributions to traditional music. In 2009 Don was the inaugural L. Allen Smith Visiting Artist at the Celebration of Traditional Music at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. Since 1985 Don has championed traditional music on the radio. Don's weekly show "Close to Home" airs on NPR affiliate WCQS in Asheville, NC and streams on the web. Don has appeared in the motion pictures "The Song Catcher" and "The Journey of August King". Don continues to perform and teach dulcimer and history of traditional music at festivals and music camps across America.




RANDY ADAMS, Lincoln, NE. Instructor of "Traditional Music for Mountain Dulcimer" morning course and elective, concert performer. 
Randy has played old-time music since the early '70s. He plays clawhammer banjo and guitar and discovered the mountain dulcimer in 1992 when his daughter brought home a cardboard dulcimer from music class in school. He soon became a serious dulcimer player totally in love with the unique sounds and capabilities of the instrument. He will be sharing his unique traditional playing and singing style and playing in our jam sessions.







BETTY N. SMITH, Black Mountain, NC. Instructor of "Traditional Music for Mountain Dulcimer" morning course, concert performer.
 Betty N. Smith has performed, taught, and shared the traditional music of the South for over 40 years in classrooms, concert halls, workshops, and festivals. She is the recipient of the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Award for her leadership efforts to preserve and encourage traditional Southern Appalachian culture, the Brown Hudson Award for valuable contributions to the study of North Carolina folklore, and the Appalachian Writers Association Award for contributions to Appalachian literature. The one-woman play she wrote and performed, "A Mountain Riddle," received the Appalachian Writers Association 1999 award for Contributions to Appalachian Literature. Betty also received the North Carolina Society of Historians' award for her book on historical balladeer Jane Hicks Gentry, A Singer Among Singers.
In the field of teaching, Betty wrote a children's music curriculum published by Open Court publishers and Children's Music Workshop. Her teaching of traditional mountain dulcimer playing styles and traditional music blends her experience, insights and delightful personality.
Betty's beautiful voice is a lovely vehicle for traditional Southern music she learned personally from many historical balladeers and Appalachian musicians and from her family's hymn traditions. Besides mountain dulcimer, Betty plays the (large) plucked psaltery, autoharp and guitar. Her music can be heard on both well-known folk music labels and her own CDs.



HEIDI & JOHN CERRIGIONE (pronounced sér-a-go-nee), Ellington, CT. Instructors of Beginner/Advanced Beginner Skills morning course and electives, concert performers. 
Heidi and John offer a simple brand of old-time acoustic music. Instrumentation typically includes autoharp, hammered and mountain dulcimers, banjo, guitar, and acoustic bass. They have performed and taught workshops at various festivals across the country. Their recordings to date include "Wood Stoves and Bread Loaves," "Winter's Turning," and "Joy to the World" as a duo. They also perform as Doofus with Neal & Coleen Walters of Pennsylvania and in Jerimoth Hill with Aubrey Atwater & Elwood Donnelly.



EHUKAI TEVES, Bryson City, NC. Instructor of "Traditional Music for Mountain Dulcimer" morning course and electives, concert performer, conductor of Dulcimerville Orchestra, sound engineering.
 Ehukai (pronounced A-who-kai), is a native Hawaiian who is an outstanding mountain dulcimer player. His main influence is his friend Jean Ritchie, and he plays many styles of music. His instrumental versatility extends to other instruments as well, including lead and bass guitars, Chapman Stick, ukulele, drums, congas, tin whistle, flute, keyboards, kantele, autoharp and ocarina. Ehukai holds a B.A. in Vocal Performance and Music Theory from the University of Hawaii at Hilo. He has composed over 300 songs, including "Kalapana Sands," featured on the '04 HOKU Awards (Hawaiian Grammys) Album of the Year. He's also a dulcimer builder, currently having made about 30 of them. Ehukai has been a musical performer for over 40 years, starting as a bass player/harmony singer of Hawaii's "Teves Family Band," led by his musical parents, Leinaala and Harold Teves, both recipients of Hawaiian "Living Legend" awards for preserving Hawaiian traditional music and the Hawaiian language. Ehukai is one of the most dynamic entertainers we have met and is an experienced educator – a great combination for his work at Dulcimerville.



Ehukai wrote the official "DULCIMERVILLE SONG." Here is a sound file of him performing it and the tablature music for folks coming to Dulcimerville who would like to learn it and play it in a jam session or two with Ehukai!

PAUL ANDRY, Highlands, NC. Instructor of electives, concert performer. 
Paul, a native of the New Orleans area, is Louisiana's premier mountain dulcimer player and has done much for the dulcimer's presence in his home state. His lyrical touch on the dulcimer enables him to interpret a diversity of styles of music: Mardi Gras, ragtime, classical, Celtic, pop and traditional American folk music. His introduction to the dulcimer was on vacation in Mountain View, AR. He later won and placed in several dulcimer contests there, culminating in the 1994 Texas State Championship. He founded the Bayou Dulcimer Club and is credited as the creator of the highly successful Mardi Gras Dulcimer Festival in Covington, LA. An author of three dulcimer books and a CD entitled "Dixieland Dulcimer Favorites," Paul teaches and performs at festivals throughout the South. Paul can be reached at:


Paul wrote the lovely "DULCIMERVILLE WALTZ" in honor of our event! Here is a sound file of him playing it and the tablature music for folks coming to Dulcimerville who would like to learn it and play it in a jam session or two with Paul! 





MIKE ANDERSON, Jacksonville, IL. Electives instructor, Concert MC & Performer, Coordinator of Dulcimer Marketplace and Volunteers. 
Mike is a mountain dulcimer player, singer, writer, and storyteller. He also plays guitar, banjo, jaw harp, nose flute, and bones. He's won more awards than you can shake a noter at for his work, including a Parent's Choice award for his storytelling CD, "The Great Sled Race." His song "I Dropped It" from his "Anna's Old Boot" recording won him another Parent's Choice award. We're proud to have a man with all these talents and distinctions with us as he teaches Electives, plays and hosts concerts, and captains our Dulcimer Marketplace ship.



BILL TAYLOR, Pigeon Forge, NC. "Build a Mountain Dulcimer" course instructor, concert performer.
 For over 20 years Bill has been one of the most respected mountain dulcimer builders and players in the country. His dulcimers are artistically made of fine hardwoods, and he builds them to have the sound presence, tone and playing response to meet the demands of his outstanding playing. They have found their way into the hands of many satisfied dulcimer players. Bill has conducted classroom dulcimer building projects with middle school students at Jones Cove School in Sevierville, TN, and another for adults. When our friend and longtime building teacher, John Huron, developed some back problems that prevented him doing the set-up needed for a weeklong dulcimer course, we worried we would not be able to offer dulcimer building classes. We consider them vital to our Dulcimerville experience because we'll need builders to make them for the rest of us to play! To our delight Bill said he would like to teach building at Dulcimerville. Read about his building course under the CLASSES tab of this website.


JOSEPH SHELTON, Greensboro, NC. Dulcimer Doctor, Dulcimer Supply Booth, elective instructor. One of the best dulcimer repair people in the business, for many years Joseph has rescued and fine-tuned thousands of dulcimers. Since 1988, he has worked as the "Dulcimer Doctor" for every summer workshop produced by Lois Hornbostel. You can read his article on maintaining a "healthy dulcimer" in Mel Bay's Dulcimer Sessions (below). Joseph is also a talented musician who performs on fiddle, mountain and hammered dulcimers, and clawhammer banjo. Joseph has played fiddle with "The Hometown Boys" string band in Greensboro for more than 20 years, he and Marie Shelton perform in their own string band, "JoyDogs."


MARIE SHELTON, Winterville/Greensboro, NC. Administrative Staff, Dulcimerville Photographer. Marie has worked with Lois Hornbostel on her dulcimer events since 1995. Not only is Marie a wiz at technology and responsible for most of Dulcimerville's photography, she is a spirited mountain dulcimer player. Marie and her husband, Joseph, perform as a duo and also in their old-time string band, "JoyDogs."
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