Focus On Convenience
Dulcimer U offers most workshops, accommodations, concerts, jam sessions and vendor
area inside the Blue Ridge Residence Hall and Conference Center. Unlike other similar
events that require a lot of walking or shuttling from class to class, our facilities
are designed for your convenience. We are 100% handicapped accessible.
Blue Ridge Hall
Be a Volunteer
Just check off the “Volunteer” space on the Registration Form. You’ll help your teachers
by doing such things as tending sales tables at the Dulcimer Emporium or other opportunities
that might arise. The work is “non-hazardous” and fun. We’ll schedule your times so
they won’t interfere with your classes.
Dulcimer Ensemble Class
One of the most popular features of Dulcimer U each summer is the afternoon ensemble
class. This session is offered in addition to the morning skills and afternoon electives.
Everyone is invited to register for this class, regardless of skill level. However,
you must indicate on your registration form whether you plan to attend so that the
proper number of handouts can be prepared in advance. There will be parts for standard,
baritone and bass dulcimers. This is a great way of making new friends and having
fun learning how to play in an ensemble. Plan to make this a part of your daily schedule
at Dulcimer U.
Intimate Evening Concerts
Multiple concerts will take place each evening Monday and Tuesday in the various meeting
areas throughout the residence hall. The idea is to allow participants to get “up
close and personal” with their favorite instructor/performer in small intimate settings,
possibly allowing for short Q & A sessions. A sign-up process will be available at
check-in when you arrive on Sunday. You’ll perhaps be able to hear your favorite performer
more than once throughout the week!
Daytime and Evening Jam Sessions
We offer organized jam sessions during the evenings but also allow for time during
the day to be spontaneous with your friends who want to play music with you. During
the late afternoons each day, anyone who wishes will have the option of starting their
own informal jam in residence hall meeting areas, provided they are not being used
for a class. Then, each evening after the concerts have ended, organized jams will
be lead by our resident "Master of the Jam" Jim Miller.
The vendor area will be conveniently housed inside Blue Ridge Hall and Conference
Center. This will allow the Emporium to be open and staffed during more convenient
hours, including the evening hours. The general public is welcome in addition to all
Dulcimer Week participants. A host of vendors is expected to display their products
along with instructor’s books and CDs. Limited vendor space is available on a first
come-first serve basis and is restricted to dulcimer related products. You must reserve
your space in advance and pay the applicable booth fee. If you are interested in being
a vendor, please contact Larry Conger at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 731-644-3110.
A dulcimer has again been graciously donated by Jim and Betty Woods of McSpadden Mountain
Dulcimers in Mountain View, Arkansas for the purpose of a raffle. Everyone who enters
the raffle will have an opportunity to win this beautiful instrument with all the
proceeds going to fund future Dulcimer U scholarships.
Is There a Doctor in the House?
Yes, once again this year we will have an expert repair person on call to assist you
with any dulcimer repairs or upgrades that you might require. Gary Sager will be available
each day to change strings, add frets or strap buttons, repair tuners or set the action
on your dulcimer. Just drop by Gary's booth inside the Dulcimer Emporium to discuss
your needs and make arrangements to have the work done.
Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Credits
CEUs are available when you attend WCU Mountain Dulcimer Week. Interested teachers
should contact their local school board for prior approval for Teacher Certificate
Renewal Credit. Contact Bobby Hensley at WCU for details and sign up on the registration