IMPORTANT NOTICE: We are disappointed to announce that due to the on-going COVID-19
National Emergency, Western Carolina University has decided to cancel all summer camps
and conferences including Dulcimer U for the summer of 2020. We will miss seeing each
of you on campus this year. Please keep yourself safe and healthy and we'll see you
at a future event. We're all in this together.
About Registration and Costs:
- Please review all class descriptions before registering as you will need to choose
from several options.
- The registration cost for participants is $350 plus optional accommodations and meal
- Registration includes a materials fee in an effort to partially offset the instructors'
cost of photocopying (and in some cases shipping) their class handouts. Includes all
confirmed classes, staff concerts and events for the week, all musical hand-out materials
for confirmed classes, and university fees.
- Non-Participant Companions staying ON campus with participants, $80 Fee. Covers University
registration and processing costs and eligibility to purchase low-cost residence hall
housing and meals. Also includes admission to all concerts, open stage/ensembles group
recital, and jam sessions. This fee itself does not include admission to any classes.
- Companions sharing a room will be required to purchase a double occupancy package.
For their safety, children are not eligible to be non-participant attendees.
Message from our Dulcimer U Hosts, Larry & Elaine Conger:
Thanks for visiting the Dulcimer U web site! We are excited that you are considering
joining us for a week of dulcimer music, fun and fellowship in July. Again this year,
we have put together a first class instructional staff, many of whom have earned their
Master's and Doctoral degrees in various educational fields, along with several regional
and national mountain dulcimer championships. Their experience in the classroom as
an instructor as well as on stage as a performer make them the very best at what they
The goal of Dulcimer U is to provide you the finest educational experience you can
find at any dulcimer event while still maintaining a relaxed, fun-filled atmosphere
- offering something for everyone, no matter what the experience level. The college
campus setting has provided us with an opportunity to implement some specialized courses
in addition to our core curriculums - the basic skills classes for all ability levels.
The afternoon elective schedule will address a plethora of topics that are sure to
appeal to everyone.
One of the most appreciated features of Dulcimer U is the use of the Blue Ridge Residence
Hall and Conference Center, which allows us to have virtually all classes, concerts,
jam sessions, and vendor area inside one building. This eliminates the need to shuttle
from building to building. We are also within just a few steps of the cafeteria on
campus, Courtyard Dining Hall. This means that once you park your car on Sunday, you
will be able to easily access all of the week's activities without the need for transportation.
We are 100% handicapped accessible.
While we are extremely proud of our facilities and our instructional staff, Dulcimer
U is not about showcasing them. Rather, it is about U, the participant. We work hard
to make this week the very best that it can be for each individual, whether you be
a new player or a seasoned veteran.
This is a personal invitation to check out what we have to offer in the way of instruction
and to join us for this very special week of learning more about the mountain dulcimer.
We look forward to making music with you this summer!
Larry & Elaine Conger