The North-East Ohio VIRTUAL Dulcimer Weekend is an all-day, weekend festival for all levels of hammered dulcimer players led by Mark Alan Wade, Tina Bergmann and Karen Ashbrook. This year, due to Covid-19, we are an ONLINE VIRTUAL festival only. NEO is an ideal setting for hammered dulcimer participants with any level of expertise in each session. There will be helpful handouts, instructional aids, a virtual jam, concerts, and more!
Our workshop offerings give direction to your development as musicians in fun and easy ways. We offer three tracks to meet you right where you are in your playing: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. We have strategically chosen repertoire that is both rewarding to learn and that teaches musical concepts appropriate for each level. You’ll have so much fun, you may not even realize you are learning! Using tunes as literature for practice, the workshops will cover topics, such as the following:
|Friday, November 6th, 2020||Zoom meet and greet, Zoom test, and Zoom jam!|
|Saturday, November 7th, 2020||Workshops and Concerts (via Zoom)|
|Sunday, November 8th, 2020||Workshops and Concerts (via Zoom)|
Click on each of the images below to see the detailed daily schedules.
We have participants on a broad spectrum of abilities and experience from very beginner to advanced. Regardless of the level you select, you will have sessions with all three instructors. To help serve your needs best, please indicate your level preference on your registration form. Here is a general guideline for defining our workshop levels:
Our 4th Annual festival will be taught by Karen Ashbrook, Mark Alan Wade, & Tina Bergmann.
Mark Wade is a former National Dulcimer Champion with half a dozen students who have also won the National Championship. Mark has a degree in Music Education and taught public school music for several years before going back to graduate school for his terminal degree in music. Having taught all grade levels, from kindergarten to graduate school, Mark is experienced and trained specifically in accommodating ALL different learning styles and modalities and will work tirelessly to customize this session for his students.
Tina Bergmann is a primarily self-taught musician of 27 years and a highly regarded teacher known for her warm and engaging teaching style. Hailed as the "Diva of the Dulcimer" by Apollo's Fire, Cleveland's nationally known Baroque Orchestra, Tina is known for her driving energy and syncopated rhythms and was described by Pete Seeger as "The best hammered dulcimer player I've heard in my life." By the time she earned an education degree from KSU in 1994, Tina had already been teaching privately for 11 years. Her teaching experience included planning and facilitating master classes, workshop series and teaching weeklong camps in a number of states.
For more than 40 years, Karen Ashbrook has been a pioneer and an advocate in the development and revival of the hammered dulcimer nationally and internationally! It began in 1976 when Karen built her first dulcimer as a high school project. For five years she lived overseas in pursuit of Irish music and learned her craft in the pubs of England and Ireland, while taking time to travel in Europe and Asia. She subsequently wrote the first book for intermediate/advanced dulcimer playing in the States, "Playing the Hammered Dulcimer in the Irish Tradition," on Oak Publications. Karen plays a wide variety of musical styles including Irish, Appalachian, Belgian, English, classical and Jewish. She teaches at numerous festivals and music camps around the States, and is now central in bringing instruction to the revival of hakkebord (the Flemish hammered dulcimer) in Belgium.
After you have paid for your reservation, we'll email you a form to complete your registration and choose your workshops for the full festival or half festival. (Note that à la carte attendees will have already selected their workshops when they reserve their place.)
The full and half reservations cover all workshops and include the concert. The Concert-Only reservation is only necessary for people who want to attend the concert but are not attending the festival, or for students that are only attending a few workshops by purchasing them A la Carte (which are listed below).
Anything you need to play your dulcimer (stand, hammers, tuning wrench, music stand, etc.).
Notebook, voice or video recorder.
For the purposes of this workshop, it's more important that you can see the instructors than for them to see you.
Use my contact page to email me with any questions you might have.