Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education will hold its 11th annual Mountain Dulcimer Winter Weekend beginning Thursday, Jan. 7, and continuing through Sunday, Jan. 10.

The event will be held at the Lambuth Inn at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. An early registration discount is available through Saturday, Dec. 12, and space is limited.

The conference will offer more than 50 hours of instruction on the mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer and guitar. Participants will be able to take classes that focus on multiple instruments and a variety of topics will be presented, including music theory, tab reading/writing skills, improvisation and advanced dulcimer ensemble skills.

Winter Weekend instructors will include Larry and Elaine Conger, Judy House, Joe Collins, Paul Andry, Jim Miller, Guy and Sharrie George, and Jess Dickinson. Evening activities will include staff performances and a music sharing session. Miller will lead jam sessions throughout the conference.

Registration is $159 per person for dulcimer-playing participants through Dec. 12, and $199 thereafter. Registration is $40 for non-playing participants. Registration does not include meals or accommodations. Information on accommodations and meal packages is available by calling Lake Junaluska reservations at 1-800-222-4930.

Visit dulcimeru.wcu.edu for class details, a schedule and registration information, or call the Office of Continuing and Professional Education at 828-227-7397.