WCU accepting applications for Mountain Dulcimer Week

Western Carolina University is accepting applications for its ninth annual Mountain Dulcimer Week, to be held June 22-27.

Dulcimer.(web)08“This event is both a music school and a celebration of the Appalachian Mountain dulcimer’s traditional music through cutting-edge developments in playing technique and musical styles,” said Lois Hornbostel, Mountain Dulcimer Week director.

Participants this year will study with 30 of the country’s leading mountain dulcimer performers.

Morning playing courses will be offered for musicians of all skill levels, from beginners through experienced players.

Afternoon activities include skills coaching and classes in different musical styles such as Renaissance, Celtic, old-time and Cajun.

Evening concerts, open to the public, will take place on June 23, 24 and 25. Admission to the concerts is free for registered participants. For others, admission is $12 for each night or $25 for three nights. Students and those under age 20 pay $5 per performance.

Other evening events will include an open stage for participants and nightly jam sessions. Free loaner dulcimers also are available.

Registration will be open until June 15 and early registration is recommended.

Online registration and more information is available at the Web site http://dulcimer.wcu.edu/.

To request a printed catalog, contact WCU’s Division of Educational Outreach at (828) 227-7397, toll-free at (800) 928-4968 or via e-mail at hensley@email.wcu.edu.