Events for two types of dulcimer scheduled on campus in July

Western Carolina University will host its 19th annual Dulcimer U Summer Week starting Sunday, July 22, and continuing through Friday, July 27, in Cullowhee.

“Dulcimer U continues its long-standing tradition of giving students the absolute best educational experience available for the mountain dulcimer,” said Bobby Hensley, WCU’s associate director of continuing education. “Unlike many festivals around the country, Dulcimer U is not about the performers, it’s about the students.”

Skill building will be the core focus of the programs, but there also will be instruction in music theory, techniques, history and technology applications for the dulcimer.

“Dulcimer U provides a first-class instructional staff, many of which have earned advanced degrees in their various educational fields,” said Hensley. “Their experience as both instructors as well as nationally-sought-after performers make them the very best at what they do.”

Classes for all different skill levels, from beginner to advanced, will be offered.

Another dulcimer event, Dulcimer U’s Hammer Dulcimer Weekend, will be held July 27 through Monday, July 30. “Although related in name only, this ‘cousin’ to the mountain dulcimer is popular with many of our players. We’ve assembled some of best instructors around to teach three different skill levels and a variety of afternoon electives,” Hensley said.

Visit for registration information for both the Summer Week and Hammer Dulcimer Weekend. Registration for the Summer Week closes Friday, July 13.