Basic Schedule for the 2017 Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival

Here's the basic layout. The specific workshop schedule is below that.


Friday schedule:

  • 2:00 ... Doors officially open
  • 3:30-4:30 ... Workshops
  • 4:45-5:45 ... More Workshops
  • 5:45-7:30 ... Dinner break
  • 7:30 ... Concert featuring the workshop leaders, followed by Jody Marshall (hammered dulcimer)

Saturday schedule:

  • 8:30 ... Doors officially reopen
  • 9:00-9:45 ... Gathering. Workshop leaders and featured artists briefly introduce themselves and their classes.
  • 10:00-11:15 ... Workshops
  • 11:30-12:30 ... More Workshops
  • 12:30-1:45 ... Lunch break
  • 1:45-3:00 ... Back to the Workhops
  • 3:15-4:15 ... Still more Workshops
  • 4:30-5:30 ... Even more workshops, jams, round robins, extra help for less experienced players.
  • 5:30-7:00 ... Dinner break
  • 7:00 ... Concert featuring Sofie Reed (mountain dulcimer), and then Ted Yoder (hammered dulcimer)

We have 3 tracks of hammered dulcimer (Beginner, Mid-level, and Advanced) ... 4 tracks of mountain dulcimer (Beginner, Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced) ... and a track of "other" workshops, which cover a wide range of topics. In every period, there's always a workshop suitable for every level of dulcimer player. But if you'd rather go off and jam with somebody, that's fine, too!


Food, clothing, and shelter: For meals, if you wish to stay "on campus," we bring in takeout orders that you can buy into. For clothing, well, Nutmeg has some of the best dulcimer festival T-shirts we've ever seen. And if you're traveling from out of the area, there's a special Nutmeg rate at the Hampton Inn, in Milford, less than a mile away.

Full Schedule from 2016 Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival

We're still putting the finishing touches on the 2017 schedule.



Hammered Dulcimer

Mountain Dulcimer




   Roadmap to the Hammered Dulcimer - Cliff Cole BEG

   Singing With the Hammered Dulcimer - Jon Weinberg MID-ADV


   Getting Started (or Re-started) - Terry Leonino BEG

   Putting Chords to Work - Melanie Johnston NOV-INT

   Rise Again - Rudy Gabrielson INT

   Creating Harmony Parts - Nina Zanetti ADV

   Fingerstyle Guitar - Greg Artzner


   Hammered Dulcimer Essentials - Rich Carty BEG and up

   Put Some Bounce in Your Step - Tom MacKenzie MID

   Independence / Rudiments / Percussion Technique - Cliff Cole ADV

    Dulcimers Can Rock, Too - Rudy Gabrielson BEG

   Understanding Hammer-ons, Pull-offs, and Slides - Susan Trump NOV

   Dulcimer to Accompany Any Song - Magpie (Terry Leonino & Greg Artzner) INT-ADV

   Multipart Music in Small Dulcimer Groups - Mack Johnston NOV-ADV

   Open Jam – All Instruments




Concert featuring the Workshop Leaders and Jody Marshall (2017)



Registration Opens




   Hammered Dulcimer 101-Start Your Engines - Tom MacKenzie BEG

   Dulci-robics - Deb Justice MID

   Crooked Quebecois Tunes - Samantha Moffatt ADV

   Mountain Dulcimer 101 - Susan Trump BEG

   Dulcimer + Guitar = ♥ - Magpie (Terry Leonino & Greg Artzner)

   Zen and the Art of Reading and Writing Tab - Carol Walker NOV-ADV

   Four Strings: Tricks, Kicks, and Licks - Sue Carpenter INT-ADV 

   Choose and Care for the Right Dulcimer for You - Jeremy Seeger ALL

    Playing WIth Time - Sam Crawford (All Instruments)


   Hammered Dulcimer 102-Keep On Truckin' - Tom MacKenzie BEG

   Combining Chords With Tunes - Karen Alley MID

   Klezmer for the Hammered Dulcimer - Deb Justice ADV

   Mouintain Dulcimer 102Nina Zanetti BEG

   Welcome to DGD - George Haggerty NOV-INT

   "Barre" Essentials for the Left Hand - Sue Carpenter INT

   Innovative Ways of Playing - Dian Killian ADV


   Meditation - Dwain Wilder

   Running a Dulcimer Orchestra - Mack & Melanie Johnston




   Fluidity - Samantha Moffatt BEG

   Hammered Dulcimer on the Soundtrack - Deb Justice MID

   Dynamic Control - Karen Alley ADV

   Finding Chords - Laurel Schwartz BEG

   Intro to Fingerpicking - Sue Carpenter NOV

   TablEdit Tricks & Techniques - Melanie Johnston FOR USERS

   Three Ways to Play in Minor Modes - Nina Zanetti INT

   Carol's Chamber of Wonders - Carol Walker INT-ADV

   Improvising With Triads - Sam Crawford (All Instruments)


   Which Hammer, and Where? - Karen Alley BEG

   Rhythms - Samantha Moffatt MID

   Finding Great Tunes, and Making Them Shine - Jon Weinberg MID-ADV

   Rhythm - Melanie Johnston BEG

•  Using a Capo - Susan Trump NOV-INT

   Punk Dulcimer - Dian Killian INT

   Playing in "Non-Dulcimer" Keys - Sam Edelston ADV

   Positive Practice - Carol Walker NOV-ADV


   Questions, Answers & Extra Help-Cliff Cole

   Questions, Answers & Extra Help-Carol Walker

   Fast Jam - Deb Justice

   Round Robin-Don Moore

   Singing Jam-Rudy Gabrielson 

  Making Friends With Your Sound System - Don Briggs





Concert featuring Sofie Reed and Ted Yoder (2017)

(Note earlier 7:00 concert start time)

Click on the button at right to download a printable version of the workshop schedule. NOTE: This button still links to the 2015 schedule. 

Workshop Schedule 2015.pdf
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