Basic Schedule for the 2018 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 F1
  • 4:45-5:45 ... Workshops F2
  • 5:45-7:30 ... Dinner break
  • 7:30 ... Concert featuring the workshop leaders, followed by Rob Brereton & Thomasina Levy (mountain dulcimers)

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 S1
  • 11:30-12:30 ... Workshops S2
  • 12:30-1:45 ... Lunch break
  • 1:45-3:00 ... Workhops S3
  • 3:15-4:15 ... Workshops S4
  • 4:30-5:30 ... Workshops, jams, round robins, extra help for less experienced players. S5
  • 5:30-7:00 ... Dinner break
  • 7:00 ... Concert featuring AppalAsia (mountain dulcimer), and then Marina Albero (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 - 2018 Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival


Hammered Dulcimer

Mountain Dulcimer




  Setup, Tuning, and Other Essentials - Cliff Cole  (ALL)

  African Music for HD - Bill Ruyle (MID-ADV) 

   Songs You Know - Carol Walker (BEG)

   How to Play Smoothly - Nina Zanetti (NOV-INT)

   Pizzazz for Accompanying Singing - Sally Rogers (NOV-ADV)

   Let's Be the Band - Rudy Gabrielson (All Inst, All levels) 


   Where's That Note? - Marya Katz (BEG) 

   Making a Song Minor - Cliff Cole (MID) 

  Persian Pop Music (Yes, really!) - Bill Ruyle (ADV) 

   Chord Basics - Rudy Gabrielson (BEG)

   Modes & Tunings - Sally Rogers (NOV-ADV)

   Understanding the Capo - Thomasina (INT-ADV)

   Stealing the Covers - Dian Killian (INT-ADV)

   Civil War Songs - Nina Zanetti (All Inst, All levels)




Concert featuring the Workshop Leaders and Rob Brereton & Thomasina Levy



Registration Opens




   Hammered Dulcimer 101 –  Marya Katz (BEG) 

   Learning Tunes Faster - Jon Weinberg (MID) 

   Hand Separation for Advanced Players - Deb Justice (ADV) 

   Mountain Dulcimer 101 – Carol Walker (BEG) 

   Intro to Fingerpicking - Thomasina (NOV)

   Nothing to See Here - Brett Ridgeway (ALL)

   1-3-5 Tuning - Rob Brereton (ADV)

   Stephen Foster Now - Susan Powers (Non-beginners)



   Hammered Dulcimer 102 – Cliff Cole (BEG) 

   Chord Progressions - Deb Justice (MID) 

   Advanced Tunes - Marina Albero (ADV) 

   Mountain Dulcimer 102 – Brett Ridgeway (BEG)

   Fancy Strums – Rob Brereton (NOV)

   Melody in the Middle - Jeff Berman (INT)

   Vocal Technique for MD Players - Dian Killian (INT-ADV)

   Clawhammer Banjo - Susan Powers

   Pentatonics - Mimi Jong (ALL) 





   Fit for the Fiddler - Jon Weinberg (BEG) 

   Fundamentals - Marina Albero (MID) 

   Classical Tune Transcription - Marya Katz (ADV) 

   Pick & Noter - George Haggerty (BEG)

   The Melody of Rhythm - Jeff Berman (NOV-INT)

   Exploring 4-String Possibilities - Thomasina (INT-ADV)

   Ensembles with Classical Music - Ellen Pratt (ADV)


   Intro Chinese Music - Mimi Jong (INT-ADV)


   A Zillion Songs, Easily - Sam Edelston (BEG) 

   Adding Ornaments - Deb Justice (MID) 

   Improvisation - Marina Albero (ADV) 

   Bread & Butter Jam Tunes - Ellen Pratt (BEG)

•  To DAA and Beyond! - Jeff Berman (NOV-INT) 

   Practical Practicing - Nina Zanetti (INT)

   Chord-Melody Style - Carol Walker (ADV) 

   Demystifying Frets - Dwain Wilder (ALL)

  Overcoming Fear - Brett Ridgeway (ALL)



  Questions, Answers & Extra Help - Rich Carty

  Yang Qin and Chinese Music - Shirley Wong (MID-ADV)

  Questions, Answers & Extra Help –Ron Ewing

  Let's Play Some Duets -- Nina Zanetti (NOV-ADV)

   Fast Jam - Jon Weinberg

   Round Robin - Don Moore (All)

  Folk/Rock Jam - Rudy Gabrielson (ALL)




Concert featuring AppalAsia and Marina Albero

(Note earlier 7:00 concert start time)

Click on the button at right to download a printable version of the workshop schedule.

Workshop Schedule 2018
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