Past Beginners -- Susan Trump
Susan is no stranger to the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival. Over the years,
she continues to be one of our most
popular instructors. Her classes feature a wide variety of repertoire
ranging from easy, playable arrangements to the most rigorous of challenges.
She has a special way of working new technique into your playing as a
natural progression of your learning.
This year, Susan will be focused on the past beginner
mountain dulcimer player that has learned the very basics and will be taking
them far down the road to becoming a solid intermediate player.
Susan has four solo CDs, several dulcimer tablature books, and teaching
experience throughout the U.S. Her latest project, "Lessons in Your
Living Room" a monthly subscription series of lessons, has helped many
players improve their playing in the comfort of their own home.
For more information, go to Susan's website.
Past Beginners -- Chris
fell in love with the hammered dulcimer in 1997 and has been performing and
teaching ever since.
In addition to private lessons, workshops, and jams, Chris conducts
workshops and performs at several festivals and venues
yearly. Along with assisting with in-school music clubs and programs, she
conducts workshops for school teachers for Bluegrass in the Schools in
conjunction with the International Bluegrass Music Association in Nashville.
This program promotes old time and bluegrass music as part of a standardized
This year marks the 3rd year of the
DULCIMERS IN THE CORNFIELD Festival in late April that Chris and Joe
Steiner assist Joyce Harrison and Shari Wolf in making happen.
Chris Cooperrider is one-half (the better half, she
says!) of the Chris and Joe - Old Time Duo. Chris’ instrument of choice is
the hammered dulcimer, but she can also be found playing upright bass for
the Old Peculiar String Band. To go to Chris & Joe's website,
Intermediate 1 -- Maureen
Sellers (New Albany, IN)
Maureen is just one of the finest mountain dulcimer instructors here in
the midwest. Check out her long list of festivals,
workshops, and Elderhostels where she has taught all levels of mountain
Having organized and run several long running
festivals over the years, she understands the needs of everyone involved in
making a festival successful.
Maureen will be teaching the early intermediate
player. Her goal will be to help the student progress in technique by
sharing a wealth of repertoire at a very measured rate. Over the
years, she has developed a wonderful series of dulcimer tablature books,
"The Simply" series.
Her concert time features some
fine playing, but, as important, Maureen enjoys the audience being an active
For more information on Maureen, her
tablature books and recording, check out her website.
Intermediate 1 -- Timothy
Seaman (Williamsburg, VA)
years ago, Timothy came to the Buckeye Festival as a relative
unknown instructor and performer on the dulcimer festival circuit. We
first saw Timothy at the Sawdust Festival in Oklahoma several years ago and
knew we needed him to make the March trip to Ohio at some point.
With his detailed materials and organized teaching
style, it didn't take long for him to be recognized and accepted as one of
our favorite hammered dulcimer instructors.
This year, Timothy will apply his organized
approach in working with the early intermediate hammered dulcimer player.
He will take students that know some tunes and a few embellishments to a new
level of playing and individual style.
Timothy has an amazing variety of recordings featuring
many instruments including the hammered dulcimer. For more
information, go to Timothy's website.
Intermediate 2 and
Advanced -- Janita and Tull
All intermediate 2 and advanced level mountain
dulcimer students will spend one day (5 hours) with Janita and one day with
(Santa Margarita, CA)
It sure is good
to see Janita Baker back in Ohio
again and at our festival in particular. Several years ago, Janita came
to her Buckeye classes with her encouraging, quiet confidence and lots of
fresh music. She became a favorite immediately and one of the highest
vote getters to return for this 20th year.
Unfortunately for her, she'll be flying from sunny California to sometimes
icy and snowy Ohio in March. We'll do our best to extend
an extra warm welcome. I have a feeling that she'll also
bring along some of her fine Blue Lion Dulcimers.
For more information on Janita and Blue Lion
Dulcimers, click here.
We have welcomed
Tull Glazener as a featured instructor and performer to our festival many
times over the last 20
years. Our participants love his
teaching style, dulcimer
arrangements, and repertoire choices. Yes, he is one of our most
Over the years, Tull has
performed with many groups including the Family Reunion String Band, Jim
Sperry, Guy George and Half-way Home (Molly McCormack and Jon Hall).
He has some wonderful CDs featuring many of these groups as well as many
tablature books covering a wide variety of music. Most of his
arrangements emphasize playing together by offering duet and ensemble
Each month, Tull's website is a frequent stop for
mountain dulcimer players looking for his 'free tab' of the month also
including multi-part arrangements.
No matter the
time of day or night, you'll find Tull jamming with the dulcimer or for a
change of pace, his button accordion.
Click here for Tull's website.
Intermediate 2 and
Advanced -- Dan
All intermediate 2 and advanced level hammered
dulcimer dulcimer students will spend one day (5 hours) with Dan and
one day with Steve.
(Red Creek, NY)
We are so fortunate to welcome Dan back
for his 3rd time at Buckeye. Dan is one of the finest players,
teachers, and motivators in the music world. He has turned on the
lights for so many players as they look for a bridge from being a good
player to a great player in developing their own style.
His dynamic presentation was only sightly
slowed when he found that he had head and neck cancer. The 7pm gatherings
of friends have become legendary in the dulcimer world. Several years
ago, we opened the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival with the playing of his
inspired song, "For the Love of Friends" and talked with him on the phone
all at 7pm.
a wide variety of CDs including Christmas, Children's music, and the latest
from his new group, Jamcrackers. For more information on Dan,
Steve, thanks for coming back for the 3rd time. His last time was
certainly memorable back in 2008 when we had a 22" blizzard. We all
made the most of it, but it certainly was a stressful time. During
Steve's Friday night concert, he succeeded in drawing us into his eclectic
mix of repertoire, sounds, and rhythms. We even forgot it was snowing
for a while.
Steve has proven to challenge his students to higher
levels of technical skill, musicality, performance skills, practice
techniques, and innovation. His mix of repertoire leaves his students
wondering what might be coming next. And ... what about the
Steve's website gives a fascinating
glimpse at his many accomplishments including CDs, Long Distance Lessons,
Northern Lights week-long camp and his life with music therapy.
Click here for Steve's website.