Past Beginner/Early Intermediate


Joe is a well-respected and innovative instructor on several instruments, and he has several recordings to his credit with various old-time and bluegrass groups. Joe is recognized for his banjo knowledge and skills, but he is also comfortable with mountain dulcimer, harmonica, guitar, and string bass.  He has been performing, playing and teaching stringed instruments for over 40 years.

A sought-after instructor and jam leader, Joe is involved with workshops and performances at many festivals. He has coordinated many in-school music programs, workshops, clubs, and performances for children and adolescents, including the TriState Youth Bluegrass Academy (in cooperation with the Black Swamp Arts Council.)

Joe is the host and programmer of Blue Ridge Breakdown, a bluegrass and old-time music program on WLFC 88.3, University of Findlay.

He performs with several ensembles including the Old-Time Duo (with Chris Steiner)  and Buckeye Junction (with Chris Steiner, Shari Wolf, and Joyce Harrison).



Past Beginner/Early Intermediate

In 1997, when Chris Steiner responded to a newspaper ad that said, “Learn to play 10 songs on the dulcimer in 2 hours.  Keep the dulcimer. $35”, little did she know where it would lead.  That first dulcimer turned out to be a cardboard mountain dulcimer. Within two weeks, she was performing at the county fair and local nursing homes. A few months later, she saw her first hammered dulcimer, and fell in love all over again. The very first dulcimer festival that she attended was none other than Buckeye, and she has attended every one since then, as a participant the first four years, and an instructor the last eighteen. (Yes, she has all of her name badges to prove it!) As someone who never touched a stringed instrument until she was in her 40s, Chris is living proof that you are never too old to learn, and she just LOVES teaching “old dogs new tricks”.

In addition to private lessons, Chris conducts workshops and performs at several festivals and venues yearly.  Her vita has included assisting with in-school music clubs and programs, and conducting workshops for school teachers for “Bluegrass in the Schools” in conjunction with the International Bluegrass Music Association in Nashville.  Chris (and Joe) are also very instrumental in running a large, twice-yearly bluegrass festival, now in it’s 46th year.

Chris (Cooperrider) Steiner is one-half (the better half, she says!) of Chris and Joe - Old Time Duo.  Chris’ instrument of choice is the hammered dulcimer, but she can also be found playing upright bass when the opportunity arises. For more information about Chris or Old Time Duo, email Chris at



For many years, Shari created, taught, led, and facilitated the Band workshop here at Buckeye.  It's the type of workshop that draws on a lifetime of music experience to bring out the best in all players.  Shari has been involved in teaching music workshops on guitar and mountain dulcimer, developing workshop schedules, cr
eating and running festivals and camps as a member of Sweetwater, Country Strings, and as a past officer, president, and member of the Mountain Dulcimer Society of Dayton, music leader for a local community group, Nine Mile Creek out of Russia, Ohio.  She is now a member of a new group that has arose from the festival, meet Buckeye Junction (Chris & Joe Steiner, Joyce Harrison and Shari).

Here at Buckeye, she has been stirring the pot as assistant director to Louise Ziegler (Director Emeritus), as Co-Director with Joyce Harrison and now Director with invaluable help from Chris & Joe Steiner, Shirley Green, and Brian & Debbie Doggett.  For the past four years, Shari seized the opportunity to once again lead the Band-it! workshop. This workshop is so special in that each participant has a purpose and will add to their music.  It's a wonderful class to keep and sharpen music skills.   She is really excited to be doing it again this year.


As the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival has grown, the 'behind the scenes' work and details have grown. 
With so many 'extras' planned for this year, look for these folks helping to make this year the BEST ever.

Director - Shari Wolf

... has been involved with the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival since it's inception 28 years ago.  The first 20 years was spent in helping Louise Ziegler start and organize the festival.  Since then along with assistant director, Joyce Harrison, the festival has moved forward and hopes to continue as long as our participants want it to.   

Musically, she was a founding member of Sweetwater, an Ohio-based trio.  The Sweetwater group was a cornerstone of the festival until their group finale' in 2008. 

Since that time, Shari has been involved with her educational materials business, Country Strings, manages websites for a wide variety of music-related groups, past president of the Dayton Dulcimer Society
, and music leader for Nine-Mile Creek, a community stringband. in Russia, Ohio.

She also manages websites for the a number of small local businesses in her area.  During 2011 marked the 3rd year of the DULCIMERS IN THE CORNFIELD Festival in late April that she, along with Joyce Harrison, plan, organize and make happen.

She'll join Country Strings in  kicking off Friday night's concert and in leading the Sunday morning Gospel Sing.  In addition to being involved with Buckeye, she helped with the organization of the Old Time Gospel Music Retreat as a member of Country Strings.   For more information about Shari and duo with Joyce Harrison (Dulcdaze), click here.

Several years before the Pandemic, Joyce and Shari combined talents with Chris and Joe Steiner to become Buckeye Junction, strengthening the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival connection. 

After Joyce's passing, the three combined to form Buckeye Roadshow moving forward with BDF Zoom jams and now BDF 2022.

Festival Advisors - Chris and Joe Steiner

Chris and Joe have been great supporters of the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival for well over 25 years. Their willingness to help out with whatever needed done has been invaluable. 

Both are fine instructors ... Chris on the hammer dulcimer and for several years, the Band it! class.  Joe has taught clawhammer banjo, mountain dulcimer, and Band It!. 

For the past 12 years they have worked as a team in running the sound for concerts, open stages and some jams.

Thanks Chris and Joe for being there to support us all.


Several years before the Pandemic, Joyce and Shari combined talents with Chris and Joe Steiner to become Buckeye Junction, strengthening the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival connection. 

After Joyce's passing, the three combined to form Buckeye Roadshow moving forward with BDF Zoom jams and now BDF 2022.





are long-time friends of the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival.  Many years ago, Louise presented to them the challenge of handling the registration table during the entire festival.  They accepted the challenge. 

We can't imagine the festival without them!

They also organize and  manage the performers' sales table as well and make it their business to have that extra bit of knowledge about the performers and their product to help enhance sales.   On Friday and Saturday night with help from other volunteers, they make sure that CDs are at the Lodge for additional sales.

This all consuming job can be stressful at times, but every year they show up with smiling faces ready for the challenge.

Debbie is a fine hammered dulcimer player while Brian learned the mountain dulcimer from Louise Ziegler many years ago and continues to play.




is a local resident living about ten miles from Recreation Unlimited.  She has been involved in the local dulcimer community for many years.  She started taking lessons from Buckeye's own, Louise Ziegler and became her playing companion until life got in her way.  

Several years ago, she contacted us about getting back involved with the festival.  It has been wonderful having her back with us.   You'll see her smiling face in the Dining Hall as she checks your name in the food line.  It's such an important job.  You might see her driving a golf cart helping folks to get from building to building. 

She also helps with festival preparation doing anything we need done.  Her willingness to step up and being responsible for instructor copies has been invaluable.

Thanks, Shirley, for all you do!!!

For many years, Sh
irley's mom, Erma helped us on the weekend at the Performer's Table. 
Thanks, Erma!



JOYCE HARRISON (in memorial)

We continue to mourn the loss of Joyce to Covid in January, 2021.  Her contribution to this festival, our music world, and her students is not measurable. 

... has been actively involved in the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival for the past 21 years, first as a participant, then in 1997 as an instructor, and in 1998 assisting Louise Ziegler and Shari Wolf in the organization of the festival. 

She has researched and made the initial contacts for the hammered dulcimer instructors.  She also revised the design of the brochures and registration forms along with creating name tags, schedules, and other various office duties. 

This year, 2020, Joyce will be attending to festival operations and problem solving as co-Director.   You'll see her leading jams with the hammered dulcimer and upright bass.  She'll join Country Strings in  kicking off Friday night's concert and in leading the Sunday morning Gospel Sing. 

In addition to being involved with Buckeye, she organized the Old Time Gospel Music Retreat for 15 years as a member of Country Strings.  Joyce and Shari Wolf organized the DULCIMERS IN THE CORNFIELD Festival held in April, and they were involved with many other 'live' music events at the Famous Old Time Music Company formerly in Wapakoneta, OH.  

Joyce is also member of a community based stringband out of Russia, Ohio, Nine Mile Creek and along with Shari Wolf, the duo, Dul-C-Daze.

During the last year, Joyce and Shari have combined talents with Chris and Joe Steiner to become Buckeye Junction, strengthening the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival connection.


Dorothy, THANK YOU for all your work, support, and friendship!  We miss your smile and all the things you did for us!

has been with this festival since the very first year.  She is no longer on staff, but is still a valued member of our festival.  We still hope to see her at the festival "if the weather be right!" 

She served as a hammered dulcimer instructor and music advisor for many years.   Dorothy also ran BDF open stages.  When presented the challenge of organizing a "CLASS" open stage, Dorothy came up with the most innovative way of making it work.



It is with much regret that we report that Mike passed away the summer of 2021. We will always remember..

have been wonderful supporters of Buckeye for many years. 

You'll see Mike driving the golf carts from early Wednesday until the last person leaves on Sunday.  Mary Jo does so many things that we know, but many things we don't even know to help make BDF a success.   

I was looking for a nice posed picture for Mike and Mary Jo, but this one seems more in character.  You just never know what's going to happen when Mike and Mary Jo are around.

Hello to All Who Love the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival  (May, 2017) 

It is with a heavy heart, but a joyful and peaceful soul that we must let you know that Louise Ziegler (a driving force of the festival and director for the first 20 years) passed away early Friday morning, May 19, surrounded by family. She stood up to cancer and it didn't take her spirit. She was peaceful ... Hospice was wonderful.  I treasure the time we had with her and the special 'sharing' time with her daughter, Jan, early in the week.  Thinking of all the family and friends with which she has been reunited, makes my spirit smile.

There was a Celebration of Louise's Life on June 10  at her home in Ashley, Ohio.     We filled the yard with music, remembrances and JOY! 

We are thinking of her family but also of her music family from the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival, The Old-Time Gospel Music Retreat,
The Heritage group, many area dulcimer groups, and just folks that she was able to share the joy of the dulcimer.

God Speed wonderful friend!   ~~ Shari and Joyce 



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