RESOURCES AND LINKS BELOW
Stephen’s teaching and playing has made him a favorite with dulcimer players all over the country since 1991. In that time, he’s been a featured performer at hundreds of dulcimer festivals and other music events including Kentucky Music Week in Bardstown, KY, Mountain Dulcimer Week in Cullowhee, NC, the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, WV, the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC, the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, AR, Stringalong near Milwaukee, WI, the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS and The tono American Music Festival, in Tono, Japan.
Stephen has been a dulcimer soloist with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, now know as Orchestra Nashville, since 1996 and is featured on their Warner Classical recording of Connie Ellisor and David Schnaufer’s Blackberry Winter, a concerto for mountain dulcimer and string orchestra. The piece continues to be in regular rotation on many classical stations around the U.S. (The recording album is titled “Conversations in Silence” and can be sampled and purchased on iTunes.) Stephen most recently performed this piece with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and the Montpellier Chamber Orchestra.
Stephen was Adjunct Instructor of Mountain Dulcimer with David Schnaufer at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music from 1997 to 2001. He also taught, performed, and recorded with Mr. Schnaufer as a duo throughout the country. Stephen has authored ten books, four CDs, and 16 instructional videos.
Please visit his website: Stephen Seifert.com
Here are some links, to performers and builders, schools, and music. To visit a website, click on a blue link below.
ARTISTS, PERFORMERS, ‘MD INFLUENCES’ – (If an artist will be performing in the Portland Oregon area, they will be a ‘Featured Artist’ on this and the ‘Home’ page and the event information will be posted on the ‘calendar’.
This list is not not necessarily a “who’s who” of mountain dulcimer or a list of ‘our’ favorites. There are simply too many noted and deserving performers, champions, legends and dulcimer influences to list in one place. Here is an introduction to performers who play and build dulcimers, have composed and recorded, are known for a certain playing style, who teach or have influenced the past and future of the mountain dulcimer. As you become more acquainted with the mountain dulcimer (MD) community these names and the names of other dulcimer personalities may begin to sound familiar. Click some of the links and begin the journey! (If you find a name missing that you feel would be of immediate value to add, please send a message via the contact page.)
Comprehensive List of Appalachian Dulcimer Players (Wikipedia) – A list of historical and current influential dulcimer players.
Linda Webber Collins
Jeffrey A Lambert
Erin Mae Lewis
Heidi Muller and Bob Webb
Steven K. Smith
Neal & Coleen Walters – Workshops in Portland during July, see calendar for information!
Nina Zanetti – May 25 Workshop in Portland, see the calendar!
LEGENDARY PLAYERS (Departed)
• Al d’Ossche •
• Richard Fariña •
• Homer C. Ledford •
• Jean Ritchie •
• David Schnaufer •
(If you find a name missing that you feel would be of immediate value to add, please send a message via the contact page.)
DULCIMER MAGAZINE, ARTICLES, BLOGS
Dulcimer Player News – General information and subscription information about the Dulcimer Players News magazine and CD, for mountain and hammered dulcimer enthusiasts. (Outstanding!)
Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer (Facebook) – Facebook mountain dulcimer link.
‘MD’ Noter and Drone Blog” – Click link to see more information below.
Appalachian Dulcimer, Wikipedia – A comprehensive look at the history, players, builders and current influences.
The Hearts of the Dulcimer Film/Podcast – A feature-length film documenting the dulcimer renaissance in the 1970s; by Patricia Delich and Wayne Jiang, filmmakers, podcast hosts and musicians. The Podcast “explores the mountain dulcimer’s past, present, and future. If you’re interested in mountain dulcimers, this is the podcast for you.” Deserves a definite visit!
PORTLAND & THE GREATER NW DULCIMER GROUPS
SloeJam Dulcimers – Hey that’s us, you’re already here! We meet the 1’st and 3’rd Wednesday of the month in the Portland Oregon area. Questions? Please use the contact page.
Woodstock Dulcimer Society Email – Monthly, 1st Tuesday of the month from 7 – 9 pm. Located in the Woodstock neighborhood, Portland, Oregon. RSVP for location. Click the ’email’ link.
Three Rivers Dulcimer Society – Located in the Richland Washington (Tri-Cities) area. Please see their website for meeting times, lot’s of beginner information, and even ‘recipes’!
SCHOOLS, TEACHERS, TEACHING WEBSITES
Dulcimer Crossing – “Enjoy mountain dulcimer lessons and hammered dulcimer lessons at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home.” Thousands of web pages of lessons, 1,500+ videos, 4,000 + minutes of instruction, from 12 different teachers. Over 415 pdf documents of tab, lyrics and sheet music. 570+ flash animations where to strike or press the strings. See the website for memberships and price information.
Dulcimer School – “Dulcimer School is a great resource for those seeking valuable instruction in the art of dulcimer playing.” Beginners to advanced, Lessons include video, audio, and handouts. Students may ask questions, participate in discussions, and share their own video, audio, and tab with the rest of the school. For mountain and hammered dulcimer. Check website for pricing and to signup!
‘MD’ Noter and Drone Blog – “A place for traditional noter and drone style Appalachian dulcimer players and beginners” and a lot of information applicable to any style. A fantastic website brought to you by the creator of Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer (see below).
Everything Dulcimer Teachers – International teacher list is a bit outdated. (See: Everything Dulcimer below for a great online community.)
YouTube Mountain Dulcimer Lesson Videos – Link to YouTube ‘search’ for “mountain dulcimer lessons” to get you started.
Lessons.Com (Dulcimer Lessons) – Enter zip code, click answers to ‘a whole bunch‘ of questions about your needs and the info will be sent to local teachers who have listed themselves. (There may be other local teachers not listed with this site or none in your community.)
DULCIMER ‘COMMUNITY’ ONLINE
Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer – (FOTMD) – Probably the most comprehensive dulcimer website online! Groups and forum discussions on topics that interest you. Ask questions, learn to play songs, share music clips and videos, find resources for buying dulcimers and finding music tab. ‘All’ levels of players welcomed. So much more! Free friendly help and encouragement in playing music!
Everything Dulcimer – Information about ‘everything’ (dulcimer)! An international dulcimer community sharing information through discussions, song tab, ‘find a dulcimer club’ mapped by state, events listing, ‘dulcimer builders’ mapped by state, ‘teachers’ mapped by state, ‘performers’ mapped by state, articles, classifieds and more!
BUYING A DULCIMER, DULCIMER BUILDERS
MUSIC & TAB
OTHER DULCIMER TEACHERS, INNOVATORS and INFLUENCES
Mike Casey – Classical guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and story teller, Mike adapted Irish banjo, cittern, fiddle, whistle, flute and mandolin techniques to the Appalachian dulcimer. Performer and recording artist, Mike is especially known for his book, “Hands-On Dulcimer” written to help fretted dulcimer players at all levels grow in their technical abilities in both the right and left hands. The book explores “flat-picking, finger-picking, slurs, chords, strumming, left hand precision and placement, right hand strength and control, volume, tone, articulation, and more using both dulcimer tablature and standard music notation”. Mike has used his years of teaching to “develop exercises that will inspire and challenge players at all levels. The tunes and exercises are in the common dulcimer tuning of D-A-D, with a few exceptions”.