January 21, 2017

Get Registration Fee Assistance

Apply by January 18!

One of the goals of the Colorado Dulcimer Festival is to promote a vibrant and growing community of Dulcimer players and enthusiasts, including those for whom the Festival’s cost is a challenge.

Thanks to donations from Dulcimer Crossing, Festival registration fee assistance is available.

For more information (including how to apply), see Festival Registration Fee Assistance.

 

 

Enroll now in Pre Festival Classes with our Guest Artists

Pre-Festival Classes take place the day before the Festival opens. For 2017, these classes will be held from 1–4 p.m. on Thursday, February 2, at the Festival Venue.

The topics of the 2017 Pre-Festival Classes are:

  • Presented by Jody Marshall (HD):
    Playing Nice With Others
  • Presented by Susan Trump (MD):
    Getting to Know You, Getting to Know All About You

These classes are optional and are NOT included in your Festival registration. You need to enroll with and send payment to the instructor.

For more information, see Pre-Festival Classes

Registration is now open!!

Yes, you can register NOW for the 2017 Festival! Just click on the green Register Now button on the right side of any page in this website. Then, after you choose whether to pay by PayPal/credit card or check, you’ll be taken to the registration form where you can also order meals (onsite lunch and/or dinner), additional evening concert tickets, and arrange to rent an instrument, if necessary.

And if you register by midnight on 12/15/16, you can get the Early Bird discount rate of $110. (From 12/16/16–1/22/17, Advance rate: $130. After 1/22/17, register at the door: $140).

If you want a bit more info, see any of the following:

Festival overview: Festival-At-a-Glance

Festival content: Performers and Instructors 2017

Registration details: Registration Info

Logistics: Venue, Lodging, Meals

More information (like the 2017 Workshop Descriptions and 2017 Workshop Schedule) will be posted when available. So check back later.

And in the meantime, check under “Links” in the purple bar at the top of any page for A LOT of links to a variety of resources.

February will be here before we know it! Register now!

Bring ALL of your instruments (for Band Scramble)!

Come one, come all–ANY and ALL instruments are welcome in our Festival Band Scramble! It’s NOT just for dulcimers.

If you’re not familiar with this Festival event, read about it (Band Scramble) and you’ll see that’s it’s a lot of fun! Basically it’s ad hoc performing groups. You get assigned to a group. The groups meet and organize themselves, pick a tune, practice, and then perform their tunes the next day for Festival attendees. All levels of players are invited to participate—from Absolute Beginner to Advanced.

It’s a great opportunity to meet and play music with other Festival attendees, AND an opportunity to stretch your skills.

And if you’re a bit hesitant about “performing” on stage, you couldn’t ask for a more receptive audience than our Festival attendees. Besides, you’ll be part of a group—you can shine or “hide” as much as you’re comfortable with.

See you soon at the Festival!

Festival concerts open to the public (tickets available at the door)

Each day of the festival is capped off by an Evening Concert featuring our guest artists and our local instructors/performers—with a finale performer jam that blows the roof off!

Tickets to these concerts are included in Festival attendees’ registration fee.

But the concerts are also open to the public. Tickets can be purchased at the door: Adults: $15; Students/children: $10.

Come join us. You will hear some very sweet and some very rockin’ music!

Plan out your Festival days now (schedules & workshop descriptions)

Wow, we’re getting close to Festival time!

To give you a head start, take a look at the final Festival schedules (in pdf format) and workshop descriptions. (NOTE: These will all also be in your registration packets at the Festival.)

You can print these out and use them to plan your Festival days now.

  • 2016 overall daily Festival Schedule
  • Detailed Schedule Grids (HD grid or MD grid) with workshop title, instructor’s name, and venue room number; listed by time slot, and color-coded by skill level
  • Workshop Descriptions listed by instructor and skill level

A map of the venue will be available at the Festival. You can also ask for directions at the Registration Desk at any time, or ask a Festival volunteer.

Enroll Now in Pre-Festival Classes with our 2016 Guest Artists

Pre-Festival Classes take place the day before the Festival opens. For 2016, these classes will be held from 1–4 p.m. on Thursday, February 4, at the Festival Venue.

The topics of the 2016 Pre-Festival Classes are:

  • Presented by Steve Schneider (HD):
    “Practice is not a four-letter word: 
    A Practical Guide to Helping You to Become a Better Hammered Dulcimer Player and a Happier and More Fulfilled Person”
  • Presented by Aubrey Atwater (MD):
    “From Nice to Gorgeous”

These classes are optional and are NOT included in your Festival registration. You need to enroll with and send payment to the instructor.

For more information, see Pre-Festival Classes.

Registration Assistance Available for 2016 Festival

This Festival exists to promote a vibrant and growing community of Dulcimer players and enthusiasts, including those for whom the Festival’s cost is a challenge.

Festival organizers may be able to waive a portion of the registration fee for applicants who qualify. To apply for a partial fee waiver, you need not be an accomplished musician; financial need and dedication to learning to play your Dulcimer are the only requirements.

For more information, see Festival Registration Fee Assistance.


Our thanks to Steve Eulberg of Dulcimer Crossing for his donation enabling this financial assistance. According to Steve, his goal is: “In order to help continue the tradition of equipping students of the dulcimer and raising up more mountain dulcimer teachers in Colorado.”

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Steve was the founder of the Colorado Dulcimer Festival. And even though his website, Dulcimer Crossing, offers online lessons for learning the Hammered Dulcimer or Mountain Dulcimer, he says he absolutely supports face-to-face, hands on learning like at our Festival. (For more information, go to the Dulcimer Crossing website.)

Tina Gugeler: 2015 National Hammered Dulcimer Champion

Tina Gugeler, one of the Festival’s local performers and instructors, has won the National Hammered Dulcimer Championship at the 44th Annual Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas.

This makes 7 total wins for Tina at Winfield: 2 First Place, 3 Seconds, and 2 Thirds.

Three of our instructors have won First, Second, and/or Third Place multiple times at the National Hammered Dulcimer and Mountain Dulcimer Championships: Karen Alley, Bonnie Carol, and Tina. Karen was the 2014 National Hammered Dulcimer Champion. So Colorado has had First Place winners for two years in a row.

Tina received a trophy and a Master Works Russell Cook Extended Range Hammered Dulcimer RCEXR 17/17.

Our hearty congratulations to Tina. Well done!

Tina Gugelar champ

(That’s Tina in the middle.)

Held annually each year on the 3rd weekend in September, the Walnut Valley Festival is the home of the International Autoharp Championship, the International Fingerstyle Guitar, the National Mountain Dulcimer, the National Flat Pick Guitar Championship, the National Hammered Dulcimer Championship and the National Bluegrass Banjo Championship. Other contests held at the Walnut Valley Festival are the National Mandolin Championship and the Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle

Special Rate for Festival Lodging

We’ve made arrangements with the following hotel close to the Festival Venue to provide a block of rooms at a discounted rate for Festival attendees. The hotel is within a 10-minute drive from the venue, is smoke-free, and offers complementary hot breakfasts.

When you make your reservation . . .

  • You must identify yourself as a Colorado Dulcimer Festival participant to get the discounted rate.
  • You  must book your room before the hotel’s discount rate cutoff date. 

Comfort Suites Southwest
7260 West Jefferson Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80235
303-988-8600

Discount rate: Single King $79/night up to 2 people; Double Queen $89/night up to 4 people
(Some rooms have sofa sleeper beds—by request—at no extra charge.
$10 charge for each person beyond limits listed above.)

Discount rate cutoff date: 1/15/16

For more information, see their website.