CULLOWHEE – Registration is ongoing for Western Carolina University’s 15th annual Dulcimer U Summer Week, a gathering that brings mountain dulcimer virtuosos and students to the WCU campus in Cullowhee for six days of classes and concerts.
The year’s conference, set for Sunday, July 13, through Friday, July 18, will feature an instructional staff of nationally recognized musicians and performers, including hosts Larry and Elaine Conger.
A variety of classes will be held during the week, and participants will get to choose the group that is best for them based on their ability level and the skills they wish to improve. Special classes will include “Dulcimer Building” with Bob Magowan, “Caregiving and Comfort Using the Mountain Dulcimer” with Lorinda Jones, “From Player to Teacher” with Joe Collins, and “Mountain Dulcimer Ensemble” with the Congers.
The schedule for Thursday, July 17, includes a mountain dulcimer concert featuring the instructional staff playing “in the round.” The show, which is open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. in WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. Tickets, priced at $10 for the public and $5 for WCU faculty, staff and students, are available by calling the Bardo Arts Center box office at 828-227-2479 or by going online to bardoartscenter.wcu.edu.
Registration that includes all confirmed classes, materials, staff concerts and other events is $335 per person. On-campus accommodations and meals packages are available for an additional $339 for single-occupancy rooms and $289 for double-occupancy rooms.
Info: dulcimeru.wcu.edu or call WCU’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education (828) 227-7397