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Read the KA/PO (mostly Karen this time) newest newsletter from June 9th HERE.

Listen to Karen play the Irish air, Summertime, from a Georgetown Lombardi Arts & Humanities Program's newsletter HERE.



Upcoming Highlights


There is still time to sign up for Summer camps! 


Karen & Paul will be at Kentucky Music Week, which will be in-person, June 19-24.

Listen to this wonderful podcast from Dulcimer Players News with Nancy Barker, the founder of KMW, about how she started it and then expanded it to the huge festival it is today. Click HERE.

Karen will again teach at the Virtual Common Ground On the Hill, June 27-July 1.

Karen will teach at the virtual Redwood Dulcimer Day, August 20 (Pacific time!)

For Paul Oorts' schedule of numerous dances and dance camps, visit his website.


Speaking of this summer- Karen is designing a subscription lesson app and website, "Dulcimer with Heart," as her summer project. It will include monthly jams playing with KA/PO–Karen & Paul, web lessons of Irish repertoire, KA/PO sets, meditative music, and all kinds of dulcimer fundamentals! Details (and mugs!) coming soon.


The 16th Cimbalom World Congress is meeting October 26-30 in Valašské Meziříčí, a beautiful town in the eastern part of the Czech Republic.  This is a gathering of hammered dulcimers from all around the world that meets every 2 years in a different country.  The last one was in Hefei, China in 2019.  Last year was missed because of the pandemic. Many countries have a version of the dulcimer that is used in both their classical and folk traditions and is often taught in conservatory. The registration forms will be available July 1st and are due by August 1st.  Details HERE or visit the CWA Facebook page. Karen will be one of the persons representing the USA.  

The Circle of Life

October 19, 2021

Life gives and life takes.  

I have felt that keenly recently.

Paddy Maloney, founder of the great Irish band The Chieftains, has passed.  A Chieftains recording, played by a substitute teacher in my music class in middle…

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