Latest News

Read our newest newsletter from November  HERE.

Upcoming Highlights

QuaranTunes (QDF) Christmas Concerts- tickets now on sale. 

31 dulcimer acts! KA/PO with special guest singer Eileen Estes, will be performing on the 20th. $25.30 gets you into both concerts!  Info/tickets HERE.


Mystery of Modes Online Course returns February, 2022!

Registration is now open the the next Mystery of Modes 8-week Online Course!  Classes start the third week of February.  This course has evolved a lot since it began.  Each time it's been offered, the course has deepened and improved.  This will be it's third time online and there will be some new exciting components! Therapeutic musicians can earn 12-20 CEUs.

The price is going up in 2022, but if you register by January 6th, you can still get the 2021 price. Details HERE.


Something different–Meditative Music

Karen recently played for the Spirit First Meditation and recorded the music segment.  You can listen to it for free or download it for a small donation. Access if from the Music For the Spirit page HERE.


Maryland State Arts Council Apprenticeship Grant!

Karen has been recognized as a Master Artist with a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. For the next year, Karen will have Chao Tian as an apprentice on the American hammered dulcimer. They will focus on the popular repertoire, as well as the history and development fo the instrument in America. Chao is a gifted artist with a Masters Degree in Yang Qin (the Chinese version of hammered dulcimer) from China Conservatory in Beijing.  Since moving to the DC/Maryland area, she has engaged in numerous, prestigious collaborations. Visit Chao's WEBSITE to learn more.  You can watch Karen's MSAC grant submission video HERE.

Thank you MSAC! To discover more about the Maryland State Arts Council and how they impact Maryland, visit



The Circle of Life

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 school, introduced me…

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We Live in Interesting Times

I am grateful for music that brings us together, comforts us, uplifts our spirits.

I'm grateful for the internet and being able to teach, perform and play for patients online.

Saturday, September 15, 2001 (or perhaps it was one week…

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Here we are- one year later.

In April 2020 I was madly putting together this website on Bandzoogle, to move my old, out-of-date website from a different server by the end of the month. My husband Paul and I were also working up new material to…

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2021- a New Year

A new year has come.  February 1st is Imbolc- the beginning of the Celtic Spring and St Bridget's Day.  In Maryland we have greeted the new season with 2 days of snow. This weekend is QuaranTUNES 3.0 - the…

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Month 9 of Covid Lockdown

The photos are from Thanksgiving weekend in our living room as we get ready to pre-record videos for a Christmas Eve Pageant. Many cables, lights and covers go into recording "simple" videos!

As we come to the end of…

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