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Read our newest newsletter from April 17th HERE.

Listen to Karen's Japanese folk songs for springtime in the latest Georgetown Lombardi Arts & Humanities Program's newsletter HERE,

Upcoming Highlights


 QuaranTUNE (QDF) 7.0 is the first weekend in June. Registration will open Saturday, May 7th, 4:00 pm Eastern/New York.  The schedule is up now!   Visit the QDF website to sign up for their mailing list to be notified by email! Karen is offering classes in How to Play with Flow and Grace using  How Can I Keep From Singing, the Ukrainian National Anthem, the exquisite Jewish piece Avinu Malkénu,  Intro to French Bourrées, the Renaissance lute tune The White Rose (Il Bianco Fiore) and The WInter Is Passed–a springtime song from Italy, a French Branle in Mixolydian and Dorian (mini mode workshop!) and the beautiful Irish air Summertime.

Paul is offering an all instrument "Circling Fifths" theory class and guitar accompaniment classes for Irish polkas and slip jigs. Register early to get into your top choices!


Summer camps are coming! 

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

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 plans to design a subscription lesson 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!

Karen will be in the QDF Vendor Showcase to discuss her new venture on Thursday, June 2 from 4:00-6:00 pm Eastern. The Zoom link will be on the QDF website that day.



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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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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