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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

Save the Dates!

The next QuaranTUNES Virtual Dulcimer Fest will be October 7-10.   Visit their WEBSITE for details and to join their mailing list.

Karen will be at the North-East Ohio Hammered Dulcimer Weekend November 5-7.  Virtual or live-details TBA. 


Just need a little music to relax with?  Listen to Karen's FB Live from January 14th.  The Music for Healing & Transitions Program hosts Thursdays with Therapeutic Music every week on their FB page at 8:00 pm Eastern Time.  Videos are archived for viewing anytime.

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In April 2020 I was madly putting together this website on Bandzoogle, to move my old, out-of-date website from a different server by the end of the month.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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Moving Online

In February 2017 in Southern California, 8 musicians took my first Mystery of Modes Workshop (pictured here!) Just a few months later in April, I taught it again to 18 participants in Maryland. Since then I have offered it a…

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End of an Era

From 1998-2017 I ran the Sligo Creek Hedge School Irish music and culture summer camps for youth ages 6-20.  From the  little "Sprouts" (ages 6-8) to the Teen Celtic Band weeks, and of course Musician and Intro weeks for the…

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