Dulcimer Week in the Wallowas

Plan to join us Sunday, July 1 – Saturday, July 7, 2018

Instructors: Rob Brereton, Thomasina, Sarah Kate Morgan, & Bob Webb

REGISTER HERE! (open February 1, 2018)

Happy Campers from our 2017 Dulcimer Week

Come to our 8th Annual Dulcimer Week in the Wallowas to learn Appalachian mountain dulcimer in this beautiful, inspiring place! We draw students from across the country, and many can’t wait to come back. Here’s what some of them said:

– I liked everything! Every year just enhances my dulcimer playing and enjoyment of the instrument. The concert was AWESOME!

 – The instructors really introduced me to possibilities – like singing along while playing and expanding my chording. I really felt challenged and appreciated. I appreciated having class levels.

 – I liked everything! There was a fine blend of instruction and free time. I learned a lot.

“Congrats on making the camp about the STUDENTS. I loved open mic night – a chance to experience and appreciate all those lovely folks!”

“I simply loved it – my first music camp. The setting is lovely (understatement).”

Our 2018 instructors are Rob Brereton, Thomasina, Sarah Kate Morgan, and Bob Webb. We will again make music among the tall trees at the Wallowa Lake Camp and Conference Center, near the charming town of Joseph in northeastern Oregon, known for its bronze foundries and art galleries. Look for our ad in the winter issue of Dulcimer Players’ News and let your friends know about us! Dulcimer Week in the Wallowas is hosted by Heidi Muller & Bob Webb.

sft 2009 016_jpgWallowa Lake Camp: Classes, Lodging and Meals

Note for 2017: Our 1BR cabins filled up quickly with returning students who made advance reservations; please contact us to be put on the waiting list. We still have tent camping, some RV spots (without hookups), and a few spots left in our women’s rustic bunkhouse. Other choices nearby are Flying Arrow Resort, Eagle Cap Chalets, Wallowa Lake Resort, Wallowa Lake Vacation Cabins, Wallowa Lake Lodge, Indian Lodge Motel and Bronze Antler B&B in Joseph, or RV sites at Park at the River and Wallowa Lake State Park.

We hold our event at Wallowa Lake Camp, a rustic conference center owned by the United Methodist Church. Just a ten-minute walk from the south shore of Wallowa Lake, it is set in the woods and has a variety of facilities. Classes are held in Bailey Lodge, Hill Hall, and two other meeting spaces. Delicious, healthy meals are served in Bailey Lodge – every year students rave about the good food! Those who stay with us onsite are required to purchase a meal plan, and we offer two types – the full meal plan and the commuter plan (just lunch and dinner). Vegetarian meals are available. Lodging options on-site include tent camping, some RV spaces, and deluxe 1 and 2-bedroom, round wooden cabins. Single cabins have enough space for 2-3 adults. We offer them for double or triple occupancy. Singles are encouraged to share a cabin with others and find their own cabinmates, or stay in out the recently built “rustic cabin” that we use for the women’s bunkhouse. This is a carpeted, heated, dorm-like accommodation with 8 bunks just a short walk from the bathhouse and toilets. Otherwise, single accommodations are available nearby at Eagle Cap Chalets, the Flying Arrow Resort and Wallowa Lake Lodge and a few miles away in the town of yurtsJoseph. Our double cabins are offered for groups of 3-4 people, with two separate bedrooms (one queen bed and upper bunk in each) plus a small loft. They’re ideal for two couples. We have three RV spaces on-site with no hookups, and three with electric power but no other hookups. There are other RV parks nearby that provide full hookups (the nearest one is the “RV Park at the River” (www.eaglecapchalets.com or 541-432-8800). Our Full Meal Plan provides 17 meals, Sunday dinner through Saturday breakfast, and the Commuter Meal Plan provides 11 meals, Sunday dinner plus lunch and dinner Monday through Friday.

Classes and Instructors

Players of all levels are invited to Dulcimer Week! We have classes for everyone, from beginner to advanced. Our 2018 faculty lineup features accomplished, nationally-known instructors Rob Brereton, Thomasina Levy, Sarah Kate Morgan, and Bob Webb with us this year. Camp begins Sunday evening with an orientation and short performances by the instructors including an overview of what they have planned for class. Then we’ll circle up for a welcome jam.

Every morning Monday-Friday, we’ll have two class periods with rotating instructors, except for Beginners who will have Bob Webb for the entire morning. Advanced Beginners will learn from Thomasina and Sarah Morgan; the Intermediate class will have Rob Brereton and Thomasina; and Advanced/Master level

Bob’s Beginner Class 

students will have Sarah Morgan and Rob Brereton. Afternoon electives at various skill levels will be offered by all instructors for dulcimer, plus other fun topics that may include ukulele, percussion, or singing (feel free to bring your other instruments!). Students are offered about 20 hours of instruction throughout the week, plus we have an open mic, jams, staff concert and other evening activities where you can learn from each other.

One of the most popular aspects of Dulcimer Week is the amount of free time built into the schedule. There is so much here to see and do – you can enjoy Wallowa Lake, take the tram to the top of Mt. Howard, go birding on the backroads or fishing in the Wallowa River, hike up Hurricane Creek, or go into Joseph to check out the museum, galleries and coffee shops. Family members and friends who attend as “non-participants” (companions who spend time on-site but are not taking dulcimer classes) will find many interesting things to occupy their time. See our FAQ page for a list of websites to visit for more recreation information.

If you have any questions about Dulcimer Week, please contact Heidi Muller at 304-382-9422 or email wallowadulcimer@gmail.com.