The purpose of the Original Dulcimer Players Club is to promote and preserve the art of playing the Hammered Dulcimer. To provide an organization where dulcimer players can exchange information and knowledge regarding the instrument with each other. To provide for workshops, seminars, and concerts. To make this instrument better known to the public. To perpetuate the art of construction and playing this instrument so that the knowledge can be of benefit to future generations.
Original Dulcimer Players Club, Inc.
A Michigan Nonprofit Corporation
Admission to the festival (for all 3 1/2 days) is only $5. For your $5, you can attend any stage shows, workshops, or anything else on the grounds.
Brief Statement of Festival Rules:
Pets restricted to campsite. No bikes; no alcohol. Sales only by vendors except in the ODPC designated area. (Performers or workshop leaders may sell immediately after classes or performances.) No electrified instruments nor amplifiers in the campground; no band wind instruments; no woodwind instruments; no drums (except bodhrán.)
Answers to all the questions you might have are available in the "Frequently asked Question" area.
This program is open to anyone. However, the Board and the committee wish to place an emphasis on encouraging young people to apply. They are looking to create a new generation of hammered dulcimer players.
Each student accepted into the program will be provided a dulcimer to use for a year if an instrument is needed. Each will also be assigned to a mentor who will either provide instruction or will help the student to find a suitable teacher. The mentor will track the progress of the student and will report to the Education Committee Chairman on a regular basis. The mentor will get to know the student during Funfest and will then encourage and support the student throughout the next year.
The number of students to be served will depend on the availability of dulcimers, as well as the number of adults who are willing to serve as mentors.
Applications for both students and mentors are available here:
Students for the up-coming year (2014) have been selected but contact Jeff Allen to get on the list the next time they're available. (If all aren't committed by the festival, they may be given out before next year's festival. Factors that will impact the decision include the following: A student must demonstrate the desire to learn to play the instrument.
A student must have family support, either a parent or other relative. Those who have a family membership in the ODPC will be given preference for participation.
The student and parent will need to sign a contract assuring proper care of the instrument. A $50 deposit is required that will be refunded at the end of the contract year, as long as the instrument is returned in good condition.
Prospective mentors and teachers will be needed from various geographical areas. Mentors are needed who have demonstrated effective teaching skills and experience with the instrument.
Instruments, students, teachers and mentors are being solicited for 2015.
The June 2014 Newsletter can be found by clicking on the Newsletter link at the top (Or you can go directly to it with this link):
Get information about the up-coming Funfest. There's the "Pre-Show" practice list, the list of vendors and lots to get you excited and on-track for the festival.
Summer (After Festival) Wrap-Up Meeting
Date: Saturday, June 20, 2014
Place: Fairgrounds Community Building
Time: To be announced but usually 12:30 or 1:00
Next Jams will be at the Funfest (July 17-29, 2014).
After the festival the jams, which move around the state, will resume. Check back.
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