I grew up in Northern VA, less than an hour away from the Shenandoah Valley and my Mom's family in WV. Music has always "played in the background" of my life; solace when needed and accompaniment in times of joy. Influenced by the times and proximity to WA DC, I grew up with an eclectic pallet of music listening; from Folk to Classical and Musical Theater with a bit of the early rock and pop thrown in. Music participation, however, was mostly through school band involvement (flute) and a short stent in a "Community Band" in Stroudsburg PA in the mid '70s. In 1980, I moved to the better Washington, in the Pacific NW. In July of 2017, with the encouragement of Heidi Muller and Bob Webb, I began my journey of learning to play the Dulcimer. While I may never become a "performer," I am enjoying learning new musical skills and engaging with the new extended family of Dulcimer Friends. I am looking forward to retirement from my "day job" in 2019 and having more time to devote to musical and artistic pursuits.
Welcome to FOTMD, Karen. It is good to have you aboard.
"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
Hey Karen, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.
Hi Karen, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer, and to meet some good people.
Welcome KarenCR to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. Glad you joined. This is a great family of folks who love the dulcimer and the sweet music it makes. I wish you the best on your dulcimer journey.