Performers / Instructors 2012


Although Lucille Reilly has been well known in the hammered dulcimer community since the 1980s, thanks to her first book, "Striking Out and Winning!", her skills on the diatonic autoharp further punctuate her diversity as a consummate, imaginative and sensitive musician. A New Jersey native living in Denver, Colorado, Lucille is a graduate of Westminster Choir College and a Melodious Accord Composers Fellow, whose awards include National Hammered Dulcimer Champion (1997), Mountain Laurel Autoharp Champion (1995, 2010) and International Autoharp Champion (1995, 2003, 2010).

In the teaching arena, Lucille maintains a private studio at home, including online and "B&B" lessons for students living outside of the metro Denver region. She applies the concepts of Body Mapping in her lessons toward helping musicians of all instruments craft wonderful sound with grace, freedom and resonance. Four times a year, she reports techniques through tunes presented in her column, "The Diatonic Corner", featured in "Autoharp Quarterly" magazine.


When Sue Carpenter first played a mountain dulcimer in 1981, she was immediately captivated by its simplicity and challenged by its fingerpicking possibilities. Her innovative fingerpicking style has won her many awards including 2005 National Mountain Dulcimer Champion at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS. As an instrumentalist, Sue is best known for her expressive style and exceptional technical ability. As a teacher, she is well known for her challenging, highly organized and intensive methods, nurturing patience, and energetic enthusiasm, which make learning fun. Sue authored and published a fingerpicking instruction book Patterns and Patchwork and her new DVD Dulcimer Fingerpicking Basics. Heliotrope Bouquet Tune Book is a companion tab book for her "Heliotrope Bouquet" CD. Her second CD is "Following the Muse. "Sue is also a featured artist on "Masters of the Mountain Dulcimer" (Volumes 1 and 3) and "National Mountain Dulcimer Champions."


Passion for folk, old timey, bluegrass music and the love of the mountain and hammered dulcimers, led Dick to develop a unique and exciting approach to playing the dulcimers. He started out by learning to play in the oral tradition (by ear), then gradually learning music theory (paper training) has given Dick a masterful insight to teaching the mountain and hammered dulcimers. His philosophy to music and the dulcimer, reverberates the belief that music comes from a person's soul and lives in the singing and playing that each person expresses. The key word is enjoy.

Beginner Tin Whistle

Pat plays mainly keyboard, and is the organist at Bethel and Dovre Lutheran Churches in New Auburn, WI. He plays several other instruments including accordian (both keyboard and button types), mountain dulcimer, guitar and of course, Irish whistle. His mother gave him his first whistle she brought back from Ireland in 1987. Claudia's major instrument is the French Horn and she plays in the Chippewa Valley Concert Band, Eau Claire Municipal Band and in various pit orchestras. Claudia also plays harp, mountain dulcimer and Irish Whistle. She purchased her first Irish Whistle in Galway, Ireland in 1992. Since our marriage in 2008, we facilitate a mountain dulcimer group, sing in a community chorus, as well as a Barbershop chorus (Pat) and Sweet Adeline chorus (Claudia). We share a love of music and like to help and encourage others to pick an instrument, or sing, and learn the joys of producing music.


Tom has been playing and calling with Tamarack Dance Association for almost a decade. Dancing and dance music form the basis of his passion. He and his wife also love singing and call themselves "Four Mile Portage". You may have heard the two of them on Charlie Parr's "Keep Your Hands on the Plow" CD. If you weave in their friends Sarah and Clancy from the South Shore, they're known as "Low Bridge" who have appeared at Amazing Grace and host the Fourth Monday Night Square Dances at the All American Club.


Laura first began Appalachian clogging 16 years ago and has been enjoying making music with her feet ever since. She performed with the Twin Cities based clogging group "Wild Goose Chase Cloggers" for two years and was fortune enough to tour with the group at festivals in England and Belgium. Laura enjoys sharing her love of this wonderful form of dance and percussion with others of all ages and abilities.

Sacred Harp Shape Note Singing

Origami guru - hands on class

Todd has been folding origami for over 16 years. He was introduced to it by a Japanese foreign exchange student when he was 9 years old. A year after that he was in the hospital with cancer. A brain tumor behind his optic nerve took away his sight. The exchange student sent him 1000 paper cranes as a get-well gift. That gift was his inspiration to learn origami. He now has memorized well over 60 different items. He teaches classes and does demonstrations. He really makes incredible things - tiny and large.