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 students and mentors are available here:
Student Application

Students for the up-coming year should contact Gail VanAmberg at to be placed on the list.
Dulcimers will be given out at this year's festival. Factors that will impact the decision
include the following: The student must demonstrate the desire to learn to play the
instrument. The student must have family support, either a parent or other relative.
ODPC members 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 are needed from various geographical areas. Candidates must have effective teaching skills, and experience with the instrument.
Students, teachers and mentors are encouraged to contact Gail VanAmburg at the above address.