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WCU to hold Dulcimer U

Registration continues for Dulcimer U, a residential program at Western Carolina University that draws dulcimer enthusiasts from across the country for a week of classes, concerts, jam sessions and fellowship. The program will run July 15-20.

Participants in Dulcimer U will spend mornings developing their playing skills and afternoons taking elective courses that allow them to explore different facets of the mountain dulcimer. For the first time, the event will offer a course in “Playing for Others in Healthcare and Related Settings.”

Larry and Elaine Conger of Paris, Tenn., will run the weeklong school. Named the national champion dulcimer player in 1998, Larry Conger is the author of eight books of dulcimer arrangements. Elaine Conger is a former classroom teacher and backup singer for Faith Hill.

The award-winning instructors at Dulcimer U will present a concert, “Dulcimers in the Round,” at 7 p.m. on July 19, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. Tickets for the general public go on sale July 10 at the Bardo Center box office. Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $7 for students and children. or 828.227.7397.