Autoharps & Dulcimers 2

Friday, May 15, 2020


Sunday, May 17, 2020

Beginning, intermediate and advanced instruction for autoharp, hammered, and mountain dulcimer

A weekend gathering of Old Time Tunes and Folk Songs concentrating on learning to play and sing together. All instruments welcome! Beginning, intermediate and advanced instruction for autoharp, hammered and mountain dulcimer, coached group ensembles (all instruments welcome), how to record professionally, open mic, concert, jams, dancing, and activities for non musicians.


See more information below about the staff, schedule, tuition, work-exchange positions, lodging, and more. Children and teens are welcome to attend with a guardian. Youth discounts and scholarships are available. 


TINA BERGMANN  has been performing concerts, and teaching workshops and private lessons from an early age.  A fourth-generation musician, Bergmann began playing music at age eight, learning the mountain dulcimer from her mother in the aural tradition and learning the hammered dulcimer at the knee of West Virginia-native builder and performer Loy Swiger.  Demonstrating gifts for both performance and teaching, she has been a featured performer across the United States, performing solo; as a duo with her husband, bassist Bryan Thomas; with her stringband Hu$hmoney; and as a featured soloist with Apollo’s Fire.  With Apollo’s Fire Tina has performed throughout the US and abroad, including mainstage appearances at the 58th Annual Ojai Music Festival in California; at Chautauqua Gatherings in Boulder, Colorado, and Chautauqua, New York; the Soka Center in LA and at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Snapes Maltings in Suffolk England, Belfast Ireland and Dublin’s National Concert Hall, among others. 


 Instructing her first workshop at Cleveland State University at the age of 12, Tina went on to be in demand at festivals, music clubs and camps throughout the US.  Her teaching experience includes planning and facilitating master classes and workshop series, and features instruction at weeklong camps in Kentucky, New York, Massachusetts, Missouri, and North Carolina.  Tina has been a Music Specialist at Hershey Montessori in Concord Township Ohio since 2001.

 Hailed by Pete Seeger as “the best hammered dulcimer player I’ve heard in my life.”

Beginner & Intermediate-Advanced: Hammered Dulcimer

Watch Tina Bergmann perform Red Rockin' Chair with Apollo's Fire!


DON PEDI was born into a musical family in Chelsea Massachusetts. On weekends, his grandfather, who died before Don was born, would close his barber shop for business, and open his home in the back as a gathering place for family and friends to share homemade food, fellowship and live music. Don’s grandfather played guitar, mandolin and banjo. Don’s uncle Frank made his living singing and playing music. Another gifted singer is Don’s dad. He’ll burst into song at the drop of a hat.

Don got involved with the Boston area folk music scene in the early sixties. 1964 was when he first laid eyes on a dulcimer. It was being played by Richard Farina at a live performance by Mimi and Richard Farina at the old Unicorn Coffee House in Boston.

The sound of the dulcimer proved most alluring. That night in a conversation with Richard Farina, Don was convinced that someday he would get himself a dulcimer and play it. Contemporary performers like Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, Patrick Sky, Joan Baez and others attracted Don to the Newport Folk Festival. While there he was exposed to traditional musicians like Frank Proffitt, Doc Watson, Mississippi John Hurt, Almeda Riddle and such that where a major influence on his musical tastes. By 1966 Don was traveling a lot. With Cambridge as a base, he lived for various periods of time in different parts of the country. In 1973, while living in the Colorado Rockies, Don met Tad Wright and Keith Zimmerman, a couple of musicians from Asheville, NC. After hearing Don play, they invited him to join them. He did, and they piled into Tad’s 1969 Volkswagen mini-van and drove to North Carolina.

At first sight of the mountains around Harmon Den and Fines Creek, Don knew he was home. He’s pretty much lived in and around Asheville from then on. Since settling in Western North Carolina Don has been recognized as the man who could “really play” a dulcimer. He is a pioneer in that his music has broken new ground and cleared a path for others. In Don’s hands, the dulcimer has been accepted as an instrument well suited to playing traditional Southern Dance music. This was at a time when most “Old-Time” musicians thought a dulcimer should be hung on a wall with a pretty ribbon.

In 1991 Don and wife Jean moved to a little farm in the mountains of Madison County, North Carolina. The area is rich in traditional music and customs (neighbors still plow with mules and horses). Don is at home.

Beginner & Intermediate-Advanced: Mountain Dulcimer

Watch Don perform "Cotton-eyed Joe"


HEIDI & JOHN CERRIGIONE live in Ellington, CT and also perform as a duo and as part of Jerimoth Hill, along with Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly.  John plays  guitar, banjo, mandolin, or acoustic bass for the group while Heidi plays autoharp, hammered or mountain dulcimer.  Both sing lead and vocal harmony.  Heidi teaches autoharp and hammered dulcimer and John teaches clawhammer banjo. 


Heidi: Beginner & Intermediate Hammered Dulcimer, Mountain Dulcimer and Autoharp.

John: Novice/Beginner Autoharp, Guitar, and Vocals, Ensemble Coach

Watch and Subscribe to Heid's and John's Youtube Page:

NEAL & COLEEN WALTERS live in Greencastle, PA.  For over 20 years, Neal played with the Mill Run Dulcimer Band and recorded eight albums with them.  Coleen is also a talented fabric artist.  Neal provides the strong vocal lead of the group while playing guitar, mountain dulcimer, banjo, mandolin or autoharp.  Coleen sings a low harmony and plays bass or percussion (rhythm egg or limberjack). Neal and Coleen also play as a duo at festivals and workshops across the country. They were elected to the Autoharp Hall of Fame in 2011.


Neil: Beginner & Intermediate-Advanced Autoharp and Mountain Dulcimer

Coleen: Beginning & Intermediate Bass and more!

Watch Doofus play Patty Ann by Ron Wall:

NORM WILLIAMS is a performer/teacher of the mountain dulcimer who also plays guitar, banjo, ukulele, native flute and vocals. He is a co-founder of The Pocono Dulcimer Club and a coordinator of their DulcimerFest held annually in Stroudsburg, PA: a co-founder of the Maiden Creek Old Time Music Festival.

 Norm began teaching mountain dulcimer in 2002 and has been faculty at festivals throughout the Northeast.  Additionally, he coordinates music for Quiet Valley Historical Farm & Living History Museum in Stroudsburg. He is also a volunteer host for news and folk programming at WDIY 88.1FM, Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio.

 Norm also performs & records with the bands Wayfarers & Company, Tom & Betty Druckenmiller, and most recently with Cliff Cole & Rob Yoder in the band, Dulcimer Boys. He recently released his first solo recording entitled “…a wayfarer; songs of hope and encouragement”

Watch Norm perform various tunes:

SLOW DEER CROSSING is the duo of Anne Dilker & Rich Kuklentz. Anne is, both through natural aptitude and formal training, a dancer so rhythm is a natural for her. Rich is well steeped the tradition of folk music and had been playing and singing for over 40 years. Rich will be leading the Rise Up Singing workshop and providing backup guitar for various classes and performances. Anne will be leading the novice hammered dulcimer class and I’ve Got Rhythm on the autoharp.


  • 3-5pm: Arrival and check in.
    Follow signs to check-in. Please unload and then return your car to the main lot immediately. If you need your car nearby for disability or health reasons, please request a special parking permit.
  • 5pm: Intro to campus and open jam
  • 6pm: Dinner
  • 8pm: Dance, square and Contras
  • 11pm: Snack


  • 8:30am: Breakfast
  • 9am – Noon: Workshops
  • 12:30pm: Lunch
  • 2-5pm: Workshops
  • 5:30pm: Dinner
  • 7:30pm: TBA Concert featuring Tine Bergmann, Doofus, and Don Pedi
  • 10pm: Open Jam
  • 11pm: Snack


  • 8:30am: Breakfast
  • 9:30-10:30am: Sing a long
  • 10:30-noon: Workshop
  • 12:30: Lunch
  • 1:30-3pm: Open Mic

Tuition includes all classes and activities, dances, concerts, and meals. Lodging is additional, see below. Work exchange and youth scholarships are available.

Adult: $355
Youth 13-25: $275
Child 5-12: $235

Children under 5 attend for free. Campers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. We offer a limited number of Parent/Spouse registrations (for those accompanying a full participant) at a rate of $235 which includes meals, and evening dances/concerts, but no classes. 

We recommend online registration. If someone else registered you and paid for you, only that person may view and edit your registration. If you prefer to pay by check or with a credit card by phone, please call (845) 246-2121 to register.

You may pay in full, or hold your place with a tuition deposit of $150 per person when you register. If making a deposit, full payment is due no later than Friday, Apr 17, 2020 (4 weeks before camp begins). A $25 charge will be added to any remaining balance after this date to cover additional administrative costs, and full payment, rather than a deposit, will be required for any new registrations after this date.

Partial refunds are available until 2 weeks before camp begins. We retain $50 per person for cancellations up to Friday, Apr 17, 2020 (4 weeks before camp begins). We retain $150 per person for cancellations made between Friday, Apr 17, 2020 and Friday, May 1, 2020. We retain the full registration amount for cancellations after Friday, May 1, 2020 (2 weeks before camp begins).

All meals are included in the camp price. You may select omnivore, no red meat, vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free meals. We make every effort to include a range of allergen-free dishes and to inform diners of meal ingredients.

The Ashokan Center is licensed to serve beer and wine in Esopus Lodge (the main building). The bar is generally open from late afternoon to early evening. Sorry, by law, guests are prohibited from bringing their own alcoholic beverages into this licensed building.

Enjoy the full Ashokan experience and choose comfortable onsite lodging during registration. 

LONGHOUSE BUNKS: Rooms hold up to 24 people and are designated women, men, or mixed gender. Place your belongings on a top or bottom bunk after you check in to claim it. Pillows are available, please bring your own blankets, sheets, pillowcases, and towels. There are a small number of light blankets for those bunkhouse residents who are unable to bring one of their own. If you will need us to provide one, please let us know well in advance.

PRIVATE ROOMS: There are a limited number of private rooms that must be reserved in advance at extra charge. Pillows are available, please bring your own sheets, pillowcases, and towelsThere are light quilts in each private room.

CAMPSITES: Camping is available with access to Longhouse bathrooms and showers. Please park by your campsite only if you plan to leave your car in place for the duration of the camp.

A limited number of work exchange positions are available to partially defray the cost of the camp. 

Indicate your top 3 choices of work exchange positions during registration. If registering before the full payment deadline, make a deposit of $150 to hold your registration. If you receive a work exchange position, your balance will be adjusted before your final payment is due. When registering after the full payment deadline, pay in full at checkout and your award will be in the form of a refund. Contact us by phone (845) 246-2121, or email for details.

Breakfast and Lunch Preparation (Discount: $90)

Saturday and Sunday from 7:30–8:30am and from 11:30am–12:30pm.
Shift may include dining hall set up & kitchen cleanup.

Breakfast and Lunch Clean Up (Discount: $90)

Saturday and Sunday from 9:00–10:00am and from 2–3pm.

Dinner Preparation and Clean Up (Discount: $90)

Friday 4:30–5:30pm & 6:30-7:30pm. Saturday 5-6pm & 7-8pm.

Dining Hall Clean Up (Discount: $110)

Friday 6:30–7:30pm. Saturday 9-10am, 2-3pm, 7-8pm. Sunday-times ok.

Snack Every Night (Discount: $90)

Set out snack by the end of the evening program (about 11pm), replenish food as needed, and clean up when folks are finished. Friday and Saturday approx. 11pm–12:30am.

General Cleanup Crew (Discount: $90)

Daily: Sweep, mop, pickup trash, move chairs and tables, flexible hours. Includes some setup on Friday and Final clean up Sunday 2:30-4:30, after the camp ends.

We believe in fostering a love for traditional music and dancing among young people. The future is in their hands! In addition to our child and youth pricing, anyone 25 or younger may also apply for a Youth Scholarship. Please apply during registration. 

PERSONAL ITEMS: Sleeping bag or blanket and linens, towel, soap, flashlight, earplugs (for light sleepers). There are light quilts in each private room and a small number of light blankets for those bunkhouse residents who are unable to bring one of their own. If you will need us to provide one, please let us know well in advance and we’ll do our best. Hand-held recorders are welcome. We don’t supply musical instruments but some can be borrowed.

CLOTHING: Prepare for wet and dry weather. Most people wear comfortable, informal clothing. You are encouraged to bring dressy, wild or fun clothing for dances and dinner, but that is up to you! Soft-soled shoes are best for most dancing. Hard smooth-soled shoes are best for clogging and step-dancing. There’s no laundry on site so bring enough clothes for the week.

Please, no pets or drop-in guests.

Incoming mail

Your Name c/o Ashokan Music & Dance
477 Beaverkill Rd, 
Olivebridge, NY 12461

Outgoing mail leaves each weekday at 4pm.

Music & Dance (845) 246-2121 Wed & Thurs noon-8pm
Ashokan Center (845) 657-8333 standard business hours

Cell phone reception is available but spotty. Calls may be dropped but texts are reliably received.

High speed Wi-Fi is available in all buildings.

Physical Address:
Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Rd, Olivebridge, NY 12461

Take NY State Thruway (1-87) to Kingston exit #19.
From traffic circle take Route 28 West (toward Pine Hill).
In 12 miles (shortly after Mobil & Citgo) turn left onto Reservoir Rd.
Cross the Ashokan Reservoir, turn left at the Tee.
Head down the hill, pass the first left (Rt 28A East) and merge onto 28A West.
Take next left onto Beaverkill Rd.
Follow Beaverkill for about one mile, then turn right into the Ashokan Center driveway and follow the signs.

AIRPORT  Albany, NY (ALB) is the closest major airport (about 1.5 hours away). Public transportation is available from the airport to the Kingston bus station, where you can take a taxi to Ashokan. Or contact us at least one month before your program begins for a list of people driving from the Albany area who may be able to give you a ride.

BUS  Trailways (800)858-8555 runs buses from Port Authority terminal in Manhattan to Kingston, NY (2 hours).

TAXI  We provide one taxi pick up at the Kingston bus station at 2:40pm on the first day of camp. Contact us at least three weeks in advance for a seat in the taxi (if still available). If you arrive at a different time, or do not reserve in time you’ll need to hire your own cab. We recommend Kingston Kabs 845-331-8200. (About $45.)

 If you’d like to carpool, or offer a ride, please contact our office at least one month before the program begins and we’ll help coordinate a ride.

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