North-East Ohio Hammered Dulcimer Weekend

Registration for NEO 2024 coming soon!

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The North-East Ohio Dulcimer Weekend is an all-day, weekend festival and concert for all levels of hammered dulcimer players led by Mark Alan Wade & Tina Bergmann. 2023's guest instructor is Jody Marshall from Washington DC. NEO is an ideal setting for all ability levels of hammered dulcimer participants with extended class sessions and an eclectic selection of workshop topics.  There will be helpful handouts, vending, instructional aids, jam sessions, concerts, great food, laughs, fun, and more!

SATURDAY CONCERT: We Dulcimers Three

A highlight of this music festival is the Saturday night concert at 7:30pm featuring virtuoso hammered dulcimer performers Tina Bergmann, Jody Marshall, and Mark Alan Wade. Come hear three of the best dulcimer players on the planet live in concert. Joined by special guest Randy Clepper (nationally renowned Irish bouzouki master), the trio of dulcimer performers will showcase everything from classical favorites to traditional American and Irish gems played like you've never heard before! Doors open at 7:15. Admission is $12 at the door (children 17 and under are FREE). See below for parking and directions.


Our workshop offerings give direction to your development as musicians in fun and easy ways. We offer three tracks to meet you right where you are in your playing: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. We have strategically chosen repertoire that is both rewarding to learn and that teaches musical concepts appropriate for each level. You’ll have so much fun, you may not even realize you are learning!

2023 Workshop Descriptions by Level: Click to Enlarge



Date Description
Friday, November 3rd, 2023 Check in, meet and greet, and jam!
Saturday, November 4th, 2023 Workshops, Vending and 7:30 Concert: We Dulcimer Three!
Sunday, November 5th, 2023 Workshops and Vending

Click on each of the images below to see the detailed daily schedules.



We have participants on a broad spectrum of abilities and experience from very beginner to advanced. Regardless of the level you select, you will have sessions with all three instructors. To help serve your needs best, please indicate your level preference on your registration form. Here is a general guideline for defining our workshop levels:


  • Has possibly played for some time but needs direction in learning or needs more time to learn new tunes fluently
  • Possibly new to the instrument before this weekend
  • Does not really know the note names or understand the layout yet
  • Has never had instruction on hammer hold and striking technique
  • May not know songs yet and probably do not have a system of dominant hand lead in place


  • Understands the general layout of the instrument
  • Able to play tunes, but ready to do more with them musically
  • Knows most or all note names on the instrument
  • Knows some simple songs and chords/scales
  • Ready to add harmonies/accompaniment to melodies
  • Ready to develop more hand independence
  • Has a general system for hammering patterns
  • Has some facility with early facets of arranging


  • Ready for more sophisticated arrangements, tunes, rhythmic and harmonic ideas
  • Able to read and/or play by ear efficiently
  • Has more varied choices in adding accompaniments to melodies
  • Consciously applies dynamics for musicality
  • Able to play with fluency and steady pulse
  • Has facility with hammer technique, ready to work on rolls, and/or dampers, etc.
  • Has more advanced arrangement techniques
  • Experience with improvising rhythmically, melodically, and harmonically within a tune

2024 Instructors:

Our 8th Annual festival will feature Tina Bergmann, Mary Lynn Michal, and Mark Alan Wade.
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photos by Edina Merkel Photography

Tina Bergmann is a primarily self-taught musician of 40+ years and a highly regarded teacher known for her warm and engaging teaching style.  Hailed as the "Diva of the Dulcimer" by Apollo's Fire, Cleveland's nationally known Baroque Orchestra, Tina is known for her driving energy and syncopated rhythms and was described by Pete Seeger as "the best hammered dulcimer player I've heard in my life."  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.  By the time she earned an education degree from KSU in 1994, Tina had already been teaching privately for 11 years.  Her teaching experience included planning and facilitating master classes, workshop series and teaching weeklong camps in a number of states. With Apollo’s Fire, Tina performs throughout the US, including mainstage appearances at the 58th Annual Ojai Music Festival in California, and mainstage performances at Chautauqua Gatherings in Boulder, Colorado, and Chautauqua, New York, as well as overseas in England and Ireland.

For more information, visit her website at: and find her on FaceBook as Tina Bergmann, Hammered Dulcimer Performance and Instruction.

Mary Lynn Michal has a gift for teaching with a unique approach which combines her experience as a professional symphonic french horn player, her degrees in music education and ten years of mastering the hammered dulcimer. Having made the switch from the highly structured classical music world to a completely different style of traditional music gives Mary Lynn access to a broad range of teaching strategies.‍
Students are drawn to Mary Lynn for her passion for teaching, her belief in her students, and her unique style of individualizing instruction which allows students to reach their potential which is often beyond their wildest dreams. Mary Lynn teaches classes online through her website. Her signature classes Mastering Theory and Sharpen Your Skills have attracted more than 350 hammered dulcimer players from around the world. She teaches nearly 100 private students as well as weekend group retreats at her studio, Sassafras Ridge, in Middletown MD.

Mark Alan Wade performs throughout Europe, Asia, and North America as a soloist on dulcimer and trumpet. Based in Akron, Ohio, Mark is an active full time musician on trumpet, hammered & mountain dulcimers, and penny whistle. A classical trumpeter by trade, Mark earned his master and doctorate degrees in music from The Ohio State University and has played hammered and mountain dulcimers for over 30 years. His style uniquely marries his classical precision and technique with his wild traditional dulcimer playing. Mark’s playing brings Celtic & world music to life and authenticity to familiar classical pieces. Mark has published 5 dulcimer books with Mel Bay, Inc., as well as 6 self-published books on topics ranging from technique to Irish ornamentation. A National Champion himself, 6 of his students have also won the National Contest. Mark lives in Akron, Ohio with his wife and two sons.

Visit or find him on Facebook for more!


The North-East Ohio Hammered Dulcimer Weekend will be held at the Summit County Educational Center: 420 Washington Ave, Cuyahoga Falls, 44224. ENTER AND PARK FROM OAKWOOD DRIVE.


We also have a group discount at Hampton Inn Stow 4331 Lakepoint Corporate Dr. Stow, OH 44224. (Discount code is "NOH" and you only need that code if you call to redeem our discount & book 330-945-4160.) Our discount code is already imbedded in our following link HERE. READ BELOW.

UPDATE: After Oct. 15, to book a hotel room at the discount rate, please email Bob Purdy directly at [email protected]

The negotiated rate is $102 a night for a King room, or $109 for a double Queen room with refrigerator. (prices are before tax) On the registration form participants receive, we can also facilitate finding roommates if you want to split a room.

Full / Half / Concert-Only Reservation Options:

The full and half reservations cover all workshops and include the concert. The Concert-Only reservation is only necessary for people who want to attend the concert but are not attending the festival.


Nope! Walk-ins are welcome for workshops, but not lunches as they are pre-ordered. That said, please REGISTER if at all possible so we can print the right number of handouts and make other preparations.


We offer 4 Registration Options: Full Registration, Half Registration, Lunch/Concert Package for Non-Participants, and Concert Only.

After you have paid for your reservation, a confirmation page will show a link to a form to complete your registration and choose your workshops. Most students take the same level classes throughout the festival, but it's perfectly ok to take a class in a different level. The form will allow you to custom tailor your class selections. Please COPY or OPEN that link so you don't lose it.

Click to Select Your Registration Below

WHAT TO HAVE READY (for the workshop participants):

Anything you need to play your dulcimer (stand, hammers, tuning wrench, music stand, etc.).

A snack to share.

Optional Covid Precautions: N95 masks, hand sanitizer.

Notebook, voice or video recorder.


Use my contact page to email me with any questions you might have.


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