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Lois Hornbostel

P.O. Box 907

Bryson City, NC 28713

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What's New:

LOIS'S SIX MEL BAY MOUNTAIN DULCIMER BOOKS ALL AVAILABLE! Visit MUSIC STORE page for details.

BRING MOUNTAIN DULCIMER PLAYING & BUILDING TO YOUR CHILDREN'S SCHOOLS! Learn how by clicking above on our new ARTS-IN-EDUCATION page!  

RECENT DULCIMER PLAYING CHAMPIONSHIPS! We've been attending Appalachian fiddle conventions, getting into the roots of the area's music, showing folks what the mountain dulcimer can do, and picking up some honors along the way...

 

 

LOIS’S DULCIMER CHAMPIONSHIPS:

After winning the Galax (VA) Fiddle Convention Dulcimer Championship in 1986 Lois did not compete more until 2014 when she and Ehukai started visiting fiddle conventions. She's honored to have been awarded:

’14 Mt. Airy, NC Dulcimer Champion

’14 Grayson County, VA Dulcimer Champion

’14 Alleghany County, NC Dulcimer Champion

’16 Alleghany County, NC Dulcimer Champion

’16 Tazewell, VA Dulcimer Champion

'16 Laurel Bloomery, TN Dulcimer Champion

'17 Grayson County, VA Dulcimer Champion

'17 Laurel Bloomery, TN Dulcimer Champion

 

EHUKAI’S DULCIMER CHAMPIONSHIPS:

'12 Fiddlers Grove, NC Dulcimer Champion

’13 Union Grove, NC Dulcimer Champion

’14 Union Grove, NC Dulcimer Champion

’15 Union Grove, NC Dulcimer Champion

’15 Alleghany County, NC Dulcimer Champion

'15 Ashe County, NC Dulcimer Champion

’16 Ashe County, NC Dulcimer Champion

'17 Tazewell, VA Traditional Singer Champion                                           

'17 Alleghany County, NC Dulcimer Champion

ARTS-IN-EDUCATION

The Appalachian Dulcimer is an authentic and beautiful part of our country's musical heritage. A new generation of young dulcimer enthusiasts has been introduced to the instrument through school visits by Lois Hornbostel, one of the country's best-known dulcimer performer/teachers and an internationally-published author. She has taught over 19K children to play and build mountain dulcimers in schools.

Joining Lois is Ehukai Teves, a sensational musician and dulcimer building innovator. He holds a Bachelors degree in Music Theory and Voice Performance and has worked in schools for more than 20 years.

Both enjoy a love for youngsters and have notorious reputations for their rapport with them!

Our Programs for Grades K thru 8:

Residencies

1 to 2 weeks' duration. Consist of School Concert/Residency Introduction, Dulcimer Playing Classes, and can include Dulcimer Building Classes. Details on hours, class sizes, budget, etc. by contacting us. 

We bring with us 25 student mountain dulcimers so each student has his/her "own" to learn on in Playing Classes. Our Dulcimer Building Classes produce the same high-quality kits from Backyard Music, the pioneer of school dulcimers. Additional budget covers cost of these kits, and we bring the necessary tools and building supplies.

"Dulcimer Day"

Includes one School Concert and three Dulcimer Playing Classes.

Book Lois and Ehukai by contacting Lois at Loisdulc@frontier.com . Please include your name, the school/organization you represent, and your full contacts. We look forward to working with you!

Feedback from Schools & Presenters:

John Kearns, Executive Director, Huntingdon County Arts Council: "An outstanding experience to work with these fine professionals. It was a thrill to see the excitement on the faces of kids when they learned to play the instrument."  

Tom Bryan, South Carolina Arts Commission: "Lois is one of the best artists-in-education I have ever watched work, and I would not hesitate to recommend her based on years of excellent value given and based on outstanding evaluations of her work."  

The students of Swain County, NC schools:                                 "We LOVE 'Mister T' and wish he could be with us all the time."  

Laura Schley, All Saints' Episcopal Day School, Carmel, CA: "Lois is an extremely talented and versatile performer who peaks the students' interest with her superb playing and historical background. I was impressed that her teaching skills equal her musical ones."