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North Georgia foothills Dulcimer Association


North Georgia foothills Dulcimer Association

Fall Festival Tuition Scholarship(s) Application Coming in August!

Thanks to proceeds from the 2016 Fall Festival dulcimer raffle, NGFDA is afforded the opportunity to offer 10 festival registration tuition scholarships to the 2017 NGFDA Fall Festival!  Application for scholarship will be open to NGFDA members of all ages.  Applicants must be responsible for their own transportation, lodging and meals, and must be able to attend the full Festival program.  The tuition scholarship application form will be published in the NGFDA newsletter website in August.  Satellites are encouraged to promote application by their members who need financial support in order to attend the festival.   

2017 Fall Festival registration begins friday, sept. 1ST. REVIEW ROOM RATEs, FACULTY and workshops ON THE EVENTS PAGE

Go to NGFDA Events tab to find out more!!


Who we are...

Founded in 1988, North Georgia Foothills Dulcimer Association (NGFDA) with consistent membership in the hundreds, serves as the state’s largest non-profit 501(c)3 resource to promote Mountain Dulcimers and Hammered Dulcimers.

We have established geographic playing groups as a resource for sharing music, playing techniques, gaining confidence in performing, and other educational interests. The organization sponsors workshops, concerts, and festivals. We sponsor educational opportunities to increase the general awareness and appreciation in dulcimer- related activities.



We help connect good people to great opportunities


We help connect good people to great opportunities

What We Do

• Sponsor Festivals and Workshops

• Sponsor regional playing groups,    including new player support

• Promote community involvement with demonstrations by playing groups

• Produce Foothills Footnotes newsletter

• Maintain information-packed website

• Organization networking through    Facebook

• Promote friendship and fun 

• Carry the dulcimer heritage into future generations, preserving the tradition

why We Serve

Promoting educational activities for:

  • Instrument playing

  • Instrument building

  • Composing

  • Performing

  • Listening

Preserving and continuing the instruments’ heritage, history and traditions 

Perpetuating and exploring dulcimers advanced musical applications

Increasing public awareness and appreciation of the instruments

Help Connect

As an all-volunteer organization, there are worthwhile opportunities to learn music and for meaningful involvement to sustain these unique instruments: 

  • Board of Directors Leadership 

  • Committee Leadership 

  • Playing Satellite Leadership 

  • Special Event Leadership 

  • Special Event Volunteers 

  • Community Outreach Volunteers 

  • Marketing and Communications


The Dulcimer

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The Dulcimer

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The Mountain Dulcimer

The Mountain Dulcimer, or Appalachian/Lap Dulcimer, is a handcrafted folk music instrument holding historical significance and traditions unique to America. 

It originates from early 17th-century immigrant settlers traveling along the Wilderness Road into the mountains of Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee, crafting instruments from native woods.

• Played by picking or strumming

• ‘Play by number’ with tablature

• Easy start with one-string playing

• Advances to beautiful chorded melodies

The Hammered Dulcimer

The Hammered Dulcimer is a large handcrafted trapezoid-shaped folk instrument with many strings stretched across a wooden platform. Its ancient Middle East roots are probably found in the Bible’s Old Testament. It is known in many countries, coming to America with immigrants, becoming popular as a ‘parlor instrument’ in the 1920/30’s.

• Played with small wooden ‘hammers’

• Played by reading music notes

• Lovely bell-like tones

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