Strings & Things

September 6, 2018

 The Walnut Valley Festival draws thousands of people to Winfield, KS on the third weekend of September each year. Kansas’ biggest folk music event has many GPDA members packing on Labor Day weekend instead of taking one more trip to the lake. As we all get ready, I wa...

May 18, 2018


Wendy Songe will be presenting a full day of mountain dulcimer workshops on Wednesday, May 23rd. Wendy is a wonderful musician from Tulsa, OK. It is an honor to have her in Wichita for the day. Invite all your friends and come learn something new!

10:00-11:00- Finger...

August 21, 2017

Here are detailed descriptions about Neal Hellman's workshops on October 10th.  Please RSVP to Erin Mae if you plan to attend any of the workshops --- this allows us to have plenty of chairs and handouts ready!

WORKSHOP 1 - 10:00-11:30am

Aeolian Mode for Beginners & Sing...

August 14, 2017

Neal Hellman is a world-renowned mountain dulcimer player from Santa Cruz, CA. GPDA is delighted to welcome him to Kansas for a series of workshops and concert on Tuesday, October 10th!

A nationally acclaimed performer and teacher of the mountain dulcimer, Neal Hellma...

December 29, 2016

The Annual Winter Retreat is coming up on Saturday, January 21st.  This event is free and open to all music lovers.  We'll have a variety of instrument workshops, plus lots of jamming.  Whether you have been playing old-time music your whole life, or just got an instru...

December 1, 2016

I cannot believe this year has passed so swiftly. We have accomplished so much this year and gained several new members. Our new website is a huge success!

During our November meeting, we elected our new officers for 2017:

Gary Bell, president

Erin Mae Lewis, vice preside...

The excitement of the GPDA list of tunes may quickly turn to an overwhelming source of frustration for new members. As long-term GPDA members, trust that most of us have been there. Like many other goals, learning the music is best approached in a consistent, systemati...

September 27, 2016

GPDA is pleased to welcome Don Pedi to Wichita for a day of workshops and a concert on Saturday, October 15th.  Don is a mountain dulcimer instructor and performer from Western North Carolina.  He specializes in playing traditional fiddle tunes and songs he has collect...

June 14, 2016

I am on an adventure! I will be attending the Kentucky Music Week in Bardstown, Kentucky. I am taking a “giant” step forward.

In fact, I have been building a wooden banjo. I will be taking beginning banjo classes with Amber Rogers. I have no idea what I am getting into,...

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