Jim Miller has been playing and performing traditional music for the past 35 years. An accomplished instrument builder and teacher, he has taught workshops at numerous festivals as well as won many awards for his musicianship. For twenty years, Jim was the owner of the Hampton Music Shop, in Hampton, Tennessee, where he handcrafted over 750 hammered dulcimers. He has played with Celtic, Bluegrass, Swing, Blues and Old Time bands, and has done session work on many recordings. In addition to being an accomplished performer and workshop leader, Jim also is an enthusiastic jam facilitator who likes to get everyone involved. He plays guitar, banjo, octave mandolin, bass, steel drum, percussion, autoharp, mandocello, hammered and mountain dulcimers as well as his own off-the-wall musical inventions, which are always entertaining. Jim holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and has completed the course work for certification in music education. He recently retired from teaching 4th grade at Cloudland Elementary School in Roan Mountain, Tennessee, where he still leads an after school traditional string band program. He teaches dulcimer, mandolin, ukulele, and autoharp in the Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music program at East Tennessee State University and plays mandocello in the ETSU mandolin orchestra.
Judy House lives in Winston-Salem NC. She is a graduate of Campbell University. She has had an extraordinary variety of opportunities as an educator over the past 40 years, teaching preschool through graduate level classes in North Carolina. Judy began her study of music as the age of 9 when she was introduced to the flute; piano soon followed. She has been playing and performing ever since with everything from marching bands to gospel quartets to dulcimer ensembles! She received her first mountain dulcimer in 1995. A graduate of the first class for Teaching the Mountain Dulcimer from Dulcimer U at WCU, she has taught Mountain Dulcimer classes at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, NC since 2010, has a number of private students, and was added to the Dulcimer U staff in 2014 for the Teaching the Mountain Dulcimer core class. She has also been a presenter at dulcimer festivals in North Carolina for the past 4 years. She enjoys leading the Camel City Strummers in Winston-Salem as well as the Triad Dulcimer Players.
Carol Crocker lives in Winston-Salem, NC. Her first introduction to the mountain dulcimer was at a school heritage day program. For over 20 years since then she has enjoyed sharing her love of the dulcimer and singing with children, adults, at schools, churches, and senior homes. Carol has a certification in Teaching the Mountain Dulcimer from Western Carolina University-Dulcimer U. In addition to teaching, she performs with the Triad Dulcimer Players and helps to lead the Camel City Strummers dulcimer club.
Carol is a graduate of Western Carolina University in music education and voice. She holds a MM in music education from UNC-Greensboro as well as Level III certification in Orff-Schulwerk. As a music educator she has taught many levels from elementary through working with college students for the over 30 years, and has been a presenter at music workshops and choral clinics throughout the Carolinas.
Jeff Furman is an award-winning mountain dulcimer player who is known for his smooth and expressive style. And his gentle, humorous, and effective teaching style has made him a popular instructor at numerous mountain dulcimer workshops across the country. Jeff is a multi-instrumentalist who has been playing old-time music since 1980. Primarily a clawhammer banjo player for many years, he developed a rhythmic and melodic style which has heavily influenced his dulcimer playing. He has an extensive repertoire of old-time fiddle music which crosses over to a strong interest in Celtic music. But he has a particular fondness for waltzes and Celtic airs on the dulcimer, and for the moods he can create. Jeff has performed individually, with his wife, Janet, and with several old-time bands for over 30 years throughout the United States. His technical abilities and musical sensitivity have made Jeff a popular choice for playing on multiple recordings, including music from Ireland, Scotland, the Appalachian Mountains, American folk tunes and World music. Jeff describes himself as a “musician with a day job!” He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Anne Lough is an internationally known traditional musician whose skill and expertise as a performer and educator have brought her wide acclaim. Anne has a Music Education Degree from Murray State University, Murray, Ky and a Master of Music Education Degree from Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC. Dedicated to the preservation of traditional music, stories, folk dance and folklore, she now devotes her time to festivals, Road Scholar classes, workshops, performances and school residencies. Her artistic interpretation, sensitive playing style, versatility, creative arranging and skill as an instructor have given her opportunities to share the music and inspire students in major venues of the dulcimer community. In addition to being a regular instructor of mountain and hammered dulcimer at the prestigious John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC, Anne has taught and performed at the Swannanoa Gathering, Western Carolina Dulcimer Week, Augusta Heritage Dulcimer Week, Kentucky Music Week, Ozark Folk Center and numerous other festivals and workshops throughout the country as well as in Ireland and the British Isles.