Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music Creates Online Mountain Dulcimer Archive

Those of you who are on the Dulcimer Players News  mailing list probably have already seen this. For the rest of you you may find this inetersting:

click on the link http://dulcimerarchive.omeka.net/ to veiw Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music Creates Online Archive

Summary of wht you’ll find:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – An online archive dedicated to the dulcimer and conceived at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music is extending the work of legendary musician David Schnaufer in reviving the Appalachian instrument.  

 The Appalachian Dulcimer Archive contains sound clips of Schnaufer playing various dulcimers, photos and history about dulcimers from Schnaufer’s collection, biographical material about Schnaufer and other information. Future plans call for other dulcimer players to be able to upload information about their instruments to the archive.

“The original concept for the archive came from David Schnaufer himself,” said Jacob Schaub, a music librarian at the Anne Potter Wilson Music Library at Blair. “He died in 2006, but with the help of his colleagues Sandy Conatser and Zada Law, who both now teach dulcimer at Blair, we were able to get it up and running.”

Last November Karen and I made a day trip up to Vanderbilt to see the dulcimer exhibit in person and we can attest that it was well worth our time. But this on-line version is excellent as well.

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