Musicians / Instructors
Stephen Seifert’s teaching and playing has made him a favorite with dulcimer players all over the country since 1991. In that time, he’s been a featured performer at hundreds of dulcimer festivals and other music events including Kentucky Music Week in Bardstown, KY, Dulcimerville in Black Mountain, NC, the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, WV, the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC, the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, AR, Stringalong near Milwaukee, WI, the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS and The tono American Music Festival, in Tono, Japan.
Stephen has been a dulcimer soloist with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, now known as Orchestra Nashville, since 1996 and is featured on their Warner Classical recording of Connie Ellisor and David Schnaufer’s Blackberry Winter, a concerto for mountain dulcimer and string orchestra. The piece continues to be in regular rotation on many classical stations around the U.S. (The recording album is titled “Conversations in Silence” and can be sampled and purchased on iTunes.) Stephen most recently performed this piece with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra.
Stephen was Adjunct Instructor of Mountain Dulcimer with David Schnaufer at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music from 1997 to 2001. He also taught, performed, and recorded with Mr. Schnaufer as a duo throughout the country. Stephen has authored ten books, four CDs, and 16 instructional videos. Most recently, he has been teaching hundreds of students around the world via http://dulcimerschool.com.
Linda Brockinton started playing flute at age 11 and has played flute and piccolo previously with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. As a music major in college, she won First Chair in several regional orchestras. Linda began playing mountain dulcimer when she received where instrument as a gift from her husband on their honeymoon in 1988. She started teaching dulcimer lessons in 1990. Four years later she formed the Cotton Pickin’ Dulcimer pickers, later renamed Heartstrings, with some of her music students. Linda also plays harp, guitar, hammered dulcimer, and bodhran with the group. Linda continues to teach private dulcimer and flute lessons as well as teaching at numerous venues across the country.
Since Linda began playing the dulcimer, she has won numerous awards. In 1999, she won the Southern Regional Mountain Dulcimer Contest at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas. In that same year she was a finalist in the National Mountain Dulcimer Championships. In 2000 she went back to Winfield, Kansas and placed 3rd in the Nationals. In 2001 she won the National Mountain Dulcimer Championships, the only woman in 30 years to ever accomplish this.
Linda has performed at many concerts and festivals throughout the United States: Southern Ohio Dulcimer Festival; SAMFest; The Logon Cafe-A Unique Internet Coffeehouse; Ozark Folk Center Dulcimer Week; Heartland Dulcimer Club; Cullowhee Mountain Dulcimer Week; Dulcimer Chautauqua On the Wabash; Prairie Walnut Valley Festival; Arkansas Dulcimer Getaway, Kentucky Music Week, Backstage Cafe; & more.
Brett's philosophy is that "anyone can make music, regardless of age, musical ability or knowledge!” And his philosophy shows in responses to his workshops. He currently teaches hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, bluegrass banjo, clawhammer banjo, beginner acoustic guitar and mandolin as well as several unique ALL INSTRUMENT workshops. Brett has authored and marketed a series of instructional CDs that display his friendly method of teaching the hammered dulcimer and also teaches lessons via Skype and Facetime.
Brett tours promoting traditional American music and sometimes performs and teaches with Phyllis Woods Brown and is available alone or as a duo. He has released a total of nine recordings; (two of which were recorded with Phyllis) of which eight are currently available.
Additionally, an original composition, "Gettysburg Rain" written and performed by Brett Ridgeway is featured in the soundtrack of “The Path of the Wind”, a 2010 movie which features Wilford Brimley.