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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Q. What is Expedition Dulcimer?

A. Expedition Dulcimer, presented by Bing & Jae Futch, is an all-inclusive workshop series for intermediate mountain dulcimer players. Explore extraordinary venues nationwide, enjoy specially curated workshops, and luxuriate with on-site accommodations and delectable home-cooked meals.

Immerse in classes involving technical exercises, repertoire-building, and improvisation, as well as a curriculum that includes guidance on solo study and setting realistic goals for improvement. Embrace unique themes in each location, blending education, adventure, relaxation, and personal growth. The next Expedition Dulcimer event will take place at Roundhouse Lodge from July 25th through 28th, 2024, in Forest City, Pennsylvania.

Q. What is your definition of intermediate?

A. Intermediate musicians have a good understanding of fundamental music principles. They feel comfortable when strumming, playing chords, and reading tablature. They can play tunes from memory or sheet music, and they're ready to delve into complex rhythms, advanced chord progressions, and embellishments like hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides. Moreover, they're ready to take on the task of playing in different keys and creatively arranging songs.

In our workshop series, we maintain smaller class sizes to ensure that each student receives focused attention. This approach maximizes knowledge retention and provides a conducive environment for participants to flourish in their musical journey.

Q. What's included with my registration?

A. Your registration includes on-site lodging, all meals and beverages, workshop sessions, performances, jams, pre-retreat prep materials, and post-retreat follow-up Zoom meetings.

Q. When will hotel room assignments be made? 

A. Hotel room assignments will be made once the registration period closes. 

Q. What is the priority for room assignments?

A. Priority is given to attendees who are attending with a partner.

Q. What if I am attending alone?

A. To optimize accommodation and foster a social atmosphere, you may be assigned a roommate if you are in a room with two beds. We believe this will enhance the overall experience and we will coordinate with you in the event this happens. Our goal, however, is to limit attendance so everyone can have their own room.

Q. What if I have a mobility issue that makes stairs challenging?

A. If you have a mobility issue that would make navigating stairs difficult, please inform us by contacting Jae at 

Q. How do I communicate my special requirements or preferences?

A. If you have specific requirements or preferences regarding your room assignment, such as mobility issues or any other concerns, please communicate these to Jae via email at

Q. Can I choose my roommate?

A. If you have a specific request for a roommate, you can communicate this to Jae, and we will do our best to accommodate your preference.

Q. If I just pay the deposit, when is the balance due?

A. The balance should be paid in full two weeks before the retreat.

Q. Can you accommodate special dietary requests?

A. Yes! We will survey all registrants.

Q. Will there be free time to explore and relax?

A. Absolutely, in fact, it's built right into the schedule!

Q. What is your Covid policy?

A. At Expedition Dulcimer, we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and are committed to following all local, state, and federal guidelines and recommendations to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone involved.

We strongly encourage all eligible attendees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before attending the event. Masks will not be required.

Q. How is cel service?  Will wi-fi be available?

A. While we can't vouch for the performance of your carrier at each of our different venues, we do have Starlink satellite service available (where we have a clear view of the sky.)

Q. Where/When is the next Expedition Dulcimer going to be?

A.  The plan is to do five expeditions each year in distinctly different regions of the United States; the Southeast, Northeast, Central Plains, Southwest, and Northwest. Expedition Dulcimer: Stone Mountain Manor (southeast) took place March 28th - 31st, 2024, and Expedition Dulcimer: Roundhouse Lodge (northeast) will be July 25th - 28th, 2024. Subscribe to this page for updates on additional locations.

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