7th Annual Bowed Psaltery Symphony

Event Details

7th Annual Bowed Psaltery Symphony

Time: April 14, 2016 to April 17, 2016
Location: Tamarack
Street: One Tamarack Park
City/Town: Beckley
Website or Map: http://westmaninstruments.com…
Phone: 3045759515
Event Type: music, festival, performance
Organized By: Tish and Greg Westman
Latest Activity: Mar 18, 2016

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Event Description

Seven years! WOW!  This is a great 4 day event, with discounts available on a local hotel. Four days of practice culminate in a stage performance on Sunday. ALL LEVELS of players welcome, they are parts for all. 

The music is up on on the Westman's web page!  Download and start practicing now. I missed the symphony last year and am so anxious for this year's event. I hope to see many of you at the Symphony!

P.S. Tish is looking for Ukulele rhythm on "The Prairie Flower"  I'll be bringing my uke, if you play uke considering bringing yours for this piece!

P.S.S. The event has always been free so as far as I know that hasn't changed, BUT, Tish and Greg work very hard and absorb any expenses so if you care to make a donation that would be wonderful (this was not solicited by the Westmans, it's all on me!)

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Comment by SUE C WHEELER on March 18, 2016 at 7:16am

Eager to meet you!

Comment by Brenda Mangan on March 17, 2016 at 10:16pm

I'm going to be going to this for the first time this year. I'm very excited. Have my hotel reservation and my husband will be joining me at the end to see the concert.

Comment by SUE C WHEELER on March 2, 2016 at 9:14pm

very helpful. thanks!

Comment by Donna Malus on March 2, 2016 at 6:19pm

Hi Sue, The concert has been at 2:00 in the afternoon for the last 6 years so I am assuming it is still at that time. It is an hour long so we are finished performing by 3:00 PM. I hope that is helpful!

Comment by SUE C WHEELER on February 22, 2016 at 7:14am

Could you give me an idea what time events will be done on the 17tth?

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Featured Video

Amplified Psaltery with Cello Strings built by Rick Long

This video is a personal favorite because it shows a unique type of bowed psaltery with a gorgeous sound. When I heard it I broke out in goose bumps!

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Clergy's Lamentation




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Members who build bowed psalteries for sale

Spring Creek Psalteries - Sharon & Terry Kirby



From the Wood - Wayne Gaydos



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Waynie Psaltery - Wayne Simms



Prairie Psaltery - Richard Celata



Loon Song Psalteries-Charlie Marshall



New Tradition Dulcimers- Dan Daniels



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Ringing Strings - Rick Long

Michael J King Instrumetns - Diatonic Psalteries

Inspired Instruments – Carol and Joe Esch

James Jones Instruments

Omega Strings – Richard Spencer

Master Works Bowed Psalteries - Russell Cook

Members that teach Bowed Psaltery

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Gregg Schneeman - California
Contact Gregg here on Psaltery Strings


Peter Tommerup - California
San Francisco Bay Area
Bowed Psaltery and other Instruments


Celeste Howard Ray
Bowed Psaltery lessons via Skype
Skype name celesteray88


Maureen Barnes - Illinois
Bowed Psaltery lessons in Bloomington, IL


Dona Benkert -

Lessons at Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
Phone: 773.728.6000
& Folk-Lore Center, Warrenville, IL
Phone: 630.393.1247

Tish Westman - West Virginia
Lessons at Tamarack, Beckley, WV. Wednesday workshops also available for individual classes and to teach at festivals.
Sunday "Jam" 3:30 to 6:00. All instruments welcome, play mostly Old Time, Celtic & Gospel Music, not opposed to trying any tune called, once did a rap on Bowed Psalteries.

Rick Long - Tennessee
Lessons at Rick's home/workshop in Clinton, 30 mins N of Knoxville
(865) 660-4026

Karla Armstrong - Pennsylvania
Karla plays a variety of instruments and does workshops as well. Please visit her web site for additional information or contact her via the web site or the information below.
(717) 632-8099

Carol Esch - Kentucky
Lessons in Carol's home/workshop south of Lexington.

Honey Smith Walls - Florida
e-mail Honey for more info honey@offthewalls.us
Melbourne, FL

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Tish's list is a valuable resource when searching for other players. http://www.westmaninstruments.com/Bowed_Psaltery_List.html

If you are already on Tish's list, why don't you stop in and update your info? While your there take a look to see if there are new players in your area. Who knows, you might get together and make a recording.

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