Tish Westman
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  • Beckley, WV
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2011 Second Annual Bowed Psaltery Symphony

Started this discussion. Last reply by Donna Malus Apr 13, 2011. 16 Replies

Workshops...April 7,8,9, Performance April 10, 2011We are all set, I think.....  We have all the Noted Note sheet music with sound files, thanks Donna for making that possible, up on our website. …Continue

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Play for hire or just play?

Started this discussion. Last reply by geo Feb 9, 2012. 25 Replies

It is nice to make a little money sometimes but mostly we just play to share, VA hospitals, Senior centers, Shepard Center, Funerals, Hospice, and Churches.If you haven't done so try going out and…Continue


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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
yes, several
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
Saw one being played at the Florida State Folk Festival made by John Williams.
Who built your bowed psaltery?
Westman Instruments
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
Yes, Our group is "Psaltrio", Greg Westman, Jackie Williams and myself. We also are billed sometimes as "Psaltrio and Friends". We often invite others to play with us.
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
Yes and other instruments as well. Westman Instruments.
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
Yes, I love to teach the Bowed Psaltery. I have taught BP and Mtn Dulcimer at several events, Augusta Heritage at Davis Elkins College, DulcimerDays in Coshocton, OH, Central Florida Dulcimer and Autoharp Festival, Mount Dora. I also teach at Tamarack, weekly workshops, all levels, all are welcome.

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Update for the 1st Annual Bowed Psaltery Symphony 2010

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 9:57am 2 Comments

Just a reminder about the Symphony:

April 16 - 18, 2010


Information and free sheet music for songs to be played available on our website, download free even if not participating. www.westmaninstruments.com

All workshops and events at Tamarack are free to attend and to…


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At 12:42pm on April 3, 2011, Shirley Hollingsworth said…
I will probably be the only person there who has owned a bowed psaltery for less than two months, but I'm sure it wil help me learn proper technique to participate in the Symphony.  I am very much looking forward to it.
At 9:30am on March 26, 2011, Michele Edington said…
Hi Tish,  Will be back in WV the end of June and first week of July.  Hope to see you then.  Michele
At 12:14am on March 26, 2011, Greg (Grego) Dana said…

Thanks for the fine vibes Tish.

Things are indeed pretty spooky here in Japan these days.

I went and played psaltery music at a shelter for refugees from Fukushima.

There was nary a penny in it for anyone, but rarely have I done such a rewarding performance.

At 2:05pm on July 8, 2010, Sharon Kirby said…
Terry wanted me to look at something while I was at work and I couldn't remember our login, so I just created a new one for me. We are on the website on a daily basis and love it!
At 1:24am on February 5, 2010, Jackie Hostetler said…
Thanks Tish for telling me about the waltz you posted for the 9 note Ive taken a look Im excited i have a new song to try(another to add to my really long list to work lol)
At 7:04am on January 27, 2010, Jackie Hostetler said…
Thanks Tish for the info on the song I asked about Thats okay it not working on mine for the time being Ill have to stay with the 9 note my instrument fund kinda went out the door when the twin grandbabies came lol,thats where contintment comes in:)
At 12:30pm on January 26, 2010, Rick Long said…
Hi Tish, I think I'm a lot like you and Greg, doing what I love and tryng to make that pay the bills and have something to eat. I told my wife Cathy that was all that was really important, when we decided for me to quit my full time job and work from home. If you saw me you would know I've been eating :)

I don't know of any relatives in WV, but you never know. I do like the name Alfred.

I don't have my schedule finalized yet, for the year. I plan to do more demos at the craft shops and have decided not to do any craft fairs this year. They are just getting too hard to do and I don't enjoy the fast pace.

I'll be watching for the dates of your get together and see if it will fit into my schedule. I have to send in my requested dates for demos Feb. 1, but that doesn't mean I'll get all that I ask for. There are a lot of crafters in the Southern Highlands Guild and the dates fill up quick.

Sounds like a lot of fun. I wouldn't want to horn in or any of your workshops, but would be nice to attend. I'm not much of a workshop leader anyway, even though I agreed to do just that at a couple of dulcimer festivals this spring . I'll probably be too nervous to think straight.
At 12:30pm on January 26, 2010, Jackie Hostetler said…
I would be interested on the Old time waltz The foot that Faltered dont know if its workable with my 9 note or not ?I could rework it if need be Do you have a sound clip for it?
At 12:25pm on January 26, 2010, Jackie Hostetler said…
Thank you Tish for the compliment on my 9 note next to my dulcimers she is a beauty and I have enjoyed her so much its been my playing preverance (spelled wrong)since I got her from you
At 11:19am on January 26, 2010, Jackie Hostetler said…
Thank You for adding me as youre freind :)

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Tish Westman - West Virginia
Lessons at Tamarack, Beckley, WV. Wednesday workshops also available for individual classes and to teach at festivals.
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