Sue Carpenter

Her innovative fingerpicking style has won her many awards as early as 1984. In 2005 she became the 2005 National Mountain Dulcimer Champion at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS, after placing second in 2003. As a teacher, Sue is well known for her challenging, highly organized and intensive methods, nurturing patience, and energetic enthusiasm that make learning fun.  She is a favorite workshop leader and performer at dulcimer festivals from Maine to California, and recently in England.  Before moving to Texas, Sue taught for many years for Old Songs and The Heldeberg Workshop, in the Albany, NY, area; and in 1985, she founded the Dulcimer Association of Albany. Born and raised in Quakertown, PA, Sue likes to think that her love for the mountain dulcimer was rooted in the Pennsylvania Dutch Country even before she knew about dulcimers or their German zither heritage.