National Dulcimer Champion, Mark Alan Wade performs in orchestra halls and music festivals alike with his characteristic mix of classical precision and raw traditional American style. Classically trained as a trumpeter with doctorate and master’s degrees in music from The Ohio State University, his unique style emerged as the technique and discipline of his formal training crossed over into his dulcimer playing. He earned his undergraduate degree in music at Ohio Wesleyan University. His performances bring world music to life and revitalize familiar classical pieces on hammered dulcimer.
Mark Alan Wade is based in Northeast Ohio, but his 25+ years performing have taken him all over the U.S., Europe and Asia. In 2013, he was a featured performer and lecturer at the World Cymbalom Congress in Taipei, Taiwan. 2014 found him playing trumpet in an orchestra on the very stages where Beethoven and Haydn performed near Vienna, Austria. Recently he premiered his Irish hymn suite for hammered dulcimer and orchestra with the Tuscarawas Philharmonic Orchestra and the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra. His upcoming touring schedule includes performances in Los Angeles, Chicago, Orlando, Baton Rouge, and Oregon. On trumpet, he has also performed with the Beach Boys, the Buckinghams, and with numerous orchestras including the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Central Ohio Symphony, Mansfield Symphony, Ashland Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Tuscarawas Philharmonic Orchestra, Lima Symphony, Newark-Granville Symphony, and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
Despite his active performing schedule on multiple instruments, he maintains a thriving private studio with six of his students having also won the National Contest for hammered dulcimer. For 11 years, he served as the professor of trumpet, hammered dulcimer, music theory, and wind ensemble at Denison University before leaving to perform full time.
His eighth book for hammered dulcimer, “Classical Masterpieces for Hammered Dulcimer,” was recently released in 2020 with Mel Bay, Inc. Publishers. In addition, Mark has published seven hammered dulcimer CD albums, including Serenade, a collection of classical gems for hammered dulcimer. More information can be found at:
MOUNTAIN DULCIMER WORKSHOPS
Fun with Vivaldi’s “Spring” Intermediate
This beautiful tune works great on mountain dulcimer with a little help. Mark’s arrangement makes it easy under the fingers and works great either finger style or with a pick. Bonus: Mark will give you a harmony part to play with a friend!
Must Have 1.5 Fret! Advanced
In this fun class, Mark will teach you a funky Irish tune using the 1.5 fret (Julia Delaney). This challenging tune requires having the 1.5 fret and learning some cross-picking but is so addictive it is worth the effort in navigating through the tune. Mark will show you some short cuts to make learning it easier and fun too!
HAMMERED DULCIMER WORKSHOPS
WHERE DO I HIT??!! Beginner
This class is a fun start to dulcimer playing whether you are brand new or have been playing for a year or two. Mark will show you simple patterns and explain the layout easily so you can start making music right away. He’ll use your first tunes to teach you good habits too!
Arranging Sí Bheag Sí Mhór Intermediate
This charming tune for harp was adapted by O’Carolan from a Scottish tune. We’ll take look at the Scottish version and create an engaging arrangement that will be perfect for playing solo. Mark will show you arranging tips that will easily transfer over to your other tunes as well.
Clair de Lune Advanced
Few songs stir imagery like Debussy’s “Clair de lune.” It offers a full pallet of chord colors to garnish a relatively simple melody. The trick is all about dividing up the job between your two hands for this piano piece. Mark will walk you through it and show you how to get the full effect of the original piece in a fun, hands on class.