2017 - Amanda Roberts hails from Dayton, OH and she placed first in this competition. This was Amanda’s first time to Winfield and the Festival. She is the mother of four children and the staff Pianist at Wright State University. She considers herself a musician and a teacher. She teaches music in the elementary grades and at the high school level it is music history. Amanda won the Mid-East Regional Hammer Dulcimer competition and that qualified her for the Festival’s contest. In addition to the hammer dulcimer she plays the piano and percussion.
The Walnut Valley Association congratulate this year’s winners of the National Hammer Dulcimer Championship.
1st Place – Amanda Roberts from Dayton, OH
Prize Instrument Selected: Master Works Russell Cook Extended Range Hammer Dulcimer CBWXR7 provided by Master Works of Bennington, OK
2nd Place – Scott Freeman from Lafayette, In
Prize Instrument Selected: Cloud Nine Model 17/16/8 Hammer Dulcimer provided by Michael C. Allen Cloud Nine Musical Instruments of Ostrander, OH
3rd – Colin Beasley from Mobile, AL