Amanda Roberts

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.

2017 National Hammer Dulcimer Champions Named

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

2017 National Flat Pick Guitar Champions Named

The Walnut Valley Association congratulate this year’s winners of the National Flat Pick Guitar Championship

1st Place – Andy Hatfield from Peoria, IL

Prize Instrument Selected: Martin D-41 Custom Guitar provided by C.F. Martin & Co. of Nazareth, PA

2nd Place – Jason Shaw from Lincoln, NE

Prize Instrument Selected: Collings Winfield Model Mahogany/Adirondack Spruce Guitar provided by Collings Guitars Inc. of Austin, TX

3rd Place – Adam Wright from Goodlettsville, TN

Jessica Hoskins

2017 - Third place was awarded to a 29 –year old stay at home mom to 4 beautiful children. Jessica Hoskins of Arkansas City, KS says she has attended the Festival for 29 years of her life starting when she was 5-months old. She entered this competition because of the encouragement from friends and family. Jessica also plays the guitar, bodhran, fiddle, and autoharp. While at the Festival she looks forward to spending time with family and friends to pass on the tradition to her children. Music, photography, and crafting along with her children keep her very busy.