Dulci-More to host David Mahler, Cammi Schuler

David Mahler

SALEM–Dulci-More: Folk & Traditional Musicians will host David Mahler (with Cammi Schuler opening) at 7 p.m. on Monday in the Meeting Room of the Dale Shaffer Research Library of the Salem Historical Society, 239 S. Lundy Ave. Parking is available in the municipal lot across Lundy. The building is handicapped accessible. Admission is $10 with an additional $5 covering all children in a family.

David Mahler, a Lynchburg, Va. based composer and multi instrumentalist, began playing the hammered dulcimer at the age of 10. Four years later, he competed and won the title of National Champion (setting the record for the youngest contestant to ever win).

Recently, he released an instructional European music book for the hammered dulcimer, catering to all levels of players. Always, he remains open to ideas and opportunities that incorporate the hammered dulcimer into new avenues of music and the arts.

In 2017, David toured major venues in China and the United States as part of the New Silk Road Explorers, a yangqin and hammered dulcimer driven band. He still performs with a variation of that group, Silk Cedar, and formed the duo of Hickory Cathedral as a result of that tour.

When Cammi Schuler began piano lessons at the age of 5, her lessons held an extra allure. She remembers, “My teacher also taught violin, and the girl before me was a violin student. I would sit in the entryway before going in to my lesson, just so I could hear her last piece.” After saving up enough to purchase a 3/4 size violin, Cammi began lessons and discovered her passion. From the beginning, she was drawn to Irish fiddle music. She nurtured that love on her own, eventually sharing it with others by busking at farmers’ markets and weekend events.

Cammi Schuler

Schuler’s first love is classical music but she says, “Playing fiddle and folk music is a form of relaxing for me. Bach and Mozart’s compositions have so many intricacies and details – it’s nice to take a break from that and enjoy playing old-time music. On the other hand, playing the fiddle presents certain challenges – playing by ear and improvising don’t come naturally to me.”

Schuler decided at the age of 13 that she wanted to pursue teaching and has been working towards that dream ever since. She says, “Teaching is my dream job. I love kids, and I love to personalize each lesson to fit my students’ needs. I love that I play the violin and fiddle and can pass on both skills to my students if they wish.”

Schuler is studying Suzuki Method pedagogy and is taking teacher certification courses this summer. She has student openings at the Minerva Music Center, Stearns’ Violins Lesson Studio in Hartville, and at a Salem location.

Schuler will be joined by her younger sisters, Adeline and Amelia, while opening for this concert.

Scheduled for the Dulci-More Fall Concert Series are Michael Ronstadt and Serenity Fisher from Cincinnati at 4 p.m. Sept. 29; Tish Westman from Beckley, W.Va. at 7 p.m. Oct. 17; and Reggie Harris from New York at 7 p.m. Nov. 6.

Since its founding in January of 1993, Dulci-More has met twice a month to enjoy playing and singing. The group averages about two performances a month for festivals, fairs, schools, churches, clubs, nursing homes, and others. Its members come from Northeast Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and beyond. DUH! Dulci-More Ukulele Hangout is a newer group that also meets twice a month.

Dulci-More presented Dulci-More Festival 25 over Memorial Day weekend 2019 at Boy Scout Camp McKinley in Lisbon with workshops on many instruments, singing, and other subjects at all levels and concerts by many recording artists and nationally known and local performers.

No advance tickets or reservations are needed for the concert series. Everyone is welcome to attend. For information or directions, contact Bill Schilling at 234-564-3852 or bill@dulcimore.org or check on the web at www.dulcimore.org for information about the club.