Judy is from Winston-Salem, NC where she lives with her husband, Kirk. A graduate of Campbell University, she has had an interesting and varying career as an educator. She retired from public education after 35 years.
Having been involved with music all her life playing the piano, flute, and other instruments, she was asked 10 years ago to teach dulcimer at her local community college. This led to a new career for her! She now enjoys teaching groups and individuals in her area. A graduate of the first class for Teaching the Mountain Dulcimer from Dulcimer U at Western Carolina University, she joined the Dulcimer U staff to teach year 1 of this core class in 2014.
Judy is the music director for The Camel City Strummers Dulcimer Club which holds the Winston-Salem Dulcimer Festival each year in May. She also plays in the Cantabile Jubilee Dulcimer Trio and the Southern Appalachian String Section Quartet. Judy has written 5 dulcimer music books. She is very fortunate that her passion for teaching as well as playing the dulcimer has led to her teaching at festivals around the country, including Dutchland Dulcimer Festival, Lancaster, PA, North Georgia Foothills Dulcimer Association Festival at Unicoi State Park, GA, and Black Mountain Music Week, Black Mountain, NC, among others. She was recently the presenter at Folkcraft’s Second Saturday Clinic in Woodburn, IN. She has also presented at the NC Music Educators Association Conference on using the dulcimer to teach music in schools, something she feels very strongly about.