Donna Nomick
Hammered Dulcimer
Eldersburg, MD

Donna's Piano Studio
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Donna Nomick: American Homestead

Donna Nomick:
American Homestead

Experience the music of the early American homestead as it is reflected through English country dances, jigs, airs and hymns.

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01 Smash the Windows

02 New Castle

03 Jefferson and Liberty

04 Foggy Dew

05 Deus Meus Aduva Me

06 Limerick Rake

07 The Old Mill

08 Childgrove

09 Draper’s Garden

10 Swallowtail Jig

11 O’Carolan's Quarrel with the Landlady

12 Mrs Anne McDermott Rowe

13 Fair Gentle Eily

14 Seperation of Soul and Body

15 What Wondrous Love Is This

16 Sheep May Safely Graze




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Donna Nomick: On Christmas Night

Donna Nomick:
On Christmas Night

An exploration of soothing Christmas music on the hammered dulcimer, penny whistle, violin, Cello, Percussion, Synthesizer and guitar.

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01 On Christmas Night (Sussex Carol)

02 Bell Carol

03 The Little Drummer Boy

04 Huron Carol

05 Gesu Bambino

06 Wexford Carol

07 Noel Nouvelet / Pat-a-Pan

08 Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming

09 Il Est Ne’, Le Divin Enfant

10 I Saw Three Ships

11 The Holly and the Ivy

12 Do You Hear What I Hear

13 Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella

14 In the Bleak Midwinter

15 Cavalier Sleigh Ride




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Donna Nomick: Airlooms

Donna Nomick: Airlooms CD

An exploration of soothing sounds of the hammered dulcimer, penny whistle, violin and guitar.

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01 Bonny at Morn

02 South Wind

03 Sarabande

04 Caspian Lake

05 Si Bean Locha Lein

06 Gentle Maiden

07 The Grenadier and the Lady

08 Fair Hills of Killen

09 Simple Gifts

10 Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring

11 Kelvingrove

12 Greensleeves



The hammered dulcimer has a wondrous, magical sound... a full, rich tone with glorious sustain. Once it gets into your soul, nothing else quite comes close. The simplest melody can take on an intimacy and a fullness far beyond the actual notes being played.



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Donna is a classical pianist and hammered dulcimer player. Donna teaches piano privately and plays the hammered dulcimer at various venues and events.
These airs possess a certain charm of years long gone by, and are still enchanting to our souls today.

Please contact Donna if you are interested in piano lessons.

Music is many things for me... it is something I do for enjoyment and relaxation, and I also perform on various occasions. My instruments are a gorgeous Dusty Strings D650 and the D45 hammered dulcimer, with very rich tone and a long sustain. .

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Where is Donna performing?
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Dusty Strings D650 Hammered Dulcimer

Notice that there are two main bridges: a bass bridge (on the right) and a treble bridge (on the left). The bass strings are struck just to the left of the bass bridge, while the treble strings can be struck either to the right or the left of the treble bridge. There are 16 pairs of treble strings and 15 pairs of bass strings (hence it is known as a 16/15 instrument -- hammered dulcimers come in different sizes such as 12/11, 15/14, 16/15 or even higher). Most hammered dulcimers have a "stacked diatonic" tuning arrangement, which means that you'll have the notes from the major scale (do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do) from each of several keys, depending on the size of the instrument. This tuning arrangement is what makes the hammered dulcimer so deceptively easy to learn and fun to play. Because of the ingenious tuning arrangement, you will also be able to play in minor keys. Some hammered dulcimers, including the one shown above, are known as "chromatic," which means that small satellite bridges have been added here and there to provide extra notes that would otherwise be missing -- these are notes that are not typically needed for most folk or celtic music but would come in handy for jazz or post-renaissance classical music. The chromatic hammered dulcimers are usually at the high-end of the price range.

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