CULLOWHEE - Western Carolina University's Office of Continuing and Professional Education will hold its ninth annual Mountain Dulcimer Winter Weekend on Jan. 9-12.

The event will be held at the Lambuth Inn at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. Registration is open through Friday, and space is limited.

The conference will offer more than 50 hours of instruction on the mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, guitar and autoharp. Participants will be able to take classes that focus on multiple instruments and a variety of topics will be presented, including music theory, tab reading and writing skills, improvisation and advanced dulcimer ensemble skills.

Winter Weekend instructors will include Tennessee natives Larry and Elaine Conger, Butch Ross, Sarah Morgan and Jim Miller along with North Carolinians Steve and Ruth Smith and Anne Lough.

Evening activities will include staff performances and a music sharing session. Miller will lead jam sessions throughout the conference.

Registration is $159 not including meals or accommodations. Visit for details, or call 227-7397.