Bill Collins and Nina Zanetti met at a dulcimer festival in 2004. Their subsequent long-distance sharing of arrangements eventually led to the 2008 recording of a joint CD of solos and duets, The Sum of the Parts.
Bill has been in love with the Appalachian dulcimer since he first encountered one in the early 1990s. It quickly became his main instrument focus. In his performing and teaching, he seeks to bring out the dulcet qualities inherent in the dulcimer and to expand the repertoire of music played on the instrument.
Bill has conducted more than 50 dulcimer workshops at music festivals in Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, and Connecticut, and has taught week-long sessions as a featured artist at Davis and Elkins College and Shenandoah University. He also offers private lessons in his home in Wilmington, Delaware. He has published three books of dulcimer arrangements: collections of Shaker tunes, Turlough O’Carolan tunes, and Irish jigs.
Nina (www.ninazanetti.com) won the 2008 National Mountain Dulcimer Championship at the prestigious competition in Winfield, Kansas. She comes to the mountain dulcimer from a diverse musical background, including choral music, violin, viola, piano, and shape note singing. She is especially fond of the “softer side” of dulcimer.
Nina plays regularly at churches, historic sites, and community events and has taught workshops at dulcimer festivals in Vermont, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New York, and at Western Carolina University Mountain Dulcimer Week. She has produced two books of finger-style solo arrangements for mountain dulcimer and two books of duets with Beth Lassi. Nina is also featured with Beth on a CD titled Masters of the Mountain Dulcimer Play Music for Christmas.