2019 SCDH Festival Bios

Meet Our Visiting Artists!
Bios Of All Artists & Performers Will Be In Printed Program

Dave Haas
Festival Workshops, Evening Concert & Focus Workshop
Mountain Dulcimer


Dave Haas lives in Charleston, WV and has been playing the mountain dulcimer since 1990.  He teaches dulcimer in both private and group settings, and was the founding member of the Almost Heaven Dulcimer Club in Charleston.  Dave loves to share the mountain dulcimer and its history with schools, churches, civic organizations, and has even brought the dulcimer to those in prison!  Dave is a popular instructor at dulcimer festivals, and has taught and performed in 25 of the United States and in the United Kingdom.  He is known for his gentle, fun, and enthusiastic teaching style.  Dave has released seven dulcimer instructional books/CDs, four instrumental dulcimer CDs, and a popular dulcimer chord chart.   

Dave also enjoys teaching science as a Chemistry Professor at the University of Charleston.  One of his favorite teaching activities is to sing chemistry songs (on dulcimer and guitar) with his students.  In addition, Dave plays the guitar, sings, and enjoys leading music on Christian retreat experiences such as Kairos Prison Ministry, The Walk to Emmaus, Cursillo, and Teens Encounter Christ (TEC).

 More information on Dave can be obtained at www.davehaasmusic.com.


Mark Alan Wade
Festival Workshops, Evening Concert & Focus Workshop
Hammered Dulcimer, Wooden Flute, Pennywhistle


National Hammered Dulcimer Champion, Mark Alan Wade performs in orchestra halls and music festivals alike with his characteristic mix of classical precision and raw traditional American style. A classically trained trumpeter with a doctorate in music, his unique style emerged as the technique and discipline of his formal training began spilling over into his other instruments. His performances bring world music to life and revitalize familiar classical pieces on hammered dulcimer.

Mark Alan Wade is based in Northeast Ohio, but his 25+ years performing have taken him all over the U.S., Europe and Asia. In 2013, he was a featured performer at the World Cymbalom Congress in Taipei, Taiwan. 2014 found him playing trumpet in an orchestra on the very stages where Beethoven and Haydn performed near Vienna, Austria. Recently he premiered his Irish hymn suite for hammered dulcimer and orchestra, Streams of Mercy, with the Tuscarawas Philharmonic Orchestra. Wade has also performed with the Beach Boys, the Buckinghams, and with numerous orchestras including the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Despite his active performing schedule, he maintains a thriving private studio with 6 of his students having also won the National Contest for hammered dulcimer. Dr. Wade has held professorships in music theory, trumpet, and wind ensemble at several universities, including Denison University, where he taught for ten years.
Mark Alan Wade is currently writing his eighth book for hammered dulcimer, “Classical Masterpieces for Hammered Dulcimer” with Mel Bay, Inc. Publishers due for release in 2019. His 7 hammered dulcimer CD albums along with more information can be found at: markalanwade.com Find him on Facebook or contact him at markalanwade@gmail.com