Nina Zanetti


Nina Zanetti was the winner of the 2008 National Mountain Dulcimer Competition at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS. She comes to the mountain dulcimer from a diverse musical background, including choral music, violin, viola, piano, and shape note singing. As Nina expresses it:


I am especially fond of “the softer side” of dulcimer. I love the slow Celtic airs and quiet, meditative hymns; they bring a sense of serenity and peace. My favorite way of playing dulcimer is to fingerpick with bare fingers: the feel of the strings seems to draw me “into” the instrument and the music and brings me to a place of quiet tranquility.


Nina brings a singer's heart and sensibility to the dulcimer and the repertoire she chooses for it, and the result is music that moves audiences, including other dulcimists. Those attributes, together with her accomplishments and standing as a college professor, make her an inspirational teacher who effectively shares the joys and challenges of the instrument.


She plays regularly at churches, historic sites, and community events and has taught workshops at dulcimer festivals throughout the U.S. Her website is:


Visitors should check Nina's website for updated information on her performances, workshops, and other projects.


Nina has recently recorded her first solo CD, featuring gentle finger-style arrangements plus a few surprises. Among reviewer comments are that her music is: "a delight for the senses"; "always expressive, technically flawless, and beautifully arranged" and "for the ages." Details, sound samples, and reviews can be found on her website or at


Nina and Bill Collins have collaborated on a book - hot off the press - called "The Humble Heart."   This new book contains 33 Shaker tunes, ranging from deeply contemplative hymns to lively dance tunes.


Nina and Bill  earlier collaborated on a wonderful CD called "The Sum of the Parts," which was very well-received. It is distributed internationally through CD Baby here (including sound clips):


We hope you enjoy the following video and pictures.

Nina's Custom Blue Lion Model II
Nina's Cats
Photo and digital enhancement by Marilee Urbanczyk.

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