Tania Opland is an Alaska born and raised multi-instrumentalist based in western Washington USA but currently riding out the pandemic back in Alaska. She has been touring and recording for nearly four decades.
Tania has taught hammered dulcimer as a private instructor and as a workshop leader for over 30 years, notably as the mentor of Simon Chrisman – now among the leading lights in the “newgrass” music scene. She was the HD tutor for Nonsuch’s Spring Fling in 2013, presenting a weekend of sessions involving beginning, intermediate and advanced students in inclusive workshops ranging from basic tuning techniques and playing position to application of music theory in accompaniment and approaches to Klezmer music. She also taught at the annual Autumn Nonsuch weekend in conjunction with the Dulcimer World Congress in 2015. Tania and her music partner/husband Mike Freeman extended the Congress to the community with a week of HD and MD workshops in elementary schools around Worcestershire.
Opland’s repertoire ranges from the traditional music of North America and the British Isles, through much of Northern Europe (especially in the age of medieval and renaissance music) and intersects with other cultural influences from around the globe. Her array of instruments also includes five-string violin/viola, cittern, ocarina, hurdy-gurdy and clàrsach, guitar, recorders, mandolin and voice. She has recorded four solo albums, a duo album with Mike Freeman (www.opland-freeman.com), and two collaborations with Freeman and award-winning author Anne McCaffrey.
Tania is teaching Hammered Dulcimer at Spring Fling Online 2021.