COVID-19 UPDATE 5/13/20: Following the State of Washington's Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, our store and school location remain temporarily closed through at least May 31.
However, we are now offering curbside pickup of certain orders. Please email (include your name and phone number) and we'll get back to you as quickly as we can!




May 13, 2020: Reopening Plans

Dear valued customers and friends,

It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly two months since we temporarily closed our doors at 3406 Fremont Ave N to help fight the spread of COVID-19. What a time of ups and downs, a time of restlessness, and a time of firsts. We’re happy to report that we’ve been able to offer online private lessons, fulfill a growing number of online instrument sales, and develop our plans to reopen.

Governor Inslee’s extension of the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order means our doors will continue to be closed through May 31st. Last Friday, however, the governor’s office published detailed requirements for Phase 1 of Washington's Safe Start plan. Retail businesses can now offer sales with curbside pickup, and that includes us! If you are interested in purchasing an instrument and arranging to meet us outside, please email with your name and phone number and we'll get back to you as quickly as we can.

We’re hopeful that with the start of Phase 2 this June, we’ll be able to offer limited in-store visits. While we can hardly wait, we are taking a patient and cautious approach as we work to guarantee the safety of our customers, students, teachers, and staff. This includes working within new requirements and guidelines for social distancing and sanitation.

We want to thank you for your patience and support as we await and prepare to reopen. Stay positive -- we'll get back to the music!

The Dusty Strings Staff

May 13, 2020: Further COVID-19 Updates

36th Annual Folklife Sale: Every year, we celebrate our city’s annual Northwest Folklife Festival on Memorial Day weekend with an in-store-only sale on all new Dusty Strings harps and hammered dulcimers. We are postponing this annual sale until later this summer. With hope and optimism, we look forward to inviting you into our store around Labor Day weekend to explore all our beautiful handcrafted instruments in person. Be sure to stay tuned for updates and details!

Young Musicians Workshop: We have canceled our annual summer music program for kids, Young Musicians Workshop, and instead are happy to connect interested families with our teachers for online private lessons. If you are interested, please email, and we’ll contact you to find the right teacher for your child’s music lessons.

Harp Seattle 2020: In lieu of hosting an in-person Harp Seattle this fall, we will be offering online workshops in October with this year’s planned presenters. Please look for updates on the Harp Seattle 2020 page of our website and be sure to join the Facebook group to connect with this year's presenters and fellow harpers.

Group Classes, Jams, and Concerts: In keeping with our safety-first approach, in-person group classes, jams, and concerts will not take place in the coming months. Although our school spaces will remain closed, we are working to develop the online version of Dusty Strings Music School, where you can already take online private music lessons from all of our familiar and friendly teachers. Click here for more information and contact us for a referral today!

Repair Shop. Our repair shop is closed right now, and we are not taking in new repairs or appointments. We encourage you to keep an eye on our website, where we will post any updates if we have news about our repair shop reopening.