Deborah J. Hamouris (DJ) is a performer, composer, arranger, and songwriter; a teacher and conductor; an event producer and community organizer. Known for her work with the mountain dulcimer, an American folk instrument, she leads the Berkeley Dulcimer Orchestra, produces the annual Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering, and teaches at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse.
Musically versatile, DJ performs as a jazz vocalist and a traditionally influenced songsmith. She gives private lessons online and often serves as an instructor and performer for camps, community centers, conventions, and festivals.
In 2009, DJ joined the faculty of the Freight & Salvage education department, where the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering was launched in 2013. The Gathering attracts participants and instructors from across the nation and continues its 9th annual event (currently virtual) in May, 2021. Inspired by dulcimer mentor Steve Eulberg, DJ created the Berkeley Dulcimer Orchestra in 2014. The orchestra completed its 7th season, virtually, in 2020.