Dede Wyland





Singer, Guitarist, Teacher





A native of Wisconsin, singer and guitarist Dede honed her bluegrass skills from 1975 through 1979 playing throughout the Midwest and Central states with the Milwaukee-based band ’Grass, Food & Lodging. She then moved to New York, where she became a founding member of Tony Trischka and Skyline, one of the leading progressive bluegrass groups of the 1980s. She toured internationally with Skyline through the ’80s. During those years her clear, powerful voice made her a perennial nominee in the annual awards poll of the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA). As one of the few women at the time who was performing in a high-profile touring bluegrass band, Dede was a role model and an artistic influence for a generation of female bluegrass musicians who would shape the music in the years to come.


After leaving Skyline in 1987, Dede moved to Tucson, Arizona, and then to the Washington-Baltimore area in 1990, performing regionally and concentrating on her work as a vocal coach. Since 1999, Dede’s singing has won her a shelf full of “Wammie” awards from the Washington Area Music Association. Her first full-length solo recording, “Keep the Light On” (Patuxent Music 189) was released in 2009, and her career is the subject of its own chapter in Murphy Hicks Henry’s 2013 book “Pretty Good for a Girl: Women in Bluegrass” (University of Illinois Press).


Bio: Musician

Debbie Kauffman, Glenrock, Pennsylvania
“I cannot say enough about how working with Dede Wyland improved my singing.  I believe all her students would say the same.  It is rare that such a great performer is also such an effective teacher..”


Terry Dyroff, Silver Spring, Maryland “Dede has all the elements essential to being a good teacher. She is a patient, tactful, knowledgeable and highly effective vocal instructor.”


Tom Mindte, Patuxent Partners Bluegrass BandWhen I studied vocal technique with Dede Wyland, my dynamic control improved considerably. I highly recommend Dede for singers of every level.”


Bill Mulroney, Ashton, Maryland “The quality of my vocals have improved immeasurably with her guidance....and if she can help me, she can help you too!”


Joe Carr, Music Camp Director, South Plains College, Levelland, TX “It is rare and difficult to find a musician who is both a great performer and an excellent teacher. Dede is that rare individual in both areas. Her soulful and moving vocal styles are impressive to all who hear her and her teaching is effective with students of all levels.”


Peter Langston, Director, The Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, Seattle, Washington “Dede is one of our favorite vocal teachers. She combines a knowledge of the mechanics of singing with an understanding of the emotional range of the voice.









Since 1994, Dede has helped countless amateurs express themselves through singing, and has guided professionals to their full vocal potential.


Her goal is to help singers find their natural voice, and their style, by teaching techniques that lead to greater range, flexibility, and overall vocal quality. Ultimately, she seeks to give her students tools to bridge the gap between what they feel and  what they can express. With this goal in mind, Dede teaches her students basic vocal anatomy, posture, correct breathing, and breath support. Once that foundation is established, she moves on to address each student’s individual needs and musical styles.


Dede studied in New York
City for 7 years with highly regarded singer and voice teacher Rona Klinghoffer, and has also worked with other celebrated coaches focusing on modern technique for non-classical styles of singing.


She studied the anatomy
Now available for

   • Private Lessons

   • Workshops

   • Music Camps

and physiology of voice
production at the University
of Maryland, is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and makes a point of staying abreast of developments
 in the world of voice teaching.

Bio: Teacher

Recordings for Sale

Skyline with Tony Trischka

Ticket Back: A Retrospective


$15. (+ $2.50 S&H)

Dede Wyland 
Keep the LIght On


$15. (+ $2.50 S&H)

Coming 2016!
Dede Wyland's 

Online video classes for all ages and skill levels.


Watch introduction video above.

June 26—July 1

Westminster, MD


The 10th Annual DCBU
Bluegrass & Old Time Camp at
Common Ground on the Hill


McDaniel College

2 College Hill
Westminster, MD 21157


Winchester, VA


Murphy Method Women's Bluegrass
Jam Camp


Vocal Workshop: 3:30 – 5:00pm
Dede & Friends Show: 7 – 8pm


P.O. Box 2498
Winchester, VA 22604

Winchester, VA


Murphy Method Women's Banjo Camp


Vocal Workshop: 3:30 – 5:00pm
Dede & Friends Show: 7 – 8pm


P.O. Box 2498
Winchester, VA 22604


July 17—22

Levelland, TX


Camp Bluegrass 2016

South Plains College

1401 College Ave

Levelland, Texas 79336



July 28

Falls Church, VA


Randy Barrett, Dede Wyland
and Mama Tried


Cherry Hill Park

312 Park Ave.
Falls Church, VA 22046




Seattle, WA


Puget Sound Guitar Workshop


Near Bremerton, Washington (about 90 minutes southwest of Seattle)



I will be spending the month of February in Tucson, AZ teaching private voice lessons and a vocal workshop plus playing several shows with some enormously talented bluegrass musicians/friends including:
kThe McLaughlin Brothers, Peter and David Mclaughlin, along with members of The Sonoran Dogs (Peter's "Bluegrass Festival" band, including Mark Miracle-mandolin/vocals, Rockygrass Banjo Champion Tyler James (Walls), Brian Davies on upright bass/vocals, and Nick Coventry on fiddle/vocals).  If you’re in the area, please come and join us!


February 5

Tucson, AZ


Dede Wyland & The Sonoran Dogs

(Peter McLaughlin, Mark Miracle,
Tyler Grant, Nick Coventry, Brian Davies)

Opening act — Muriel Anderson



4725 E. Mayo Boulevard


Phoenix, AZ 85050






February 9

Private Party


February 13

Amado, AZ


Dede Wyland & The McLaughlin
Brothers with The Sonoran Dogs
(Peter McLaughlin, David McLaughlin, Mark Miracle, Tyler Grant, Nick
Coventry, Brian Davies)


Unitarian Universalist Congregation
15 County Line Road
Amado, AZ 85645



Tickets: 520-648-0570

February 13

Tuscon, AZ


Dede Wyland & The McLaughlin Brothers with The Sonoran Dogs


Club Congress/Rhythm &
Roots Concerts

311 East Congress Street

Tucson, AZ 85701

$16/$20  (age 21+)

7pm (doors open)



2016 Calendar
Appearances, Shows & Workshops

February 21

Tucson, AZ


Vocal Workshop 1–3:30pm


Fundamental vocal techniques for singers of folk, country, bluegrass and other non-classical styles of singing



April 16

Silver Spring, MD


Dede Wyland Randy Barrett & Mama Tried (with Tom McLaughlin and Ira Gitlin)


El Golfo Restaurant

8739 Flower Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20901

$10/cover (free beer or Rita for each paying customer)



April 23

College Park, MD


Dede & the Do-Rights (Bill Williams, Scott McKnight and Tom Bowes) plus The Jelly Roll Mortals


Blobs Park Social Dance Club

American Legion Post #217

9218 Baltimore Ave (RT 1)

College Park, MD

$10 minumum donation (cash only)


May 15

Silver Spring, MD


Randy Barrett, Dede Wyland &
Mama Tried


Bruce Cohen House Concert Series

Silver Spring, MD

$15 cover



For more information contact
Bruce Cohen:


June 5

Washington, DC


Washington Folk Festival


Dede & The Do-Rights






Dede's Gallery of Music and Friends

© Dede Wyland Music 2016