Nate Pultorak, a 20 year old hammered dulcimer musician from Joliet, Illinois, has been playing since 2006. His style ranges from quiet and peaceful to fun and energetic. He has been regarded for the quality of his playing and his composition skills on this instrument, as recognized by the Friends of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra. He is the 2012 Kentucky State Grand Champion, where he also won "Best Original Dulcimer Tune", the 2013 Mid-East Regional champion, and won second and third places respectively at the National Dulcimer Competition in Winfield, Kansas in 2012 and 2013. Nate recently received his Associate's Degree in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville.