Date(s) - July 30, 2018 - August 03, 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
A fifth generation Appalachian fiddler from Western North Carolina, Liz Shaw has been teaching traditional music for over 40 years, starting as a teenager after winning top prizes at fiddler’s conventions throughout the South, including the prestigious Fiddler of the Festival at Fiddlers Grove in Union Grove, NC. She performed with her award winning family band, the Dutch Cove Old Time String Band, throughout the South and Midwest, and the group’s recording Sycamore Tea (June Appal recordings) remains a top seller. Liz and her husband Lynn Shaw opened a traditional music school near Asheville, NC in 1982, and along with their staff of 14 teachers, taught 300 students per week for five years before the couple decided to close shop and tour full time. They produced and hosted an internationally distributed public television series about American folk music with UNC-TV that featured such icons as Doc Watson, Jean Ritchie, BeauSoleil, Ricky Skaggs, Joe and Odell Thompson, Liz Carroll, Jim and Jessie McReynolds, and many others. In one episode of the series, the Shaw’s were permitted to play fiddle tunes on the rare, decorated Stradivarius violins at the Smithsonian Institution. Liz and Lynn were on the original faculty of the Appalachian Music Program at Warren Wilson College created by David Holt, and taught beginning through advanced fiddle to both community members and college students. Liz has led fiddle workshops with Allison Krause, taught at music camps throughout the US, as well as judged fiddle competitions from Kansas to Ohio. It is estimated she has personally instructed over 1500 aspiring fiddlers in her career through private and group lessons, college courses, residencies, and workshops. She currently has a private music studio where she teaches students ranging in age from four to 72 on fiddle, clawhammer banjo, guitar, and classical piano. Her students often earn full scholarships to fiddle camps such as Augusta Heritage Workshops and Alleghany Echoes, as well as compete around the country. Many of her students have gone on to tour, record, and teach traditional music, including the late Trevor Stuart who taught some of Liz’s family fiddle tunes to Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones. Liz specializes in demystifying music for the rank beginner, and creating an environment that encourages even the most timid to rosin the bow.
AMP starts in September 2018 and applications are available RIGHT NOW by clicking HERE. Students will learn to play instruments (guitar, drums, bass, keyboards, fiddles, banjos, vocals, and more) receiving instruction from area musicians and teachers. No previous experience is needed and the program is FREE. Stuart’s AMP is open to all Athens and Perry County students ages 12-18, but priority enrollment will be given to Nelsonville-York students. Applications are also available at the Stuart’s office, AMP is also supported by Epstein Teicher Philanthropies, The Ohio Arts Council, The Athens County Foundation, Athens Sunrise Rotary, The Athens Community Music Festival, Benefest, The Johnny B and John Spataro Music Fund.
POETRY OUT LOUD
Stuart’s is excited to once again have been selected as the regional coordinator for the Ohio Arts Council’s Poetry Out Loud in 2018-2019! Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest gives students an opportunity to select, memorize, and perform some of the world’s greatest poems in front of peers and audiences. Ultimately, they gain a better understanding of poetry and of themselves. Registration is now open and every high school in Ohio is eligible and is invited to participate. We encourage teachers, librarians or administrators to register their schools by clicking here. Poetry Out Loud is offered through a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, and is administered in Ohio through the Ohio Arts Council.
For more information or to sign up for these programs contact Emily Prince, our Arts Education Director at (740) 753-1924 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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