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Bluegrass College Programs
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NameEmailCollege or UniversityLocationWebsite
Degree
Ensemble
Courses
Research
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Katherine E. Ledford, Ph.D.ledfordke@appstate.eduAppalachian State UniversityBoone, NChttps://www.appstate.edu/xxxDegree in Appalachian Studies
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William R Schumann, Ph.Dschumannwr@appstate.eduAppalachian State UniversityBoone, NChttps://www.appstate.edu/xxxDegree in Appalachian Studies
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Mark Freedfreedmc@appstate.eduAppalachian State UniversityBoone, NChttps://www.appstate.edu/xxxDegree in Appalachian Studies
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Dana E. Powellpowellde@appstate.eduAppalachian State UniversityBoone, NChttps://www.appstate.edu/xxxDegree in Appalachian Studies, Julie teaches old-time music.
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Ryan Josephryan.joseph@belmont.eduBelmont UniversityNashville, TN
http://www.belmont.edu/music/ensembles/bluegrass_ensemble.html
xxxDegrees in Music Business, Performance
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Tammy Rogers King
tammy.rogersking@belmont.edu
Belmont UniversityNashville, TN
http://www.belmont.edu/music/ensembles/bluegrass_ensemble.html
xxxDegrees in Music Business, Performance
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Sam Gleavesgleavess@berea.edu Berea CollegeBerea, KY
https://www.berea.edu/mus/performance-ensembles/bluegrass-music/
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Matt Glasermglaser@berklee.eduBerklee College of MusicBoston, MAhttps://www.berklee.edu/focused/rootsxxxMatt Glaser, director of American Roots Music Program
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David Hollenderdhollender@berklee.eduBerklee College of MusicBoton, MAhttps://www.berklee.edu/focused/rootsxxxAmerican Roots Music Program - performance degrees with focus on guitar, violin, mandolin, voice, songwriting. Scholarships available to performing artists.
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Mark Simosmsimos@berklee.eduBerklee College of MusicBoston, MAhttps://www.berklee.edu/focused/rootsxxxMr. Simos is an Associate Professor of Songwriting at Berklee
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Jason Anickjanick@berklee.eduBerklee College of MusicBoston, MAhttps://www.berklee.edu/focused/rootsxxxMr. Anick teaches fiddle/violin at Berklee.
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Staffrenaissance@bethelu.eduBethel UniversityMcKenzie, TNhttps://www.bethelrenaissance.com/xxfour-year scholarships available for bluegrass ensemble
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Dr. Steve Pettitspettit@bju.eduBob Jones UniversityGreenville, SCxDr. Pettit is presdent of Bob Jones University, and the mandolin player for the band.
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Shawn Lanecattown29691@yahoo.comClemson UniversityClemson, SChttps://www.clemson.edu/caah/departments/performing-arts/ensembles/Music/Instrumental/bluegrass.htmlxxEnsemble director
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Keith ReedKreed@coloradocollege.eduColorado CollegeColorado Springs, COhttps://www.coloradocollege.edu/academics/dept/music/ensembles/bluegrass.htmlxx
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Dan Mitchell, Ted Noonanccmcinfo@gmail.com
Colorado Contemporary Music College
Colorado Springs, COhttp://50.118.60.187/index.htmlxxxOne-year, academic-intensive program where students learn to teach and perform jazz, rock, blues, folk, country, and bluegrass. Designed for individuals planning to be professional musicians who also want to be able to teach.
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Tom Mueller, Ph.D.tom.mueller@cui.eduConcordia University - IrvineIrvine, CAxDirects bluegrass ensemble. Dr. Mueller is an Associate Professor of Music and Director of Keyboard, Jazz, and Composition Areas
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Adam Schlenkerschlenkera@denison.eduDenison UniversityDenison, OHhttps://denison.edu/academics/musicxxDenison hosts a bluegrass festival concert series.
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Lee Bidgood, Ph.D.BIDGOOD@mail.etsu.eduEast TN State University
Johnson City, TN
https://www.etsu.edu/cas/das/bluegrass/xxxxBluegrass, Old-time and Country Music Studies
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Ted Olson, Ph.D.OLSON@mail.etsu.eduEast TN State University
Johnson City, TN
https://www.etsu.edu/cas/das/bluegrass/xxxxBluegrass, Old-time and Country Music Studies
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Daniel BonerBONER@mail.etsu.eduEast TN State University
Johnson City, TN
https://www.etsu.edu/cas/das/bluegrass/xxxxBluegrass, Old-time and Country Music Studies, Ensemble director & touring musician
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Ronald Roachdr.rrr65@gmail.comEast TN State University
Johnson City, TN
https://www.etsu.edu/cas/das/bluegrass/xxxxBluegrass, Old-time and Country Music Studies
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Nate Olson, Ph.D.olsonn@etsu.eduEast TN State University
Johnson City, TN
https://www.etsu.edu/cas/das/bluegrass/xxxxBluegrass, Old-time and Country Music Studies
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Adam Steffeysteffeya@etsu.eduEast TN State University
Johnson City, TN
https://www.etsu.edu/cas/das/bluegrass/xxxxBluegrass, Old-time and Country Music Studies, touring musician
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Everett Lilly, Ph.D.everettlilly99@gmail.comEast TN State University (retired)
Newbury Park, CA
xworkshops associated with various topics related to our musical family, bluegrass music, the southern coalfields of West Virginia, etc.
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Pam Perrypamperrymando@gmail.comEastern Kentucky Univ.Richmond, KYhttps://music.eku.edu/ensemblesxxBluegrass program on hold during COVID-19
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Chelsea Burnschelsea1@uchicago.eduEastman School of MusicRochester, NY
https://www.esm.rochester.edu/theory/faculty/
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Megan E. Darby, Ed. Dmegan.darby@glenville.eduGlenville State CollegeGlenville, WV
http://www.glenville.edu/academics/fa_bluegrass.php
xxxMegan is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of the Bluegrass Program
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Mark Dillon, Ph.D.madillon1@gtcc.edu
Guilford Technical Community College
Jamestown, NC
https://www.gtcc.edu/about/news-and-events/2018/04/mark-dillon--inspiring-the-next-generation-with-pro-tools.php
xxxxDr. Dillon is a music technology instructor at the Larry Gatlin School of Entertainment Technology, and he also leads ensembles.
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Dean Osbornedean.osborne@kctcs.edu
KY School of Bluegrass & Traditional Music
Hyden, KYhttp://ksbtm.hazard.kctcs.edu/xxxTouring musician
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Bobby Osbornedean.osborne@kctcs.edu
KY School of Bluegrass & Traditional Music
Hyden, KYhttp://ksbtm.hazard.kctcs.edu/xxxTouring musician/Bluegrass Hall of Famer
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Robert Gardnerrgardner@linfield.eduLinfield University
McMinnville, OR
Linfield University | Linfield UniversityxProfessor of socioloty, author
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Bian Perti, Ph.D.Brian G. PertlLawrence UniversityAppleton, WI
Conservatory of Music | Music Education | Music Theory | Lawrence University
xxxDean, Lawrence Conservatory of Music; welcomes bluegrass musicians to genre diverse music conservatory program, one student bluegrass ensemble/band in 2021
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Tashi Litchkristian.t.litch@lawrence.eduLawrence UniversityAppleton, WI
Conservatory of Music | Music Education | Music Theory | Lawrence University
xxxBachelor of Musical Arts program at Lawrence is focused on composition and contemporary improvisation. Student bluegrass band called "HighCliff" that Tashi performs with. Courses available in American Roots Music history, audio recording, enginnering, and theory classes taught with a hands-on approach directly on the instrument and by ear.
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Neil Rosenberg, Ph.D.nvros@mun.caMemorial Univ of Newfoundland
Newfoundland, Canada
https://www.mun.ca/folklore/xxxFolklore degrees (Dr. Rosenberg is an emeritus professor at Memorial.) Author of definitive book about the history of bluegrass music, Bluegrass Hall of Famer
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Tom Kopp, Ph.D.kopptw@miamioh.edu
Miami University (professor emeritus)
Oxford, OHhttps://www.miami.miamioh.edu/College sponsors bluegrass concert series at Miami Univ. at Hamilton, OH. Dr. Kopp used to offer education courses that incorporated bluegrass music when he taught there.
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Dale Cockrelldale.cockrell@mtsu.eduMiddle TN State University
Murfreesboro, TN
http://www.mtsu.edu/programs/music-business/
xxDegrees in music performance, sound engineering, music business. Home of Center for Popular Music
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Paul Fischerpaul.fischer@mtsu.eduMiddle TN State University
Murfreesboro, TN
http://www.mtsu.edu/programs/music-business/
xxDegrees in music performance, sound engineering, music business. Home of Center for Popular Music
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John Douganjohn.dougan@mtsu.eduMiddle TN State University
Murfreesboro, TN
http://www.mtsu.edu/programs/music-business/
xxDegrees in music performance, sound engineering, music business. Home of Center for Popular Music
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Greg Reish, Ph.D.gregory.reish@mtsu.eduMiddle TN State University
Murfreesboro, TN
http://www.mtsu.edu/popmusic/index.phpxxxDegrees in music performance, sound engineering, music business. Home of Center for Popular Music
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Raymond McLainr.mclain@moreheadstate.eduMorehead State UnivMorehead, KY
https://www.moreheadstate.edu/Caudill-College-of-Arts,-Humanities-and-Social-Sci/Kentucky-Center-for-Traditional-Music
xxxxDepartment and Ensemble director, home of Kentucky Center for Traditional Music
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Ruth McLainrs4books@aol.comMorehead State UnivMorehead, KY
https://www.moreheadstate.edu/Caudill-College-of-Arts,-Humanities-and-Social-Sci/Kentucky-Center-for-Traditional-Music
xxxxKentucky Center for Traditional Music instructor
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Stephanie Jeters.jeter@moreheadstate.eduMorehead State UnivMorehead, KY
https://www.moreheadstate.edu/Caudill-College-of-Arts,-Humanities-and-Social-Sci/Kentucky-Center-for-Traditional-Music
xxxxKentucky Center for Traditional Music instructor
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Nathan Kiserndkiser@moreheadstate.eduMorehead State UnivMorehead, KY
https://www.moreheadstate.edu/Caudill-College-of-Arts,-Humanities-and-Social-Sci/Kentucky-Center-for-Traditional-Music
xxxxKentucky Center for Traditional Music instructor
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Codie Sloancodiesvw74@gmail.comNorth Greenville Universitytigerville, SChttps://www.ngu.edu/xCampus Baptist Student Union hosts bluegrass ensemble
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Chris Eldridge
Contemporary Music Dept. tim.weiss@oberlin.edu
Oberlin UniversityOberlin, OH
https://www.oberlin.edu.news/bluegrass-guitarist-chris-eldridge-named-visiting-faculty-oberlin
xChris Eldridge of the Punch Brothers is Visiting Associate Professor from spring semester 2021 through fall semester 2022. He will teach classes in American String Music, as well as individual guitar and songwriting classes.
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Peggy Hinklemhinkle@pstcc.eduPellissippi State Community CollegeKnoxville, TNhttp://www.pstcc.edu/music/xx
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Larry Vincentlfvincent@pstcc.eduPellissippi State Community CollegeKnoxville, TNhttp://www.pstcc.edu/music/xxEnsemble director
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Joti Rockwell, Ph.D.joti.rockwell@pomona.eduPomona CollegeClaremont, CA
https://www.pomona.edu/directory/people/c-joti-rockwell
Music Theory professor
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William Anderson, Ph.D.wanderso@sarahlawrence.eduSarah Lawrence CollegeBronxville, NYhttps://www.sarahlawrence.edu/undergraduate/arts/music/xx
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Cliff Perrycliffordperry@comcast.netShoreline CollegeShoreline, WA
https://www.shoreline.edu/music/music-faculty.aspx
xxCliff Perry - known as the father of bluegrass in Washington state
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StaffSouth Plains CollegeLevelland, TXhttp://www.southplainscollege.edu/exploreprograms/technicaleducation/creativearts/commmusic.phpxxxDegrees in Commercial Country & Bluegrass Music (includes lutherie, sound engineering, performance)
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Richard Stern, Ph. D.RStern@saintmeinrad.eduSt. Meinrad School of TheologySt. Meinrad, INhttps://www.saintmeinrad.edu/faculty/?profile=2725Professor Emeritus of Homiletics, Independent scholar
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Stephen Light, Ph.D.
State University of New York - Plattsburgh
Plattsburgh, NY
https://www.plattsburgh.edu/programs/bluegrass-program.htmlxxInstruments available, scholarships available, campus bluegrass club, CD library
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James Akenson, Ph.D.JAkenson@tntech.eduTennessee TechCookeville, TNhttps://www.tntech.edu/xBluegrass music content included in Education courses taught by Dr. Akenson. He also co-hosts the annual International Country Music Academic Conference (ICMC) at Belmont Univ in Nashville, every Memorial Day weekend in May. Co-host: Don Cusic, Ph.D., at Belmont Univ.
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Benamin Richey
benjamin.richey318@gmail.com
Univ of Louisiana at LafayetteLafayette, LAhttps://music.louisiana.edu/music/bands-ensembles/bluegrass-ensemblexxEnsemble director
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Lance Kinney, Ph.D.kinney@apr.ua.eduUniversity of AlabamaTuscaloosa, AL
https://cis.ua.edu/cis-theme-staff/dr-lance-kinney/
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Fred Bartensteinfred@fredbartenstein.comUniversity of DaytonDayton, OHhttps://www.fredbartenstein.com/xCourses in history of bluegrass , country music
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Ron Penron.pen@uky.eduUniversity of KentuckyLexington, KY
https://finearts.uky.edu/music/john-jacob-niles-gallery-and-center-american-music
xxHome of John Jacob Niles Center for American Music
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Annie Savagesavagefiddler@gmail.comUniversity of IowaIowa City, IAsavagefiddler.com, savagehearts.com xBand leader, secondary music educator, independent scholar
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Russell Johnsonrussell1963@gmail.comUniversity of NC at Chapel HillChapel Hill, NChttps://music.unc.edu/undergraduate/ensembles/carolina-bluegrass-band/xxxEnsemble director, Home of Center for Study of the American South
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Jocelyn Neal, Ph.D.jneal@email.unc.eduUniversity of NC at Chapel HillChapel Hill, NChttps://music.unc.edu/undergraduate/ensembles/carolina-bluegrass-band/xxxHome of Center for Study of the American South
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Steven M Weisssmweiss@email.unc.eduUniversity of NC at Chapel HillChapel Hill, NChttps://library.unc.edu/wilson/sfc/xHome of Southern Folklife Collection
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Wayne Erbsenbanjo@nativeground.comUniversity of N Carolina at AshevilleAsheville, NCx
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Elizabeth Floodejs6yc@virginia.eduUniversity of Virginia, McIntire Dept. of MusicCharlottesville, VAhttp://music.virginia.edu/xx
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Michelle Kisliuk, Ph. D.mkisluik@gmail.comUniversity of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA
http://music.virginia.edu/
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Chrystal Plohman
crystal.plohman@vanderbilt.edu
Vanderbilt UniversityNashville, TN
https://blair.vanderbilt.edu/departments/folk.php
xMs. Plohman is the Senior Artist Fiddle Teacher at Blair School of Music.
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Jordan Laney, Ph.D.jlaney@vt.eduVirginia TechBlacksburg, VAhttp://vt.eduxx
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Melissa Dupoybenjamin.graves@volstate.eduVol State Community CollegeGallatin, TNhttps://www.volstate.edu/humanities/performing-artsxx
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Lynn PetersonLynn.Peterson@volstate.edu
Volunteer State Community College
Gallatin, TNhttps://www.volstate.edu/humanities/performing-artsxx
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Chip McLainChippy.McLain@ws.eduWalters State Community CollegeMorristown, TN
https://www.ws.edu/adademics/humanities/music
xEnsemble director
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Ben Krakauer
bkrakauer@warren-wilson.edu
Warren Wilson CollegeAsheville, NC
http://www.warren-wilson.edu/programs/music
xxxEnsemble director
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Kevin Kehrberg, Ph.D.kkehrberg@warren-wilson.eduWarren Wilson CollegeAsheville, NC
http://www.warren-wilson.edu/programs/music
xxxWarren Wilson hosts The Swannanoa Gathering every summer (traditional music camp for adults)
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Travis Stimeling, Ph.D.travis.stimeling@mail.wvu.eduWest Virginia University
Morgantown, WV
https://wvumag.wvu.edu/departments/the-list/bluegrass-at-wvuxxxminor in Appalachian Music Studies.
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Erika Brady, Ph.D.Erika.Brady@wku.eduWestern Kentucky University
Bowling Green, KY
https://www.wku.edu/fsa/xxx
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Phil Nusbaum, Ph.D.pnusbaum@bitstream.netindependent scholar