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Tony Watt - Bluegass Jamming, Harmony Singing (2 classes)

Tony WattAward-winning flatpicking guitarist Tony Watt has performed throughout the United States and Europe, on the Grand Ole Opry, and elsewhere. He has been featured in Bluegrass Now Magazine and Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, and toured and recorded with Nashville-based Cages Bend, east Tennessee-based Meridian, with Rounder Recording artist Alecia Nugent, and most recently with Leigh Gibson, guitarist for The Gibson Brothers. Tony currently performs with his band, Southeast Expressway. He has taught privately for over 10 years, and now teaches courses in bluegrass guitar, mandolin and jamming for the Boston Bluegrass Union's Bluegrass Academy. He has also taught workshops and Kids' Academies at bluegrass festivals including Grey FoxJoe ValThomas Point Beach, and many more. Tony teaches lessons,classesworkshops and jam sessions in Albany, NY, Cambridge, MA, and points in-between.

Lauren Rioux - Fiddle

Lauren RiouxLauren Rioux is enthusiastically sought out for her teaching expertise and leads classes and workshops across the globe. In her private studio, she teaches a delightfully rowdy group of over thirty violinists, violists, and fiddlers ranging in age from 5 to 70. Lauren has toured the United States, Europe and the UK with Darol Anger and his Republic of Strings, as a duo with Brittany Haas, with Scott Nygaard and Crow Molly, and most recently with her husband Sten Isak. Her online learning community
www.JamWithLauren.com
provides students the world over with access to her innovative curriculum and inimitable teaching style.

Ira Gitlin - Banjo

Ira GitlinIra Gitlin is widely known and respected in Washington-Baltimore music circles as a versatile multi-instrumentalist, teacher, and writer. A former National Bluegrass Banjo Champion, he has backed up such nationally known performers as Bill Harrell, the Johnson Mountain Boys, Laurie Lewis, Peter Rowan, and Peter “P.D.Q. Bach” Schickele. Ira has taught at numerous music camps, including Augusta Bluegrass Week, the Swannanoa Gathering, Banjo Camp North, Pete Wernick's Jam Camps, and the Maryland Banjo Academy. A frequent contributor to Bluegrass Unlimited and Banjo NewsLetter, he has lectured on bluegrass for the Smithsonian Associates, and also delivered a paper at the 2005 Bluegrass Music Symposium. In 1993 Ira was a one-day winner on Jeopardy.

Chris Moore - Mandolin

Chris MooreChris Moore is the Director of Music Education at 317 Main Community Music Center in Yarmouth, ME (317main.org). 317 Main is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 2004 with the idea that everyone interested in playing music, regardless of age or level of experience, deserves outstanding instructors and a stimulating environment. 317 Main employs 23 musicians who teach over 400 lessons weekly to students ages 3 to 90, as well as ensembles, drop-in jams, summer camps, and public events. 317 Main believes that music is the ideal way to bring people together and to promote a sense of community. Chris has dedicated his professional career to the practice and promotion of music, community, and education. He studied with mandolin masters Andy Statman and John McGann. He has worked for Homespun Tapes in Woodstock, NY and the Arts at St. Ann’s in Brooklyn. Chris founded the band Rust Farm with Boston guitarist John McGann and released two albums, the second produced by Tim O’Brien in 2000. Maine audiences also know him as a member of The Fogg Brothers bluegrass band. Chris has composed, performed, and recorded music for dance, film, television, theater, and visual art projects. His songs have been recorded and performed by Adrienne Young, Mark Erelli, Rani Arbo, Carol Noonan, Northern Lights, Dennis Brennan, and others. From 2003-2013, Chris lived in Nashville, TN and founded the band Kindling Stone with fiddler Mark Wingate and vocalist Charlotte Avant. In 2008, Kindling Stone released an album of Chris’ original songs and selections from the Sacred Harp and Shaker traditions. During his years in Nashville, Chris worked as assistant to Tim O’Brien.

Stash Wyslouch - Guitar

Stash WyslouchStash Wyslouch is an experienced performer and teacher. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music (2010), he’s played guitar for over half of his life and currently tours full time with The Deadly Gentlemen, an up and coming progressive Bluegrass band. Stash started the guitar to emulate his rock and heavy metal heroes growing up but soon grew a taste for the tones and textures of bluegrass and country music. Stash’s teaching style focuses on mastering basic concepts and building individuality from a firm and rooted base. His teaching approach has been described as “thoughtful, thorough, and structured, but always feeling loose.” Stash’s unique guitar style links his electrified roots with the high octane sounds of bluegrass heard in the likes of The Stanley Brothers, Doc Watson and Bill Monroe.