MECC Announces 12th Annual Mountain Music School



Big Stone Gap, VA –Mountain Empire Community College is currently accepting applications for the 12th Annual Mountain Music School, to be held on campus July 25-29.

MECC’s Mountain Music School is a week-long event dedicated to the preservation and continuation of Appalachian music and culture. Students from age 10 and up learn to play an instrument of their choice, including beginning and advanced options in “old-time” fiddle, claw-hammer banjo, autoharp, guitar, mandolin, dulcimer, shape note singing, and dog house bass. In addition, a string-band class for intermediate/advanced musicians is offered for students who want to expand their skills in a group setting. A limited number of instruments are available to loan during the week.

 “We are excited to host the 12th annual Mountain Empire Community College Mountain Music School and we look forward to a great week with students of all ages. Workshops, concerts, and many other activities are planned. We invite you to join us for a week or learning and fun,” said Sue Ella Boatright-Wells, MECC’s Dean of Workforce Development.

Registration for Mountain Music School is $150 for the week, which includes lunch each day, and a t-shirt. Classes are held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Scholarships are also available for students 18 years and younger.

To register for the 12th Annual Mountain Music School, or to apply for a scholarship, please visit the Mountain Music School website at or call (276) 523-2400 ext. 225.