MECC To Host 15th Annual Mountain Music School

Big Stone Gap, VA – MECC will welcome more than 130 students to the 15th Annual Mountain Music School on campus July 22-26.

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.

The public is invited to join the class each day for a free concert from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Goodloe Center. The concert schedule is as follows:

· Monday, July 22 – Mountain Music School Faculty

· Tuesday, July 23 – Bill and the Belles

· Wednesday, July 24 – Whitetop Mountain Band

· Thursday, July 25 – Jim Lloyd

· Friday, July 26 – Mountain Music School Students

For more information about MECC’s Mountain Music School visit the Mountain Music School website at or call 276.523.2400 ext. 304.