MECC to Host 16th Mountain Music School

Big Stone Gap, VA –Mountain Empire Community College is currently accepting applications for the 16th annual Mountain Music School, to be held at the Center for Workforce and Innovation of Appalachia, July 26-30.

MECC’s Mountain Music School is a week-long event dedicated to the preservation and continuation of Appalachian music and culture. Student’s 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, and doghouse 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.

 “After cancelling in 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns, we are thrilled to bring back MECC’s Mountain Music School. This event brings participants from throughout the nation, and even international students. We are excited to host the school at a new facility which will allow for social distancing. We look forward to a great week with students of all ages,” announced co-directors Dr. Mike Gilley and Lee Davis.

Registration for Mountain Music School is $150 for the week and $25 for youth, which includes lunch each day, and a t-shirt. Classes are held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Scholarships are also available for students 17 years and younger.

To register for the Mountain Music School, or to apply for a scholarship, please visit the Mountain Music School website at or call (276) 523-2400 ext. 640267.