2022 Instructors

Mandolin

  • Mike Compton, DirectorMike Compton, Director
    Befriended and mentored by Bill Monroe, the acknowledged Father of Bluegrass Music, Mike Compton is one of today’s foremost interpreters of Monroe’s genre-creating mandolin ...
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  • Lauren PriceLauren Price
    Music has long been present in the life of Lauren Price Napier. Growing up, she learned to sing duet-style harmony with her twin sister, ...
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  • Chris HenryChris Henry
    Christopher Henry is a second generation bluegrass musician. Son of Murphy and Red Henry, founders of the by-ear bluegrass instructional business, The Murphy ...
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  • Carl JonesCarl Jones
    (Old-Time Mandolin/Old-Time): Carl Jones is an American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist born in Macon, Georgia. He presently lives in Hillsville, Virginia and is widely respected for ...
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Fiddle

  • Aynsley PorchakAynsley Porchak
    Aynsley began playing fiddle at the age of 9. She was introduced to bluegrass in her early teens, and quickly fell in love with the music. In order to further ...
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Banjo

  • Alan MundeAlan Munde
    Alan Munde was born November 4, 1946 in Norman, Oklahoma and began his bluegrass banjo musical career while attending the University of Oklahoma. He and fellow student Byron Berline, ...
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Guitar

  • Chris SharpChris Sharp
    Chris Sharp (born 1973 in Asheville, North Carolina, United States) is an American musician, guitarist, singer, and record producer who participated in the Grammy Award-winning ...
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Upright Bass

  • Vickie VaughnVickie Vaughn
    A Western Kentucky native, Vickie Vaughn stomped into Nashville with a fistful of original material and a desire to play bass and sing with the best of them. In 2015, ...
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Songwriting & Vocal Harmony

  • Laurelyn DossettLaurelyn Dossett
    Singer/songwriter Laurelyn Dossett lives and writes in Stokes County, NC. Her songs have appeared in film and television (Hell on Wheels, Ain’t In it for My Health) and have been ...
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Luthiers

  • Paul DuffPaul Duff
    After building his first mandolin in 1982, Paul became fascinated with the array and diversity of skills, many from a bygone era, required to successfully ...
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  • Will KimbleWill Kimble
    Kimble mandolins are custom made tools for acoustic musicians. Each mandolin is carefully crafted by hand based on input regarding tone, feeling, aesthetics. There are ...
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Guitar Boss Hoss

  • Raymond HuffmasterRaymond Huffmaster
    A guitar rhythm hoss who played with the Osborne Brothers, Raymond Huffmaster also was friends with Monroe, Baker and the Blue Grass Boys. A ...
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  • Mississippi Chris SharpMississippi Chris Sharp
    Singer/Songwriter and Silver Wolf Records recording artist, Mississippi Chris Sharp was born under the influence and musical heritage of Jimmie Rodgers in Meridian, Mississippi—their ...
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