2023 Instructors


  • 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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  • John ReischmanJohn Reischman
    Grammy Award-winning musician John Reischman has been a foundational mandolinist, composer, bandleader, and musical educator in bluegrass and North American roots and folk music since emerging ...
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  • John KeithJohn Keith
    John Keith was born in Parkersburg, WV and raised just up and across the Ohio River in Newport, OH. He and his wife, Tina, ...
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  • Mark RoyalMark Royal
    Hailing from Ohio County, Kentucky, birthplace of Bill Monroe, Mark stays true to his roots as an avid follower of the Bill Monroe mandolin ...
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  • Tim StaffordTim Stafford
    Grammy Award-winning guitarist, songwriter, author and singer, two-time IBMA Songwriter of the Year, former member of Alison Krauss and Union Station, and founding member of ...
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  • 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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  • Lincoln HensleyLincoln Hensley
    ​Lincoln Hensley is a devout enthusiast of the Earl Scruggs and Sonny Osborne style of banjo playing and was honored to visit and study under the mentorship of Sonny on ...
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Upright Bass

  • Beth LawrenceBeth Lawrence
    Originally from Kenosha, Wisconsin, Beth Lawrence enjoyed growing up playing music and singing with her father, George, and sisters, Melissa and Sarah. At age 15, she started to play standup bass, and ...
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Jamming 101

  • Jeff BurkeJeff Burke
    Jeff Burke is a professional musician and instructor who teaches bluegrass music and improvisation to individuals and groups. He plays Guitar, Mandolin and Banjo and has performed and recorded with ...
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  • 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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  • Nancy BoundsNancy Bounds
    Nancy Bounds began her yoga journey years ago, dabbling with college courses in beginning yoga. Life happened; 3 children, 2 divorces and a long, ...
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