Renaissance welcomes renowned guests from the Bluegrass Industry

The Bethel University Renaissance Program kicked off its 2016 Fall Semester with a 10 day camp.  The camp was filled with workshops, lessons, and creative activities with the hope of stimulating an excitement and artistic momentum for the upcoming year.  Renaissance, the Bethel Performing Arts Experience, showcases and scholarships Bethel University’s Performing Arts students. 
The Renaissance Bluegrass program, comprised of two student bands that tour to festivals, churches, and a wide variety of other venues, welcomed eight guest lecture sessions both in person and through Skype during their camp.  The guests included: Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Joe Mullins, Ned Luberecki, Ronnie Reno, Kenny and Amanda Smith, Bryan Sutton, and Mark O’Conner.
“I am so excited that these industry giants were willing to spend time sharing their knowledge with our students,” commented Stephen Mougin, Director of the Renaissance Bluegrass Program. “With each guest, our rehearsals got more intense, more focused, and more inspired.  The Bluegrass community is all about family, relationships, and “paying it forward” and this was further proof of that!  We plan to continue this guest lecture series throughout the semester.”
The guest artists collectively have received over 17 Grammys, numerous IBMA awards, SPGBMA awards, CMA Musician of the Year awards, and millions of albums sold.  During their time with the students, they shared life experiences, funny stories, and the dos and don’ts of being a professional musician. 
“We are thrilled to connect our Renaissance Bluegrass students with these artists, and these artists with Bethel University,” added Matthew Holt, Executive Director of Renaissance. “The Renaissance Program has over 300 students who are on scholarship to be involved with the performing arts, whether it is in the Vocal Program, Theatrical Program, Instrumental Program, or the Production Program.” 
For more information about the Bethel University Renaissance Program, the scholarships they offer, or how you can contribute, visit their website or contact their office at (731) 352-6980
Posted by Jennifer Glass at 10:30 AM