Renaissance's Stephen Mougin wins IBMA Mentor of the Year Award

Bethel University Renaissance’s Bluegrass Director Stephen Mougin has been named the International Bluegrass Music Association's 2016 Mentor Of The Year. This award is presented each year honoring a bluegrass professional who has made a significant impact on the lives and careers of newcomers to the bluegrass industry - musical and professional.

“We are thankful to have Stephen on our team at Bethel,” commented Matthew Holt, Executive Director of Renaissance. “His work with our students has taken the Bluegrass program to the next level. We are thankful for all he does, not only for the Renaissance Bluegrass Program, but for all of the young and aspiring musicians and singers in the entire Bluegrass World.”

In addition to working with the students in the Renaissance program, Mougin is a Guitar Player, Songwriter, Producer, Engineer, Label Owner, and Teacher.  His years of experience and diverse background make him a perfect fit for working with Renaissance Students. Mougin is most naturally a vocal teacher, having earned a degree in music education with a vocal focus from the University of Massachusetts- Amherst.  Through his teaching career he has released multiple instructional CD’s.  In 2005 he launched Dark Shadow Recording.  His company serves as a recording space, record label, and production studio. In 2006, Mougin began his role as Sam Bush’s main guitar player in the Sam Bush band.  Sam Bush is one of the most respected Mandolin players in the industry.

Stephen added, “This award means so much to me. Our beloved genre was built on the shoulders of the artistry and mentorship before. May that wonderful trend continue to engage, encourage, and foster the Bluegrass professionals of the future.”

For more information about the Bethel Renaissance program visit or contact their office at (731) 352-6980.


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