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Watauga Arts Council seeks junior musicians

Article Published: Sep. 7, 2009 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Watauga Arts Council seeks junior musicians

This fall, the Jones House in downtown Boone will host the Junior Appalachian Musicians program. File photo

The Watauga Arts Council has opened enrollment for the 2009-10 Junior Appalachian Musicians program.

The program offers weekly music lessons on Thursday evenings at the Jones House Community Center in

downtown Boone from September through April.

Classes will be offered in fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, and might be offered for dance, singing and dulcimer. There will be 28 lessons between September and April, and enrollment costs $100. Instruments are available for rental for $25.

The program is for third- through 12th-grade students, though the council is currently taking information for interested younger students. Spaces will be filled on a first-come basis.

Instructors include Cecil Gurganus on fiddle; Deborah Jean Sheets on guitar and vocals; Martha Spencer on fiddle, mandolin and dance; Randy Sheets on banjo and dance; and Amanda Wright on fiddle, guitar and dance.

Classes will be held at 5:30 or 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Jones House, though additional times and dates may be forthcoming.

To reserve a space, e-mail or call Watauga Arts Council folklorist Mark Freed with the following information at or (828) 264-1789:

1. Name/age of student(s)
2. Instrument(s) and years of experience
3. Class(es) of interest
4. Other information (i.e. interested in 1/2-year class; has to miss all Nov. classes; would like to do dance if available; prefers to have ___ for instructor, etc.)

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