Article Published: Sep. 20, 2012 | Modified: Sep. 20, 2012
Maura Shawn Scanlin of Vilas recently won the 2012 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Competition, which was held in Edinboro, Pa.
Competitors from throughout the U.S. gathered on the campus of Edinboro University to compete for the title. Scanlin has also won awards at this competition in 2008, 2010 and 2011.
Scanlin has been playing violin since she was 3 years old, beginning her studies with Nan Stricklen of Banner Elk. She later studied with Dr. Nancy Bargerstock at the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University.
Scanlin is currently a high school senior at the University of North Carolina’s School of the Arts in Winston Salem, where she studies violin with Sarah Johnson and plays in various chamber groups and the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra.
Scanlin’s Scottish influences have included Dr. John Turner, Bonnie Rideout, Jamie Laval, Jerry Holland, Jeremy Kittle, Alasdair Fraser and Natalie MacMaster. She is also a member of the Forget-Me-Nots, a local Celtic band.