Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble Performs Spring Concert, April 16

The Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble presents its annual spring concert on Saturday, April 16. The 8 p.m. performance is scheduled in Gray Auditorium of Presser Music Building. Admission is free and all are invited.

The Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble was founded in the fall of 1999 to give Berea College students with backgrounds or potential in bluegrass music an opportunity to play in a bluegrass band with weekly rehearsals, performances and travel. The group’s founder, Al White, has performed professionally with many bluegrass bands including the Bluegrass Alliance and the McLain Family Band, and teaches Appalachian instruments at Berea College.

Members are selected by audition, and typically remain with the group until they graduate from Berea College. Members also earn academic credit for each semester of participation in the group. The band’s recent tour of Japan marked its second visit there, the first being in 2006.

The Bluegrass Ensemble toured Ireland in 2004 and 2007. The group performs for many functions at Berea College and has also performed at Campbell Folk School in North Carolina, and at East Tennessee State University. The group has just returned from performing concerts at Glenville State College and in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Band members include: Sam Gleaves; banjo, Christina Mauro; lead singing, Willie Dodson; guitar, Myra Morrison; fiddle, Hannah Johnson; bass, and Al White on mandolin and fiddle.

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College only admits academically promising students with limited financial resources—primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia—but welcomes students from 41 states and 76 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly to earn money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.