Berea College Welcomes Public to Della Mae

Vibrant Sounds Honoring the Roots

Phelps Stokes Chapel – 8:00 p.m., March 17, 2016

della-maeBerea College welcomes the public and campus community to Vibrant Sounds Honoring the Roots. This program will feature Grammy- nominated music group Della Mae who recently performed on A Prairie Home Companion. This convocation is a part of the Stephenson Memorial Concert Series and is free and open to the public. Thursday, March 17, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel.

Featuring five female instrumentalists/vocalists, the group formed in 2009, built a fan base with the release of their first album, I Built This Heart, in 2011 and broke through with the release of their 2013 Grammy-nominated album, This World Oft Can Be. In 2015, Della Mae released their self-titled third album.

According to The Bluegrass Situation, “The praise was effusive even before Della Mae was released… The Boston Globe called the album masterful. The New York Times said it showed a leap in confidence. One of the band’s better-known fans, Ed Helms, wrote in the liner notes that the collection of songs stirred his soul and lifted his spirit.” 

The convocation events, which are provided to both the campus and public communities, are a significant part of a student’s educational experience at Berea College. See for the schedule of all convocations this academic year. All convocations are free and open to the public.

Berea, the South’s first interracial and coeducational college, focuses on learning, labor and service. Berea admits academically promising students, primarily from Appalachia, who have limited economic resources. No student is charged tuition. All students must work at least 10 hours weekly, earning money for books, room and board. Graduates from Berea go on to distinguish themselves and the College in many fields, living out the College’s scriptural motto “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth (Acts 17:26).

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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.