The 2015 Bear on the Square Master Classes were held Sunday afternoon, April 19, in the Historic Vickery House, home of the Appalachian Studies Center at the University of North Georgia.
The Master Classes were taught by some of this area's top professional musicians and instructors who brought with them a wealth of knowledge and experience that they shared with their students. From these very intensive, concise and hands-on classes, students came away with new skills and knowledge that they could instantly use in their own playing. The Master Classes were all at the advanced beginner/intermediate skill level. Here is the list of Master Classes that took place at the 19th annual Bear on the Square:
Old-Time Fiddle with John Grimm
Tony Rice Bluegrass Guitar with Curtis Jones
Old-Time Clawhammer Banjo with Tom Ryan
Old-Time Rhythm Guitar with Pat Shields
The Vickery House is located on West Main Street just two blocks south of the Gold Museum, which is on Dahlonega's Public Square.
The Master Classes sessions were supported through sponsorships from the University of North Georgia and the SouthEastern Bluegrass Association (SEBA).
Class size was very limited but affordable at only $20 per class, ensuring that students received the best possibly learning experience. For an additional $10, students could purchase or renew a SEBA electronic membership and receive the organization's monthly newsletter, The SEBA Breakdown. This was 33 percent off the regular price of this membership.
Online registration for the Master Classes was encouraged, and more information about 2016 classes can be obtained at some point early in 2016 by contacting Joe Matteson, who has been in charge of the Master Classes, at 706-319-2045 or firstname.lastname@example.org as plans begin to unfold for the 20th annual Bear on the Square Festival in 2016.