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Music Academy of the American South

June 14-16, 2013

UNCSA campus, 1533 South Main St.

Old Salem Museum & Gardens, 600 South Main St.

Winston-Salem, N.C.


The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) will present the second annual Music Academy of the American South (MAAS) June 14 through June 16, 2013.  MAAS celebrates the music of the American South through dynamic performances and workshops by noted musicians and will take place on the UNCSA campus at 1533 South Main Street and at nearby Old Salem Museums & Gardens in Winston-Salem, N.C.

A 2006 graduate of UNCSA, MAAS Artistic Director Justin Poindexter currently designs and leads community and education concerts for Jazz at Lincoln Center. He is also a member of the celebrated Americana music collective, The Amigos Band.

“Our inaugural MAAS, which took place last year, was a huge success. We celebrated the unique musical melting pot of our region, particularly noting the traditions of mountain music, African-American influences, and the European classical traditions in local Moravian music." Poindexter said. “There is nothing else like MAAS anywhere in the world, and I’m extremely pleased that the festival is returning for a second year to share and celebrate the music of our region.”

A focus in MAAS programming for 2013 is the interactions of American roots music (folk, bluegrass, gospel, country) with each other as well as with other genres. This will be highlighted in the performance of "Appalachian Concerto" by the virtuoso bluegrass group, The Kruger Brothers, with a string quartet led by UNCSA School of Music faculty member Kevin Lawrence.

“We also will celebrate the iconic soul music of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, with three of the original musicians and songwriters that wrote and played on timeless music by Aretha Franklin, Percy Sledge, Wilson Pickett and others,” Poindexter added.

“This incredible music fused black and white influences to create a highly popular and influential catalog of music that defined ‘soul’ music in the 1960s and ‘70s,” Poindexter added.  “Dan Penn, Spooner Oldham and David Hood will perform in a unique concert with Jim Lauderdale and The Amigos Band.  This is a rare performance not to be missed.”

Other featured performances scheduled during MAAS include Grammy Award-winning Appalachian musician and radio/television host David Holt; legendary gospel performers, the Branchettes; and a unique evening of 19th-century Moravian music by female composers from historic Salem.

In addition to the performances, many of the musicians also will participate in workshops and master classes during MAAS. “The workshops and master classes offer a rare opportunity to interact with, and gain valuable insight from, the master musicians who will be at UNCSA during MAAS,” Poindexter added. Octogenarian bluesman Boo Hanks and Appalachian ballad interpreter Molly Andrews are among the many renowned musicians scheduled to participate in workshops.

All workshops and master classes are free and open to the public. 



2013 MAAS Schedule
Please check back often -- the schedule is frequently updated.

All events will take place on the UNCSA campus, 1533 South Main St., unless otherwise noted.


Friday, June 14

7:30 pm

Evening Concert

The Household Muse: Salem Composers of the 19th Century

In collaboration with the Moravian Music Foundation and the “Music at Home” concert series

Home Moravian Church, Old Salem

Hanna Carter, Mary Siebert, Glenn Siebert, Jason McKinney, Susan Foster, Barbara Lister-Sink

Saturday, June 15

11:00 am

Kruger Brothers Instrumental Master Class

Performance Place Arena Theatre

The Kruger Brothers

12:30 pm

Southern Picnic Lunch/Bluegrass and Old-time Jam Session

Hanes Student Commons

2:00 pm

British Ballads and Their American Cousins

In collaboration with Fiddle & Bow Society

Performance Place Arena Theatre

Molly Andrews

3:30 pm

Film Screening: Muscle Shoals Documentary

Gold Theatre, ACE Exhibition Complex

Directed by Greg “Freddy” Camalier; Featuring Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Bono

5:15 pm

Interview/Q&A: Muscle Shoals Sound in the Round

Gold Theatre, ACE Exhibition Complex

Hosted by Jim Lauderdale with Muscle Shoals musicians Spooner Oldham, Dan Penn, David Hood

7:30 pm

Evening Concert

Performance Place Freedman Theatre

The Kruger Brothers “Appalachian Concerto,” Jim Lauderdale and The Amigos Band, special guests from Muscle Shoals

Sunday, June 16

1:30 pm

David Holt Bluegrass/String Band Master Class

Performance Place Arena Theatre

David Holt

3:00 pm

Blues Summit: Interview and Performance

Performance Place Patrons Theatre

Hosted by Logie Meachum, with Big Ron Hunter, Boo Hanks

4:00 pm

MAAS Song Collaborative Jam/Recording Session

Performance Place Arena Theatre

All artists are invited to participate

6:00 pm

Informal Jam Session/Bring your own Picnic Dinner

St. Philips Heritage Center, Old Salem Museums & Gardens*

7:30 pm

Evening Concert

St. Philips Heritage Center, Old Salem Museums & Gardens*

David Holt, The Branchettes, special guest Laurelyn Dossett


*St. Philips is located at 911 S. Church St., at the intersection of Church & Race Streets. 

Concert-goers may park at the Old Salem Visitor Center, and limited parking is available on South Main Street, just south of the Frank L. Horton Museum Center.You can drop-off passengers at the church, but there is no on-street parking at St. Philips.



Tickets for the evening concert on Friday, June 14 are $13 for adults and $10 for students (with a valid school ID). Tickets for the concert on Saturday, June 15 are $25 for adults and $20 for students.  Tickets for the Sunday, June 16 concert are $20 for adults and $18 for students. ALL-ACCESS WEEKEND PASSES that includes lunch on Saturday and admission to all ticketed events may be purchased at $49 for adults and $40 for students.  Tickets may be purchased at the Stevens Center, 405 West Fourth St., Winston-Salem, or by calling 336-721-1945.

Note: Tickets are not required for workshops or master classes.

Click here to order tickets online!



About The Music Academy of the American South (MAAS)

MAAS is unique among existing festivals and summer programs because it presents roots music genres simultaneously—highlighting their cross-pollination. Attendees of MAAS will have the hands-on experience of exploring musical vocabularies across genres. They will discover the musicians that developed these uniquely American styles and those that continue the tradition today. MAAS will serve as a venue with a living history, a catalyst for collaboration and experimentation between genres, and as a guide for integrity in roots music concert programming, education, and preservation.

The music of the American South has had an enormous influence far beyond the region, ultimately impacting culture on a global scale. Traditional folk music was brought into the southern United States by immigrants from Western Europe and intermingled with the songs of African slaves. The collision of these musical vocabularies led to the development of the styles that define American roots music today. Blues, country, bluegrass, string-band, gospel and jazz are America’s great claims to the global artistic landscape, and are revered as uniquely American and worthy of preservation. UNCSA is a natural leader for the performance and study of American roots music, because it is the preeminent conservatory of the South and its campus lies in a region where much of this music originated


Justin Poindexter – MAAS Artistic Director

Hailing from the rolling hills of North Carolina, composer/guitarist Justin Poindexter is the descendent of a long line of southern storytellers. His songs and guitar pickin' have been featured in award-winning films and albums, and in hundreds of venues from Nashville’s Music City Roots to New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Justin is a founding member of the acclaimed New York City folk collective, The Amigos Band. He has performed and/or collaborated with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Pete Seeger, Nellie McKay, David Amram, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, Ken Peplowski, Matt Wilson’s Art & Crafts, Art Baron, Luis Bonilla, Marshall Allen of Sun Ra’s Arkestra, and Bill Crow, among many others. Specializing in American roots including jazz, country, blues, folk, and gospel, Justin mines America’s rich cultural history, linking music across genres and presenting it in new contexts.

UNCSA alumni Justin Poindexter and Jim Lauderdale at the 2012 MerleFest.

Justin is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he studied composition with Kenneth Frazelle and guitar with Gerald Klickstein. He is a 2007 recipient of the William R. Kenan Jr. Performing Arts Fellowship at Lincoln Center Institute. Justin curates community and educational programming for Jazz at Lincoln Center, leading Jazz for Young People touring concerts and writing content for Jazz at Lincoln Center education publications. In the 2012-13 season he presented over 150 educational concerts in community centers, schools, and hospitals along the east coast as part of the nation’s largest jazz education outreach initiative.



2013 MAAS Artist/Faculty Bios

The Kruger Brothers

Born and raised in Europe, brothers Jens and Uwe Kruger started singing and playing instruments at a very young age. Growing up in a family where music was an important part of life, they were exposed to a wide diversity of abiding musical influences. The brothers were performing regularly by the time they were 11 and 12 years old, and they began their professional career in 1979. Joel Landsberg, a native of New York City who also had a very ex­tensive musical upbringing, joined the brothers in the early 90s and together they established the incomparable sound that the trio is known for today.


Since a formal introduction to American audiences in 1997, their remarkable facility with their instruments and unique take on the American Songbook have made the Kruger Brothers a fixture within the world of acoustic music. Although initially staying fairly close to a traditional repertoire, the group later turned to song writing and composition in order to draw more closely from their personal experiences. The result is a catalog of songs distinguished by rich detail and an insight into the delicacy and complexity of everyday life. The honesty of their writing has since become a hallmark of the trio’s work.


The Kruger Brothers personify the spirit of exploration and innovation that forms the core of the American musical tradition. Their original music, composed by Jens Kruger, is crafted around their discerning taste, and the result is unpretentious, cultivated, and delightfully fresh.


The Kruger Brothers were awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant for Music from the Spring a sym­phonic suite composed and orchestrated by Jens Kruger, which premiered in 2007. In late 2010, the Kruger Brothers premiered the Appalachian Concerto, a concerto for banjo, bass, guitar, and string quartet. In addition to their regular concert schedule they perform these pieces regularly with select symphony orchestras and string quartets throughout the country.



David Holt

Every young man dreams of a life of adventure. In 1968, David Holt found his life’s journey in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. With a passion to become an old-time banjo player, David traveled to remote mountain communities like Kingdom Come, Kentucky and Sodom Laurel, North Carolina searching for the best traditional musicians.


Holt found hundreds of old-time mountaineers with a wealth of folk music, stories and wisdom. There was banjoist Wade Mainer, ballad singer Dellie Norton, singing coal miner Nimrod Workman, and 122 year-old washboard player Susie Brunson. Holt learned to play not only banjos, but many unusual instruments like the mouth bow, the bottleneck slide guitar and even the paper bag.



For over three decades, David’s passion for traditional music and culture has fueled a successful performing and recording career. He has earned four Grammy Awards and performed and recorded with many of his mentors including Doc Watson, Grandpa Jones, Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, Roy Acuff and Chet Atkins. Today he tours the country performing solo,  with his band The Lightning Bolts and with Sutton, Holt and Coleman.



Jim Lauderdale

Jim Lauderdale is a multi-talented performer and songwriter, with successes in both country and bluegrass music. His roots stem from the Carolinas, yet his career has taken him all over the United States and abroad, making him an international recording artist with an ever-growing fan base. Jim won “Artist of the Year” and “Song of the Year” at the first “Honors and Awards Show” held by the Americana Music Association in 2002. Subsequently, he has hosted this same show for the last seven years.


He is among Nashville’s “A” list of songwriters, with songs recorded by artists such as: Patty Loveless, George Jones, The Dixie Chicks, Solomon Burke, Mark Chesnutt, Dave Edmunds, John Mayall, Kathy Mattea, Lee Ann Womack, Gary Allan, Blake Shelton. Vince Gill, and George Strait. He also contributed several songs to the successful soundtrack of the George Strait film, “Pure Country.” Not content to just write hits for the stars, he’s toured with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rhonda Vincent and Elvis Costello, among others.


Jim’s musical influences include the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley and George Jones. These influences and his unique sense of melody and lyric help forge a sound that is truly his own. He is a 2 time Grammy winner, winning his first in 2002 with Dr. Ralph Stanley for “Lost in the Lonesome Pines” (Dualtone). His next one came for his second “solo” bluegrass album, “The Bluegrass Diaries” (Yep Roc 2007) at the 50th Grammy Awards! His first CD with Dr. Stanley, “I Feel Like Singing Today” (Dualtone/Rebel 1999) received a Grammy nomination as did his first solo bluegrass CD titled “Bluegrass”(Yep Roc) from 2006. His current release, “Patchwork River” (his second collaboration with Grateful Dead lyricist, Robert Hunter) is currently on the Americana radio charts.



Muscle Shoals Musicians


                                                                                                    Spooner Oldham (left) and Dan Penn

Spooner Oldham

Dewey Lyndon “Spooner” Oldham is a linchpin of the Southern soul and R&B sound. The Alabama-born musician was part of the prolific crew that made records at Rick Hall’s FAME (“Florence Alabama Music Enterprises”) Studio and Muscle Shoal Sound Studios, in the northwest corner of the state. Oldham played keyboards on such seminal soul songs as Percy Sledge’s “When a Man Loves a Woman,” Wilson Pickett’s “Mustang Sally,” Arthur Alexander’s “You Better Move On,” and “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You),” Aretha Franklin’s historic first recording for Atlantic Records. He was a co-founder of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, whose other members were guitarist Jimmy Johnson, bassist David Hood and drummer Roger Hawkins. When Oldham moved to Memphis, he brought in his own replacement, keyboardist Barry Beckett.


In 1967 Oldham resumed his songwriting partnership with singer/guitarist Dan Penn at Chips Moman’s American Studios in Memphis. Oldham has written a brace of soul classics with Penn, including James and Bobby Purify’s “I’m Your Puppet,” James Carr’s “The Dark End of the Street,” the Box Tops’ “Cry Like a Baby,” and Janis Joplin’s “A Woman Left Lonely.” The duo estimate that they’ve written between 400 and 500 songs together.



Dan Penn

Dan Penn helped shape the development of southern soul music with his legendary songwriting, musicianship and production. A native of Vernon, Alabama, Penn moved to the Florence/Muscle Shoals area while still a teenager and assumed the role of lead vocalist in a local group calling itself the Mark V Combo. It was around this time that he penned his first chart record, Conway Twitty's “Is a Bluebird Blue”. During the early ’60s, Penn began working with Rick Hall at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, first as a songwriter, and then as an artist under the names Lonnie Ray, Danny Lee, and finally Dan Penn.


Penn’s early co-writing collaborations with Spooner Oldham while at Fame included “I’m Your Puppet,” which became a hit in 1965 for James & Bobby Purify, and “Out of Left Field,” and “It Tears Me Up” performed so memorably by Percy Sledge. He also co-wrote hits for Joe Simon, Jimmy Hughes and Wilson Pickett.


David Hood

David Hood was born and grew up in Sheffield, Alabama. After graduating from high school and while attending the University of North Alabama, David and three former classmates from Sheffield formed the “Mystics” to play the fraternity circuit in Alabama and Mississippi. It was during this period that David started hanging out at Rick Hall's Fame Studios and Quin Ivy's Quinvy studios, with the hope of getting into the fledgling recording industry in Muscle Shoals.


By 1966-67, Hood had played bass or trombone on several early Muscle Shoals hits including James and Bobby Purify's “I'm Your Puppet,” Percy Sledge’s “Warm and Tender Love,” Aretha Franklin’s “I Never Loved A Man,” and Etta James’ “Tell Mama.” It was during this period that he teamed with Roger Hawkins, Jimmy Johnson and Barry Beckett to form what was to become the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. The rhythm section continued to rack up a string of hits at Fame and other studios until 1969, when they felt it was time to go out on their own.


David, Roger, Jimmy and Barry became studio owners with the purchase of a studio in Sheffield at 3614 Jackson Highway which they remodeled and renamed Muscle Shoals Sound Studios. The rest is history, with David and the rhythm section recording hits with R.B. Greaves, Aretha, Lulu, The Staple Singers, Wilson Pickett, Bobby Womack, Mel and Tim, Paul Simon, Traffic, Millie Jackson, Bob Seger, Willie Nelson, Delbert McClinton, Rod Stewart, Jimmy Buffett, Dr. Hook, Oak Ridge Boys, Glen Frey, and many, many more.



The Branchettes

The Branchettes are one of the region’s most celebrated traditional gospel ensembles.  Hailing from the Long Branch Disciples Church (hence the “branch” in “Branchettes”) in Newton Grove, N.C., the duo of Lena Mae Perry and Wilbur Tharpe have been singing together for 39 years.  The group originated as a women’s trio, who invited Tharpe’s masterful keyboard playing whenever he was available; as the years passed, and two of the original members passed on, Tharpe became an integral part of the smaller ensemble.  The group’s singing, however, is in no way diminished.  Both Sister Perry and Brother Tharpe have been singing spirituals, congregational songs, and gospel pieces since their childhoods.  Sister Perry takes the lead in the group, singing in an exuberant, full-throated style that embodies the deepest traditions of African American sacred song.  Brother Tharpe, in turn, accompanies her with both voice and keyboards, performing in a style that that echoes the “sanctified stride” of early 20th-century church pianists. 

                                                 The Branchettes: Lena Mae Perry and Wilbur Tharpe

Their powerful vocal and instrumental stylings lend their songs a deeply traditional edge, invoking the times (as Sister Perry proudly proclaims) of their “foreparents and that old-time religion.”   This commitment to tradition led the state to honor the Branchettes in 1995 with the N.C. Folk Heritage Award, North Carolina’s highest honor for excellence in the traditional arts; it has also led to performance invitations far beyond the circle of churches at which they regularly sing, bringing them to museums, universities, and festivals across the region, and even across the Atlantic.  Their singing, however, remains the same, grounded in tradition and guided by faith.



The Amigos Band

The Amigos Band (formerly The Tres Amigos) is a collective dedicated to performing and creating American music through the traditions of collaboration and improvisation. Built on the belief that all strains of American music are branches of the same tree, they return to their roots and bring together every form from bluegrass to jazz, with intricate vocal harmony and a style all their own. The Amigos Band has appeared in recent performances with Pete Seeger, David Amram, New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and Nellie McKay. They recently gave sold-out performances at New York City’s Lincoln Center and their semi-regular "The Amigos Band Presents" series at New York's Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola has appeared in previews and critics picks in the New Yorker magazine and the Village Voice.

                                                           The Amigos

In 2013 the Amigos were chosen to serve as American cultural ambassadors for the American Music Abroad program by the U.S. Department of State. Their multi-country cultural exchange program will include public concerts, interactive performances with local traditional musicians, lecture demonstrations, workshops, jam sessions and media interviews and performances. The Amigos will appear on Nashville’s Music City Roots in summer of 2013 and are currently working on an album in collaboration with iconic New York composer, musician, and “beat,” David Amram for release in spring of 2014.



Logie Meachum

Lorenzo “Logie” Meachum has been performing  literature, stories, and music nationally for more than 30 years. In many stories, he talks about the influence of his family and the way most of his relatives used words as a form of entertainment. Born and raised in the Guilford College area of Greensboro, Logie continues the oral tradition that was so much a part of his youth and development.


Educated in North Carolina and Virginia, Logie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Technical Theater from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical state University and a Masters Degree in Educational Theater from Virginia Polytechnic and State Univeristy. He has presented lectures and workshops in various settings from Harvard University to Church Fellowship Halls.



Over a twelve-year period, he taught full-time in the English Department at Winston Salem State University with courses in Phonetics, World Literature, African American Culture, and Speech. Presently, Logie is pursuing a PhD degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a concentration in African American Literature and Rhetoric. He maintains a heavy performance schedule and travels often with his wife Tomi and two sons, Ishmael Alexander and Isa Austin. In addition, he does vegetable farming with his mother and father, Theresa and Lafayette (Faye) Meachum. Family comes first in Logie’s busy life. Family is also the source of many of his stories, songs, hopes and dreams. Any time you are in Greensboro, give the Meachum’s a call, many people do and they often find that If folks are at home there is usually something real good cooking on the old wood stove.



Big Ron Hunter

Ron is called the world's happiest Bluesman. He owns a voice that gives people chills. It’s the kind of voice that carries warmth and tenderness, a voice that is unmistakably his own and embodies everything that’s raw, pure and beautiful about the blues. Ron Hunter was born in Winston-Salem, NC. His father, who was a sharecropper, taught Ron how to sing and play the guitar at a young age. Mentored by the legendary Guitar Gabriel and versed in R&B, Rock & the Blues of BB King, Ron plays both electric and acoustic guitars in dramatically different styles. From Gabe’s advice, Hunter developed his unique sound all while raising a family and working a day job. As a maintenance man, you could find Ron locked up in his closet-sized office, plucking away at his guitar and pouring out the blues. Hunter just released his second album, the Great Unknown, which, aside from receiving praise in the Living Blues magazine, proves his mastery of the blues and folk niches. Now touring with the Music Maker Revue, Hunter has entered the Blues scene at full speed.



Boo Hanks

James Arthur “Boo” Hanks is an acoustic Blues guitarist, who began 75 years ago, with roots in the Piedmont string band and Blues traditions. He saved money for his first guitar by selling packets of garden seeds and it was with this guitar that he began picking out the same old-time songs he heard his father playing after long days in the tobacco field. As a young man in the 1940s, Hanks earned pocket change playing guitar at barn dances with his cousins accompanying him on mandolin and spoons. His rich musical repertoire reflects his multi-ethnic heritage (his ancestors were white, African American, Ocinneechee Indian and family folklore believes they are descendants of Abraham Lincoln’s mother Mary Hanks.)

                                                        Boo Hanks

Today, Boo Hanks lives in Virgilina, Virginia, just over the North Carolina border, a stone’s throw from the rolling hills where he was born. Drawing from the deep musical well of his region, Boo Hanks showcases his virtuosity in the driving time and delicate finger-style guitar of the classic Piedmont Blues made famous by Blind Boy Fuller.


Molly Andrews

Molly Andrews is recognized as one of the finest interpreters of southern Appalachian music and varied genres, bringing directness and intensity to everything she sings. Born the granddaughter of coal miners in Bluefield, WV, her lineage trails deep into pre-revolutionary southwest Virginia, the 'lost province' of Ashe County, North Carolina, and is rooted in documented medieval descendancy of the British Isles and Europe; hence a natural affinity for the old songs. She employs intuition and versatility as traditional acapella and interpretive singer, multi-instrumentalist and songsmith, for the edification of all concerned.

                                                                            Molly Andrews

Molly has performed extensively on stages great and small across the US and abroad, from venues as diverse as Oxfords' Holywell Music Room to CBGB in New York, with artists ranging from Mike Seeger to John Zorn. First working in musical theatre in 1995 at Arts at St. Anns in NYC, roles have followed in Equity houses across the country.  Molly is a recipient of Chicago's Joseph Jefferson Award for her original role in Randy Myler & Dan Wheetmans' 'Fire On the Mountain' at Northlight. She's a blue ribbon ballad winner at the Johnson County Fiddlers Convention in Laurel Bloomery, TN. Nominations include The Virginia Governors Award for the Arts, Washington Area Music Awards, Denver Post Ovation Awards.



Laurelyn Dossett


Singer/songwriter Laurelyn Dossett lives and writes in the piedmont of North Carolina, and her songs tend to reflect the stories of the region, both traditional and contemporary. One of the most sought-after voices in creative collaborations, she co-founded Polecat Creek with singing partner Kari Sickenberger in 1997 and has written the songs for four North Carolina-based plays with playwright Preston Lane.   Her songs have been recorded by Grammy-winning artists Levon Helm and the Carolina Chocolate Drops. She recently premiered a song cycle with Grant Llewellyn and the North Carolina Symphony. Laurelyn is a frequent performer at regional music festivals such as Merlefest and has been a guest on the radio show Prairie Home Companion.


Bios for The Household Muse, June 14 concert


Soprano - Hannah Rose Carter grew up in Ontario, Canada and upstate New York.  Ms. Carter received her Bachelor’s degree in vocal performance and music education at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music.  She relocated to Greensboro in 2003, and attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she earned her Master’s in vocal performance.  She has appeared as a soloist with the The Kerner Chorale, Piedmont Chamber Singers, Greensboro Choral Society, Dei Laudes Choir, Bel Canto Company, Kensington Consort, and at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.

Bass-Baritone - Jason McKinney is originally from Milwaukee WI.  As a Boys and Girls Clubs of America scholarship recipient, Jason discovered music through authentic New Orleans Jazz.  His talents with the Albert system Clarinet and his vocal abilities brought him to North Carolina to study at the School UNC of the Arts with Glenn Siebert and Marilyn Taylor. An active performer he has appeared has throughout the U.S, Europe, Australia and Mexico in concert and opera. His one-man show Paul Robeson has received high acclaim.  Recent performances include the role of Porgy in Porgy and Bess with Skylight Theater in Milwaukee, Banco in Verdi’s Macbeth with Opera Memphis and Carmina Burana with The NC Symphony Orchestra and the Eugene Symphony Orchestra.

Alto - Mary Siebert was raised in Western Montana, where riding horses in the mountains and singing were her dominant activities. She has fond recollections of being regularly answered in song by a pack of coyotes. Ms. Siebert graduated in vocal music from Indiana University and studied at the Hochschule fur Musik in Vienna, Austria. In 1987 she was a National Winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She has sung with opera theaters and symphony orchestras nation-wide including Houston Grand Opera, Minnesota Opera, New Orleans Opera, Opera Delaware, Treasure State Opera, The Grand Teton Music Festival, and others, and performed over 50 solo recitals with Community Concerts. Ms. Siebert has performed an eclectic variety of other genres, including jazz, cabaret, country-western, folk, and music theater. She recorded Broadway pre-production demos with Paul Simon for his musical The Capeman. Her freelance writings have appeared in nationally published magazines including Cosmopolitan and Parenting. Ms. Siebert currently serves as Arts Coordinator for the Arts Based Elementary School in Lewisville, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband and 13-year-old daughter.


Tenor - Glenn Siebert has appeared with many of the world’s most acclaimed symphony orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Royal Flanders Philharmonic, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Boston Pops, Royal Scottish Philharmonic, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Florida Philharmonic. Mr. Siebert’s operatic appearances include leading roles in the operas of Mozart, Britten, Donizetti, Rossini and others with the Hamburgische Staatsoper, San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Washington Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Denver Opera, Asturias Festival in Oviedo, Spain, Baltimore Opera, Cleveland Opera, Minnesota Opera, Hawaii Opera. 

He has participated as soloist in summer festivals and chamber music festivals, appearing with the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, the Blossom Festival in Cleveland, Blair Music Festival in Scotland, the Newport Music Festival, and the New York Festival of Song. Mr. Siebert’s recordings include Mendelssohn’s Paulus with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Handel’s Acis and Galatea with the Seattle Symphony, Berlioz’s Lelio with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Schubert’s Mass in Eb with the Atlanta Symphony, Nothing Divine is Mundane: Songs of Virgil Thomson, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Brussel’s Anima Eterna and Songs: George Whitefield Chadwick with pianist Peter Kairoff. Mr. Siebert has been on the faculty of The University of North Carolina School of the Arts since 1991, is the Founder/Director of the Magnolia Baroque Festival and is Director of Music for the historic Home Moravian Church in Winston-Salem.

Pianist - Barbara Lister-Sink is an internationally acclaimed performer and a global leader in injury-preventive keyboard technique. A graduate of Smith College and recipient of the Prix d’Excellence from Utrecht Conservatory, she is currently Director of the School of Music and Artist-in-Residence at Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC. Her critically acclaimed video/DVD Freeing the Caged Bird won the 2002 MTNA-Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy National Award and was praised as “A monumental work!" by Vladimir Ashkenazy. Former keyboardist for the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Lister-Sink has taught at Duke University, the Brevard Music Center and was on the Artist Faculty of the Eastman School of Music from 1979 to 1986.  She has performed as soloist throughout Europe and North America and has collaborated with some of the world’s most distinguished musicians. Lister-Sink has performed with the Harvard Chamber Players and at the New Hampshire, Skaneateles, Brevard and Chautauqua summer music festivals.As a world leader in teaching injury-preventive technique, Lister-Sink has given numerous presentations for national and international music organizations, including the Music Teachers National Association, the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, the Canadian Professional Piano Teachers Association, the International Klavar Foundation, and the European Piano Teachers Association, London, England Chapter. She appears frequently as state MTNA convention artist, and in 1992 she was a presenter and performer for the First World Congress of Arts and Medicine in New York City. Lister-Sink’s articles and reviews have appeared in leading music journals, as well as in the Southern Medical Journal and Current Research in Arts Medicine. She was cited in the 2000 Centennial Edition of Piano & Keyboard as one of the pedagogical leaders of the 20th century.


Keyboardist - Susan Keck Foster holds organ and harpsichord performance degrees from Converse College and Shenandoah Conservatory, with additional study at the Eastman School of Music, the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute and the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Susan has performed as a solo concert artist and chamber musician throughout the Eastern US, in Mexico, and in Europe. Specializing in Baroque performance practice of keyboard and chamber music, she founded the Winchester Baroque Ensemble in 1996, a period instrument ensemble that continues to actively perform in the Washington, DC area. Her numerous professional music positions have included a faculty position at Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, Director of the Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy, and accompanist for Winchester (VA) Musica Viva, BachChor Ortenau (Germany), and the Roanoke (VA) and Greensboro Symphony Orchestra Choruses. Currently, Susan is Organist for Home Moravian Church in historic Old Salem, Winston-Salem, NC and a free-lance concert artist, accompanist, and continuo player.



Bios for String Quartet performing in “Appalachian Concerto” with the Kruger Brother, June 15 Concert

Violinist - Kevin Lawrence

Praised for his "vibrant intensity," (The Times, London) and playing "supremely convincing in its vitality," (Cleveland Plain Dealer) violinist Kevin Lawrence has consistently elicited superlative responses for his performances throughout the United States and Europe. His assertive style and strong musical personality have thrilled audiences at Merkin Hall, Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and in Houston, Chicago, London, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Rome, Prague, Bucharest, Sofia, St. Petersburg, and Amsterdam, where the Dutch press described him as "simply miraculous." (Het Vaderland). Lawrence has performed as soloist with the Charlotte, Richmond, Anchorage, Shreveport, Greensboro, Charlottesville and Waco symphonies, as well as the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria. He has premiered sonatas by contemporary American compositional voices Laura Kaminsky and Judith Shatin, and chamber works by Michael Rothkopf and Lawrence Dillon. His release of the complete violin works of the American composer Arthur Foote on the New World label was "highly recommended" as "beautifully played" by the Washington Post; he is also heard with renowned flutist Carol Wincenc on a recording of American flute quintets released this past summer by Bridge Records, and named as 2012 Critics Choice by American Record Guide. Lawrence is the founder and director of Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival (, which will hold its ninth season at the University of Vermont during the summer of 2013. He has given master classes throughout the United States, and in Germany, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Romania, Russia and Venezuela.  Since 1990 he has taught at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where currently serves as chair of the string department and which recognized him with its Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007.


Violinist - Stephainie Ezerman

Stephanie Ezerman has appeared in concert across the United States and Canada as soloist and chamber musician. She has performed with the Houston Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Memphis Symphony, New World Symphony, Pine Mountain Music Festival and Spoleto Festival USA. She is the former Associate Concertmaster of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, and has held leadership positions with Cap Rock Pro Musica, Abilene Philharmonic, and the Big Spring Symphony. She is currently a member of the Greensboro Symphony.

As a chamber musician, Stephanie performs regularly with her husband, cellist Alex Ezerman, as part of the Ezerman Duo. An advocate for new music, she has participated in numerous premiers, including Theresa LeVelle's The Shadowlands at the International Saxaphone Congress in Montreal, Canada. She appeared at Merlefest 2011, in Wilkesboro, NC, with the Kruger Brothers playing Jens Kruger's Appalacian Concerto. She has also been heard in concert in the Sitkovetsky and Friends Chamber Series in Greensboro, NC. She has recorded on the Innova and Double Time labels.


Violist - Scott Rawls

Violist Scott Rawls has appeared as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Europe. Recent chamber music endeavors include performances with Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Ray Chen, Gary Hoffman, Lynn Harrell, Bella Davidovich, Vladmir Feltsman, Garrick Ohlsson, Keith Lockhart, and the Diaz Trio.  His chamber music recordings can be heard on CRI, Nonesuch, Centaur, Capstone, and Philips labels.  Rawls has toured extensively as a member of Steve Reich and Musicians since 1991.  The ensemble has performed in major music centers around the world including London, Berlin, Rome, Tokyo, Prague, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.  He currently serves as Associate Professor of Viola in the School of Music at UNCG.  And during the summers, Rawls plays principal viola in the festival orchestra at Brevard Music Center where he also coordinates the viola program.


Cellist- Alexander Ezerman

Alexander Ezerman comes from a family where the cello runs four generations deep, including two former associate principals of the Philadelphia Orchestra. A prize winner in national and international competition, he has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician across the United States, Canada, Europe and South America. He is newly appointed to the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as Associate Professor of Violoncello. His previous position was at Texas Tech University, where he was a founding member of the Botticelli String Quartet. He also regularly performs with his wife, violinist Stephanie Ezerman, as the Ezerman Duo. An active advocate and performer of new music, he has been involved in numerous premiers, and has performed all twelve of the “Sacher” pieces for solo cello in a single recital. His most recent premiere, Ignis Fatuus for solo cello, by composer Teresa LeVelle, has been recorded on the Innova Label. During the summer, he is on the faculty of the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington Vermont. He has previously been on the faculties of the Brevard Music Center and the Killington Music Festival. Ezerman holds a BM degree from Oberlin College Conservatory and a Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His primary mentors include Timothy Eddy, Norman Fischer, David Wells and his grandmother Elsa Hilger.



Media Coverage


UNCSA's Music Academy of the American South begins this Friday

WFDD 88.5 FM, June 10, 2013

The Piedmont has had and continues to have a huge impact on American music in practically every musical style imaginable, so why not celebrate it? The University of NC School of the Arts is gearing up to do just that with its second annual Music Academy of the American South from June 14th-16th on the UNCSA campus and nearby Old Salem Museums and Gardens in Winston-Salem...

Southern music festival starts June 14

Winston-Salem Chronicle, June 10, 2013

Tickets are now on sale for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ Music Academy of the American South (MAAS), a weekend festival that will be held from June 14 – June 16 at UNC School of the Arts and Old Salem Museums & Gardens. The festival will include dynamic performances and workshops by noted musicians.  A focus in MAAS programming for 2013 is the interactions of American roots music (bluegrass, blues, folk, gospel and Moravian music) with one another as well as with other genres...

Festival will celebrate South's musical heritage

Winston-Salem Journal, June 12, 2013

The South has a rich and varied musical heritage — one that will be celebrated this weekend at the Music Academy of the American South. ...