Acoustic Music Seminar Program Overview | Savannah Music Festival 2015

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Acoustic Music Seminar Program Overview

"A life-changing experience!" - Tatiana Hargreaves, Corvallis, OR

Sixteen of the world's most talented young string players, all under the age of 22, travel to Savannah for a week of hands-on instruction in playing, songwriting, and ensemble work during this groundbreaking mentorship program, led by acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Mike Marshall. While in Savannah, students receive six days of hands-on instruction in playing, songwriting, and ensemble work. The seminar culminates in the annual "Stringband Spectacular", featuring students' own compositions and arrangements.

Notable AMS Alumni include:

Paul Kowert, AMS '12 (Punch Brothers; Haas Kowert Tice; 2015 IBMA Momentum Award Nominee)
Brittany Haas, AMS '12 (Haas Kowert Tice)
Courtney Hartman, AMS '12 (Della Mae)
Alex Hargreaves, AMS '12 (Sarah Jarosz Trio)
Nathaniel Smith, AMS '12 (Sarah Jarosz Trio)
Gary Hultman, AMS '13 (The Boxcars)
Jordan Tice, AMS '12 (Haas Kowert Tice
Molly Tuttle, AMS '12 and '13 (2015 IBMA Momentum Award Nominee)
John Mailander, AMS '12 and '13 (2015 IBMA Momentum Award Nominee
Matt Witler, AMS '13 (Lonely Heartstring Band)
Xavier Foley, AMS '13 (First Prize Winner, 2014 Sphinx Competition) 
David Benedict, AMS '13 and '14 (Missy Raines and the New Hip
B.B. Bowness, AMS '13 (Mile Twelve; 2015 FreshGrass Best Banjoist)
Ethan Jodziewicz, AMS '13 (Mr. Sun; Sierra Hull)
Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, AMS '14 (Mile Twelve; 2015 FreshGrass Best Fiddler)