2022 Metamora Mandolin Gathering Instructors

 

Registration is necessary for these workshops, and can be done the day of the event. There is a cost saving if you register early for all day, which includes five workshops and a midday instructor led jam.

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Scott Napier

Tunes in a Minor Key

Songwriting

Harmony Lead Singing (with Lauren Price)

Scott Napier has been a Professional Musician since 1996 touting two decades of experience. He is on the faculty of the Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music  in Hyden, KY.

A native of southeastern Kentucky, Scott Napier picked up a mandolin as a teenager and has hardly set it down since. Scott began his professional career in 1996 as mandolinist with bluegrass legend Larry Sparks. After leaving the Lonesome Ramblers, Scott spent a year touring with International Bluegrass Music Association award-winning female vocalist Dale Ann Bradley and appeared on her 2006 release “Catch Tomorrow.” Around the same time, Scott was also a member of the house band for many episodes of the PBS series Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour in Lexington, KY. Scott was then recruited by Grammy award-winning artist Marty Raybon to tour the country as part of Marty’s band, “Full Circle.”
Scott joined  The Lost and Found and helped to complete their 2009 album, “Love, Lost and Found” .
Mike Scott of Mike Scott and The Nashville Band asked Scott to join them in 2012 for a twelve-day tour playing bluegrass music in Israel; Scott notes this as a highlight moment of his career, and it remains one of his favorite travel experiences thus far.

In 2014, Scott accepted a full-time teaching position at Hazard Community and Technical College’s Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music (KSBTM) in Hyden, KY, where he is still employed today as Associate Professor. At the KSBTM, Scott teaches classes in bluegrass music history, songwriting, and ensemble directing, as well as private lessons on both mandolin and guitar. Working closely with Bobby Osborne through the KSBTM, Scott started the Bobby Osborne Mandolin Roundup in 2017, an annual one-day mandolin camp bringing two-dozen students of all ages from around the country to Hyden for the opportunity to learn personally from Bobby, Scott, and other guest instructors.
In 2018 and 2020 Scott was nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association for their Mentor of the Year award. In addition to his busy teaching schedule, Scott continues to freelance as a player, filling in with various bands for both in-person appearances and recording projects. He also offers private lessons and continues to write songs almost daily. Scott is endorsed by Gibson mandolins, Weber mandolins, GHS Strings, and BlueChip Picks.

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Jim Richter

Writing a Blues Tune

Arranging a Rock Tune for Mandolin

BJim Richter is a mandolinist and instructor from Indiana who focuses on blues and rock styles. In terms of instruction, he uses his experience as a therapist and lifelong mental health worker to help non-professionals develop deeper enjoyment for playing.
Jim was born in Lawrenceburg and attended Indiana University in Bloomington IN. He played banjo and mandolin in his first bluegrass band in the late 80s followed by electric guitar in his first rock band a few years later. After graduation he was part of a blues-rock trio and continued with other blues bands through the years. He attended the Audio Engineering program at IU before moving to Austin TX in 1999. There he returned to playing banjo. In 2002 he came back to Indiana and formed an acoustic blues duo with Gordon Bonham. In 2004 he moved back to Bloomington, IN and graduated with an AS in Audio Engineering. The following year he began promoting mandolin concerts in the Bloomington area, began acting as webmaster for several musicians and teamed up with mandolin luthier Will Kimble. 
In 2010 Richter began the Graduate Master program in Counseling through the IU school of Education. The next year was the inaugural Richter Mandolin Camp For the Rest of Us, and in 2012 began hosting Don Julin as the featured instructor. 2013 Jim graduated with his masters in Counseling and began work in the PhD program for Counseling Psychology.
As well as his ongoing Mandolin Camp in Bloomington, Jim has taught at the Mandolin Camp North in the Boston area. In 2020 we were thrilled to add him as an instructor at the Metamora Mandolin Gathering.

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Lauren Price Napier

Changing the key for the female voice

Harmony Lead Singing (with Scott Napier)

Music has always had a resounding presence in the lives of twin sisters Lauren Price Napier and Leanna Price. Growing up, both of their parents sang traditional and old-time country songs. As the sisters grew up hearing duet harmony, they naturally became accustomed to singing together themselves. Lauren and Leanna were gifted instruments for their eighth birthday and began taking lessons at age nine, though they didn’t take as strong an interest in bluegrass music specifically, until their mid-high school years. The girls then began attending as many festivals and workshops as possible. Both were recipients of Bill Vernon Memorial Scholarships at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in 2014 and attended the annual IBMA conference for the first time that fall. In 2017, Lauren and Leanna each completed their Bachelor degrees in Traditional Music from Morehead State University.

 

During the spring of 2016, the girls were signed to Rebel Records and subsequently recorded and released an EP that August, thus beginning the pursuit to tour professionally as The Price Sisters. The Price Sisters have now performed at numerous venues and festivals across the United States and were also included in a 10-day tour of The People’s Republic of China in 2015. The sisters  released their first full-length album for Rebel, 'A Heart Never Knows,' in spring of 2018.

The Price Sisters were contracted as 2019 artists in residence with the International Bluegrass Music Museum's 'Bluegrass in the Schools' program. During that time, the sisters performed at 24 elementary schools throughout the Owensboro, KY, area. In February The Price Sisters headlined both nights of the historic University of Chicago Folk Festival and conducted an afternoon workshop with emphasis on sibling vocals and blending harmony singing.
 

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John Gates

Developing "Back up" Playing

Right Hand Pick Techniques

John Gates is a mandolin player, singer, and songwriter often recruited for his ability to “step-in” with various musical combinations. At the age of 12, John learned to play guitar from his mother Evangeline and mandolin techniques from his uncle Wes Homner. The mandolin playing of greats such as Bill Monroe and Frank Wakefield in combination with country and blues music, helped influence John’s own style. John has recorded with The Folk Grass Explosion, 1100 South, The Deep Fryed Acoustiblasters and New Augusta.

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Evan Wilson

Mandolin 101

Bluegrass Mandolin

Evan Wilson makes his home in eastern Indiana, where he's been exposed to countless genres and styles of music. Hearing such a wide variety of music throughout his childhood, Evan always knew that there was music in his soul. It wasn’t until 2014 when he realized that old school acoustic music was what he had brewing in him. After just a couple of years of playing guitar, mandolin, singing, and attending the Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music, he knew he could do it at a professional level. He began freelancing with great bands including, Mark Poe and the All American Band, Brooke Steele and Endless Highway, Joy River Band, Carl Bentley and Eagle Creek, Vernon McIntyre and The Appalachian Grass, and Wes Miller Band. In the summer of 2018 Evan took the full time position of playing mandolin, singing harmony, and running merchandise sales for Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers. Since then he has toured the road playing bluegrass’ biggest stages. The Station Inn, Bean Blossom, and the Grand Ole Opry, are some of the highlights. The future for Evan is sure to hold much more music and many possibilities.