BIG STONE GAP — Sweet sounds will drift across the campus of Mountain Empire Community College in March, and not just because the earliest birds of spring would be arriving.
MECC will host the 2014 Sweet Folk Instruments Gathering from 9 a.m. through 9 p.m. on March 15. The second annual gathering will introduce and promote the autoharp, hammered and lap dulcimers, folk harp, psaltery, and folk singing to beginning musicians and to sharpen the knowledge and skills of seasoned musicians.
The goal of the event is to preserve the traditional performance of those instruments and vocals by attracting and teaching youth and adults the culture and musical heritage of the region.
Participants may enroll for up to four workshops. Each workshop is $20 per person. Instrument workshops are limited to 14 students. Youth ages 6-18 who have participated in the Wise County Jams program and/or MECC’s Mountain Music School can register for instrument workshops at half price.
Two children’s workshops will be offered. An evening concert will also be a part of the daylong package.
Preregistration is required. For more information or to register, visit www.mecc.edu/sweetfolk or contact Terry Garrett at MECC’s Workforce Development Center at (276) 523-2400.