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New BlueGrass Weekend Intensive!

Save the Date:  March 24 & 25  2018

Instructors: Tara Linhardt, Mary Simpson, Christian Apuzzo, Bennett Sullivan, and Wesley Corbett.

Registration includes pass to public BlueGrass Concert on Saturday, March 24th

First Reformed Church
18 Farragut Avenue
Hastings on Hudson


Do you want to hone your skills on your instrument? Want to get better at playing music with other people? Want to gain skills and/or confidence at playing solos or improvising? Do you suffer from stage fright or are you scared to jam with a bunch of people and want to get over that? In a music rut and want some new ideas on ways you can play tunes and songs? Want to learn how to solo or lead singing a song in a jam session or band? Want to learn how to really impress folks and get new techniques for arranging songs and nailing your solos?

Well then this weekend workshop might be just the thing for you!

We will learn and practice in a relaxed, fun, low stress, and supportive environment.  We will have some time spent on different activities to help introduce new skills, or hone your existing skills, and build confidence in jam and band situations. We will also look at how one can approach bluegrass tunes and songs so that one can learn and/or fake one’s way through loads of songs by breaking down some patterns and incorporating a little light music theory so one can have hours of fun and take part in lots of music fun either by oneself or at any of the jams, or festivals, or in band contexts.

Anyone and everyone can play music!

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Eastman Guitar





Stay tuned for the announcement of the winner of the Eastman Guitar raffle! Eastman Guitars generously donated this beautiful guitar in support of our Bluegrass Weekend Intensive, and tickets were sold throughout late summer and fall.

 About Tara Linhardt

Tara Linhardt MandolinTara Linhardt is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist who performs and teaches all ages on mandolin, guitar, and ukulele. She has a Masters in Education and has also won many awards for her skills as an instrumentalist and some for songwriting. She has taken first place in mandolin in such contests as The Mt. Airy Fiddler’s Convention, the Maury River Fiddler’s Convention, Watermelon Park Festival, and The Deer Creek Fiddler’s Convention just to name a few. She also has been nominated in multiple years for Washington DC Bluegrass Instrumentalist of the year. She performs in her Bluegrass, Swing Jazz, and Himalayan-Appalachian bands, among others. She has performed at National Geographic, The Smithsonian Folklike Festival, The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, The 9:30 Club, and varieties of other venues, music festivals, and universities. She also has regularly taught guitar, mandolin, and bluegrass jamming at festivals and music camps such as The Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, Bluegrass Week at the Common Ground Festival in Maryland, the Watermelon Park Festival, and the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival. TaraLinhardt.com

About Mary Simpson

Mary Simpson is an accomplished violinist known for her ability to perform in many genres as well as her teaching abilities and fun and encouraging attitude toward music. Her unique sound combines technique with improvisation and is influenced by her background in classical violin and growing up playing bluegrass fiddle in Virginia. She began her career at the age of five, learning Suzuki violin and playing fiddle with her siblings in their family band. After furthering her education at the University of Virginia with a double major in music and economics, Mary has gone on to win numerous awards and contests and has toured internationally with a variety of different bands and ensembles like Dave Stewart and Kantara (an international Arab-Appalachian fusion group), Hans Zimmerer, The Whiskey Rebellion, and is a member of the band Yanni. maryellensimpson.com

About Christian Apuzzo

Christian Apuzzo is a multi-instrumentalist who has been performing and educating about music of various styles for years. He has a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and a Master of Arts from Stony Brook University. In his studies he studied many instruments, but his main focus has often been using the voice as an instrument. He was a music teacher in the NY public schools for six years before deciding to focus on his music career. He has performed throughout the US with various bands and ensembles and also teaches privately. His excitement and love for traditional music, and particularly bluegrass music, is genuine and infectious as is his love for helping others find the joys in playing it as well. christianapuzzo.com

About Bennett Sullivan

[Sunday only] Brooklyn-based Bennett Sullivan is one of the foremost educators and performers in the bluegrass genre. He’s created multiple learning platforms for banjo players at all skill levels and has toured internationally.  In June of 2016, Bennett finished up a 4-month run as banjo and guitar player for Steve Martin’s Bright Star at the Cort Theater on Broadway, of which he was a part of for two years performing at notable theaters across the country. Bennett is gearing up for a series of shows with cellist and singer/songwriter Ben Sollee over the next couple months. In the Spring of 2015, Bennett teamed up with the talented Czech programmer Jiri Markalous to form Listen & Learn, Inc., a company dedicated to creating unique and effective learning tools for banjo and other bluegrass instruments. Since their partnership began, Jiri and Bennett created a number of mobile apps such as Pocket Lick, Listen & Learn, and most recently, TuneFox.  In addition to being a recognized sideman, Bennett writes and records his own music both to be released to the public and to be licensed for film, games, and tv. His debut solo LP is set to be released in October 2017. bennettsullivanmusic.com

About Wesley Corbett

[Saturday only] A native of the Pacific Northwest, Wesley Corbett has been playing the banjo since he was 15, after a split from the classical piano. He has performed with many of the most influential acoustic musicians of our time, including Mike Marshall, Darol Anger, David Grisman, Bruce Molesky, Sarah Jarosz, Laurie Lewis, Chris Eldridge, Yonder Mountain String and Robert Earl Keen (among many others), as well as touring internationally with the Indie-Popgrass band Joy Kills Sorrow. In 2011 Wes became the professor of banjo and banjo endowment grant manager at Berklee school of music in Boston MA were he taught until 2015. He has performed on some of the nation’s most famous stages including Prairie Home Companion, Benaroya Hall, Tanglewood, and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival mainstage. Wes currently performs with the Molly Tuttle band as well as in a duo with the sensational hammered dulcimerist Simon Chrisman. He now lives in Brooklyn New York.

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  1. Kate Sullivan says:

    Hi Tara

    I was just wondering if the location is in walking distance from Metro North? Thanks,

    Kate Sullivan

  2. Sophia says:

    Hello. I moved to NY very recently and found out about this bluegrass session today. I missed it. Are you going to have any more bluegrass event ? Please let me know. I’m fiddle player from Japan desperately looking for local music buddies.

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