The Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country music studies program at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City has announced the six newest graduates from their department, and two who received advanced degrees at the Fall commencement on December 12.
Baccalaureate degrees were accepted by Kristy Wilkins, Jessica Zelinsky, Jacob McClure, K.T. Vandyke, Quentin Acres, and Elizabeth Ward, having completed the requirements for the four year Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country music degree. These include classes in music theory, history of bluegrass, sound reinforement, band leadership, individual and ensemble lessons, and the requisite liberal arts courses.
Masters degrees were presented to Kristopher Truelsen and John Goad in Appalachian Studies, the first to be conferred by ETSU.
Program Director Dan Boner noted these successful students, saying…
“We are proud of all our majors and minors who are now celebrating a huge milestone in their lives. The future of our music is in good hands with talented and capable artists such as these!”
Congratulations to all the graduates, and to ETSU for their diligence in fostering the growth of our music to a new generation.