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Monroe Mandolin Camp Announces Video Scholarship Competitions

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Competitions for mandolin, fiddle, and banjo scholarships are limited to 25 video submissions for each instrument, judged by a talented panel of players and instructors.

by Dan Gabel
February 02, 2018

2018.MonroeMandolinCamp.poster.jpgMike Compton’s Monroe Mandolin Camp has announced that it will be holding three Video Scholarship Competitions this year for banjo, mandolin, and fiddle students. These scholarships will be available for this year's camp held September 19-23, 2018, at the Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center in North Carolina.

Each Video Competition will be limited to 25 submissions and is open to candidates of any age. Candidates must include up to a four-minute YouTube video and a brief essay about their musical pursuits and why they are interested in Bill Monroe's music. Dates for the competitions are as follows:

Banjo Video Scholarship Competition: Submissions between February 1 - February 28. (underwritten by Bradford & Franzke Fine Instruments, Kansas City, MO).

Mandolin Video Scholarship Competition: Submissions between March 1 - March 31 (underwritten by #GivingTuesday Facebook fundraiser).

Fiddle Video Scholarship Competition: Submissions between April 1 - April 30 (underwritten by The Violin Shop, Nashville, TN).

Now in its fifth year, this exclusive one-of-a-kind camp showcases instruction in all instruments that make up the classic bluegrass band: mandolin, fiddle, banjo, guitar, upright bass, and vocals. Classes focus on technique and theory, history of Bill Monroe's musical journeys, melodies and structure of music, and stories as told by original Blue Grass Boys. The Camp welcomes traditional bluegrass players of all levels, beginner to expert, and instruction is led by an internationally renowned staff including original Blue Grass Boys.

Mandolin instruction will be presented by Mike Compton, Skip Gorman, Caleb Klauder, Matt Flinner, John Keith, and Mark Royal.

For the first time this year, MonManCamp is also offering a traditional bluegrass bass track taught by the great Mike Bub, as well as signing and guitar classes taught by Jody Stecher.

Bob Black and Alan Munde will be on hand to teach banjo, and Bluegrass Boy Byron Berline will handle the fiddle track.

The camp experience includes an opening night square dance, 30 daily classes to choose from, daily afternoon special presentations, daily coffee/story hour, one-on-one individual tutorials with instructor of choice, daily yoga and chair massage, daily organized jams, and an All-Star Benefit Concert on Saturday night.

Winners of the $516.50 scholarship (full tuition and camp t-shirt) will be announced on March 7 (banjo), April 7 (mandolin), and May 7 (fiddle).

Full details about the MonManCamp Experience and details on how to enter the Video Scholarship Competitions, please visit

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