The 10th annual Cowan Creek Mountain Music School will be held June 20-24. The school will offer courses in banjo (four levels), fiddle (four levels), beginning and lead guitar, intermediate/ advanced mandolin, square dance calling, old- time string band, and singing. Kids on the Creek, an arts and music class for children ages 5 to 10 led by Kelli Haywood and Erin Stidham, will also be available.
The faculty will include fiddlers Roger Cooper, Bruce Greene, John Harrod, Betty Vornbrock, Sarah Howard Montgomery, and Jamie Wells; banjoists John Haywood, Jesse Wells, Cari Norris, and Randy Wilson; and Jimmy and Ada Mc- Cowan, Anna Roberts- Gevalt, Rich Kirby, Carla Gover, Don Rogers, Ron Howard, and Julie Shepherd Powell.
Traditional musicians Paul Smith and the Kentucky Clodhoppers will also perform and make in-class visits, and there will be a field trip to visit banjo player Lee Sexton.
Workshops include clogging, songwriting, and harmony singing. Each evening there will be square dancing or a faculty concert.
The school is open to students age 5 and older and adults. Tuition is $150 for Kentucky residents and $200 for out-of-state students. A limited number of youth scholarships are available for Kentucky students. Class size is limited to 10 so early registration is encouraged.
The Cowan Creek Mountain Music School is produced by the Cowan Community Action Group and held at Cowan Elementary School and the Cowan Community Center with support from Appalshop and the Letcher County Board of Education. For more information, contact Stacy Dollarhide, Cowan Community Center, 81 Sturgill Branch, Whitesburg, Ky. 41858, (606) 633-3187, www.Cowancreekmusic.org.