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Watauga Native Maura Shawn Scanlin to Perform Violin Recital at ASU on Friday

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Maura Scanlin

Maura Shawn Scanlin will be performing a free violin recital at the Appalachian State University Hayes School of Music Recital Hall at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 5. Scanlin grew up in Watuaga County and is now a student at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts.  The concert will include solo violin works by Bach and Ysaye as well as traditional and original compositions accompanied by guitarist Craig Dubose.  The recital is free and open to the public.

Scanlin began her violin studies at the age of three with Nan Stricklen of Banner Elk.  She later became a student of Dr. Nancy Bargerstock at the Hayes School of Music at ASU where she also played in the ASU Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. She attended high school at The University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston Salem studying with Sarah Johnson. She currently is a rising junior at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston studying with Lucy Chapman. At NEC she is a member of several ensembles in both the classical and contemporary improvisation departments.

Scanlin has won numerous state and national awards and has appeared as a soloist with the Charlotte Youth Symphony and the Asheville Symphony. She has also served as concertmaster of the NC Western Region and the NC All-State Honors Orchestras. She has won both U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Championship and the Glenfiddich Fiddle Competition in Pitlochry, Scotland.

Her summers have been spent at various music programs and festivals including: The Eastern Music Festival, Green Mountain Chamber Music
Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Yellow Barn and the Round Top Festival Institute. This summer she will attend the Heifetz International Music Festival in Staunton, Virginia. She is a member of the local Celtic band the Forget-Me-Nots and will be performing later this month with the group at Lost Province Restaurant in Boone. In the greater Boston area she plays with two groups, one featuring original contemporary folk music (Skim) and the other original Celtic-inspired music.