Saturday, July 30, 2016

More biographical information

John Whitacre performs traditional music of the British Isles specializing in tunes popular in colonial America on violin, mandolin family instruments, mountain dulcimer, and guitar. He started violin in fifth grade in North Canton schoolw and took the usual route of school orchestra and classical lessons. He played for four years in the Canton Youth Symphony and for nine years in the Tuscarawas Philharmonic Orchestra, but he was always drawn to traditional music. He started guitar in ninth grade, added other instruments over the years, and discovered Celtic music in 1989. He has studied music theory and also plays ukulele, Autoharp, and banjo.
John plays and teaches at folk music festivals and historical festivals, and he is focusing on solo gigs as a historical musician and on recording music of the 18th century and original music written in the style of 18th-century Scottish music. He is a historian with a B.A. from Kent State, a calligrapher, and an avid reader of many subjects, studying to be a polymath.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Experience and Training

Started violin in 5th grade in North Canton schools with Margery Henke
Private violin lessons with Winifred Brechbuhler, 5th-12th grades
Private violin lessons with Larry Bradford, 1988-1990
School orchestra through 11th grade
Canton Youth Symphony, 9th-12th grades
Studied music theory in 9th and 10th grades and have continued to study over the years
Started guitar in 9th grade, with one summer of lessons, the rest self-taught
Tuscarawas Philharmonic Orchestra, 1982-1991,
Bog Carrot, traditional Celtic ensemble, 1990-2000
Tightly Wound String Band, traditional music ensemble, various years
Self-taught on mandolin, mandola, octave mandolin, mandocello, mountain dulcimer, ukulele, banjo, and Autoharp
 Mideast Regional Mountain Dulcimer contest, 1994, 2nd place
Performances include historical festivals, museums, weddings, churches, pubs, private parties, farmers markets, and contra dances
Have given private lessons and workshops at festivals on Celtic fiddle, mandolin, mountain dulcimer, and guitar
Have intensively studied Scottish, Irish, English, historical British Isles, colonial American, and Baroque performance styles