N.C. A&T Music Students to Gain Cultural Insights from International Music Program

By Markita C. Rowe / 09/07/2023 College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

EAST GREENSBORO, N.C. (Sept. 7, 2023) – North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) will host the international music program, Ethno USA, for a masterclass and performance Monday, Sept. 11, at 11 a.m. in Harrison Auditorium, 1009 Bluford St. 

The masterclass and performance, geared toward music students, music educators and music fans, is free and open to students, faculty and staff.

The group of 30 musicians will engage with the audience, providing a platform for the exchange of musical ideas, techniques and cultural insights, enriching the musical education of participants. The program will highlight folk, traditional and world music.

“We are thrilled to welcome Ethno USA to A&T,” said Frances Ward-Johnson, Ph.D., CAHSS dean. “This partnership exemplifies our commitment to promoting cultural diversity and providing students with exceptional opportunities to engage with international musicians and their rich musical heritage.”

Ethno USA, an initiative by JM International, comprises 14 international musical exchange programs aimed at bringing young musicians together for collaborative and educational activities. The music initiative is present in more than 40 countries and is recognized as JMI's flagship program.

Ethno USA, the only Ethno gathering scheduled in the United States in 2023, will convene talented young musicians from various corners of the globe in Greensboro in early September for a week-long residency, creating a vibrant atmosphere of artistic collaboration and cross-cultural exploration. The session at A&T is a part of the residency.

The residency will conclude in three public performances, showcasing original and newly arranged songs created during the residency. Two of the performances will take center stage at the North Carolina Folk Festival, slated for Sept. 8-10.  

For more information on the group’s A&T performance, call 336-334-7806.

Harrison Auditorium Clear Bag Policy:

Be sure to bring an approved clear bag. Bag(s) must be 12” x 6” x 12” or smaller, and made of clear plastic, vinyl or PVC. Non-approved bags are not permitted.

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