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The Mandolin Track at the Annie Moses Summer Music Festival is a high-energy experience perfect for beginning or advanced players. Gretchen Wolaver of the Annie Moses Band and one of Nashville's premier mandolinists leads the ensemble, combining classical technique with fun repertoire from Bill Monroe to Chris Thile.  

Best of all, you'll get to perform with other passionate players in high-energy shows in some of Nashville's best venues!


FAQ

“What kind of music will I play?"

A wide variety from bluegrass to classical!

“How much practice/rehearsal is there?”

The Festival is not for the faint of heart - we have multiple shows to prepare! Each student is "cast" in at least two performances. We have mere days to get two shows prepped, polished and performed!

“What makes the Guitar Track unique?”

Our arrangements are original and tailor-written by some of the best arrangers in the business. Also you get an extraordinary live performance experience at a great venue with other passionate players.

“How many mandolin pieces can you fit into a show?”

Mandolin players are given featured moments at Festival events consistent with their skill level. However, due to the nature of the instrument, mandolinists are also asked to select a secondary instrument or craft to maximize their involvement in our live performances.


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GRETCHEN WOLAVER

Gretchen Wolaver is a multi-talented professional musician, performing as a violinist, mandolinist, guitarist, and singer. As a member of the Annie Moses Band, she has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry House.  At the age of four, she began her studies in violin at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music. After her family moved to Connecticut, she continued her studies at The School For Strings in Manhattan. At the age of twelve, she began touring the country professionally.

Gretchen has been featured in two PBS specials including the Emmy-nominated The Art of the Love Song. As a member of the Annie Moses Band, she performs over 80 concerts a year.