After the success of Evolution of Bluegrass in 2012, the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association and The Center for Lifetime Study teamed up, once again, to present Evolution of Bluegrass 2014.

Eric Rosi-Marshall was the class presenter.

Click here to view all of the videos that were filmed by Fred Robbins. 

In the Spring of 2012, the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association and The Center for Lifetime Study, Marist College's peer-lead education program for indiviuals 55 years and older, presented Evolution of Bluegrass. There were six sessions with speakers and featured musicians. The final session brought together the individual musicians for a bluegrass concert.

Click here to view all of the videos that were filmed by Fred Robbins. 

With a Grant from the Dutchess Arts Council in 2009, the HVBA presented an educational program for the Poughkeepsie Day School. Click on each icon to view the videos filmed by Fred Robbins.


It was a special Special Consensus Day in Poughkeepsie on Friday, February 11, 2011.  The students and faculty of Oakwood Friends School were treated to a concert and a presentation of bluegrass music by Greg Cahill, Rick Faris, Dave Thomas, and Ryan Roberts.  What an enthusiastic audience and what a great bluegrass "lesson."  About 150 students attended the session that was followed by a question and answer period.

An HVBA dream has been realized!  Our first foray into the public schools began today at the Highland High School in Highland, NY.  With the support of the HVBA, Highland HS, and grant writer, Ted Ansbacher, along with some mightily talented musicians, 800 students were treated to the history and music of bluegrass.

Roy Coates, who coordinated the educational program, hosted the classes.  He brought along his grandfather's radio that he had used to listen to the Carter Family way back when.  The radio stood proudly on the stage, while sounds from the past echoed through the room.  There was a clip of the Carters singing and an interview with Bill Monroe speaking of his Uncle Pen.  That was followed by the song....well, YOU know which song they sang.


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