Auditions give students unique opportunity

Shantel Pettway

In the past year, WKU brought in notable writers, scientists and musicians as a part of the Cultural Enhancement Series. 

Now, students have the chance to become a part of that roster. 

The series, in partnership with the Kentucky Folklife Program, is holding auditions for its final event, Bluegrass Music and Beyond. 

Auditions will be on Thursday, Feb. 12 at the Pioneer Log Cabin on campus. The location coincides with the bluegrass music theme, as the cabin is the home of the Kentucky Folklife Program, according to Brent Bjorkman, director of the Kentucky Folklife Program and Kentucky Museum Director.  

“It’s really important not only to talk about the greatness in Kentucky, but also showcase students who play bluegrass so their peers can witness their peers’ talents,” said Bjorkman.

Auditions start at 4:30 p.m. and run until all the talent has been reviewed. There are two to three spots looking to be filled for this event, according to Jack LeSieur, project coordinator for the Downing Student Conservation Project. 

The auditioning groups or solo acts will be given 15 to 20 minutes to perform. Selected acts receive $100 per person, as well the opportunity to meet the notable music acts like Dale Ann Bradley, Kentucky Wildhorse, Mt. Victor Revue and The Pennyrilers. 

“We’re looking to see if they’re engaging, engaging to listen to, and do they have a repertoire to play the quality of music we’re looking for,” Bjorkman said. 

The student performers will be opening for the musical acts and perform one or two songs per group said Bjorkman, but the amount of play time is still to be determined. 

The Cultural Enhancement Series and the Kentucky Folklife Program felt it was important to offer the opportunity to students to showcase their talents to the campus. The Bluegrass Music and Beyond concert will be held on South Lawn, Thursday, April 16.