Students and faculty, four alumni, and a number of friends met in Nashville, TN, the Music City, for an extraordinary learning experience and musical immersion tour.
The five-day adventure began months before when Hyde students gathered for a Songwriter’s Workshop, a week of songwriting and performance at Hyde-Bath’s state of the art recording studio and rehearsal rooms. This year’s program ended in a performance showcase at a local music venue, the Chocolate Church.
Traveling to Nashville this year were: Griffin Palola, Ben Fusco, Ben Klebe, Christina Boeckel, Eliana Goldberg, and Tiffany Tian Yi Liu. The trip is part of a year-long music course offered by Hyde teacher and Maine musician Matt Newberg.
The first section of the program gave students the opportunity to polish up their songwriting skills under the mentorship of a group of select facilitators, all of whom work professionally in the music business. Part two was the trip and the chance to record in prime Nashville studio space with internationally known professionals.
In Nashville everyone attended a very special event celebrating the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum expansion. The group rubbed shoulders and listened to stories and music from well-known artists involved in the expansion including Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs,and Lee Ann Womack.
Another highlight was attendance at the Music City Roots venue where the group saw Lilly Hiatt and John Oats.
They also attended the 2014 Nashville Songwriters in the Round event at the Listening Room. This yearly event was established as a gathering place for people to share information and have opportunities to be a part of an increasingly popular series of charitable events that feature songwriters, their stories, and infinite talents. It was created by Phillip Lammonds, a songwriter and musician from Pawleys Island, SC and has raised funds for many charities.
Topping the list of visits was time spent with Don Cook at SESAC. The group recorded at Richard Down’s studio and hung out with Brian Thompson, Dylan McDonald, and Kayla MacMillan– all Hyde alumni.
Postgraduate student Eliana Goldberg summed it up for all the participants when she said, “I really appreciate being able to go to “Music City” to do what I love.”