Appalachian Connections: Jane MacMorran
ASIS Director, Musician, Concertmaster, Teacher
February 22, 2011Jane MacMorran is a full-time adjunct faculty member and the director of the Appalachian, Scottish, Irish Studies Program at ETSU. She leads the annual study abroad trip/course to Scotland and Northern Ireland. She directs the Celtic Band class and gives instruction on fiddle for ETSU's Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music Program. Over the past several years, she has taught more than 2,000 students in several countries.
An accomplished player of many musical styles, she was the United States National Scottish Fiddling Champion in 1992 and has been the winner of many Scottish Fiddling competitions across the country. She is the founder of the polished, high-energy band Celtic Air and has performed with her son Will and former fiddle students during six concert tours to Scotland, including performances at Speyfest and the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention.
Within the world of classical music, MacMorran served as concertmaster of the Symphony of the Mountains for two decades and continues to serve as artistic director of Suzuki Talent Education of Appalachia. She has an undergraduate degree in Violin Performance and studied with Shinichi Suzuki at the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan. She also has a graduate degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Appalachian / Scottish Studies.
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