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Posted on: October 31, 2022

BCGS Concert: Katie Graves & Emma Moseley

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Sunday, November 27 at 3:00 in the Whiton Room -- Katie Graves and Emma Moseley are “fingerstyle” guitarists with a Nashville Sound. They are both Berklee School of Music students and come highly recommended by the Berklee faculty. No registration is required for this live event. We hope you can join us for this exciting collaboration! 

Born in Baton Rouge, Emma Dean quickly found herself growing up in small town, Mississippi. It was here that she decided to pick up the guitar at the age of 6, and has been willing her small hands to grow and reach ever since. Emma also found her voice at a young age, singing and playing in a quaint, wooden church that was filled with true southern tradition, love, and charm. Lucky for Emma, there aren’t many distractions in small town, MS to divert a kid’s attention from the music she sought. In fact, MS was the perfect place to cultivate a serious guitarist and vocalist. Emma became inspired by the musical traditions of the delta (BB King, Robert Johnson, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Muddy Waters) and was fortunate to encounter one of southern Mississippi’s great blues players, Jeromy Spiers, who became Emma’s mentor and teacher throughout her young childhood. Spiers introduced Emma to the fingerstyle playing of the likes of Chet Atkins, while at the same time Emma began to undertake classical guitar and voice study at age 9 with Hammond, LA’s Patrick Kerber and Dr. David Bernard at SLU. Clearly, Emma’s musical climate for guitar study was as rich as the southern soil she was rooted in- an ideal place for a music kid to grow and bloom. Emma has sought teachers of varied backgrounds and genres (John Konesky of Tenacious D fame, fingerstyle genius Brooks Robertson, John Knowles, CGP, Bobby Stanton, and Guy Van Duser, among others). The music of Tommy Emmanuel was a natural progression for Emma, who has attended Emmanuel’s workshops and camps, and considers performing with him an honor. Along the way, Emma relocated to Austin, TX, in 2013, where she met and has performed with the great Pete Huttlinger, studied with Van Wilks, and has been performing regularly in the rich Austin music scene.

Now, a junior at Berklee College of Music, Emma won her full tuition scholarship as a finalist through Lee Ritenour’s Six String Theory competition. She will graduate with a double major in Guitar Performance and Music Business Management. In between her Boston studies, Emma’s past few summers have been spent attending the Chet Atkins convention in Nashville with America’s greatest thumb pickers, performing on Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour with Eric Johnson, touring across America with several bands, recording several projects, studying at the Rocky Mountain Guitar Camp (on scholarship from Gretsch) and continuing to grow and develop as a young woman in the music world.

Katie Graves is a 21 year old fingerstyle guitarist from Columbus, Ohio. She plays anything from Chet Atkins to Barrios pieces on her guitar, and has received various accolades for her work at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Most recently she received the Jimi Hendrix Scholarship this past Spring for her hard work. She looks forward to a lifetime of playing and sharing her love of the guitar with others.

"Katie is a talented guitarist, committed to excellence. She embraces new challenges and is not afraid of working hard to achieve them. She is generous to share her gifts with others. Whether it is performing a Chet Atkins solo, an arrangement by Roland Dyens, or playing pieces by Gismonti or Aguirre with her ensemble, she will always move up and down the fingerboard with grace and accuracy. I foresee a brilliant future for Katie."  — Berta Rojas.

"She is a guitar virtuoso built for the main stage in Nashville, Tennessee" –– Guy van Duser.

Between writing, arranging, and playing for solo guitar, Katie also teaches and writes pieces for students of all ages. She also performs as an accompanist at Berklee, and in various groups outside of Berklee with electric and acoustic guitar.

The Hingham Library and the Boston Classical Guitar Society gratefully acknowledge the support of Coastal Heritage Bank for this season's concert series.

Learn more about our BCGS Concert Series.
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