Faculty and Staff

rmcclain.jpgRaymond W. McLain

Director
Phone: 606-783-5365
Office hours: By appointment
r.mclain@moreheadstate.edu

Raymond McLain, noted performer, composer and educator is the director of the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music. He started his professional music career in 1969, when his family began their weekly television series in Hazard, Ky. A highly-respected, multi-instrumentalist and exciting onstage performer, he is among the most well-traveled musicians in his field, having performed in 63 different countries at venues including Carnegie Hall, The Grand Ole Opry, Finlandia Hall, The Carter Fold and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He continues to tour and record with Canadian harmonica virtuoso, Mike Stevens. 


jwells1.jpgJesse R. Wells

Assistant Director Archivist/Instructor
Phone: 606-783-2497
je.wells@moreheadstate.edu

Jesse is host of "Pickin' Parlor" on Morehead State Public Radio (www.msuradio.com) Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. He performs regularly with the Clack Mountain String Band and Kentucky Wild Horse. Wells has also performed with Don Rigsby & Midnight Call and the Dirk Powell Band. He has been invited to teach workshops at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Port Townsend, WA; Appalshop, Whitesburg, KY; and the Old Town School of Folk Music's Old-time Festival, Chicago IL. He serves annually as a staff member of the Cowan Creek Mountain Music School in Cowan, KY.
 

nathankiser.jpgNathan Kiser

Operations Manager
Phone: 606-783-9366
Office hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
ndkiser@moreheadstate.edu

Nathan Kiser has performed traditional music representing the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at venues including The Carter Family Fold and a celebration of Dr. Ralph Stanley’s 85th birthday in Abingdon, VA. His list of professional activities includes performances on radio and television. Nathan is a graduate of Morehead State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Arts in Communication.
 

clay_225x300.jpgClay Hess

Lecturer
Phone: 606-783-9001
Office hours: Tuesday - Thursday by appointment
c.hess@moreheadstate.edu
 

Clay Hess is a Grammy award winner who first burst upon the national bluegrass music scene as the red-hot-flat-picking guitarist with Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, with whom he toured for three years. With his awesome speed and tasty sense of syncopation, Hess has established himself as one of the top flat-pickers in the business. He lends his talents and experience to the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music as an instructor of traditional stringed instruments. 

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Stephanie Jeter

Lecturer
Phone: 606-783-9001
Office hours: By appointment
s.jeter@moreheadstate.edu

Dr. Stephanie Jeter has been playing and performing classical music since she was a young child in East Tennessee. However, she became drawn to old-time music while enrolled in the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music Studies program.  She has her doctoral degree in physical therapy and has a special interest in performing arts medicine.  As a musician, she has traveled with the ETSU Old-Time Pride Band to the Czech Republic performing traditional Appalachian string band music, and has performed regionally in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia at venues such as The Carter Fold, Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, and both nationally and locally on television and radio shows.  She teaches autoharp and introductory ensemble at Morehead State University and performs regularly with her old-time band The Empty Bottle String Band.
 

ruthsmith-(1).jpgRuth Smith

Lecturer
Phone: 606-783-9001
Office hours: Monday and Wednesday by appointment
r.smith@moreheadstate.edu
 

Coming from a musical upbringing, Ruth has spent her life playing Traditional Music. Playing stages such as The Grand Ole Opry and Carnegie Hall, Ruth has also performed in all 50 states in America and 62 countries spanning Algeria to Zambia. 
 

swood.jpgSarah Wood

Adjunct Instructor
Phone: 606-783-9001
Office hours: By appointment
sewood@moreheadstate.edu


Sarah Wood’s professional activities have included performances and appearances on radio and television for the general public and workshops, lecture/demonstrations and school assemblies for school children grades K-12. She has developed and performed traditional music, dance and storytelling at regional venues and internationally in Northern Ireland with artists such as Carla Gover Barnett and faculty from MSU’s Kentucky Center for Traditional Music.
 

L. Scott Miller

Lecturer
Phone: 606-783-9001
Office hours: Tuesday and Thursday by appointment
ls.miller@moreheadstate.edu

L. Scott Miller is a Multi-instrumentalist who has performed on stages as prestigious as the Grand Ole Opry and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. As a sideman he has worked with country recording artist such as Terri Clark and Craig Morgan. As an instrumental recording artist, he has appeared on and produced a number of recordings.  A receiver of numerous awards for his work, his arrangement of "Greensleeves" is featured on the National Geographic recording, "Christmas Around the World." Miller is a frequent contributor to Fiddler Magazine and presently is transcribing a collection of fiddle tunes from the Ohio River Valley. Not only does he lend his talents to teaching Traditional Music History, Traditional Theory, and individual instruction on a variety of instruments, he also teaches and directs "The Appalachian School of Music" in Ashland, Kentucky.
 

Leo Blair

Lecturer
Phone: 606-783-9001
Office hours: By appointment
h.blair@moreheadstate.edu
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