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Faculty and Staff

rmcclain.jpgRaymond W. McLain, Director
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, Kentucky. 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 and Instructor

Jesse Wells is a 2008 graduate of Morehead State from Redbush, Kentucky. He is the music archivist for KCTM and an instructor of traditional music. Wells is a master musician, playing fiddle, mandolin, guitar and more. His family had a legacy of playing traditional music. Wells has played with several bands over his career including Kentucky Wild Horse, Don Rigsby & Midnight Call, the Dirk Powell Band and The Wooks. He is currently a member of Tyler Childers and the Foodstamps. 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
Office hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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, Virginia. His list of professional activities includes performances on radio and television, and with the New Beckham County Ramblers. Nathan is a graduate of Morehead State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Arts in Communication. 

Thomas Albert, Lecturer 

Leo Blair, Lecturer

Megan Gregory, Lecturer 

Stephanie Jeter, Lecturer 

Daxson Lewis, Lecturer 

L. Scott Miller, Lecturer

Office hours: Tuesday and Thursday by appointment

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.

ruthsmith-(1).jpgRuth Smith, Lecturer

Office hours: Monday and Wednesday by appointment

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


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.

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