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Mandolin Senior Recital November 16th


Contact: Annette Barnette
Public Relations & Marketing Director
Glenville State College
Glenville, West Virginia
(304) 462-6391

GLENVILLE, WV— Glenville State College Bluegrass Music major Ryan Spangenberg will be performing in his Senior Mandolin Recital on Saturday, November 16th at 3:00 p.m. in the GSC Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

Ryan Spangenberg

Ryan Spangenberg | Photo by Brittany McGuire

Spangenberg is from Madison, Ohio and is the son of Barry and Dawn Spangenberg. He began taking mandolin lessons eight years ago from bluegrass music instructor Rick Campbell who is originally from Summersville, West Virginia. Shortly after Spangenberg enrolled at GSC in 2010, he joined the bluegrass band and degree program.

“The GSC bluegrass degree program provides hands-on, real world experience and teaches you how to be a member of a successful performing band,” said Spangenberg. “My favorite thing about GSC is how personable and professional the faculty and staff are,” he added.

The world’s first four-year Bachelor of Arts degree in bluegrass music began at GSC six years ago following the college’s two-year bluegrass certificate program which existed from 2002 until 2007. Spangenberg is the second bluegrass candidate for the program. He is also the first showcased mandolin player.

“It has been a joy to work with Ryan and to witness his progress and maturity of the instrument and music in general. He has studied sounds of mandolin ranging from classical to Celtic and Bill Monroe style to Jesse McReynolds,” said GSC Director of Bluegrass Music Degree Program Megan Darby.

For more information about Spangenberg’s senior recital or the GSC Bluegrass Degree Program, contact Darby at or (304) 462-6347.

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