FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 27, 2014
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Glenville State College
GLENVILLE, WV—Glenville State College bluegrass music major, Toni Doman, recently returned from a summer internship in Nashville, Tennessee with the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). Doman, a senior from Cameron (Marshall County), West Virginia, arranged her internship when visiting Nashville during a GSC-sponsored spring semester trip.
During the school trip, Doman, along with GSC Bluegrass Music Program Director Megan Darby, met many bluegrass music industry notables and visited several historic bluegrass locations. It was on the trip’s last day that they visited the IBMA office where Doman learned of the summer internship opportunity. The IBMA is a trade association that connects and educates bluegrass professionals.
“On the first day of the internship, IBMA’s staff outlined what I would be working on during the summer. They were very flexible and gave me options to narrow down just what I wanted to work on and learn from the experience. This was absolutely great because I had the opportunity to really focus on what I wanted to learn, and what would be the most beneficial to me as a student,” said Doman.
During the internship, she got to assist in organizing and preparing the schedule for the World of Bluegrass Festival, IBMA’s annual bluegrass homecoming. In addition, Doman had the opportunity to explore the genre of bluegrass and grow as a musician.
“Being a part of the IBMA staff for the summer, I got to be involved in many music events. By attending these events, I got to meet Bobby Osborne and the band Old Crow Medicine Show backstage. I also had the chance to attend bluegrass jam sessions and meet countless musicians,” said Doman.
Doman was originally only interested in taking guitar lessons when she first attended GSC. It wasn’t until after enrolling that she asked about the bluegrass program and was introduced to Darby, the Bluegrass Program Director. “I waltzed in and never left. You could say it’s where I belong,” said Doman.
After graduation, she plans to continue her education and find a job that reflects her interests in the bluegrass industry.
For more information on the GSC Bluegrass Degree Program, contact Darby at Megan.Darby@glenville.edu or (304) 462-6347.