Crossing the Gap from Classical Music to Bluegrass

Editor’s note: Bette Roth, Principal Harpist, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Emeritus, attended her first Wernick Method camp in 2022 when she attended Pete Wernick’s MerleFest Bluegrass camp in Boomer, NC. Bette participated in the camp’s Open Mic night by reading the following story.

Bette Roth

This morning when Pete included Storytelling for the Open Mic, I felt the urge to share some thoughts. All my life I was trained and then had a career as a classical musician. This involved many hours of scales and etudes, repetitions, and drills, first on piano, then 4 years of violin until I was introduced to the harp. This seemed to be a combination of both instruments – the harp music like piano, the strings like violin. So at age 13, I began studying the harp.… More Info!