League of Arts Music Camp Instructor Bio

Scott and Cathy Pearson

~ Instrumental Duet ~


Scott & Cathy Pearson are an instrumental duet from Warren, PA who play a mix of bluegrass, Celtic, old time, and swing music and have been performing together since 1992. Scott & Cathy first met while playing together in the Friends & Neighbors band from West Virginia and both play the fiddle, mandolin and guitar and have played for many venues throughout the years including craft shows, fairs, senior centers, theatres, festivals, resorts, weddings, and many other events. In addition to playing music, they are proud parents of 4 children. Individually both have played music in different capacities for many years and have been a part of a variety of recording projects.

 

Cathy originally from West Virginia has won championships at the Winfield National Fiddle Contest, Vandalia Fiddle Contest, Galax Fiddle Contest, Mid Atlantic Fiddle Contest, and has placed in the prestigious Grand Masters Contest in Nashville, TN along with winning state championships in Maryland, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. She also enjoys playing the mandolin in her spare time and has placed in the Mid Atlantic Mandolin Championships as well as the Mayville Bluegrass Festival Mandolin Championships. She has also got to perform for Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia and be an instructor at the Houghton College in New York and the College of Davis & Elkins in Elkins, WV.

Scott originally from Pennsylvania has played for the last 30 years in a variety of bluegrass bands in his lifetime (Beaver Creek, Crooked Creek Grass, Heart to Heart, Friends & Neighbors Band, and the Church Street Blues Band). He has been fortunate to tour the eastern United States with those bands opening for Ricky Skaggs, Kathy Mattea, Mark O’Connor, and others and has been fortunate to play on stage with Del McCoury, Bill Monroe, Tim Stafford, and Lynn Morris. He has also had the good fortune to win the Merlefest Mandolin Contest as well as become a 2 time Mayville Mandolin Champion, 3-Time New York State Guitar Champion, Mid Atlantic Mandolin Champion, Maryland State and Pennsylvania State Fiddle Champion, 6-time place winner in the National Mandolin Contests in Winfield, Kansas, and a place winner in the Wayne Henderson Guitar Contest and Rockygrass Guitar and Mandolin Championships. In addition, this year Scott’s band “Church Street Blues” won the South Carolina State Band Championship held at the Renofest Bluegrass Festival. Scott has also been an instructor for guitar and mandolin at the University of Edinboro, Houghton College, and the Mayville Guitar Convention.

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