The Melodic Four is comprised of Steven Stewart, Grace Kim, Emily Vaughn, and Morgan Thomas. The group hails from South Central region of Kentucky and is gaining momentum as one of the state’s top performing ensembles.
Steeped in many different styles of music, each individual player brings a unique skill set to the group allowing a flexibility in their sound that is unmatched. Playing anything from the elegance of classical music, to the culturally rich roots of historic Bluegrass. With an ever growing library of music, the Melodic Four brings a level of musical diversity perfect for any event.
Steven Stewart has a background in both classical violin and traditional folk music. He has toured the eastern region of the United States playing fiddle music, and toured internationally with The Symphony at WKU. He has opened for artists such as Darius Rucker, Marty Stuart, Big Smo, and Confederate Railroad. From 2012-2014 Steven toured regionally with Bowling Green, Kentucky Americana band, The Lost River Cavemen. In 2015 he helped start another project based in Bowling Green called Southbound 65 (later renamed The Woodburn Brothers).
Raised in Grayson County, Kentucky, Steven learned to play the violin through the study of Bluegrass music. In 2008 he began studying classical violin at Western Kentucky University where, in 2013, he obtained a Bachelor of the Arts in music. He has taught and performed various styles of music in the WKU Pre-College Strings Program. He also served as the principle second violinist for the Symphony at WKU. From 2014-2015 while he did graduate work in the WKU music department. During his time at WKU Steven was heavily trained in violin pedagogy under Dr. Ching-Yi Lin and served as the Orchestra Grad Assistant for The Symphony at WKU.
From 2010-2013 Steven had the privilege of studying both classical violin, and various styles of fiddle music. His teachers included Dr. Ching-Yi Lin, Jordana Greenburg, Ji-Mung Kim, and Melanie Parobek.
Most recently Steven served as the fiddle player and equipment manager for Owensboro, Kentucky’s Blackford Creek Band. Currently, Steven is building a private studio in Owensboro, Ky, and serves as a violinist in The Melodic Four.
Grace Kim is from South Korea. She came to America at age of 15. Currently, she is pursuing a BA in violin performance at Western Kentucky University, under Dr. Ching-Yi Lin. Grace attended the Kentucky Music Educators Association Conferences throughout her high school years, and served as concert master of Common Wealth String Orchestra in 2011.
Grace is a member of the Suzuki Association and full time member of the WKU Symphony Orchestra. She serves as an accompanist for the WKU Pre- College Strings Program and also assists in instructing group classes for the program. Grace Kim has had many performance opportunities during her time in the USA, some of which include master classes for Professor Brian Lewis, Dr. Anyango Yarbo- Davenport, Dr. Carolyn Huebl, Professor Mauricio Fuks, Dr. Gregory Lee, Dr. Stephen Miahky, and Dr. Branden Christensen.
In addition to her life as a student, Grace is making her way into the professional world of music by serving as a violinist in The Melodic Four String Quartet.
Emily Vaughn earned a Masters in Music Pedagogy from Western Kentucky University and Bachelors of Music in Viola Performance and Music Education from the University of Tennessee. Mrs. Vaughn was awarded the Yates Scholarship to attend the UT School of Music based on her outstanding level of performance.
She served as Strings Director at Mountain View Elementary School in Johnson City, TN, where she taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade students. Mrs. Vaughn has also assisted at the Science Hill High School orchestra program. During her time at UT she volunteered at the Joy of Music School where she taught private lessons to underprivileged students. For four years, she served as an assistant at the UT Viola Celebration. In addition to her teaching activities, Mrs. Vaughn is an active performer.
She was awarded the UT summer research scholarship to study viola, orchestra, and chamber music intensively at Sewanee Summer Music Festival, and she is a graduate of the Viola Winter Intensive at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. She has performed in masterclasses for Dr. Juliet White-Smith, George Taylor, and Timothy Deighton. During her time at UT, she was the Assistant Principal for The University of Tennessee Opera Orchestra, and the University of Tennessee Chamber Orchestra. Her principal teachers are Katie Dey and Hillary Herndon.
Morgan Thomas is student at Western Kentucky University and began playing the piano at the age of 5, as well as cello about 5 years ago. He began studying privately with Sarah Berry of WKU in the fall of 2011. As of fall of 2012, he is a full-time member of the Bowling Green Western Symphony Orchestra, giving professional performances to the surrounding patrons of the South Central Kentucky Area. He has been a member of the Western Kentucky University Cello Choir, a 3-year attendee of the Kentucky Music Educators Association Conference (All-State) playing Principal Cello in the Symphony Orchestra, attended Stephen Foster Collins Music Camp for 2 years, attendee of the Cincinnati Young Artists Chamber Workshop at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), and is an alumni of the Brevard Music Center.
Morgan is an active member of the American String Teachers Association, Suzuki Association, and an Alumni of the Kentucky Governors School for the Arts. Additionally, he traveled to China in May of 2013 with the Bowling Green Western Symphony Orchestra to give several performances as part of the Orchestra's first International Tour.