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The music man - Alumni Profiles
September 2008 Issue
The musical Renaissance inside D.J. Betsill’s (BFA '95) Stone Mountain home isn’t obvious from the street. His house appears typically suburban. Once inside, it brims with musical instruments. Betsill, an architect by day with midtown Atlanta firm Jones Pierce, is a luthier by night—he makes stringed instruments, and makes them by the dozens. Tools fill spare bedroom space and the walls are lined with wooden viol necks, carved casings and other relics of a musical life. The collection ranges from dulcimers and mandolins to Baroque guitars and citterns. “If it’s got strings on it, I’m interested,” Betsill says. An ethnomusicologist, he studies instruments and musical styles from all around the world, but specializes in the instruments of Appalachia, especially the open-back five-string banjo. An Ohio native, Betsill grew up in Texas but had family that lived in Georgia. He came to UGA for the Lamar Dodd School of Art interior design program, which prepares students for careers as interior designers for …
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