Colleen Trenwith is from New Zealand and started her musical journey on classical violin, gaining a L.T.C.L diploma (Licentiate of Trinity College, London) and performing with the N.Z. National Youth Orchestra for six years in the 1960s. In 1966 she was introduced to Bluegrass, Old Time, and Celtic music. Since then, and prior to her move to the U.S., she played in various bands, including the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band (HCBB), Old Time, Celtic, western swing and country bands. HCBB played on the Grand Ole Opry in Bill Monroe’s segment of the show in June, 1971 and at Bill Monroe’s own Bean Blossom Festival.
Colleen moved to Tennessee in 2007 and has been teaching in the Bluegrass, Old Time and Country music Studies at East Tennessee State University since 2010. Currently a Lecturer in the program, she teaches old time and bluegrass fiddle and guitar, band classes, music theory and American Roots Music history class.