Celebrating 35 Years of An Appalachian Summer Festival
Next week we’ll launch the 35th annual An Appalachian Summer Festival with headliners like Patti LaBelle, Lily Tomlin, North Carolina Black Repertory Company and the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble. The festival cultivates diverse and vibrant arts that enrich our campus and region. With help from many generous donors and support from our local community, it has become a broad and eclectic mix of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film that still stays true to its founding principle of promoting young, American artists.
Many thanks to the Office of Arts and Cultural Programs, whose tireless work on this annual celebration creates a lasting impact on Appalachian’s arts legacy in the High Country and has been recognized by national media, including Southern Living and The New York Times.
Concurrently, Appalachian presents the annual Cannon Music Camp, now in its 51st year — a prestigious, highly intensive, three-week course in performance and music theory designed for top-tier high school musicians. This week, 220 participants will arrive on our campus and begin private lessons and daily rehearsals with faculty of the Hayes School of Music. This experience serves as an ideal opportunity to showcase the full scope of Appalachian’s preeminent academics and faculty.
I’m delighted that this year 44 former Cannon camp musicians auditioned for and were accepted into the Hayes School of Music. I look forward to welcoming them to the Appalachian Community in fall 2019.
As a complement to these marquee events, Appalachian’s Department of Theatre and Dance hosts the Cre8tive Drama Day Camp and Summer Dance Series — two shining examples of how our future arts professionals learn beyond the classroom during their time as Mountaineers.
An Appalachian Summer Festival, Cannon Music Camp, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and the countless other arts enrichment opportunities that take place on our campus during the summer months exemplify Appalachian’s commitment to nurture growth and change, inspire engagement, expand perspectives and create life-changing experiences for students and the region.
I hope you are able to take advantage of the arts at Appalachian this summer and throughout the year.
Sheri Everts, Chancellor