On-demand or non-time-sensitive performances should be submitted to the Online Performances.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the festivals and workshops listed in calendar have been or may be canceled. Please use the contact information below for details.
June 28 - July 4
What better way to make music than by spending a week with the Great Smoky Mountains as your backdrop? Western Carolina University provides comfortable accommodations and classrooms in an air-conditioned, non-smoking dorm. Double occupancy and single-occupancy rooms are available. Meals offer a variety of options. Classrooms are in the common areas of the dorms, so there is no need to transport instruments across long distances or outside. Mountain Collegium, an informal yet intensive workshop, offers study of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music, focusing on recorder, viol, voice, and other early instruments. Mountain Collegium offers plenty of options for early brass and capped reeds. Other featured classes include technique, improvisation, and a variety of consorts and repertoire. Participants may also choose classes in folk, Appalachian, Celtic, and contemporary music.
Small classes and easy access to faculty create a friendly and relaxed learning experience. Four class periods per day provide numerous options for recorder players, viol players, brass players, and singers. Loud band and opportunities to study early reeds, mountain dulcimer, harp, and other early and folk instruments give participants an eclectic musical experience that brings them back year after year. Instructors come to the workshop with a wide variety of specialties and backgrounds, providing for a workshop experience that is hard to beat! Free time allows for informal music making; evenings include group playing and English country dancing with a live (and lively!) band. An inspiring faculty concert and an informal student recital round out the week.