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Music - Dance - Theatre - Visual Arts - Film

Thanks to all of our audiences and supporters for a great online season this summer! Stay tuned for 2021 updates in the coming months! Click here to revisit App Summer Festival Online 2020.

Dance Theatre of Harlem. Photo by Appalachian State University.


Presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts & Cultural Programs, this annual celebration of the performing and visual arts is held every July in venues across the university campus, and features an eclectic, diverse mix of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film programming. An Appalachian Summer Festival began in 1984 as a chamber music series, and retains strong roots in classical music, combined with a variety of other programming geared to almost every artistic taste and preference. Celebrating its 36th season in 2020 (but online only this year due to the global pandemic), the festival has risen in stature to become one of the nation’s most highly respected summer festivals, acclaimed for the breadth and quality of its artistic programming.

In recent years, the festival has been selected as one of the “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society. For many years, The New York Times has included An Appalachian Summer Festival in its “Summer Stages” issue, which profiles the nation’s most prominent and interesting summer arts festivals.

Festival Mission

An Appalachian Summer Festival is an annual arts festival presenting and producing programs in music, theatre, dance, film and visual arts. The festival forges a unique national identity through artistic excellence, innovative programming, commissioning new works, educational opportunities, and by bringing the most accomplished and respected creative and performing artists from around the world to the Appalachian State University community. Founded on the principle of promoting young American artists, the festival supports the overall university mission, enhances the cultural life of the Appalachian community through affordable access to its programs, serves as an important gateway onto the campus, and promotes the economic development of our region.

Festival Vision: Artistic Excellence, Innovation and Engagement

In keeping with its status as a university-based arts program, the festival continually seeks to enlighten and educate—a focus reflected in such initiatives as the festival's discounts for children's tickets, school coupons and ticket prices that are typically 30-40% lower than prices for comparable events in other venues. A rich variety of educational opportunities is part of the festival schedule each summer, including exhibitions, lectures, tours, workshops, student internships and employment opportunities for young people seeking experience in arts presenting. These experiences offer opportunities for lifelong learning and meaningful engagement with the arts. The festival holds central the belief that access to a strong and dynamic program of artistic excellence in the performing and visual arts is an important component of a vital and healthy community.


Founders Society

On July 22, 2000, the university created a Founders Society to recognize the people whose vision, generosity and hard work helped build An Appalachian Summer Festival. The festival owes its success in large part to these extraordinary individuals.

Charter Members, inducted July 22, 2000

The Broyhill Family Foundation:

  • J. Edgar and Satie H. Broyhill
  • James T. and Louise R. Broyhill
  • Paul H. and Faye A. Broyhill
  • Willard A. and Bettie B. Gortner
  • Robert E. and Allene B. Heilman

The Cannon Foundation:

  • Robert G. and Mariam Cannon Hayes
  • Armfield and Rachel Rivers Coffey
  • Berge H. and Meliné A. Markarian
  • Budd and Nanette Mayer
  • Arnold P. and Muriel S. Rosen
  • Martin L. and Doris B. Rosen
  • Robert and Minnie Snead
  • J. Bernard and Shirley S. Spector
  • Robert L. and Lillian A. Turchin

2002 Members, inducted July 14, 2002

  • John E. and Faye B. Cooper
  • Buddy and Charlotte Halpert
  • Florence R. Hecht
  • D. Grady Moretz Jr. and Reba Smith Moretz
  • Peter and Joni Webb Petschauer

2013 Members

  • Connie Adams
  • Bonnie and Jamie Schaefer

2015 Members

  • Frank and Kay Borkowski
  • Ralph Glaser Jr. and John A. Pfeifer
  • Doug and Teresa Johnson
  • Ralph and Venda Lerch
  • Neil and Nancy Schaffel
  • Mark and Nancy Tafeen

Festival Advisory Board

The Festival Advisory Board provides critical leadership for An Appalachian Summer Festival by offering overall guidance, fundraising assistance, programming ideas and long-term direction for the festival. Advisory Board members are representative of the festival audience, and in many ways they serve as the festival’s “eyes and ears” in the community – providing valuable feedback to the staff regarding festival operations, and serving as advocates and community ambassadors for the university and the festival.

  • Nick Friedman - Chair
  • Lynn Eisenberg - Vice Chair
  • Judy Adler
  • Kay Borkowski
  • Wendy Brenner
  • Natalie Broyhill
  • Sue Chase
  • Lisa Cooper
  • Ben Henderson
  • Susan Lutz
  • Joe Miller
  • Jenny Miller
  • Allen Moseley
  • Mark Moskowitz
  • Peter Petschauer
  • Karen Powell
  • Chris Robbins
  • Neil Schaffel
  • Tina Silverstein
  • Sandi Finci Solomon
  • Keith Stoneman
  • Mark Tafeen
  • Kent Tarbutton
  • Wright Tilley
  • Helene Weicholz

Ex-Officio Members

  • Randy Edwards, Vice Chancellor for University Advancement
  • Hank Foreman, Acting Chief of Staff and Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Arts Engagement and Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives
  • Melinda Fudge, Director of Development, Hayes School of Music, Arts and Cultural Programs, and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
  • William L. Pelto, Dean, Hayes School of Music
  • Denise Ringler, Interim Director of Arts Engagement and Cultural Resources


An Appalachian Summer Festival presents music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film programming at venues across Appalachian State University’s campus.

Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
733 Rivers Street, Boone, NC 28608

The Schaefer Center is a 1,673-seat multi-use auditorium that features orchestra and balcony level seating and a proscenium stage. Concessions are sold in the lobby and can be brought into the theatre. The Schaefer Center is also home to An Appalachian Summer Festival’s box office. Box office hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm (ET). Tickets can be purchased through our online box office at any time.

Rosen Concert Hall, Broyhill Music Center
813 Rivers Street, Boone, NC 28608

Rosen Concert Hall is a 440-seat hall designed specifically for concerts and recitals, and is also well suited for solo performances.

Valborg Theatre
480 Howard Street, Boone, NC 28608

Valborg Theatre is a 334-seat modified thrust performance venue. The furthest seat from the edge of the stage is 40’ away. The theatre is located directly behind the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (423 W. King Street, Boone, NC 28608).

Holmes Convocation Center
111 Rivers Street, Boone, NC 28608

The George M. Holmes Convocation Center is a multi-purpose arena that can be configured into a 6,500 seat venue for concerts (depending on stage setup). Seating is general admission in this venue.

Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
423 W. King Street, Boone, NC 28608

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is the largest facility of its kind in the region. The center presents exhibition, education and collection programs that support the university’s role as a key educational, cultural and service resource. The center’s multidimensional exhibits, educational activities and outreach programs create opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to experience the power and excitement of the visual arts.


Free parking is available after 5:00 p.m. on weekdays, and at all times on weekends, on campus. Covered parking is available at both the Rivers Street Parking Deck and the College Street Parking Deck. Maps and other resources can be found at

Suggested parking lots include:

  • Peacock Hall Parking Lot (located directly across the street from the Schaefer Center)
  • Stadium Parking Lot (located behind the Schaefer Center)
  • Rivers Street Parking Deck (located approximately ½ mile from the Schaefer Center)
  • Bike lanes along Rivers Street

Past Seasons

Click on the links below to see a snapshot of An Appalachian Summer Festival through the years.

Historical event listings for seasons beginning in 2002 are below.


If you have a question not answered here, please call 828.262.4046 to speak with an AppSummer box office representative.

  • Buy tickets by telephone: Order tickets by telephone by calling toll-free (800) 841-2787 or call locally (828) 262-4046. Tickets ordered by telephone can be mailed to you, or you can choose to pick them up at will-call.
  • Buy tickets online: Please visit our online box office. Tickets ordered online can be mailed to you, or you can choose to pick them up at will-call.
  • Buy tickets at the box office: The Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts is located at 733 Rivers Street on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Box office hours are Monday - Friday 9:00am-5:00pm (EST) with special extended hours through the month of July.
  • The box office is located in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. The address is 733 Rivers Street on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Box office hours are Monday - Friday 9:00am-5:00pm (EST) with special extended hours through the month of July.
  • During daytime box office hours, patrons may pick up already-purchased tickets at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. On performance nights, patrons may pick up already-purchased tickets at the performance venue box office.
  • Latecomers are seated at the discretion of house management at the first appropriate seating break that allows for the least disruption for performers and seated audience members. In some cases, no late seating will be allowed.
  • Contact the box office immediately at (828) 262-4046. You may be asked for your name and address for verification.
  • While An Appalachian Summer Festival does not refund ticket purchases, patrons do have the option to exchange their tickets for future performances (with an equal or lesser ticket value). If a ticketed event is cancelled for inclement weather or for other reasons beyond the university’s control, the ticket stub for that event will become a valid “Rain Check,” to be used for either:
  • A re-scheduled performance, within the coming year, by the artist whose event was cancelled (if a rescheduled appearance can be arranged with the artist)
  • A performance of the patron’s choice, with an equal or lesser ticket value, during the year following the cancelled event. (Performance selections are subject to availability).

Tickets provided to patrons on a complimentary basis do not carry Rain Check privileges.

  • Yes. Purchase 5 tickets in any combination and receive a 10% discount. Discount is not applied to student and child tickets, or to online orders. To receive this discount, tickets must be purchased at the Schaefer Center Box Office or by calling toll-free (800) 841-2787 or locally (828) 262-4046.
  • Yes. Everyone, including children of all ages, must have a ticket.
  • Seating for our patrons with disabilities is available on both levels of the Schaefer Center and in all other festival venues. The box office staff is pleased to assist you in making seating arrangements for you or someone in your party. The Schaefer Center is equipped with an infrared audio system for the hearing impaired. Headsets are available at the box office.
  • An Appalachian Summer Festival is presented at venues within a ½ mile of each other; check your particular performance ticket or the event pages here to ensure that you’re traveling to the correct venue. Venue and parking information can be found at the top of this page.
  • No, there is no official dress code for AppSummer performances or venues. Casual wear is fine for most performances.
  • No—we ask that food and drink brought into the theatre be limited to the items provided by the Schaefer Center concessions area, located in the lobby.
  • For the safety and security of its patrons, the Schaefer Center staff reserve the right to inspect bags, purses, backpacks and other items being carried into the venue by visitors and audience members during major events. Patrons entering the venue with items prohibited by the facility (weapons of any kind, illegal drugs, or outside food/beverage items, including alcohol) will be asked to remove these item(s) to their car, or to another location, before gaining entry into the facility. The Schaefer Center does not provide an area to check purses, backpacks, or other personal belongings. If a patron chooses not to undergo a bag inspection, or to remove a prohibited item to another location, a ticket exchange (for an event on another date) will be offered.
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