Blue Ridge Old-Time Music Week

An unforgettable week in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina learning the old-time music you love with nationally-known instructors. Intimate and affordable classes are offered for all levels of skill along with daily concerts and jam sessions. Courses include: Fiddle, Banjo, Guitar, Rythm and Repetoire, Bass, Mandolin, Singing, Dulcimer, and Dancing. 

2018 Instructors: Rhythm & Rep – Paul Brown and Terri McMurray; Rhythm & Rep – Greg and Jere Canote; Early Intermediate Guitar – Susie Coleman; Intermediate Guitar – Rachel Eddy; Advanced Old Time Guitar – Evan Kinney; Advanced Flatpicking Guitar – Josh Goforth; Early Intermediate Banjo – Hilary Dirlam; Intermediate Banjo – Robbie Robertson; Advanced Banjo – Mac Traynham; Beginning Fiddle – Sarah Westhues Owen; Early Intermediate Fiddle – Helen White; Intermediate Fiddle – Beverly Smith; Advanced Fiddle – Emily Schaad; Intermediate/Advanced Mandolin – Pete Vigour; Intermediate/Advanced Bass – Kellie Allen; Dulcimer – Margaret Wright; Dulcimer – Lloyd Wright; Blues and Rags (any instrument) – Mick Kinney; Country Duet Singing – Alice Gerrard and Kay Justice

2018 daily schedule, subject to change.


  • 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Dinner, Pittman Dining Hall
  • 6:00 pm Walking campus tour (meet in front of Pittman Dining Hall)
  • 7:00 pm Orientation meeting, Belk Auditorium, Wren College Union

Monday – Friday:

  • 7:00 am – 8:30 am Breakfast, Pittman Dining Hall
  • 9:00 am – 11:30 am Morning Class
  • 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Lunch, Pittman Dining Hall
  • Afternoon Workshops – Free (no advance registration required, see schedule)
  • 1:00 pm – Mini-Classes (advance registration/tuition required, see schedule)
  • 2:00 pm – Mini-Classes (advance registration/tuition required, see schedule)
  • 3:00 pm – Mini-Classes (advance registration/tuition required, see schedule)
  • 4:00 pm Potlucks (varied classes, see schedule for locations)
  • 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Dinner, Pittman Dining Hall

Visit website for complete schedule registration details.

Event Details

Location Mars Hill University
Mars Hill, NC
Cost Ticketed/Admission Charged
Tuition form $579.00 to $679.00 with room & board options. Visit website for details and registration.
Music Styles Ballad Singing
Shaped-Note Singing
Square Dancing
Event Type Workshop / Class / Demonstration
  • ✔ Can Accommodate Groups
  • ✔ Dancers Welcome
  • ✔ Family Friendly
  • ✔ Food Service
  • ✔ Handicapped Accessible
  • ✔ Open Jam
  • ✔ Picnic Space

Attendees have access to campus amenities, including tennis court, walking trails, etc. Meals are exceptional quality, with an all-you-can-eat hot buffet, grill, plus salad, dessert and drink bars.

Contact Info

Phone (828) 689-1167

Upcoming Dates: