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Conferences and Events
P.O. Box 6785
Mars Hill, NC 28754

Announcing our 24th annual

Blue Ridge Old Time-Music Week
June 7-13, 2015

The full 2015 schedule will be released soon.

Classes are scheduled Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. until lunch, but the fun doesn’t end there! Workshops are offered after lunch, as well as formal and informal jam sessions. Evenings include concerts by instructors, special guests, and a very special student showcase at the end of the week!

Learning, Laughing, and Living
Students and music lovers of all ages and backgrounds, many of whom have attended the annual Blue Ridge Old Time Music Week for years, come together in this relaxed and supportive environment. During the week, you’re skills will improve; you’ll learn new tunes, and visit with old friends and meet ones who share your passion for old time music.

2015 Instructors


Michael Ismerio, Beginning
Helen White, Advanced Beginning
Sandol Astrausky, Intermediate
Brad Leftwich, Advanced


Robby Robertson, , Advanced Beginning
Hilary Dirlam, Intermediate
Tom Sauber, Advanced
Pete Peterson, Old-time Fingerstyle Banjo

Rhythm & Repertoire:

Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones
Walt Koken and Clare Millner


Bill Dudley, Advanced Beginning
Beverly Smith, Intermediate
Steve Kilby, Advanced

Intermediate / Advanced Mandolin:

Rhonda Gouge

Traditional Singing:

Alice Gerrard

Dulcimer, all levels:

Margaret Wright


Double Occupancy Price includes meals, room, and program tuition. Attendees that do not request specific roommate will be assigned one by the BROTMW staff.
Single Occupancy Price includes meals, room, and program tuition
Additional charge for air conditioned room (if available)  
$ 85
Commuter Price includes lunch Monday through Friday.

Non-participant attendee (double occupancy)

Designed for spouses and/or friends that wish to attend the program but do not wish to attend class or workshops. Price includes meals, room and activity fee (staff concerts, etc.).
Mini-class/es (optional) Afternoon mini-classes at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00

Housing and Meals: Accommodations are provided in campus dormitories. Rooms are a suite arrangement with two bedrooms and a shared bath. All bedrooms have two twin beds and only a few are air-conditioned. Linens are provided. Although single accommodations are available, private baths are not.

Additional Amenities: 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.

Transportation: Mars Hill University is located 18 miles north of Asheville, NC, the largest city in the Western NC region. Asheville Regional Airport (code: AVL) is served by Allegiant, Delta, United, and US Airways and their regional affiliates. Direct flights are available to and from Atlanta, Chicago, Charlotte, Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda, Newark, Orlando, and St. Petersburg/Clearwater. The city also has a Greyhound bus terminal. Shuttle service from the airport or bus station to Mars Hill University may be arranged by contacting GrandyCo Airport Transportation at (828) 691-0504. Please make shuttle arrangements before arriving in Asheville.

Refund Policy:  Due to the limited number of spaces available, a non-refundable deposit of $100 per person is required in order to hold your space in class. Full payment is due four weeks before the program begins. If for any reason you are unable to attend the program, your payment minus the $100 deposit will be refunded until four weeks before the program begins. If cancellation occurs after the four week deadline, any funds paid (minus the $100 deposit) will be credited toward next year’s program.  Cancellations must be made in writing by email at or by regular mail at Conferences Office, Mars Hill University, P O Box 6785, Mars Hill, NC 28754.