Blue Ridge Old-Time Music Week

June 4 – June 10, 2023

The 31st  Blue Ridge Old Time Music Week (BROTMW) will be held on the campus of Mars Hill University June 4-10, 2023. Make plans to join us!

All housing will be single bedrooms only.

 Cost to attend:

  • Non A/C Room  $685
  • A/C Room            $735
  • Commuter          $435
  • Non-participant $435
  • Mini Classes        $90 each (Shaped Note Singing is FREE)

On campus plan includes dorm room, morning class, t-shirt and all meals. Commuter plan includes morning class, lunch and t-shirt.

*Local students participating in mini-classes only will not receive a t-shirt, but can purchase one for an additional $15 charge.

As requested, we are now offering swim time slots in the afternoon at our in-door pool during mini-class instructional time. You may choose from a 1pm, 2pm, or 3pm time slot. Price for the week will be the same as a mini-class. Come prepared. Towels are not provided.

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2023 Blue Ridge Old Time Music Week Classes

• Advanced Fiddle: Sophie Wellington
• Intermediate Fiddle: Tricia Spencer
• Advanced Banjo: Brad Kolodner
• Intermediate Banjo: Cathy Fink
• Advanced Guitar: Kellie Allen
• Intermediate Guitar: Howard Rains
• Rhythm & Repertoire: David Bragger and Susan Platz (THIS CLASS IS FULL- Contact Stacey Allen ( to be added to the waitlist.
• Rhythm & Repertoire: Judy Hyman and Jeff Claus
• Harmony Singing: Suzannah Park
• Mountain Dulcimer: Karen Mueller
• Intermediate/Advanced Mandolin: Marcy Marxer
• Early Intermediate Ensemble (all instruments): Rachel Eddy

To be placed on a waitlist for full classes, call 828-689-1167.


These classes are 50 minutes long and require a separate fee.

• Grandma’s Cheats (Old-Time Fiddle with Tricia Spencer)
• Old-time Texas Tunes (fiddle with Howard Rains)
• Ukulele Fun for Everyone (taught by Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer)
• Carter Family Songs (taught by Kellie Allen and Pete Peterson)
• Playing Up the Neck (banjo taught by Brad Kolodner)
• Unlocking the Music of Flatfooting (taught by Sophie Wellington)

• Old-Time Bow Rocking and Fundamental Bow Rhythms for Fiddle (taught by David Bragger)
• A Yodel-a-Day Keeps the Blues Away (singing with Susan Platz)
• Banjo Uke: Little Instrument, Big Groove (taught by Jeff Claus)
• Shaped Note Singing with Margaret Wright – This is a FREE class!
• Mandolin Matinees (taught by Bob Buckingham)
• Autoharp (taught by Karen Mueller)

• Bowing through Judy’s Eyes (fiddle taught by Judy Hyman) THIS CLASS IS FULL- Contact Stacey Allen ( to be added to the waitlist.
• Fingerstyle Banjo (taught by Pete Peterson)
• Ballads and Rounds (singing taught by Suzannah Park)
• Upright Bass (taught by Amy Buckingham)
• Intermediate Mountain Dulcimer (taught by Lloyd Wright)

To be placed on a wait list, call 828-689-1167.


2023 Registration (Now Open!)

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Mars Hill, NC 28754