Artistic excellence, accessibility, and audience engagement make An Appalachian Summer Festival unique. Because the festival is committed to affordable ticket prices, revenues from ticket sales cover only about 43% of its annual costs. Private support from festival donors must fill the gap in order to ensure a continued commitment to both quality programming and affordable ticket pricing.

We are extraordinarily fortunate that our community embraces the arts so passionately, and that festival donors and sponsors have chosen to support An Appalachian Summer Festival so generously. This loyal annual support is the critical element in sustaining the artistic quality of the festival, enabling it to thrive for over three decades.


Corporate Sponsors

goodnight brothers logo
mast general store
skybest communications logo
Boone, NC logo
Appalachian Home Care Logo
University Bookstore logo
Peak Group Logo
PNC Bank logo
Peabody's Wine and Beer Logo
creekside electronics logo
Courtyard by Marriott
Holiday Inn Express Boone
Holiday Inn Express Boone
Peabody's Wine and Beer Logo
Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock

Media Sponsors

WBTV logo
wcyb nbc logo
UNC TV logo
whky talk radio logo
winston-salem journal
greensboro news and record logo
mountain times logo
watauga democrat logo
our state magazine
wnc magazine logo
yes weekly
Creative Loafing
WDAV logo
wfdd logo
oldies 100.7 logo
oldies 100.7 logo
wasu radio logo
WDAV logo

Restaurant Sponsors

The Local Boone
The Local Boone
whky talk radio logo
peppers restaurant
WDAV logo


Become a Supporter!

Artistic excellence, accessibility, and audience engagement make An Appalachian Summer Festival unique. Because the festival is committed to affordable ticket prices, revenues from ticket sales cover only about 43% of its annual costs. Private support from festival donors must fill the gap in order to ensure a continued commitment both quality programming and affordable ticket pricing.

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Consider an Endowment Gift

Providing long-term financial security for the festival means creating a strong endowment. We need festival patrons to step forward by making a current gift, or a planned gift, to ensure the continuation of programming our audience values. Gifts may be specifically targeted to the area of programming you wish to support, and can also carry the name of the donor(s), or be designated in honor of or in memory of a friend or family member. To learn more about endowment opportunities, please call Denise Ringler at 828-262-6084, ext. 103.

2022 Donor Levels & Benefits


Chancellor's Circle ($10,000 or more)
  • Priority seating at all events

  • Reserved parking space throughout festival season

  • Complimentary chairs at select outdoor events

  • All benefits described below

Artists' Circle ($6,000-$9,999)
  • Underwriting opportunity for a performance (with recognition in playbill and onstage, prior to performance)

  • Gold VIP stainless steel App Summer wine tumbler (upgraded from silver tumbler)

  • All benefits described below

Bravo! Circle ($3,000-$5,999)
  • Two tickets to all festival events (upon request)

  • Invitation for two to the annual festival Friendraiser event

  • VIP parking privileges throughout the season

  • Chancellor’s Society parking pass (for donors at the $5,000 level and higher)Silver VIP stainless steel App Summer wine tumbler (upgraded from black tumbler)

  • All benefits described below
Benefactors' Circle ($1,200-$2,999)
  • Invitation for two (2) to a VIP champagne reception honoring our patrons

  • Complimentary beverage card for use at outdoor festival events

  • Two tickets to one (1) Broyhill Chamber Series performance (upon request) 

  • All benefits described below

Patron ($600-$1,199)
  • Two tickets to a film featured in the Weicholz Global Film Series (upon request)

  • Matte black stainless steel App Summer wine tumbler

  • All benefits described below

Contributor ($300-$599)
  • App Summer-branded keychain

  • All benefits described below

Friend ($125-$299)
  • App Summer-branded canvas tote bag

  • All benefits described below
Member (Up to $124)
  • Recognition in festival playbill (exclusive to gifts made by May 14, 2022)

  • Advance email announcement of festival line-up

Thank you to our generous 2021 supporters

(The 2022 Supporters list will be updated after May 18, 2022)

An Appalachian Summer Festival deeply appreciates the support of its contributors. This list reflects contributions and pledges made solely to An Appalachian Summer Festival Annual Campaign from October 1, 2021 through June 1, 2022. Please note that this list does not include gifts to other areas within Appalachian State University.

Premier Sponsors ($100,000 and above)

  • Bonnie & Jamie Schaefer/Westglow Resort and Spa & Rowland’s Restaurant
  • The Rosen-Schaffel Endowment for Classical Music Programming
  • An Appalachian Summer Festival Programming Endowment / Nancy & Neil Schaffel

Lead Sponsors ($50,000 to $99,999)

  • Barbara Freiman (in memory of Larry Freiman)

Festival Sponsors ($25,000 to $49,999)

  • Steven & Lainey Brooks
  • Martin & Doris Rosen Giving Fund / Debbie Rosen Davidson & David Rosen / Charles & Nancy Rosenblatt Foundation
  • The Muriel & Arnold Rosen Endowment for the Arts
  • Helene & Stephen Weicholz

Chancellor’s Circle ($10,000 to $24,999)

  • Appalachian Home Care, LLC / Ellen Harrell
  • Joan & Albert Benbaset (in memory of Esta Perlow)
  • Boone Area Visitors Bureau
  • Wendy & Mike Brenner
  • Broyhill Family Foundation, Inc.
  • Circle S Foundation / Keith & Letty Stoneman
  • Goodnight Brothers
  • Ralph S. Grier
  • Mast General Store / John, Faye and Lisa Cooper
  • McDonald’s of Boone / Venda & Ralph Lerch
  • Myron B. & Anne C. Liptzin 

  • Peter & Joni Petschauer (in memory of Tina Silverstein, Larry Freiman and Mark Tafeen)
  • Christine Petti (in memory of Dr. A. F. Petti)
  • Neil & Nancy Schaffel
  • Gary Silverstein (in memory of Tina Silverstein)
  • SkyBest Communications, Inc.
  • Nancy Tafeen (in memory of Mark Tafeen and Tina Silverstein)

Artist’s Circle ($6,000 to $9,999)

  • Chetola Resort / Kent & Shelley Tarbutton
  • Creekside Electronics, Inc. / Lane & Joan Robinson

Bravo! Circle ($3,000 to $5,999)

  • Michael & Judy Adler
  • Natalie & Penn Broyhill
  • Sue & Steve Chase (in honor of the wonderful festival staff)
  • Anthony S. diSanti & Deborah W. diSanti
  • Courtyard by Marriott
  • Diane & Ed Eisenberg
  • Lynn & Barry Eisenberg (in memory of Larry Freiman and Tina Silverstein)
  • Merle & Louis Feinberg
  • Adrienne Finkel
  • Holiday Inn Express
  • Sandy & Marc Kadyk
  • Jeannette Kimmel
  • Suzanne Lasky Gerard & Bill Liebman
  • Mike & Pam McKay / The Art Cellar Gallery
  • Roger & Helen Michelson
  • PNC Bank
  • Peabody’s Wine & Beer Merchants
  • Peak Insurance Group
  • Janet P. Pepin & Francesca K. Field
  • R. Y. & Eileen L. Sharpe Foundation
  • University Bookstore
  • Julie & Gary Simon (in honor of Steve & Lainey Brooks)
  • Sandi Finci Solomon


Benefactor’s Circle ($1,200 to $2,999)

  • Frank & Kay Borkowski
  • The Bruce J. Heim Foundation
  • Susan & Harvey Durham
  • Ralph Glaser, Jr. & John A. Pfeifer (in memory of Tina Silverstein)
  • Susie Greene
  • Jerry & Rebecca Hutchins
  • Joe Logan (in honor of Lynn & Barry Eisenberg)
  • Jenny & Wayne Miller
  • Edith S. Peiser (in memory of Tina Silverstein)
  • Bill Pelto & Linda Larson
  • CDR Gerarda Persad & CW3 John Persad
  • Sally & Russell Robinson
  • Linda & Alton Russell
  • Alex Sink
  • Minnie & Bob Snead

Patrons ($600 to $1,199)

  • Ira & Brenda Abrams
  • Carol & Morty Blumberg
  • Hanes & Lida Boren
  • Howard & Kathryne Brafman
  • Stephanie Poet Cohen (in memory of Dolly & Jim Poet)
  • Barbara Watkins Daye
  • Drs. James and Kathryn Douthit
  • Randy & Margaret Edwards
  • Nick & Mary Friedman
  • Molle Grad
  • Donald & Marilyn Green
  • Megan Hayes & Michael Kitchell (in honor of Kaaren & Lowell Hayes, and the matriarchs of AppSummer)
  • Larry & Nanci Tolbert Nance
  • Mike & Christina Rosenthal
  • Schwab Charitable Fund / Charlie & Dottie Sykes
  • Sam Tallman & Mike Zuravel
  • Julie & Tom Trueman
  • Mary Underwood & Ben Henderson
  • Bill & Judy Watson
  • Todd Wright

Contributors ($300 to $599)

  • Connie Adams
  • Dr. Charlie & Ann Baker
  • Lorraine Childers
  • Elizabeth Cone
  • Tracey & Paul Ford
  • Hank Foreman & John Baynor
  • Melinda Friddell
  • Anna Gaugert & Thomas Martin
  • Sali Gill-Johnson
  • Simms & Doris Leitner
  • Renée & David Lieberman
  • Dr. Berge & Meliné Markarian
  • Priscilla Rich
  • Denise & William Ringler (in memory of Tina Silverstein, Larry Freiman and Mark Tafeen)
  • Traci D. Royster (in honor of Mrs. Denise Ringler)
  • Dr. Morris & Margery Segall
  • Cyn D. & John Weaver


Friends ($125 to $299)

  • Kate R. Barrett
  • Byron E. Bean (in honor of Bonnie Bean)
  • Jonathan & Marisue Beloff
  • Carol Berns & Ted Silver
  • John & Bettie Bond
  • James & Margaret Bragg
  • Dan Gaugert & Terry Harper (in honor of Anna Gaugert)
  • Dr. Louis N. Gottlieb & Gloria Lipson
  • Laura & Kenny Kaufman
  • Jane Lonon
  • Gregg & Bonnie Marland
  • Howard Miller & Nancy Clark
  • Susan B. Morgan
  • Doug & Susan Morton
  • Susan & Bruce Pettyjohn (in memory of Tina Silverstein and Mark Tafeen)

  • Bob & Karen Powell (in memory of Jack Branch)

  • Marty Rice
  • Barbara & Ed Rosasco
  • Lynn B. Sanders
  • Patrick K. Setzer ’90 ’98
  • Barbara Sugerman (in memory of Barry Sugerman)
  • Karen Trefz
  • Claudia Van Essen (in memory of her mother, Inge Van Essen)

  • Allison West & Rick Suyao
  • Mary & Dale Whisenant
  • Steve & Deena Zaron

Members (up to $124)

  • Jane Bargothi
  • Francine Barr (in memory of Tony Wrobel)
  • Dr. & Mrs. Harold Carrin
  • Jeanne Dairaghi (in memory of Lawrence (Larry) Freiman)
  • Cecilia Hamilton
  • Jeff Handler
  • Lindsay & Jesse MIller (in memory of Tina Silverstein)
  • Tish & Tom Rokoske (in honor of Ralph Glaser & John Pfeifer)
  • Marilyn Seward
  • Jim & Sandy Sheatsley
  • Helen Sirett & Ken Hendrix
  • Deborah Strube
  • Charles Surber
  • Daisy Goodnight Waldrep
  • Marlene Walter (in memory of Muriel & Arnold Rosen)
  • Ina J. Warren
  • Tanya Shook Wilder
  • Bob & Maggie Wilson

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 37th season in 2021, 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.



The following donors have made generous gifts or pledges toward An Appalachian Summer Festival’s Endowment Challenge, as part of an extraordinary commitment of $1,000,000 by Neil and Nancy Schaffel. For every gift to the festival endowment over the next four years, the Schaffels will match the gift dollar for dollar, up to $1 million. The challenge will play a critical role in helping the festival to reach its goal of generating a $5 million endowment fund in time for the festival’s 40th anniversary season in 2024. 



Neil & Nancy Schaffel

    Challenge Participants

    (to date)

    Wendy & Mike Brenner

    Steven & Lainey Brooks

    Faye & John Cooper

    Barbara Freiman

    Susie Greene

    Joni & Peter Petschauer

    Bonnie & Jamie Schaefer

      Current Endowment Support


      The following endowments have been established in support of An Appalachian Summer Festival and other cultural programs at Appalachian State University. Each of these endowments generates significant income each year, which supports the festival’s annual operations or donor-designated programs. We acknowledge with deep gratitude the individuals and organizations listed below for establishing these legacies of vision and generosity.


      The Muriel and Arnold Rosen Endowment for the Arts

      • Arnold and Muriel Rosen

      The Rosen-Schaffel Endowment for Classical Music Programming

      The Martin and Doris Rosen Foundation Endowment

      • Martin and Doris Rosen

      The Bob and Lillian Turchin Endowment for the Arts

      • Bob and Lillian Turchin

      An Appalachian Summer Festival Outreach Endowment

      • Mrs. Roberta R. Balfe
      • Kathleen Price Bryan Family Fund
      • Gamma Beta Phi Society
      • Mr. and Mrs. Willard Gortner
      • Mrs. Florence Hecht
      • Mr. and Mrs. Robert Heilman
      • Mr. and Mrs. Norris Hodgkins
      • Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Peacock
      • Mr. and Mrs. Fred Robinette
      • Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Rosen

      An Appalachian Summer Festival Unrestricted Endowment

      • John and Faye Cooper

      The Satie Hunt Broyhill Endowment for the Performing Arts

      • The Broyhill Family Foundation

      The Halpert Endowment for the Visual Arts

      • Sol and Charlotte Halpert

      The Mast Store Heritage Endowment for An Appalachian Summer Festival

      • John and Faye Cooper

      The Friedman Family Endowment for An Appalachian Summer Festival

      • Ingrid, Mary, Max, and Nick Friedman