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

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mast general store
creekside electronics logo
Peabody's Wine and Beer Logo
Peak Group Logo
Courtyard by Marriott
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Holiday Inn Express Boone
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Media Sponsors

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watauga democrat logo
our state magazine
wnc magazine logo
yes weekly
Creative Loafing
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wasu radio logo
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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.

2023 Donor Levels & Benefits


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

  • Reserved parking space throughout festival season

  • All benefits described below

Artists' Circle ($6,000-$9,999)
  • Invitation to a curator-led VIP fine wine tour of the Turchin Center’s galleries

  • Recognition in playbill and onstage, prior to performance

  • All benefits described below

Bravo! Circle ($3,000-$5,999)
  • Two (2) tickets to select festival events (upon request; excludes Darius Rucker tickets)

  • Concierge ticket assistance

  • VIP parking privileges throughout the season

  • Chancellor’s Society parking pass (for donors at the $5,000 level and higher)

  • All benefits described below
Benefactors' Circle ($1,200-$2,999)
  • Invitation for two (2) to the complimentary opening night celebration under the tent, to include two (2) guests

  • Complimentary beverage card for use at Schaefer Center performances (limit 2 drinks per person per event)

  • All benefits described below

Patron ($600-$1,199)
  • Two tickets to one (1) Broyhill Chamber Series performance (upon request)

  • Certificate to apply toward festival merchandise

  • All benefits described below

Contributor ($300-$599)
  • Two tickets to one (1) film featured in the Nancy Tafeen Global Film Series (upon request)
  • Behind-the-scenes Schaefer Center tour opportunity (by appointment, upon request)

  • All benefits described below

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

  • All benefits described below
Member (Up to $124)
  • Donor recognition in festival playbill and on website (for gifts made by May 12, 2023)

  • Advance email announcement of festival line-up

Thank you to our generous 2023 supporters


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, 2022 through May 25, 2023. Please note that this list does not include gifts to other areas within Appalachian State University.

An Appalachian Summer Festival deeply appreciates the support of its contributors. This list reflects contributions and pledges made solely to An Appalachian Summer Festival’s Annual Campaign from October I, 2022 through May 25, 2023.

Bonnie & Jamie Schaefer

Martin & Doris Giving Fund /
Debbie Rosen Davidson & David Rosen /
Charles & Nancy Rosenblatt Foundation

Steven & Lainey Brooks

Appalachian Home Care / Ellen Harrell
Wendy & Mike Brenner
Broyhill Family Foundation, Inc.
Explore Boone
Goodnight Brothers
Ralph S. Grier
Venda Lerch (in memory of Ralph Lerch)
Myron B. &Anne C. Liptzin
Mast General Store /
John, Faye & Lisa Cooper
Peak Insurance Group /
Chuck & Anna Eyler
Neil & Nancy Schaffel
Gary Silverstein (in loving memory of Tina)
Circle S Foundation /
Keith & Letty Stoneman
SkyBest Communications, Inc.
Nancy Tafeen (in memory of Mark Tafeen)
University Bookstore
Helene & Stephen Weicholz

$6,000-9, 999
Chetola Resort / Kent & Shelley Tarbutton
Creekside Electronics Inc. /
Lane & Joan Robinson
Joni & Peter Petschauer
Peabody’s Wine & Beer Merchants

Ashemont Title
Albert & Joan Benbasat (in memory of Esta Perlow)
Frank & Kay Borkowski (in honor of Denise Ringler)
James T. & Louise R. Broyhill Foundation/
Marilyn Broyhill Beach
Natalie & Penn Broyhill
Sue & Steven Chase (in honor of Denise Ringler)
Courtyard by Marriott
Lynn & Barry Eisenberg (in honor of Denise Ringler)
Adrienne Finkel
Louis & Merle Feinberg
Suzanne Lasky Gerard & Bill Liebman
Hampton Inn & Suites
Holiday Inn Express
Sandy & Marc Kadyk (in honor of Denise Ringler)
Morris & Katia Lioz
Joseph P. Logan
Mike & Pam McKay/
The Art Cellar Gallery
Premier Sotheby’s International Realty
Janet P. Pepin & Francesca K. Field (in honor of Denise Ringler, for her stewardship and dedication)
R.Y. & Eileen L. Sharpe Foundation
Sandi Finci Solomon

Jonathan & Marisue Beloff
Carol Berns & Ted Silver (in honor of Denise Ringler)
Carol & Morty Blumberg
Hanes & Lida Boren
Susan & Harvey Durham (in honor of Joseph C. Logan’s 95th birthday, and in memory of Senator James T Broyhill)
The Alfred B. & Josette L. Glover Family Foundation
Susie Greene (in honor of Denise Ringler)
The Bruce J. Heim Foundation
Rebecca & Jerry Hutchins
Bill Pelto & Linda Larson
Jenny & Wayne Miller
Traci D. Royster (in honor of Denise Ringler)
Julie & Gary Simon
Alex Sink
Helen Easter Snow (in honor of Denise Ringler, and in memory of Dorothy & Howard Easter)
Dolph and Liz Sumner

Brenda & Ira Abrams
Howard & Kathryne Brafman
Carolina Mountain Life Magazine
Barbara Watkins Daye
Mary & Nick Friedman
Molle Grad (in honor of Denise Ringler)
Marilyn Green (in memory of Don Green)
Kristina Groover and Marian Peters (in memory of Dr. Rosemary Horowitz)
Megan Hayes & Michael Kitchell (in honor of Kaaren & Lowell Hayes, and the matriarchs of AppSummer)
Mark & Barbara Moskowitz
Larry & Nanci Tolbert Nance (in honor of Denise Ringler and her service to the arts at Appalachian)
Charlie & Dottie Sykes
Wright & Tracy Tilley
Julie & Tom Trueman
Sam Tallman & Mike Zuravel
Mary Underwood & Ben Henderson
Claudia Van Essen (in honor of Hans and Inge Van Essen)
Todd Wright

Craig & Rose Bridgeman
Hank Foreman & John Baynor (in honor of Denise Ringler)
Lorraine Childers
Kathryn & James Douthit
Melinda Friddell & Shawn Vestey (in honor of Denise Ringler)
Anna Gaugert & Thomas Martin (in honor of Denise Ringler)
Dan Gaugert & Terry Harper (in honor of Anna Gaugert)
John & Janice LaCapra
Mac & Doris Leitner
Christina O’Brien (in honor of Sarah Heustess)
Marilyn & Neil Ramo
Denise Ringler

Barbara & Ellis Aycock (in honor of Jenny Miller)
Bill Barbour
John & Bettie Bond
Jeannine Underdown Collins
George & Dyan Cutter
Sali Gill-Johnson & John Johnson
Laura & Kenny Kaufman (in honor of Denise Ringler)
Wendy Kulunas
Jane Lonon
Tim & Nancy Lorenzen (in memory of Keith & Leota Cloyed)
Gregg & Bonnie Marland
Conor McKenzie
Howard Miller & Nancy Clark
Doug & Susan Morton
Susan & Bruce Pettyjohn (in honor of Denise Ringler)
Tish & Tom Rokoske (in memory of Marion Dettbarn)
Carol & Hank Thompson
Karen Trefz (in honor of Denise Ringler)
Patrick K. Setzer
Martha Serola
Joanje & Robert Shirley
Preston & Dawn Snuggs
Tanya Shook Wilder
Allison West & Rick Suyao (in honor of Denise Ringler)

Up to $124
Katie Darcangelo
Cecilia Hamilton
Jeff Handler
Lindsay & Jesse Miller
Peak Chiropractic
Marilyn Seward
Jim & Sandy Sheatsley
Laura & James Smith
Sandra Storey
Mary Rupp (in memory of Richard “Dick” Rupp)
Lynn & Joe Young

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. 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.



A strong endowment will generate critically needed annual interest income, which will enable the festival to continue maintaining the highest standards of artistic excellence, as well as a continued commitment to affordable ticket pricing. Additionally, the endowment will generate critically valuable interest income on an annual basis, which will directly support the festival’s annual programming expenses.

The commitment of the generous donors, shown below, has made it possible for the festival to reach its $5 million endowment goal, and ensures that it will survive and thrive, enriching lives of residents across our region for generations to come!

We wish to thank all of our generous donors, whose passion for the arts led them to make a commitment that has led to the fulfillment of our endowment goal.


ENDOWMENT FUNDS: 1984 – 2018

    Muriel and Arnold Rosen Endowment for the Arts
    Satie Hunt Broyhill Endowment for the Performing Arts
    Rosen-Schaffel Endowment for Classical Music Programming

    Arts and Cultural Programs Endowment
    An Appalachian Summer Outreach Endowment
    Friedman Family Endowment for An Appalachian Summer

    ENDOWMENT DONORS: 2019 – 2022

      Nancy and Neil Schaffel / Appalachian Summer Festival Programming Endowment
      The Barbara and Larry Freiman Endowment, given in memory of Larry Freiman by Barbara, their children and grandchildren
      Christine Petti (in memory of Dr. A.F. Petti)
      Lainey and Steven Brooks
      Joan and Albert Benbasat


      Faye and John Cooper
      Wendy and Mike Brenner
      Hayes Charitable Trust
      Creekside Electronics Inc. / Joan and Lane Robinson
      Bonnie and Jamie Schaefer
      Lynn and Barry Eisenberg
      Ralph S. Grier
      Joni and Peter Petschauer

      Robert E. Grier
      Susie Greene
      Traci D. Royster (in honor of Peter and Joni Petschauer)
      Janie and John LaCapra
      Kay & Frank Borkowski
      Joseph P. Logan
      Todd Wright
      Melinda Friddell


      Nancy and Neil Schaffel

      Nancy Schaffel’s parents, Arnold and Muriel Rosen, were festival founders who worked with university administrators in the early 1980s to establish An Appalachian Summer Festival. Nancy and Neil have “carried the torch” for the festival ever since, and have established two major endowment funds to date — one of which supports the festival’s classical music programming, with the most recent gift focused on general program support, and framed as a $1 million challenge that “matches” gifts from other festival donors. The Schaffels are passionate about the festival’s mission and ensuring that it continues in perpetuity. They also support the annual Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young and Emerging Artists, a source of pride for the festival over the past 10 years. 

      Barbara Freiman

      Barbara Freiman, a long-standing festival supporter and a deeply admired member of the arts community in both Watauga and Caldwell counties, has joined with members of her family to donate more than $1 million to the endowment fund. These commitments have enabled the festival to reach its ultimate fundraising target of $5 million. Made in memory of Barbara’s husband, Larry, these gifts by Barbara, their children and grandchildren represent the family’s desire to ensure arts access and quality of life for our entire region. Barbara and her family members made a comparable gift to the University Libraries. She has served as a valued advisory board member for both the University Libraries and An Appalachian Summer Festival. 

      Christine Petti

      In October of 2020, the challenge campaign received a major boost, when festival supporter Christine Petti stepped forward with a pledge of $500,000 to be applied toward the endowment challenge. Chris is a Florida native who came to the High Country in 1979 with her late husband, Dr. Alfonso Petti. Over the past 40 years she has become involved with Appalachian State and a variety of community organizations across the High Country. Chris’s spirit of philanthropy in the fields of healthcare and the arts has made a profound difference in the lives of residents across our region and beyond. 

      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