June 26–July 2, 2022
on the campus of Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC
Early music and folk music in a picturesque setting
What better way to make music than by spending a week with the Great Smoky Mountains as your backdrop? Western Carolina University provides comfortable accommodations and classrooms in an air-conditioned, non-smoking dorm. Double- occupancy and single-occupancy rooms are available. Meals offer a variety of options.
Mountain Collegium, an informal yet intensive workshop, offers study of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music, focusing on recorder, viol, voice, and other early instruments. Mountain Collegium offers plenty of options for early brass and capped reeds. Other featured classes include technique, improvisation, and a variety of consorts and repertoire. Participants may also choose classes in folk, Appalachian, Celtic, and contemporary music. Small classes and easy access to faculty create a friendly and relaxed learning experience.
Four class periods per day provide numerous options for recorder players, viol players, brass players, and singers. Loud band and opportunities to study early reeds, Appalachian dulcimer, harp, and other early and folk instruments give participants an eclectic musical experience that brings them back year after year. Instructors come to the workshop with a wide variety of specialties and backgrounds, providing for a workshop experience that is hard to beat! Free time allows for informal music making; evenings include group playing and English country dancing with a live (and lively!) band. An inspiring faculty concert and an informal student recital round out the week.
Emerging Recorder Player Classes
For recorder players who have just begun their study or for recorder players who feel they need a major refresher, our Emerging Recorder Players classes are designed to help you enjoy the workshop experience as much as others do. You can take the Emerging Recorder classes each period or you can mix-and-match according to other interests as you wish.
• Tuition with a double room (roommate): $1045
• Tuition with a single room (private): $1125
• Add $20 if you would a linen package (basic blanket, sheets, pillow, towel, washcloth)
• Tuition if staying off-campus: $675
If you will be bringing along a spouse, partner, or other roommate who will not be taking classes, we consider them a "non-participating roommate." They will only be responsible for room and board.
• Room/board for a non-participating roommate: $420 (add $20 for linen package)
Workshop fees can be paid via credit card (using the PayPal service), via PayPal, or via check. See the payment page for details.
Workshop participants and non-participating roommates will also need to pay a refundable $50 key deposit (cash or check) at the time of check-in. If you choose to leave your deposit as a donation at the end of the workshop, the money is used to fund our workstudy program.
All but $25 of the workshop fees is refundable through June 1. Refunds after June 1 are based on Mountain Collegium's ability to obtain refunds from Western Carolina University for any money we have pre-paid for room, board, and facilities.
Safety and Vaccination
How to Register
Unfortunately, registration is now closed. If you missed this year's workshop, we hope you will be able to join us at Bloom or next summer's workshop.
Check-in is on Sunday afternoon, followed by
orientation and a large group playing session. Classes
begin on Monday morning and run through Friday
afternoon. Checkout is on Saturday after breakfast.
A limited number of workstudy awards will be available. Workstudy recipients will help keep the workshop running smoothly by helping set up classes and assist the instructors as needed.
The American Recorder Society also accepts applications for workshop scholarships. Visit the American Recorder Society HERE to learn more about these scholarships.
Continuing Education Credit
If you are interested in Continuing Education Credit, please contact Jody Miller at email@example.com. An extra fee for Continuing Education Credit will apply if offered by the University.