1997 Catalog now online at our new homepage!
 The Swannanoa Gathering
Warren Wilson College,
PO Box 9000 Asheville NC 28815-9000
(704) 298-3434 or
(704) 298-3325 xt. 426

Welcome to the home page for The Swannanoa Gathering!

We are a series of week-long workshops in various folk arts held in July and August on the campus of Warren Wilson College near Asheville in the heart of North Carolina's beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. With a limited enrollment and an "open" format which allows each student to select their own curriculum from a variety of courses, we offer an intimate, supportive community experience for students of all abilities, featuring a staff of some of the finest performers and teachers in the world.

Here at this website you can find the latest version of our newsletter, Postcard from Swannanoa, published every fall, which recaps the previous summer's event, and gives a preview of next summer's staff and programs. The newsletter is updated with staff and schedule changes and additions until the publication in February of our Catalog. The catalog contains Program Information about the workshops, and Program Descriptions for our various weeks with staff and class schedules. The catalog is updated throughout the spring and early summer with staff and schedule changes and additions.

You can get on our Mailing List, and we'll send you a copy of the newsletter and catalog through the mail, Send us Email, or Register for the workshops online.

We also sponsor public Concerts throughout the year and during the summer, featuring the finest in contemporary and traditional folk artists.

Now in our sixth year, we feature a distinguished Advisory Board, and have honored several great artists for lifetime achievement with our Master Music Maker Awards. The poem by Arthur William O'Shaughnessy which gives these awards their name also wonderfully captures the spirit of the Gathering and our guiding philosophy:

We are the music-makers
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers
And sitting by desolate streams;
World-losers and world-forsakers
On whom the pale moon gleams.
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world forever, it seems.
Thanks for visiting our webpage, and we hope you can come learn and share with us in the mountains of western North Carolina!
Jim Magill
Fall '96 Postcard From Swannanoa :|: 1997 Catalog
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