Shearer Summer Institute—July 26 to August 2, 2024

Guest Artists: Andrew York and Stephen Mattingly

Aaron Shearer’s two greatest passions were guitar and hiking which we celebrate yearly at our Shearer Summer Institute. Join us this summer in 2024 for our 8th annual Institute held at the beautiful Mountain Retreat and Learning Center in North Carolina.    

The Mountain RLC is nestled in the Blue Ridge of the Southern Appalachian Mountains at 4200′ just 4 miles from the quaint town of Highlands, NC.  The center provides all lodging and meals (two some dinners from chef, Matt Regan) and is surrounded by the magnificent Nantahala National Forest, the best area for swimming holes,  waterfalls, and whitewater rafting in the state! 

The Institute is open to all ages and levels. Each day we split time between guitar and the inspiring outdoors.   Guitar activities include:

  • a diversity of workshops—performance development, technique, guitar harmony, composition, arranging, etc.
  • artist masterclasses
  • private lessons
  • small guitar ensembles
  • guitar orchestra 
  •  campfires and informal “coffehouse” play-ins
  • Artist performance (York and Mattingly) 
  • Community performance (Guitar Orchestra, small ensembles and soloists)

“The Shearer Summer Institute is a wholesome and supportive experience for guitarists of all ages and levels.”

Skip, Robin, & Alexandria Cutting

from ASF Summer Institute 2022

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