Katie founded the Appalachian Chamber Music Festival in early 2021 after nearly a decade of brainstorming ideas, plans and vision for creating a chamber music festival that celebrates history, nature and culture. ACMF brings international talent to the area of Harpers Ferry, WV and surrounding communities. The festival achieved huge initial success in its inaugural season, celebrated in August, 2021, giving 9 performances to in-person audiences and a chamber music workshop and interacting with the local community and partners. In 2022:
We completed a full 14 day festival which included 14 Concerts, 1 Bluegrass Workshop, a 5 day Strings Chamber Music Campfor students, and a 3 day Adult Intensive Chamber Music Seminar. The estimated attendance was over 800 for all festival events!
Continued to promote our values of Affordability and Accessibility: Events occurred in 10 different venues across West Virginia's eastern panhandle and northern Virginia region. Four free events were offered over the course of the festival. The average ticket price was $20
Continued to meet our Commitment to Quality: 13 world-class Festival Artists participated in concerts this season, and one composer-in-residence. Three world-premiere works were performed at ACMF this season.
As Artistic Director, Katie strives to bring music to audiences in new, meaningful and accessible ways. Her goal is to celebrate the rich heritage of the region a world stage, and bring authenticity and camaraderie of chamber music to audiences of all ages and experiences.