Cannon Music Camp 2021

Camp & Application Requirements

  • Application requirements: Camp is for rising high school freshmen to graduating high school seniors. Cannon Music Camp seeks those students who have a strong sense of character and citizenship, along with superlative musical and scholarly achievements. The camp does not wish to admit the student who is unable to act responsibly, follow directions, or accept constructive criticism. 
  • Grade Level IV performance: Most students are level IV if they have completed courses, relevant skills and played for 1-2 years in their school band, orchestra, or choir. Cannon Music Camp students should be able to read music and take a theory class.

Cannon Music Camp Announces Modified Camp Options for Summer 2021

Free for Students and Music Educators


Students, Parents, Educators, and Friends:

Typically at this time of year, Cannon Music Camp is in full operation behind the scenes gearing up for the coming summer, finalizing faculty positions, hiring our counseling staff, holding scholarship auditions, and rapidly filling spots with eager young musicians.  

But, as you know, 2020 and the start of 2021 has been nothing but typical as we all continue to find our way through the COVID-19 pandemic.  

We are disappointed to share with you news that for the second time in fifty-three years, Cannon Music Camp will not assemble in-person on the campus of Appalachian State University during the summer of 2021.  However, we will still operate as an online experience very similar to 2021 but with some innovative changes to meet the needs of students and music educators. 

As our leadership team consistently reviews data and information from university and state officials related to the pandemic, we understand there is simply not a path forward to bring our camp together physically in 2021 with full assurance allowing, and safely supporting, a robust camp experience.  The health, safety, and wellness of camp participants and staff will always be our foremost consideration.

For Summer 2021, Cannon Music Camp will offer a completely free online/remote experience as an innovative way to support music through the summer and prepare for a return to school in the fall.  Cannon Music Camp continues to plan our hopeful return to an in-person Cannon Music Camp for the summer of 2022.

In the spirit of how powerful the impact of music is in our lives, we will continue forward and have imagined an innovative and unique Cannon Music Camp model for 2021 to reach as many people as possible.  While similar to our 2020 online camp, it is a bit different but yet will still be completely online/remote with no in-person interaction.

Because the experience will be completely on-demand, there will be no need for a registration process and ultimately no fee to participate.  This is our commitment to being relevant to today’s times and to ensuring Cannon Music Camp is available for future students in an in-person model.  

And, to underscore our commitment to music education as a whole, plans for this summer’s camp will broaden our offerings beyond high school students to include music educators as “campers” by offering some targeted personal learning opportunities as well!

A preview of what we plan to offer with our masterclasses and presentations will be posted to our website in the coming weeks and we will announce a finalized offering list after we finish development with our faculty.  We anticipate offering this summer’s online camp experience from July 5-July 16, 2021.

For questions, please contact us at We look forward to another unique but important summer of music opportunities!

Wishing all of you our best this semester,

Mr. Daugherty and Mr. Snodgrass





Mailing Address:
Cannon Music Camp
ASU Box 32031
Boone, North Carolina 28608
Physical Address:
Cannon Music Camp
Broyhill Music Center
813 Rivers Street - Room 115
Boone, North Carolina 28608
Phone: 828-262-4091
Fax: 828-262-3021 
Please contact our office for all information regarding the Camp and the process for applying:



Please use this email address for all correspondence.

Camp Director:
Mr. James G. Daugherty
Camp Administrator:


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