Passing it on!

Each summer Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College offers music and dance classes from many traditions in the form of theme weeks: Cajun/Creole Week, Early Country Music Week, Blues & Swing Week, Bluegrass Week, Old-Time Week, Vocal Week. Each theme week is offered concurrently with Craft, Arts, & Folklore classes.


Music & Dance Theme Weeks

Each summer Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College offers music and dance classes from many traditions in the form of theme weeks: Cajun/Creole Week, Early Country Music Week, Blues & Swing Week, Irish Week, Bluegrass Week, Old-Time Week, Vocal Week, American Vernacular Dance Week. Each theme week is offered concurrently with Craft, Arts, & Folklore classes.

UPDATE: Augusta Heritage Center Summer 2020

Augusta has put together a large digital project for Summer 2020. See all the video lesson offerings below! For more information, please also read the letters to our community about our Summer 2020 plans at the bottom of the page. We miss you! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions at 304 637 1209
REGISTER for Augusta Online 2020 with a $100 suggested contribution (sliding scale — everyone encouraged to participate!) for access to 150 video lessons, which will be available late-June through September. Participants can also tune into real-time online cultural sessions, music-making & other community events that Augusta is organizing July 6-24, 2020. All registrants will receive an email with a link to the lessons in late June. We are working hard to get the website built and the lessons available for you. Thank you for your patience!

Register for Augusta Online 2020 Here

Download a PDF of all video lesson offerings [UPDATED 6-23-2020]

SCHEDULE OF WEEK 1 LIVE ONLINE EVENTS (Draft as of 6-23-2020):

SCHEDULE OF WEEK 2 LIVE ONLINE EVENTS (Draft as of 6-25-2020):

SCHEDULE OF WEEK 3 LIVE ONLINE EVENTS (Draft as of 7-16-2020):

*Click image to view or download PDF*

VIDEO LESSON OFFERINGS 2020 by instrument (click images to view or download PDFs):






Rhythm Section (Bass, Drums & Percussive Dance):



Ukulele & Dulcimer:


Musicianship (Theory and more, for all instruments):

Download a PDF of all offerings

May 7, 2020

We are thrilled to announce that Augusta’s online summer programming is taking shape quickly and registration is now open. Until we can meet again facetoface and kneetoknee, we will do our best to keep our community connected and feed our mutual love of the traditional arts. We think you’ll find Augusta’s 2020 summer programming compelling, comprehensive and engaging and hope that you’ll join us! 


Participants will have access to over 150 video lessons! Have you ever wanted to take a class during two different theme weeks but never had the time? Do you ever find yourself wishing you could be in two courses at once? Now you can have it all! 75+ Augusta instructors will be contributing video lessons to this project and participants will have access to every lesson from every theme week. We will upload Week 1 classes on June 21, Week 2 classes on June 28, and Week 3 classes on July 5. You’ll have time to view and learn at your own pace before the interactive sessions with instructors in July (see below), and you’ll have access to all materials until October 1. That’s an incredible summer of learning!   


You’ll be able to interact directly with your favorite teachers! During the three weeks Augusta was scheduled to take place, we’ll be presenting live events daily, including cultural sessions, panel discussions and virtual music-making. From July 6-24, we’re putting together a comprehensive schedule of events allowing you the opportunity to interact in real-time with Augusta instructors and fellow students. Your registration gives you access to all events during this three-week window. Enjoy everything Augusta has to offer! 


Concerts and student showcases! Your registration will grant you access to Augusta’s 2020 concert series. Watch legendary performers play incredible music in the comfort of their own homes. This intimate performance experience is not to be missed. Want to share your talents with us? Wonderful! Join our Augusta 2020 Facebook group by clicking here and we’ll let you know how to submit your material for the student showcase! 


How do you register? We realize this pandemic has had an uneven financial impact on our community. Therefore, we are asking for a donation instead of tuition to register for this summer’s programming. Our goal is to make quality traditional arts education as accessible as possible. To enter your donation and register, click here. The suggested donation amount for all classes, concerts and workshops is $100. Please give at the level that works for your family. Donations to register are not tax-deductible due to the value of the service you will receive for your gift (for tax-deductible donation options, check out the Mug Club!). Prior to programming, you will receive a secure link that you will use to access your classes.  


We recognize that many of you have already given, and we cannot thank you enough. Everyone who has donated since March 1 has been instrumental in getting this project off the ground. We understand that you helped when we needed it the most and are grateful for your supportSo, if you’ve already made your tax-deductible gift to Augusta for the yearplease register for our Summer 2020 project with a token donation so that we can include you in the online programming (and we can stay on the right side of tax laws). If you are able to give a bit more, thank you! We want as many people as possible from all over the world to be involved in Augusta this year. Thank you for your overwhelming support. It has sent the very powerful message that traditional arts are alive and well, and an essential part of our lives.  


April 24, 2020

Augusta Family,  


We hope that you and yours are staying safe and well during this crisis. We have been thinking about all of you so much over the past month. As you can imagine, we have been tracking this situation closely and thinking through all the ramifications for Augusta. It is with heavy hearts that we must announce today that in-person Augusta programming for summer 2020 will be cancelled. It was a difficult decision to make, to say the least, but is the best choice for the health of our local and our worldwide community. 


We have two main priorities that we have been using to guide our decisionmaking these past few weeks:

(1) Supporting our Summer 2020 Augusta artists.

(2) Keeping our traditional music, dance and art communities connected and engaged until we can meet face to face and knee to knee again.  


With those priorities in mind, we have decided to pivot from our originally scheduled weeklong gatherings to a new digital project Our 2020 artists are, right now, preparing a series of digital lessons and performances to share with you this summer. We will compile a package of lessons and performances for each theme week, which you can enjoy from the safety of your own home and at your own pace. During the week that each Augusta program would have taken place, our instructors will be participating in online cultural sessions, panel discussions, playalongs (the internet version of a jam) and more. We hope that this will give everyone in our community the chance to interact in real-time with music and camaraderie. It’s no substitute for the real thing, but we hope it’ll give us all enough fuel to keep our fires going for a while. 


Because we know that the crisis has had an uneven impact on people financially, access to this new digital collection and the online events will be by donation, at a level of your choosing. These donations will help make up the critical funds that we will use to match our grant awards for 2020, which we are using to pay our artists for their work. We are incredibly grateful to our grantors—the National Endowment for the Arts, the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History, and the West Virginia Humanities Council— and to Davis & Elkins College for giving us the flexibility to change our project in order to keep supporting artists, our community and the traditional arts in this challenging time. 


On that note, we want to thank everyone who has generously donated, especially in the past six weeks. These donations have allowed us to continue our daily operations and to pivot into this new project. We still need your help. We will announce our new campaign early next week to start raising the additional $23,000 we need to match our grant funds and pay the artists working on this new digital curriculum. Should you wish to donate now (your advance “ticket” to the online lessons available in July) write “matching grant funds” into the memo line of the check or on our donation pageYour gift will go twice as far with the help our grant awards.  


Refunds for summer 2020:  

If you have already registered for tuition, housing, and meals or purchased a “tuition voucher,” you are eligible for a 100% refund. You may also choose to defer this purchase to October Old-Time Week 2020 or Summer 2021or to donate any part of your existing tuition for access to the new project described abovePlease respond to this email with your request and we will process your refund, deferment, or donation. If you have Graceland reservations, please email Patty Phillips at Those reservations are also fully refundable and, in many cases, transferable. 


We will be in touch again to let you know how the project is progressing. Thank you again for being part of this worldwide Augusta family. Remember, Augusta is the energy between us, wherever and however we gather. We will meet, make music, and dance again. When we do, we’ll have a new appreciation for what it means to celebrate life together.  


Best wishes,  

Seth and Emily 

(304) 637-1209

Davis & Elkins College

100 Campus Drive, Elkins, WV 26241