Sound Effects Benefit Concert: Featuring AMS Teachers and Students.

The AMS 5th annual fundraiser features performances by our Sound Education Outreach Ensembles, namely AMS Rock Band (aka Minør), and Vinyl Crossroads, among other performers like AMS teacher and jazz pianist Michael Jefry Stevens. And for all of you Beatles fans out there, the evening will culminate with a large ensemble of AMS teachers and students covering the entire Magical Mystery Tour record!

The event will include high-dollar silent auction items, and the ability to donate to the school’s instrument library. The school is also holding a raffle of artworks, gift certificates, tickets to LEAF, and more. Bring cash!

A percentage of dinner sales will go to AMS. Dinner reservations recommended; limited concert seating available.

Asheville Music School


Asheville Music School is a nonprofit music school for anyone who wishes to study music. They’ve been making music since 1996, and now have over 400 students with 38 instructors teaching private music lessons, group lessons, and leading ensembles every week. AMS is always enrolling students, from beginner to advanced skill levels, with students ranging from age four to young adult and those well into retirement. They teach many styles of music, all skill levels, and numerous instruments, including voice. Daytime music lessons are conveniently offered for homeschoolers and adults. In 2012 they began their first summer camp series, wherein students learn to make music with one another in fun and supportive ensemble settings.

Once students have some experience on their respective instruments, they have the ability to join a performing ensemble in the Sound Education Outreach program. These ensembles perform outreach concerts to people in need at such places like the ABCCM Veteran’s Restoration Quarters, Chunn’s Cove Assisted Living Center, and more. They also perform concerts at venues such as The Orange Peel, and festivals such as Downtown After 5 and Barnaroo Music Festival.

Affiliated with AMS is the Paul Thorpe Music Education Fund. This scholarship fund has been created in honor of Paul Thorpe, late director of Asheville Music School, 2003-2011, to bring music lessons, instruments, and outreach to our community, and those most in need of a child’s smile or a song.

Since May of 2012, Asheville Music School and the Paul Thorpe Music Education Fund have awarded $6660 (45 partial and full music education scholarships) to a diverse range of youth and reached a diverse range of over 100 underserved youth and elderly through outreach music performances. With the Asheville Music School Sound Education music outreach program, youth reap all the personal, educational and social benefits inherent in music study and performance, but also experience the pride and satisfaction of contributing to the greater community: Bringing joy to the suffering, comfort to the lonely, and hope to the hopeless provides important life lessons to these students.

Genre: Bluegrass Jazz Classical Rock Classic Rock Southern Rock Acoustic Old-Time Folk Rock Indie Americana Country Folk Blues Reggae World Instrumental Jam Motown Funk Swing Country Western Gypsy Jazz Celtic Singer Songwriter Atl Country Gospel Pop Hip-Hop Honky Tonk R&B Soul Story Teller Oldies Lawn Concert Private Event Brass Outlaw Country Big Band DJ Electronica Theater Dance Party Fundraiser Flamenco Pop Rock