Inspired by the natural beauty and charm of Harpers Ferry and driven by her love of chamber music, cellist Katie Tertell founded the Appalachian Chamber Music Festival in 2021. Katie believes that music has the power to bring us together. No matter your age, tastes, background, ethnicity or creed, sharing an intimate musical experience has the potential to change lives by reminding us what it means to be alive. Katie draws inspiration from ACMF artists who are also friends- people who are united by this ethos and want to make the world a better place by sharing our enthusiasm and love of music. We strive to illuminate the ties between all music. Louis Armstrong put it well: "There are two types of music: the good, and the other kind. I play the good kind."
ACMF melds world-class chamber music performances, collaboration and outreach, with the rich and inspiring history, nature and culture of Harpers Ferry, Charles Town, Jefferson County and surrounding areas. We are all about bringing music to audiences in new, meaningful and accessible ways! We celebrate what is already here on a world stage, while striving to further enrich the region through our shared love of music. We work to elevate and amplify local businesses and organizations as we celebrate and preserve the unique nature, history and culture of the area.