•  ALL SALES ARE FINAL. NO REFUNDS on any tickets. Tickets will not be refunded under any circumstances, including Covid-19 related illness.
  • Symphony by the Lake is held RAIN or Shine.

General Admission Tickets

  • $70 for adults
  • Buy online >> HERE<<.
  • Tickets can also be purchased at Chamber office either in person or by phone: 828-295-7851

Audiophile Section Tickets

If you are a true audiophile – you just love the symphony music and don’t want to participate in the social atmosphere – this is the section for you! A small section located just in front of the symphony tent will be fenced off with reserved seats and shared side tables, a charcuterie box (meats, cheeses, fruit and olives) with two beverage tickets, water and a parking pass. This section is the quiet section, so please keep talking to a minimum. Limited to less than 100 seats. Tickets available online or in person at the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce. Sorry,  ALL SALES ARE FINAL. NO REFUNDS on any tickets.

  • Audiophile Ticket: $140
  • Buy online here.
  • Tickets can also be purchased at Chamber office either in person or by phone: 828-295-7851
  •  ALL SALES ARE FINAL. NO REFUNDS on any tickets. Tickets will not be refunded under any circumstances, including Covid-19 related illness.
  • Symphony by the Lake is held RAIN or Shine.

Audiophile ticket sales end July 15.

Parking Pass

Parking Passes – This pass provides parking at Snyder field inside Chetola’s front gate starting at 5:30 pm. This lot is not suitable for mobility challenged, elderly patrons or very low sports cars. It is a short walk to the concert area, but the ground is uneven.

  • Parking Pass: $15
  • Buy online here.
  • Parking passes can also be purchased at Chamber office either in person or by phone: 828-295-7851

Will Call – Ticket & Parking Pass Pick-Up

Tickets and parking passes purchased online may be picked up at any time between the time they are purchased and on the day of the performance at the Visitor Center in the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce during regular office hours Monday – Saturday from 9:00 – 5:00.

On the day of the performance, a drive-thru will be set-up for will-call pick-ups between 1:00 and 4:30 pm at the Chamber office. This option prevents guests from having to find a parking space.

There will be NO will call pick-up at the gates.

Please do not enter Chetola Resort without tickets and a parking pass.

Additional Parking and Shuttle Bus

Shuttle – Free and available from Food Lion parking lot for mobility challenged and elderly guests. This shuttle is not wheelchair accessible. The shuttle delivers riders directly to the West Gate. This is the safest, easiest, and most accommodating means of getting to the concert area. The first shuttle will leave the Food Lion parking lot at 5:30 pm. Return shuttles will start leaving Chetola at 9:00 pm.

Handicap Parking – there are no handicap parking spaces close to the concert area. Handicap guests must purchase Snyder parking passes to enter Chetola Resort and either drop off handicap passengers at the West Gate and return to Snyder parking lot or proceed to handicap parking area at top of hill behind Chetola Lodge. From there, golf carts are available to shuttle guests down to the concert area. Please note, there is a very limited number of handicap parking spaces available inside the resort. The best option is utilizing the shuttle from Food Lion parking lot.

Free Parking – available at Shoppes on the Parkway and at all public parking lots in downtown Blowing Rock. Concert attendees may walk in through the Chetola front gate from downtown or enter the back gate from Shoppes on the Parkway. Please do not park in the spaces directly in front of the stores as they are for their customers. Golf cart shuttles are available to assist guests entering from Shoppes on the Parkway who are unable to walk the distance.

Symphony Program 2024

Our opening musician is Fred Goodwin. He is a musician that lives in the beautiful hills of East Tennessee. He has been playing professionally since the age of 13. During his career he has worked with BB King, Frank Sinatra Jr., Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Wilson Pickett, Bob Hope, Red Skelton and many others. Fred enjoys playing jazz, blues, soul, classical, and most any other genre of music. 

Sponsorship Info

The Symphony by the Lake at Chetola has long been considered the “centerpiece” of the summer season in Blowing Rock. Each year, over 4000 attendees assemble on the surrounding lawn to enjoy music, food and drink under the open sky. The symphony performing at this event is The Symphony of the Mountains of Kingsport, Tennessee. An opening band, to be announced, will entertain the crowd before the main symphony performance. A spectacular fireworks display serves as a grande finale. Guests spend the entire evening at the event, enjoying the many offerings.

About the Event

The Chamber has a number of involvement opportunities that allow you and your company to be noticed, reach new and existing customers and, at the same time, support Chamber events, programs and services. Whether you’re looking to volunteer, advertise or attend an event, the Chamber has something for you.  Join us in sustaining the important work the Chamber performs on behalf of our business community!

The Symphony by the Lake at Chetola has become a must-do event of the summer season for all residents and visitors. It can also be the highlight of the year for your business. There are many sponsorship opportunities available. Participation at any level offers a great evening and an opportunity to meet and greet new friends, clients and contacts. We’re anticipating a huge crowd!

Volunteer Info

Our volunteers are the foundation and heart of our ability to do events in Blowing Rock. The Symphony by the Lake will bring approximately 4,000 guests to the area who will need assistance with ticketing, parking, directions and more. We’d love to have your happy face and kind words to welcome guests and assist us with this event. And in exchange, you’ll enjoy a wonderful evening at the Symphony and be invited to the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner in September.

Please contact Cathy Barker at or 828.295.7851 if you would like to be a Blowing Rock Chamber volunteer!

Patron Tent Rentals

Join the Fun! Reserve one of our Patron Tents and host your own private symphony party!

A great option for both business and social contacts, host your guests under the comfort of your own private tent and adjoining area.  Bring your own food, have it catered by your favorite chef or purchase your meals at the Chetola buffet.  You provide the beverages of your choice, so the options are nearly endless.  For even more fun, compete in the themed tent decorating contest.  Prizes awarded!  This year's theme is "Live From Vienna".

Patron tent packages include a single 10x10 tent, an 8' table, table linens, 13 tickets (one for your caterer), 12 chairs and signage for your space.  Double and triple tent packages also available. Currently all tents are reserved. They are offered to the previous year patrons first, but a waiting list is available.  Please call the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at 828.295.7851 for pricing and to be added to the waiting list.  Patron tents begin at $1400 for side sections with a Chamber member discount and $1550 without a Chamber member discount.

Your guests will hope to be included every year! 

About the Orchestra

Symphony of the Mountains has a strong and proud heritage. What began as a community orchestra in 1946 has grown to a fully-professional, regional orchestra serving Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and Western North Carolina. The three pillars on which we stand are Entertaining, Educating, and Enriching.


Today, Symphony of the Mountains consists of more than 70 professionally paid musicians led by Conductor Cornelia Laemmli Orth. The Symphony performs throughout the Mountain Empire region and strives to reach even the most rural areas. In addition to playing symphonic orchestral music, we collaborate with world-renowned soloists such as Bela Fleck, The McLain Family Band, Emmet Cahill, Edgar Meyer, and The Kruger Brothers with whom in addition to U.S. performances, we presented a concert tour in Switzerland as the first Tennessee based orchestra to perform abroad.


To further our endeavor to change as many lives as possible through the power of music, we present annual Family and School Concerts that bring music to school children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to hear a live symphony orchestra, provide free musical instruction to high-risk children at their most vulnerable time in the learning process and offer a Free Student Ticket Program as a natural outgrowth of our commitment to bring top-quality classical music education to our region. The Symphony also operates a Primo Orchestra for younger, up-and-coming musicians.


In keeping with its mandate to be enriching the community, Symphony of the Mountains has initiated an outreach program to raise awareness regarding concerns for people who are homeless. As part of this effort, the Symphony co-commissioned a Violin Concerto called “Paths to Dignity” by Lucas Richman. It addresses the “Paths to Dignity” for people who are unsheltered. In the weeks leading up to the concert, extensive outreach helped educate our communities about the issues of people who are homeless and provided music in places where individuals and families who are unsheltered can enjoy it.

Cornelia Laemmli Orth, Director

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Cornelia Laemmli Orth is in her sixteenth season as Music Director of Symphony of the Mountains.

In addition to Masterworks Series, she has developed new series of Summer Outdoor, Family, Young People, Pops, Patriotic and Cross-Over concerts. World renowned soloists are regular guests with Symphony of the Mountains. As an advocate for Contemporary Music, Cornelia brings a variety of new music to the region. Her concert lectures, involvement with area schools, colleges and universities, speeches for civic organizations, regular TV and radio appearances and collaborations with regional art organizations have made her a vital part of the community.

In October 2017, she appeared as guest conductor with the Brevard Philharmonic in Brevard, NC.

From 2010-2012, she held the position of interim music director for the Appalachian Philharmonic and the Appalachian State University Opera Program in Boone, NC. She serves now on the advisory board for the Hayes School of Music.

During the 2014-2015 Season, Cornelia had her debut as guest conductor with the Asheville Lyric Opera in Asheville, NC. Prior to her engagement with Symphony of the Mountains, Cornelia held the position of music director and conductor of the Oak Ridge Symphony and Choir. She served as Associate Conductor and later Principal Guest Conductor of the Knoxville Symphony from 2002-2008 and since then has had several appearances with this orchestra.

In Europe, she was music director of the Operetta Theatre in Moeriken, Switzerland, guest assistant conductor under Philippe Jordan at La Scala in Milano, Italy, worked with the Bohuslav Orchestra in the Czech Republic, and conducted many concerts with choirs and ad hoc orchestras with musicians from the Zurich Opera House and the Tonhalle Orchestra.

Cornelia received her Lehrdiplom in piano from the Conservatory at Winterhur and graduated from the Conservatory and University in Zurich with her Masters in Music Education and Choral Conducting.

She obtained her Masters in Orchestra Conducting from Northwestern University, where she studied under Victor Yampolsky. In a variety of workshop settings, she studied under Larry Rachleff, Marin Alsop, Joann Falletta, Robert Spano, Kirk Trevor, Tsung Yeh, Milen Nachev and Johannes Schlaefli.

Cornelia convincingly combines the classical-romantic tradition of her old-world origins with the unique American flavor that her international background and extensive work experience in her adopted country has provided and is a sought-after guest conductor in the USA and in Europe.