Balsam Range, Lake Junaluska Singers to headline concerts July 4

Lake Junaluska holds three-day celebration
By Melanie Threlkeld McConnell | Jun 25, 2014
Photo by: Donated ALL AT THE LAKE — The Lake Junaluska Singers open the three-day 4th of July musical weekend with “America: A Junaluska Singers Tribute."

Forget traveling this Fourth of July. The best music in the country will be in Haywood County’s own backyard when Lake Junaluska hosts the Lake Junaluska Singers and Balsam Range, during Lake Junaluska’s Independence Day Celebration, July 3-5.

See the Lake Junaluska Singers perform twice, at 7:30 p.m. July 3 and 4, and Balsam Range at 7:30 p.m. July 5, at historic Stuart Auditorium, for just one price of $17.50 for a general admission ticket for all three concerts. Reserved tickets are $20 each per concert.

The Lake Junaluska Singers open the musical weekend with “America: A Junaluska Singers Tribute,” featuring “songs of our American heritage, including great choral classics, Civil War songs, a cowboy hoedown, gospel favorites, and of course, a tribute to our Armed Forces,” said Dr. Melodie Galloway, director of the Lake Junaluska Singers, a 16-voice, professional ensemble that serves as the ambassador choir for the Southeastern United Methodist Jurisdiction.  Galloway is also assistant professor in music at the University of North Carolina – Asheville, where she is the director of Choral and Vocal Studies.

Haywood County’s Balsam Range, winner of the 2013 IBMA Album of the Year for “Papertown” and the 2011 IBMA Song of the Year for “Trains I Missed,” will bring its nationally-known bluegrass sound to Lake Junaluska, Saturday, July 5 to cap off a spirited weekend of family gatherings, Fourth of July activities and endless music. This beloved bluegrass band has also had seven #1 songs on the charts, including “Last Train To Kitty Hawk,” “Caney Fork River,” “Trains I Missed,” “Gonna Be Movin,” “Row By Row,” “Could Do You Some Good” and “Any Old Road.”

Tickets, which are $17.50 for all three concerts, may be purchased at the Bethea Welcome Center at Lake Junaluska. For information, visit, or call 800-222-4930. July 4 activities are sponsored in part by Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center, HCTDA (, The Smoky Mountain News, Clark and Leatherwood Inc., Sheppard Insurance, The Mountaineer and Wells Fargo.

Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center is an agency of the Southeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church. The mission of Lake Junaluska is to be a place of Christian Hospitality where lives are transformed through renewal of soul, mind, and body.