The Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts is a 1,673-seat multi-use auditorium located on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. The Center features orchestra and balcony level seating and a proscenium stage. The Schaefer Center is also home to the Smith Gallery.
Following an extensive renovation to the facility formerly known as Farthing Auditorium, the Schaefer Center opened its doors in July of 2013. Building renovations have been funded privately, through a $7 million gift from Bonnie and Jamie Schaefer, whose generous corporate sponsorship of An Appalachian Summer Festival by Westglow Resort and Spa and Rowland?s Restaurant has enabled the festival to make significant improvements to the quality and diversity of its popular music programming. Physical improvements to the venue focused on safety, accessibility and enhancement of the performance experience.