Alumni

2013
Katherine Hensley is a recent graduate of Appalachian State University with a Master's Degree in Voice Performance. Her recent roles at ASU include Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and The Witch in Humperdinck's Hansel und Gretel. Most recently Ms. Hensley travelled to Salzburg, Austria and worked with the Franco-American Vocal Academy playing the title role in Mozart's Bastien und Bastienne. Currently Katherine is continuing to study voice and auditioning for vocal competitions as well...
2015
Sarah Cave graduated with her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education, and she is very excited to be working with such talented musicians and notable professors at Appalachian State University. Sarah performs her graduate assistantship duties as the mezzo-soprano in ASU’s graduate quartet, Quintessential!, and is studying under the instruction of Dr. Joseph Amaya...
2015
Jacob Cook graduated from the Hayes School of Music with a Master's in Voice Performance.  Jacob also did his undergraduate work at Appalachain State University, where he graduated with two bachelor’s degrees in Voice Performance and Choral Music Education.  He is a member of the graduate ensemble Quintessential! and is working on the role of Dr. Falke in the Appalachian Opera Workshop’s Fall, 2013 production of Die Fledermaus.  Recently, he has traveled to Vancouver, B.C. and...
2015
Amanda Gentile completed a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance. She received her Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Psychology degrees from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and received a Graduate Certificate in Violin from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Amanda has held the concertmaster position of the UNC Charlotte Chamber Orchestra and Opera and currently holds the concertmaster position of the Appalachian State Orchestra. She is currently a graduate...
2015
Mary Royall completed her Master of Music in Vocal Performance at Appalachian State University. In May 2013,  she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and her K-12 Licensure.  Mary Royall is a Presser Scholar and a member of Pi Kappa Lambda.  Most recently, she received the role of Adele in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus with the Appalachian State University Opera Theater. She studies with Dr. Julia Pedigo and...
2015
Farren Hilliard is a mezzo-soprano from West Columbia, South Carolina. She recently completed a Graduate Vocal Performance degree at Appalachian State University, studying with Ms. Mary Gayle Greene. Farren is a recent graduate of Campbell University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Comprehensive Music in Voice. She began her solo career in voice at the University of South Carolina Aiken, where she originally had interests in marketing. Farren has been a vocal scholarship recipient at...
2015
Chelsea Stith is finishing the combined Equivalency and Master of Music Therapy program in May of 2015.  She completed her music therapy internship at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, Missouri in December of 2013.  She is currently exploring psychophysiological responses to different elements of music for her thesis.  Chelsea is the district music therapist for Caldwell County Schools and loves to be able to work as a music therapist while finishing her...
2015
Cindy Tate has worked as a music therapist since 2005 and is currently a graduate student pursuing a Master of Music Therapy degree with a focus on body-centered therapy at Appalachian State University. She currently serves children with autism and other developmental disabilities through the public school systems in Caldwell and Watauga counties, as well as in private practice. Through her work with the school systems, Cindy supervises undergraduate music therapy practicum students....
2015
Praised by Stephen Robinson for playing with "great expression and feeling", guitarist James Van Druten has delighted audiences with his mature and refined style of playing. James is currently completing a Master of Music Degree in guitar performance under Douglas James at Appalachian State University. In 2013, James graduated from Stetson University with a Bachelor of Music Degree. As a soloist, he has won numerous awards including Fourth Prize in Division I of the 2014 Appalachian State...
2014
Carey Barwick is a board certified music therapist who earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Coastal Carolina University and completed her Equivalency in music therapy at Appalachian State University. Her clinical experience includes an internship with Four Seasons hospice in Hendersonville, NC. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Music Therapy from Appalachian State University and studying factors that influence moments of response in people with late-stage dementia in music...

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Dr. Jennifer Snodgrass
Coordinator of Graduate Studies

Hayes School of Music
Appalachian State University
Boone, North Carolina 28608

828-262-7231
snodgrassjs@appstate.edu

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