Meet Our Graduate Students

  • Jake Keller

    Jacob (Jake) Keller is a board-certified music therapist who is currently a graduate student pursuing a Master of Music Therapy degree.  Jake completed the equivalency in music therapy at Appalachian State University in 2017 and received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy. In addition, he graduated from Gardner Webb University in 2013 with his Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance-Guitar. Other interests include being involved in church and on-campus ministries, hiking, guitar...
  • Emily Pate Kiefer

    Emily Pate Kiefer is completing the combined Equivalency and Master of Music Therapy degree. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015 with a BA in Music (Flute Performance) and Philosophy. Born and raised in North Carolina, she looks forward to continuing the trend and finding that Thoreauvian "tonic of wildness" in the mountains of Boone while combining her love for music, people, and understanding at ASU. Her primary interest is in child and adolescent mental...
  • Katie Komorek

    Katie Komorek is a board-certified music therapist in her final year of the combined Master's and Equivalency degree in Music Therapy at Appalachian State University. She completed her internship with Seasons Hospice in Boston, Massachusetts. Katie received her Bachelor of Music degree in May, 2013 from North Carolina School of the Arts in Vocal Performance. Katie is a Mezzo-soprano who is originally from Raleigh, NC.
  • Fidel Leal

    Fidel Leal was born in Cuba, where he started studying piano at the age of seven. He received his Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude in 2013 from the Higher Institute of Arts in Havana where he studied with pianist and composer Ulises Hernández. Leal debuted with the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba in 2006. Since then he has performed with Cuba’s most important symphonic and chamber orchestras, such as the Eastern Symphony Orchestra, Matanzas Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Romeu, and the...
  • Taylor McCulloch

    Taylor McCulloch is pursuing a Master of Music in Piano Performance. She graduated summa cum laude from Campbell University in 2016 with a BA in Piano Pedagogy. During her time at Campbell, she served an instrumental and vocal accompanist, pianist in the jazz ensemble, cellist in the chamber strings ensemble, and performed in multiple student composition recitals. She also has experience as a solo performer, an accompanist for musical theater, and a private piano teacher. Taylor is currently a...
  • Amy Mercier

    Amy Mercier is a board-certified music therapist completing her Master of Music Therapy degree. She graduated from High Point University in High Point, NC in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance with a concentration in voice and a minor in psychology and completed her Equivalency at Appalachian State University. Originally from Westfield, Massachusetts, Amy is an avid singer, songwriter and pianist and also enjoys playing the guitar and drums. She hopes to combine her passion for...
  • Robert Neeb

    Robert Neeb is currently a graduate student at Appalachian State University where he is studying Music Therapy. At Appalachian State, Robert is a graduate assistant for the SDAP (Scholars with Diverse Abilities Program) and he is also a graduate assistant for the Hayes School of Music. Robert received his undergraduate degree in Music Education with a Concentration in Jazz Percussion at the University of Southern Maine where he graduated summa cum laude in the spring of 2016. Throughout his...
  • Sarah Swann Solberg

    Sarah Swann Solberg is a board-certified music therapist who received her bachelor's degree from the Sunderman Conservatory at Gettysburg College and completed both the Master of Music in Vocal Performance in 2015 and the Equivalency in music therapy in 2017 at Appalachian State University. She completed her internship in music therapy at Park Nicollet Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Sarah has a particular interest in treating voice disorders that result from Parkinson's disease and...
  • Angie Sylas

    Angie Sylas is a board-certified music therapist currently pursuing her Masters in Music Therapy at ASU after practicing as an MT-BC for 16 years in disability services.  Angie has a Bachelor of Arts in Music Therapy with a minor in Psychology from Charleston Southern University in South Carolina and completed her Music Therapy Internship at Fort Wayne State Developmental Center in Northern Indiana. With additional training in unique methodologies such as Dalcroze Eurythmics, Orff...
  • Jonathan Williams

    Jonathan Williams is a board-certified music therapist pursuing a Master of Music Therapy degree at Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music. He began Appalachian’s Music Therapy combined Equivalency/Master’s program in 2015. He works as a graduate assistant for the Music Therapy Program and for the Scholars with Diverse Abilities Program as a Person-Centered Planning Advisor. Before coming to Appalachian, Jonathan received a Bachelor of Arts in Music (Cello) Performance with a...