Alumni

  • Ames

    Jenna Ames (2017)

    Jenna Ames is pursuing a Master of Music in Viola Performance, and is a member of the Hayes Graduate String Quartet. She received her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Appalachian State University in 2012. Since then, she has been teaching and performing around Boone, and is currently employed by organizations such as the James C. Harper School of Performing Arts, Symphony of the Mountains, and Western Piedmont Symphony.
  • John Camacho (2017)

    John Camacho is a first year graduate student pursuing a Master's of Music in Piano Performance. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Florida International University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. A pianist since age five, he has performed as soloist or as a member of bands and touring Broadway orchestras in North and South America, as well as Europe. He is also a composer, songwriter and a poet. He looks forward to perfecting his art in the beautiful Appalachian mountains.
  • Benjamin Dawson (2017)

    Benjamin Dawson completed his Master of Music in Theory/Composition in Spring 2017, studying with Dr. Ben Hjertmann. His master’s thesis was “Timbral Explorations for Wind...
  • Kelsey Philbrick (2017)

    Kelsey Philbrick completed her Master of Music in Violin Performance. During her time at ASU, Kelsey served as first violinist of the Hayes Graduate String Quartet and concertmaster of the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra and Opera Orchestra. Since 2012, she has performed with numerous local symphonies, and in 2016, was awarded the position of Assistant Concertmaster with the Western Piedmont Symphony. Kelsey graduated from UNC-Greensboro with a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance in 2014. In...
  • Elizabeth Chapa (2016)

    Elizabeth Chapa is a second year graduate student in the Music Performance program and also received her Bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University in Music Performance. She is a full-lyric soprano studying under the instruction of Mr. John Fowler. She is a member of the graduate vocal ensemble, Quintessential!, and has had the pleasure of teaching multiple levels of voice class for non-vocal majors. Ms. Chapa has performed roles including La Contessa in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro,...
  • Rebecca Gildea (2016)

    Rebecca Gildea completed the Equivalency Music Therapy ASU in the Spring of 2016. She graduated in 2012 from Marlboro College in Vermont with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music with an emphasis in Voice Performance and Musicology. She is currently working as a music therapist at the Sonatina Center in Dover, New Hampshire. She has a passion for feminist music therapy, bridging the gap between mental health facilities and their communities, and social justice.
  • Miranda Grimmer (2016)

    Miranda Grimmer is a board certified music therapist who completed her Master of Music Therapy degree with an expressive arts focus at Appalachian State University. She interned for music therapy at Lakemary Center in Paola, KS working with students with developmental, psychiatric, and behavioral needs. She received her Bachelor's degree from Pittsburg State University in Music Education with emphasis in Violin.
  • Kimberly Hilton (2016)

    Kimberly Hilton is a first year graduate student pursuing a Master's of Music in Vocal Performance. She also did her undergraduate work at Appalachain State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. Kimberly is a mezzo-soprano in ASU's graduate vocal group, Quintessential!, and is studying under the instruction of Dr. Joseph Amaya. This spring, Kimberly will be taking on the role of Cherubino in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro with Appalachian State University Opera...
  • Alyssa Kimpel (2016)

    Alyssa Kimpel, MT-BC, completed the Equivalency program in Music Therapy at Appalachian State University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with University Honors from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Music degree in music performance and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda and Psi Chi, nternational honor societies in music and psychology, respectively. She is working as a music therapist at Innovations in Learning in Merriville,...
  • Kristin King (2016)

    Kristin King, MMT, MT-BC, completed the combined Equivalency and Master of Music Therapy degree with a certificate in expressive arts therapy. Kristin earned her Bachelor’s degree in professional music with an emphasis in songwriting and a minor in visual culture and new media studies from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. She combined her passion for songwriting through her clinical work and her thesis, The Practice of Teaching Therapeutic Songwriting: A Survey of...