Alumni

  • Jessica Newsome Hoyle (2010)

    Program of Study: Music TherapyCurrent Residence: Lenoir, NCCurrent Occupation: Music Therapist, J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center, Morganton, NCRecent performances, publications, awards: President, Music Therapy Association of North CarolinaWhat did you value most about your graduate experience in the Hayes School of Music? What I valued the most about my graduate experience at HSoM was the faculty. My professors were always willing to help in whatever capacity needed and really pushed me...
  • Matt Ransom (2010)

    Program of Study: Tuba PerformanceCurrent Residence: Winston-Salem, NCCurrent Occupation: Artist Faculty Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Adjunct Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium at Wake Forest University, Principal Tuba with the Winston-Salem Symphony, Tubist and founding member of Carolina BrassRecent performances, publications, awards: Recording - Joy of the Season, Carolina Brass with the Carolina Master Chorale, Summit Records (CD),...
  • Ling Yu Hsiao (2009)

    Ling Yu Hsiao, MT-BC completed the Equivalency in Music Therapy at Appalachian. She held a graduate assistantship serving as the pianist for the Quintessential! vocal group under the supervision of Dr. Pedigo. Ling received her B.A in Music from Queens College in Flushing, NY. In 2009, she received her M.M. from the Eastman School of Music in Collaborative Piano under the tutelage of Dr. Jean Barr. From 2009-2013, she served as staff accompanist at both Queens College and Hofstra University....
  • Jonathan Andrew Stiles (2009)

    Program of Study: Music EducationCurrent Residence: Hickory, NCCurrent Occupation: Director of Bands St. Stephens HSWhat did you value most about your graduate experience in the Hayes School of Music? The one-on-one attention from professors
  • Rebecca Wade (2009)

    Program of Study: Music PerformanceCurrent Residence: Shanghai, ChinaCurrent Occupation: Veteran Teacher - General Music and Coordinator of English Studies for Shanghai High School International DivisionRecent performances, publications, awards: Participant in a set of intimate performances sharing musical ideas and thoughts with others though the "Cranesnest," Shanghai group. This is a group of world musicians collaborating together with instruments from all over the world including: India,...
  • Ben Belton (2008)

    Program of Study: PerformanceCurrent Residence: Hudson, NCCurrent Occupation: K-5 General Music TeacherRecent performances, publications, awards: National Board Certification for Professional Teacher Standards, Early and Middle Childhood MusicWhat did you value most about your graduate experience in the Hayes School of Music? The thing I valued most was the opportunity to work more closely with the faculty. I enjoyed the more in-depth conversations with professors about subject matter as well...
  • Joanna Pepple (2008)

    Program of Study: Violin PerformanceCurrent Residence: Winterville, NCCurrent Occupation: Master’s of Music Theory/Composition student at East Carolina UniversityRecent performances, publications, awards: ECU Graduate Scholar Award; Full Teaching Assistantship at ECU involving independent teaching, tutoring, and support for theory and history classesWhat did you value most about your graduate experience in the Hayes School of Music? I grew greatly as a musician especially through my residence...
  • Erin Bentley McRary Roper (2008)

    Program of Study: Clarinet, Music EducationCurrent Residence: Hudson, NCCurrent Occupation: Music Educator, Catawba County Schools, Conover, NC. I am also pursuing my Ph.D. in Music Education from Auburn University in Auburn, AL; expected graduation August 2013Recent performances, publications, awards: The Lenten Canticles, West Hickory Baptist Church, Orchestra, Clarinet, 2012, The Hickory Choral Society, Spring Concert, Orchestra, Clarinet, 2012, Nominated Speaker for Commencement, ASU,...
  • Melody Schwantes (2007)

    Dr. Melody Schwantes completed her Master of Music Therapy degree at Appalachian State University in 2007 and subsequently a PhD at Aalborg University, Denmark. Her research in effects of music therapy on mental health of Mexican migrant farmworkers earned recognition for innovative practice by the East Coast Migrant Stream Forum in 2009. She has published in music therapy journals including Journal of Music Therapy, The Arts in Psychotherapy, Music Therapy Perspectives, and The Australian...
  • Jacob M. Dakon (2006)

    Program of Study: Violin PerformanceCurrent Residence: Lawrence, KansasCurrent Occupation: Assistant Professor of Music Education and Music TherapyRecent performances, publications, awards:Dakon, J. M. (2011). Dr. Harvey Samuel Whistler, Jr. (1907-1976): An influential pedagogue and researcher in instrumental music education. Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, 33(1), 5-26.What did you value most about your graduate experience in the Hayes School of Music? The relationship with...