Meet Our Graduate Students

  • T.j. Anderson

    T.j. Anderson is currently pursuing his Master's of Music with an emphasis in Wind Conducting. In this position he serves as a graduate teaching assistant to the Appalachian Bands and studies with Dr. John Stanley Ross and Dr. Jason Gardner. A native of Conway, South Carlina, T.j. received his Bachelor's of Music from Coastal Carolina University where he studied percussion with Dr. Jesse Willis. He also spent time studying conducting with mentors including Dr. T. André Feagin, Mr. Garrett...
  • Sarah Brantley

    Sarah Brantley

    Sarah Brantley is a graduate student in the Equivalency and Masters of Music Therapy program, and hails from Clinton, MS.  She is a recent graduate of Mississippi College with a Bachelor’s degree in Music (Voice) and a minor in psychology. Sarah has volunteered for almost ten years with adolescents and adults with various disabilities, and she worked as programming and service staff at a children’s summer camp for the past three summers. These experiences were a motivating factor in her...
  • Laurelle Cartwright

    Laurelle Cartwright is a dual master’s student in Music Therapy Equivalency/Masters and Special Education, Learning Disabilities. She acquired her bachelor’s degree in Music Education from The College of The Bahamas in Nassau, Bahamas. There, she was awarded the Bachelor of Secondary Music Education Leadership Award. Laurelle has been a music teacher for five years where she has taught at the primary and junior high levels.
  • Joseph Cooper

    Joseph Cooper is a board-certified music therapist from Raleigh, North Carolina. He graduated from Appalachian State with a Bachelor’s in Music Therapy as well as a Piano Performance certificate. Joseph completed his clinical internship at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, primarily working in neonatal intensive care, inpatient rehab, hematology-oncology, amplified musculoskeletal pain, and cardiac intensive care.
  • Tyler Dellaperute

    Tyler Dellaperute is pursuing a MM in Piano Performance and a Certificate in Music Theory Pedagogy at Appalachian State University.  His special interests include historical improvisation and using improvisation to teach music theory.  In his free time, Tyler enjoys jazz, biking, and homemade Italian cooking.  He also tunes pianos for a bargain price, so feel free to contact him if you ever need your piano tuned.
  • Maddi Dorrill

    Maddi Dorrill is a board-certified music therapist originally from Augusta, Georgia, and will be pursuing a Master of Music Therapy degree at Appalachian State University. She received her Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from the University of Georgia, in Athens, Georgia, and completed her music therapy internship at Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro, North Carolina. While at UGA, Maddi enjoyed playing horn in a quintet called “The Lunchables,” marching mellophone with the Georgia Redcoat...
  • Rebecca Dulaney

    Rebecca (Becka) Dulaney is pursuing a Master of Music Performance with a Composition Concentration as well as a certificate in Music Theory Pedagogy Research and Practice. They recently graduated with a Bachelor’s in Music Education from The University of Wyoming in May of 2020. At UW, Becka conducted research, under the McNair Scholars Program, into the relationship between aleatoric music and folk perception. Their research has been presented with The National McNair Symposium, The National...
  • Kelly Frick

    Kelly Frick is a board-certified music therapist who is pursuing her Master of Music Therapy degree. She graduated from Appalachian State University in 2013 after completing her internship at Good Samaritan Society in Stillwater, Minnesota. Falling in love with the cold winters of Minnesota she worked there for four years before returning home to Greensboro, North Carolina. She has had the opportunity to work in long-term care facilities, hospice, and with adolescents with autism and...
  • Kendall Hanson

    Kendall Hanson is a graduate student in the Equivalency and Master of Music Therapy program. She is a recent graduate from Jacksonville State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Music (General) and a minor in Psychology. While at JSU, she performed in the Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and Marching Southerners. Being a member of the Marching Southerners brought her many unique performance opportunities, such as the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, the New Year’s World Day of Peace...
  • Robert Harrelson

    Originally from Boiling Springs, North Carolina, bass-baritone Robert Harrelson graduated from Gardner-Webb University with a double major in biology and history. Two years later, while employed at the University of Virginia, he auditioned to be a volunteer chorister for the Ashlawn-Highland summer opera festival and was offered named roles. Since childhood he had dreamt of being a professional vocalist, and the early success at Ashlawn-Highland propelled Robert to study vocal performance at...