Meet Our Graduate Students

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    Mitchell Auger

    Mitchell Auger is pursuing a Master of Music Performance degree with a concentration in Voice. Mitchell received his Bachelors degree at Piedmont College in Georgia with a double performance degree in Saxophone and Voice. With the help of Dr. Andrea Price, an Appalachian State alumnus, Mitchell decided to join the wonderful family at the Hayes School of Music. He works as the Music Industry Administrative Assistant and teaches Voice Class to non-vocal majors.
  • Katelyn Beebe

    Katelyn Beebe is a graduate student in the combined Equivalency and Master of Music Therapy program. She recently graduated from Western Carolina University with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance-Horn. While at WCU, she led students in the formation of the first collegiate United Sound program, which provided students with disabilities the opportunity to learn instruments and perform with existing ensembles. This experience helped push Katelyn towards a career in Music Therapy, where she...
  • Alice Berry

    Alice Berry is a dual master’s student in Music Therapy and Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  She completed her music therapy clinical internship in hospice and bereavement and has returned to school to extend her scope of practice to mental health work in the LGBTQ community.  When not studying, practicing, or in class, she can be found in the woods of Western North Carolina with a dog or two.
  • Caitlin Collin

    Caitlin Collin is a first-year Music Therapy Equivalency/Master’s student from Stuart, Florida. She earned her Bachelor of Music Education and Certificate in Special Music Education from The Florida State University in 2011. While there, Caitlin was a part of the Sekka Gong Hanuman Agung Balinese Gamelan Ensemble, Cantores Musiquae Antiquae, and the Music-Play Project. Following her undergraduate studies, Caitlin taught elementary music at a Title I public school in Orlando, Florida for five...
  • Hunter Cox

    Hunter Cox is pursuing a Master of Music in Piano Performance. He recently graduated Summa Cum Lauda with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and Music Education at Appalachian State University. Hunter began playing piano at the age of 12. In high school, Hunter studied piano with David Almond. He is a currently a student of Dr. Rodney Reynerson. Hunter taught as a piano instructor at the Appalachian State University Community Music School during his undergraduate studies and will...
  • Elizabeth Derrick

    Elizabeth Derrick is from Little Mountain, South Carolina, and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education with a concentration in Voice from Presbyterian College, located in Clinton, South Carolina in 2014. Elizabeth taught music at two title 1 public schools, Gallman and Reuben Elementary, in Newberry, SC for the 2014-2015 academic year. While teaching music, Elizabeth experienced working with special education students, which re-sparked her previous interests in music therapy...
  • Jessica Donley

    Jessica Donley is a board-certified music therapist who completed the Equivalency in music therapy at Appalachian State University and is currently a graduate student pursuing a Master of Music Therapy degree. Jessica graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 2012 with her Bachelor's degree in Music Performance-Flute. She works as a research assistant with Grants Resources and Services.
  • Lisl Doughton

    Lisl Kuutti Doughton is pursuing a Master's in Cello Performance and is a member of the Hayes Graduate String Ensemble. She received her B.A. in Music and Art from Furman University in 2011. In addition to playing cello, Lisl is a colored pencil artist who incorporates original poems in her art. She has lived in Raleigh and Atlanta as well as Osaka, Japan, where she gave a solo recital and played in a community orchestra.
  • Kathryn Esposito

    Kathryn Esposito is a second-year Equivalency/Master’s student in the Music Therapy program. Kathryn graduated from the University of Vermont (UVM) in 2013 with a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Music, and was actively involved in psychology research, piano performance, chamber music, and accompanying during her time there. Her studies led her to two musical and cultural immersion trips to India and Inner Mongolia, where she deepened her appreciation for world music. After...
  • Tim Hamilton

    Tim Hamilton is an up and coming trumpet performer and music educator in the Ohio Valley region. Tim started his professional music career as a member of the United States Marine Corps Band New Orleans where he served as an instrumentalist from 2008 till 2012. After leaving the Marine Corps, Tim decided to further his music education by attending Morehead State University where he received a Bachelor or Music Education, studying conducting with Dr. Richard Miles, music pedagogy with Dr. Susan...