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 board-certified music therapist pursuing dual master’s degrees 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.
  • Allison Bishop

    Pianist Allison Bishop received a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she studied with Dr. Joseph DiPiazza, Dr. Andrew Willis, and Dr. Inara Zandmane. Born in Raleigh, NC, Ms. Bishop began her piano studies at age 7 and from ages 13-18 studied at the Raleigh Music Conservatory with Ms. Anne Scoggin and Marilyn Brown, where prizes were won in the MTNA competition. After graduating, Ms. Bishop moved to Asheville to teach piano full-...
  • 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.
  • Jon Cheney

    Jon Cheney is a private music instructor, composer and performer from Fayetteville, North Carolina. After completing a BA from Campbell University with a double major in music composition and acting, Jon spent the years from 2013-2018 teaching private lessons in piano, guitar, voice, drum set, and mandolin at the Cary School of Music in Cary, North Carolina. In addition to his teaching schedule, Jon has served as guitarist, singer, and composer/arranger for East Coast Entertainment artist...
  • Caitlin Collin

    Caitlin Collin is pursuing her Equivalency and Master’s Degree in Music Therapy. She currently serves as the Music Education Graduate Assistant at the Hayes School of Music. Originally from Stuart, Florida, Caitlin earned a Bachelor of Music Education and Certificate in Special Music Education from The Florida State University in 2011. While there, she was a member of the Sekka Gong Hanuman Agung Balinese Gamelan Ensemble, Cantores Musiquae Antiquae, and the Music-Play Project. Following her...
  • Joe Conti

    Joe Conti is thrilled to be pursuing a Master of Music Performance degree with a concentration in Wind Conducting, where he will also serve as graduate assistant of bands. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Keene State College in Keene, NH where he studied trumpet performance. As an undergraduate, he performed with the Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, Brass Quintet, Chamber Singers, and Concert Choir, and has conducted the Concert Band and Concert Choir. Joe...
  • Clayton Cooke

    Clayton Cooke is a board-certified music therapist from Stedman, NC pursuing a master’s in Music Therapy. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy and Music Performance, saxophone from East Carolina University and completed his clinical internship in music therapy at Trident Medical Center and Palmetto Music Therapy, LLC in Charleston, SC. Clayton is experienced in healthcare settings ranging from Neonatal Intensive Care to Assisted Living and Specialized Memory...
  • 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...