Meet Our Graduate Students

  • 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 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. She is a board-certified music...
  • 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 board-certified music therapist in her final year of the Equivalency/Master’s in Music Therapy. 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...
  • Caroline Farmer

    Caroline Farmer is a graduate assistant pursuing a Master’s in Violin Performance and is a member of the Hayes Graduate String Ensemble. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a double major in Violin Performance and Music Education with a minor in Music Theory. Caroline has been playing violin for almost 15 years and has spent her summers as a camp counselor at Cannon Music Camp here in Boone. In addition to performing, Caroline also enjoys...
  • Kelsey Fields

    Kelsey Fields is a board-certified music therapist pursuing dual degrees in Music Therapy and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Kelsey graduated from University of Evansville in Indiana with a bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy and a minor in psychology. During her undergraduate studies, Kelsey was a participant and later an intern with the Jamaica Field Service Project, a service learning trip which provides a variety of practicum experiences, in-depth musical instruction and cultural...
  • Jake Keller

    Jacob (Jake) Keller is a board-certified music therapist who is currently a graduate student pursuing a Master of Music Therapy degree.  Jake completed the equivalency in music therapy at Appalachian State University in 2017 and received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy. In addition, he graduated from Gardner Webb University in 2013 with his Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance-Guitar. Other interests include being involved in church and on-campus ministries, hiking, guitar...
  • Jessica Kempton

    Jessica is a Board-Certified Music Therapist from New York state pursuing Masters degrees in Music Therapy and Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Appalachian State University. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music therapy from Montclair State University and completed her internship at the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine in New York, NY. Since receiving her certification her clinical work has been with infants, children, and young adults. Jessica currently provides...
  • Emily Pate Kiefer

    Emily Pate Kiefer is completing the combined Equivalency and Master of Music Therapy degree. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015 with a BA in Music (Flute Performance) and Philosophy. Born and raised in North Carolina, she looks forward to continuing the trend and finding that Thoreauvian "tonic of wildness" in the mountains of Boone while combining her love for music, people, and understanding at ASU. Her primary interest is in child and adolescent mental...
  • Katie Komorek

    Katie Komorek is a board-certified music therapist in her final year of the combined Master's and Equivalency degree in Music Therapy at Appalachian State University. She completed her internship with Seasons Hospice in Boston, Massachusetts. Katie received her Bachelor of Music degree in May, 2013 from North Carolina School of the Arts in Vocal Performance. Katie is a Mezzo-soprano who is originally from Raleigh, NC.
  • Fidel Leal

    Fidel Leal was born in Cuba, where he started studying piano at the age of seven. He received his Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude in 2013 from the Higher Institute of Arts in Havana where he studied with pianist and composer Ulises Hernández. Leal debuted with the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba in 2006. Since then he has performed with Cuba’s most important symphonic and chamber orchestras, such as the Eastern Symphony Orchestra, Matanzas Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Romeu, and the...