Meet Our Graduate Students

  • Reece Jennings

    Reece Jennings began the Equivalency in Music Therapy program in the Fall of 2015.  He currently works on campus with Student Support Services and as a graduate assistant with the Music Therapy program.  He graduated from Appalachian State with a BM in Music Education and the Jazz Studies Certificate in 2014, and taught in Guilford County Schools in Greensboro, NC prior to entering the Equivalency program.  He enjoys teaching trombone lessons, playing bass in jazz combos, and...
  • 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...
  • Katie Komorek

    Katie Komorek is currently pursuing her combined Master's and Equivalency degree in Music Therapy at Appalachian State University. She  completed 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. In July, 2017 she will be moving to Boston, Massachusetts to complete a music therapy internship at Seasons Hospice. 
  • 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...
  • Taylor McCulloch

    Taylor McCulloch is pursuing a Master of Music in Piano Performance. She graduated summa cum laude from Campbell University in 2016 with a BA in Piano Pedagogy. During her time at Campbell, she served an instrumental and vocal accompanist, pianist in the jazz ensemble, cellist in the chamber strings ensemble, and performed in multiple student composition recitals. She also has experience as a solo performer, an accompanist for musical theater, and a private piano teacher. Taylor is currently a...
  • Amy Mercier

    Amy Mercier is pursuing her Equivalency and Master's Degree in Music Therapy. She graduated from High Point University in High Point, NC in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance with a concentration in voice and a minor in psychology. Originally from Westfield, Massachusetts, Amy is an avid singer, songwriter and pianist and also enjoys playing the guitar and drums. She hopes to combine her passion for health, nutrition and music through her music therapy career.
  • Robert Neeb

    Robert Neeb is currently a graduate student at Appalachian State University where he is studying Music Therapy. At Appalachian State, Robert is a graduate assistant for the SDAP (Scholars with Diverse Abilities Program) and he is also a graduate assistant for the Hayes School of Music. Robert received his undergraduate degree in Music Education with a Concentration in Jazz Percussion at the University of Southern Maine where he graduated summa cum laude in the spring of 2016. Throughout his...
  • Bethany Pastore

    Bethany Pastore is a current graduate student and pursuing her Master's in Music Therapy. Bethany is from Somerset, Kentucky and graduated from the historic Berea College with her undergraduate degrees in both music and psychology. Bethany is a free-lance piano accompanist for Appalachian and the community. She has always had a passion for music therapy and is thrilled to begin her internship at Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ.
  • Emily Pate

    Emily Pate is a first-year Equivalency/Master's student in the Music Therapy program. 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 health.
  • Chris Spence

    Chris Spence is a board certified music therapist who entered the combined Music Therapy Equivalency and Master of Music Therapy degree program at App State in Fall 2014. He graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition. Two of Chris' works have been published. His passion for teaching led him to teach in various settings including private guitar lessons, group guitar classes, and university tutoring in ear training and theory. Through these...