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Today is another "snow day" at Appalachian, with classes canceled till 2 pm.  For those of you off the mountain, picture a steady fall of powder, not a puff of wind, all sound muffled slightly by the insulating accumulation.  And now the clouds have lifted, with bits of blue sky visible intermittently.  The forecast calls for improving conditions this afternoon and evening, so performances by guest artists Lynn Mackey and David Gee (Recital Hall, 6 pm) and the Appalachian...
Due to the University's weather-related closing today and tomorrow morning, three Hayes School of Music performances have been rescheduled.  Please see the following for details.*Thursday night's (2/19) performance by the HSoM faculty string ensemble with faculty clarinetist Andrea Cheeseman (featuring Mozart's Clarinet Quintet, K. 581, and Schönberg's Verklärte Nacht), is rescheduled to Saturday night, February 21, at 8 pm in the Broyhill Music Center Recital Hall.*Friday night's (2/20)...
Due to unforeseen circumstances, tomorrow's performance (Wednesday, February 18) of the Axiom Brass Quintet has been canceled.
As forecast last week, we had a bit of a winter storm blow through yesterday and today.  Only mandatory University operations are running, with the rest of campus scheduled to open at 11 am today.  Classes, which were canceled as of 3 pm yesterday, will resume at 2 pm today.  Such is mountain weather. Now we'll brace for the coldest days of the year, but our concerts will go on, including APPropos! tonight and the Axiom Brass Quintet tomorrow.  EVENTS   For...
T.S. Eliot said that "April is the cruelest month," but plenty in the High Country would beg to differ as February swings from springlike to harsh winter in a matter of days.  That's what happens this week, with temperatures hovering around 60 degrees yesterday and plummeting to a daytime high of 10 degrees next Sunday.  It's a great week to be a Mountaineer (as long as you've got good cold-weather gear)!  EVENTS   For complete listings of Spring 2015 performances,...
The HSoM has now hosted three of its scheduled five audition days, with the remaining two scheduled for Saturdays, February 14 and 28.  Well over 300 prospective students will audition for us this year, as we work to identify the fall's incoming class.          EVENTS   For complete listings of Spring 2015 performances, including student degree recitals and details about live audio/video stream availability, please see the HSoM Calendar: ...
As our friends in the northeast brace for an "epic, historic" winter storm, we're seeing just a "dusting to an inch" of snow.  And we're in full swing for the semester, with concerts scheduled, an audition day on Saturday, and many other events in the planning stages.   EVENTS   For complete listings of Spring 2015 performances, including student degree recitals and details about live audio/video stream availability, please see the HSoM Calendar:  http://music....
After a three-day weekend, we're enjoying a set of mild-weather days here in the High Country.EVENTS   For complete listings of Spring 2015 performances, including student degree recitals and details about live audio/video stream availability, please see the HSoM Calendar:  http://music.appstate.edu/calendar and  http://music.appstate.edu/news-events/live-streamsCANCELED:  Alumna cellist Alex Boatwright will perform in recital on Thursday, January 22, at 6 pm, in the...
The Spring 2015 semester has begun. We've moved from the quietest days of the year—last week—to the full-throttled energy of week one. Here's to another fantastic semester in the HSoM!        EVENTS   For complete listings of Spring 2015 performances, including student degree recitals and details about live audio/video stream availability, please see the HSoM Calendar:  http://music.appstate.edu/calendar  and  http://music.appstate.edu/news-...
Happy New Year!  We begin 2015 with very good news from our accrediting organization, the National Association of Schools of Music.  At its November 2014 meeting, the Association's Commission on Accreditation reviewed our Self-Study, the Visitors' Report, and our Optional Response, and "voted to approve [our] application and grant renewal of Membership."   With this renewal, the HSoM's next full accreditation review will occur during the 2023-2024 academic year.  The...
The Fall 2014 semester has come to a close.  Twenty-nine new graduates of the Hayes School of Music were among the 500 or so new alumni who were celebrated at Saturday afternoon's Commencement.      EVENTS   For complete listings of Spring 2015 performances, including student degree recitals and details about live audio/video stream availability, please see the HSoM Calendar:  http://music.appstate.edu/calendar  and  http://music.appstate.edu/news-...
December begins with a 60-degree day, and we look toward the completion of classes, final concerts—including Friday's annual Holiday Scholarship Concert—and recitals, finals week and juries, and Commencement.  FACULTY AND STAFF BUSINESSOn Friday, December 12, during the ASU Board of Trustees meeting, the Trustees will discuss the current $200 million campaign and its effects on our programs.  The HSoM's Prof. Todd Wright will provide a perspective on behalf of colleagues and students...
This has been a sorrow-filled week in the Hayes School of Music, as we have lost two members of our community.  First-year student Jeremy Sprinkle died Thursday, November 13.  Funeral services were held over the weekend in Kernersville, NC, and included a performance by an HSoM student brass quintet.  (An obituary is on the following URL:  http://www.journalnow.com/obituaries/sprinkle-jeremy/article_6c5dfb0b-ca... Former HSoM faculty member Linda Jackson died Friday,...
Many Hayes School of Music faculty members and students are in Winston-Salem for the annual conference of the North Carolina Music Educators Association.  Today, we celebrated as professor emeritus and former director of bands Dr. William Gora was inducted into the NCMEA Hall of Fame.      EVENTS   For complete listings, including student degree recitals and details about live audio/video stream availability, please see the HSoM Calendar:  http://music....
For anyone reading this below 3333 feet, winter arrived here in Boone this past weekend, but today had blue skies and more autumn-like temperatures.  Meanwhile, the performance calendar is full for the remaining weeks of the semester, including ensembles, solo recitals, ASU Opera, and the Holiday Scholarship Concert (December 5), among other events.     EVENTS   For complete listings, including student degree recitals and details about live audio/video stream...


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