Fall Ensemble Auditions

Fall Ensemble Auditions are scheduled for August 12-17, 2016. See the Ensemble Auditions page for more details.

Welcome to the Hayes School of Music

The Hayes School of Music prepares young musicians for professional lives as performers, composers, music educators, music therapists, conductors, and music industry professionals, ensuring the next generation of musical leadership for the state, region, and nation. Noted for quality instruction by national and internationally recognized faculty musicians, the school offers four undergraduate degree programs and three graduate level programs.

Hayes School of Music students in class

Programs of Study

We offer undergraduate degrees in Music Education and Music Industry Studies, and both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Music Performance and Music Therapy. Learn more

Dr. Keith McCutchen and students

Student for a Day

Experience the supportive and vibrant atmosphere of the Hayes School of Music by being a student for a day and attending classes in your area of interest. Learn more.

The Hayes School of Music also engages the local and regional community with more than 190 concerts each year, giving students valuable performance experience. The school offers summer workshops for teachers, year-round musical instruction for people of all ages through the Community Music School and the renowned Cannon Music Camp for outstanding high school musicians.

Split Rail RecordsNicholas Erneston Music LibraryCannon Music CampCommunity Music School
Choral NCMEA at Appalachian State University


The Hayes School of Music considers the ensemble experience to be an integral part of every musician's training. Learn more



All students, regardless of their chosen program of study, must audition for admission to the Hayes School of Music. Learn more.