Welcome to the Hayes School of Music!

Explore our academic programs, performances, Cannon Music Camp, and the Community Music School. Visit us for a concert the next time you are in Boone or make App State your university destination!

The 30th Annual Holiday Scholarship Concert will be on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 in the Schaefer Center. Visit music.appstate.edu/holiday to learn more, purchase tickets ($12), or sponsor the concert. All ticket sales and donations support scholarships in the Hayes School of Music! 

Auditions and Scholarship Awards
All students entering a degree program in the Hayes School of Music must successfully complete an audition. Scholarships are awarded to students based on the results of their audition and there is no separate application to be considered for one. Audition dates for 2023 are January 21, February 4, 11, and 25, and March 4. For questions about auditions, including Early Action Auditions, please email Ms. Janet Adams at adamsje1@appstate.eduRead more about the auditions here.

Performances

Performances

Attend our performances at the Broyhill Music Center and the Schaefer Center or view them via our Livestream. We present around 200 concerts and recitals a year, most free of charge!

Graduate Programs

Graduate Programs

Learn about our graduate degree programs in music therapy and performance, then apply and audition to the Hayes School of Music. Applications completed by March 1 will receive priority consideration for assistantships.

Cannon Music Camp

Cannon Music Camp

Now in its 55th year, Cannon Music Camp is open to dedicated musicians who are rising high school freshmen to rising college freshmen.

Giving

Giving

Our donors make it possible for dedicated students to pursue an education and a career in music. Visit our Giving page to make a donation to a Hayes School of Music fund of your choice. 

Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Programs

Learn about our degree programs and scholarships, meet the faculty, sign up to be a Student for a Day, or apply and audition to the Hayes School of Music. Auditions for Fall 2023 are in January and February.

Join Our Ensembles

Join Our Ensembles

Students of all majors can join ensembles in the Hayes School of Music, from the Marching Mountaineers and Basketball Bands to choirs and orchestra. Learn more about opportunities for music minors and non-majors.

Community Music School

Community Music School

The Community Music School offers private lessons, classes, and ensembles for youth and adults. We have programs in Boone, Hudson, and online.

News and Events

News and Events

See how our students, faculty, and alumni are transforming their passion for music into a profession for life! Read news articles, sign up for our email newsletter, or follow us on Facebook. We love to hear from our alumni!

About 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 two graduate level degree programs.