NC Horn Day 2024

NC Horn Day 2024

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Hayes School of Music, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

Join us at Appalachian State University for North Carolina Horn Day, an annual regional event highlighting the comradery and talent of North Carolina and the surrounding regional horn community! Our phenomenal guest artist for this year's installment is Aliyah Danielle, a multifaceted performer, composer, teacher, and entrepreneur. Your day will include a warm-up, masterclass, horn choir reading session, and TWO recitals.

Conference Fee: $30 per participant
Lunch: For $10, registrants can add an all-you-care-to-eat lunch at Rivers Street Cafe in Central Dining Hall on campus! Alternatively, attendees can order at the Sanford Commons food court on the other side of the dining hall (not included in registration lunch option), or go out to eat in Boone. Minors without parental accompaniment must either bring their own lunch or choose the Rivers Street Cafe option. 

Location: Broyhill Music Center, 813 Rivers St, Boone, NC 28608

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations up to 48 hours in advance will receive a refund, minus a $5 processing fee. Cancellations less than 48 hours in advance are nonrefundable.

If you have questions related to the workshop, you may contact Dr. Dakota Corbliss at
If you need registration assistance please email Marissa Winkler at


If asked for a code to access the registration form, enter 24NCHornDay.

Once registered, participants can use the sign-up forms below:


  • 8:00am - Registration / check-in (1st floor lobby of Broyhill Music Center)
  • 9:00am - Warm-up led by Dr. Dakota Corbliss (Band Room BMC 119)
  • 10:00am - Masterclass with Aliyah Danielle (Rosen Concert Hall)
  • 11:30am - Lunch
  • 1:00pm - Regional Artists Recital (Rosen Concert Hall)
  • 2:00pm - Mass Horn Choir Reading led by Dr. Dakota Corbliss (Band Room BMC 119)
  • 3:00pm - Featured Artist Recital, Aliyah Danielle (Rosen Concert Hall)

Featured Artist: Aliyah Danielle


Featured Artist: Aliyah Danielle

Aliyah Danielle is a dynamic artist with a unique approach that can be summed up in one word: unconventional. The winding roads of Aliyah’s diverse interests and experiences converge to form the heart of her creations, which seek to tell stories through sound and blend genres to create new, interesting sonic textures. A collaborator at heart, Aliyah’s mission is to use her art to pose questions and start conversations surrounding issues embedded in our world’s cultural and social systems, allowing us to better understand others and their belief systems.

Aliyah enjoys a multifaceted career including performing, composing, arranging, orchestration, producing, and teaching. Primarily performing as a singer and french horn player, she frequently experiments with genre-fusion and performs music influenced by funk, neo-soul, gospel, jazz, classical, and other contemporary styles. She regularly performs original music as a part of her own projects and initiatives and supports various artists all around the world. She received her Master of Music in Contemporary Performance (Production Concentration) from Berklee College of Music in Valencia, Spain, and also holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

Dedicated to equity and inclusion within the field of music, Aliyah is a founding member and the Director of Programming for the Chromatic Brass Collective, an organization founded by Black women which celebrates, performs, mentors and educates in an effort to increase the visibility of racially and ethnically underrepresented women and gender non-conforming people throughout the brass world. She is also a member of the International Society for Black Musicians, Maestra Music Organization, Musicians United for Social Equityand the International Women’s Brass Conference.

Your Host: Dr. Dakota Corbliss


Your Host: Dr. Dakota Corbliss

Dr. Dakota Corbliss is currently the Assistant Professor of Horn and Graduate Program Director of Music Performance at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, joining the faculty in 2021. As an ensemble performer, Corbliss is Co-Principal Horn in the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and Fourth Horn with the Western Piedmont Symphony. Additionally, he plays with many other regional orchestras such as North Carolina Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Augusta Symphony, and Virginia Symphony. In the past, he has performed with the likes of New World Symphony, Miami City Ballet, South Florida Philharmonic, New River Valley Symphony, the United States Navy Band Southwest, the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band, and many others. 

He is an avid chamber musician, helping found Vice City Brass, a collective of brass and electronic musicians aiming to bridge the generational gap between the past, present, and future. VCB has recently put out their debut album, "TELECONFERENCE." Corbliss has recently co-founded a new music group called PIVOT, a horn and saxophone duo that aims to use their music to "pivot" the views of their listeners on important social issues. Their first album "terraform" has been released and is available on all streaming platforms.

Dr. Corbliss has an extensive background in pedagogical instruction, working with a wide variety of private students, chamber groups, and large ensembles. Presenting masterclasses at regional high schools and universities is a regular part of his instruction, as well as instruction in the marching arts. He is currently on staff with World Class Drum Corps Phantom Regiment. In an administrative role, Corbliss is currently the Director of Operations for the Brass Institutes of America, a series of brass chamber music festivals that take place in the summer across the country. He has also worked logistics on many projects including the Savvy Arts Venture Challenge and the College Music Society Summit.

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