Contact and Calendar

Office Hours & Contact Information

The CMS year begins on August 15, 2019. CMS Office will be closed during December 15-January 15, but ASU Community Music staff ( and Lisl Doughton, Program Manager ( will be available to answer your questions during this time. Classes will resume on January 16, 2020.

Office Phone Number: (828) 262 – 3029

Monday - Friday: TBD - In-person office hours are limited; please email with questions.

Address: 134 Doctor Drive, Boone, NC, 28607

Lessons take place at 134 Doctor Drive, Boone, NC 28607. If you are working with an App State Faculty member, these lessons will be held in their office on campus in the Broyhill Music Center. The Appalachian Youth Choir will take place in the Broyhill Music Center Room 225.

The following staff members can help with different kinds of questions:

ASU Community Music Staff ( - general CMS questions, selecting a private lesson instructor

Lisl Doughton, Program Manager ( - general CMS questions, policy questions, tuition assistance, registration. 

Dr. Nicole Sonbert, Director ( - Donations, general CMS questions, policy questions, tuition assistance. 

Frances Keel ( - help with using the Iris registration system

Carrie Henderson ( - making payments through Iris system, applying 5% discount for ASU employees

Holiday Closings

Lessons will not be scheduled during the following holidays, and the CMS building will be closed. A lesson that would ordinarily fall on one of these days will be rescheduled without penalty at a time convenient for teacher and student.

September 2, 2019


Labor Day

November 28 and 29, 2019

Thursday and Friday


Dec. 15, 2019-Jan 15, 2020


CMS Holiday Break

January 20, 2020


MLK Birthday

April 10, 2020


Good Friday

May 25, 2020


Memorial Day

July 3, 2020


Independence Day

September 7, 2020


Labor Day

November 26 and 27, 2020

Thursday and Friday


In addition, some faculty members are current ASU students and may not be available during the following university breaks. Please check with your teacher to confirm their availability for these dates:

August 27, 2019: Black and Gold Convocation 

Oct. 14-15, 2019: Fall Break 

Nov. 27, 2019: Thanksgiving Break 

March 9-13, 2020: Spring Break 

Adverse Weather Policy

If App State closes due to weather or any other emergency, CMS lessons and classes will be cancelled. These lessons and classes will be made up by CMS Faculty. The missed lesson may be made up in several ways:

  1. adding additional time to future lessons (i.e. adding 15 min. to the next two lessons)

  2. scheduling an hour-long lesson on a future date, or

  3. rescheduling the lesson for another day and time

Every effort will be made to notify students as soon as possible of the cancellation. If you are unsure whether classes have been cancelled, look for announcements on the Appalachian State University Homepage. In the event that classes/lessons are cancelled due to inclement weather, those activities will be rescheduled. If the ASU-CMS is open and you cannot travel to your class/lesson, please contact your teaching artist. The ASU-CMS may possibly be open when the Watauga County Public Schools are closed; do not assume that lessons are automatically cancelled before contacting CMS and your teacher.