Alumni Spotlights

Appalachian alum Grant Smith takes a bite of the Big Apple’s jazz scene

Grant Smith ’16, an Appalachian State University alumnus and trombonist from Charlotte, is navigating the New York City jazz scene while pursuing a Master of Music in jazz performance at the Manhattan School of Music (MSM). Smith graduated from Appalachian’s Hayes... Read more

Grammy Music Educator Award goes to N.C. high school teacher

2016 Grammy Music Educator Award goes to HSoM Music Education alumnus Phillip Riggs, who teaches at North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Durham, North Carolina. Riggs is currently featured in Appalachian Magazine. Read more

Ebenezer choir joined the Jacksonville Children's Chorus

Artistic and Executive Director Darren Dailey (left) and Conductor Susanne Dailey (right) of the Jacksonville Children's Chorus with Music Director Dr. Tony McNeill (center) of the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church Choir of Atlanta, Ga. The Ebenezer choir joined the Jacksonville Children's... Read more

Michael Alvarado '10 performs on Good Morning America

Michael Alvarado '10 and his wife, who make up UsTheDuo, performed on Good Morning America Feb. 20, 2014. The ABC News blog has the full story and videos. Read more

Networking is key to success, says producer Bobby Sain

By Linda Coutant Talent may get you so far, but networking and hard work are what really breed success, according to Bobby Sain '10 of New York City. And since graduating from Appalachian State University's Hayes School of Music, Sain has had plenty of success. He raised $3.5 million as an... Read more

HSoM flute performance alumna Katie Grunwald was recently hired as Major Gifts and Circles Assistant for the Washington National Opera

Read the full story on the National Repertory Orchestra site at Read more

A Grad’s Musical Journey — Trumpet to Opera to Acclaimed New York Polyphony

Craig Phillips ’93, second from left, with the vocal quartet New York Polyphony By Elisabeth Wall Craig Phillips '93 is the bass singer with New York Polyphony, a men's early music quartet. (Polyphony, as described by one of the singers, literally means "many sounds," but it's... Read more

Appalachian Today- Duncan Boatright, music

When Duncan Boatright '12 plays music, he's not moved so much by the artistry of sound, but rather the mechanics behind each chord. "I've always had an interest in computers and math, and music theory is like that – it's the mechanical side of music. It makes it cooler in my mind to see a... Read more

Scoring High on Video Games

By David MenconiJason Graves ’96 is a master at scoring video games, literally.A composition graduate, Graves has composed musical scores for more than 80 computer games over the past eight years, including “Star Trek” and “Arthur and the Invisibles.” His score for... Read more

‘The Climb’ Up the Charts

By Jane NicholsonJon Mabe ’93 jokes that he’s a 16-year overnight success. He co-wrote the hit single “The Climb,” recorded by Miley Cyrus in 2009.The song has sold more than two million copies in the United States, has been a success in Australia, New Zealand, Britain and... Read more