Alumni Spotlights

Smith with trombone

Appalachian alum Grant Smith takes a bite of the Big Apple’s jazz scene
Jan 26, 2018

Grant Smith ’16, an Appalachian State University alumnus and trombonist from Charlotte, is navigating the New York City jazz scene while pursuing a ...

Riggs

Grammy Music Educator Award goes to N.C. high school teacher
Feb 10, 2016

2016 Grammy Music Educator Award goes to HSoM Music Education alumnus Phillip Riggs, who teaches at North Carolina School of Science and Mathemat...

Darren and Susanne Dailey with Dr. Tony McNeill

Ebenezer choir joined the Jacksonville Children's Chorus
Mar 14, 2014

The Ebenezer choir joined the Jacksonville Children's Chorus on February 22, 2014 for it's 5th Annual "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" concert to honor Rev...

UsTheDuo

Michael Alvarado '10 performs on Good Morning America
Mar 6, 2014

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 sto...

Bobby Sain

Networking is key to success, says producer Bobby Sain
Jan 21, 2014

By Linda CoutantTalent may get you so far, but networking and hard work are what really breed success, according to Bobby Sain '10 of New York City. A...

Grunwald

HSoM flute performance alumna Katie Grunwald was recently hired as Major Gifts and Circles Assistant for the Washington National Opera
Oct 1, 2013

Read the full story on the National Repertory Orchestra site at http://www.nromusic.com/2013/alumni-spotlight-katie-grunwald/....

Craig Phillips with New York Polyphony

A Grad’s Musical Journey — Trumpet to Opera to Acclaimed New York Polyphony
Oct 1, 2013

By Elisabeth WallCraig Phillips '93 is the bass singer with New York Polyphony, a men's early music quartet. (Polyphony, as described by one of the si...

Boatright and Snodgrass

Appalachian Today- Duncan Boatright, music
Jul 12, 2012

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...

Mabe

‘The Climb’ Up the Charts
Dec 28, 2011

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 ...