Welcome from Dean James Douthit

James Douthit

Welcome to the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University, where we foster a vibrant community of talented musicians, scholars, and practitioners. Our institution offers unparalleled opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students to excel in their musical pursuits while achieving academic excellence.

Dedicated to nurturing the unique talents of each student, our esteemed faculty and staff are committed to guiding individuals towards a professional career in music that lasts a lifetime. Through personalized attention and innovative programs, we transform passion into profession, ensuring our students reach their highest potential.

While our website provides comprehensive information about our programs, we encourage you to experience our dynamic community firsthand by visiting our campus nestled in the breathtaking High Country. Immerse yourself in the rich musical culture that defines the Hayes School of Music, and witness the collaborative spirit that makes our institution a hub for artistic growth and achievement.

Explore our calendar of events and join us for captivating performances and engaging activities on our picturesque campus. Discover why the Hayes School of Music is the perfect place to cultivate your musical talents and academic aspirations.

  James Douthit, D.M.A., Dean

Hayes School of Music